We head into a Sunday slate with just four evening games. There will be updates via Twitter on the early two game slate so keep an eye out for it. In the meantime, good luck!
This will be fun! Let’s go!
Corey Crawford ($8600) – Crawford is the one guy we recommend first because for Chicago this is a show me game and normally the Blackhawks are the kings of Must See TV. The .925 save percentage over the last ten games is enough to sway most to own him considering Cam Talbot has not been quite as consistent of late. There definitely has to be a way for Chicago to finally get it defensively because right now these are the only times they seem to care.
Others to consider: Craig Anderson / Andrew Hammond , Cory Schneider ($8400).
Claude Giroux ($8700) – This has been a really nice stretch for Giroux but he has a lot more work to do. Everything is there but the points lately as he only has five points in his last ten games. That honestly is more struggling but some of that has to do with bad puck luck too. Consider that the center is averaging nearly four shots a night, it should be just a matter of time. Tonight may be that time where he puts just enough of that together to help your fantasy bottom line.
Derick Brassard ($4400) – Let’s risk it a bit and go upward in style. Brassard is more or less the second line center but plays with first line left winger Rick Nash. Nash is on his way to a 45-50 goal season and the center has eight assists in the last ten games. The funny thing is he has 31 shots in his last nine games and no goals to show for it. The shots have to start going in eventually, right? The power play points have to come eventually too, right? Exactly! This could be the night.
Others I like: Jonathan Toews ($8500), Matt Duchene ($6500).
Value: Marcus Kruger ($2800), Scott Gomez ($2700).
Rick Nash ($8200) – This really is too easy and that price keeps on coming down. Six points in his last nine games apparently means a bit of a slump. However, four shots a game and nearly three scoring changes a night is enough of an indication that despite some parts of the offense clicking, the Rangers are not on all cylinders for the first time in awhile. Expect that to change rather soon as it is hard to keep a guy like Nash down for too long. This is how it goes.
Bobby Ryan ($7000) – Ryan has been playing like the first line player for some time now. His ten points in the last ten games are more than just an indication of that, it is more that he is ready to head up the scoring ladder. For daily purposes, this is the best the right winger has looked in a month or two. When you really get right down to it, he is averaging three shots a game and letting his younger linemates share in the glory. This is probably how Ryan envisioned it when he signed the extension to stay in Ottawa.
Others I like: Zach Parise ($7900), Michael Cammalleri ($6000).
Value: Jordin Tootoo ($2700), Ryan White ($2600).
Erik Karlsson ($8000) – Defense prices are a touch high on the shorter slate but still not all too bad as really, where else can you go? At the very least this player will more than likely get you the points needed. Hey, no one said this would be easy and four game slates can always be a little dicey. Twelve points in the last nine games including five power play points in that span shows that you can ride Karlsson even despite the price tag. Those five points per game daily wise leads the league.
Tyson Barrie ($5200) – With Nathan MacKinnon out, Barrie suddenly finds himself more of a power play opportunity as he should have full QB responsibilities now. He has nine points in his last ten games and is hitting the net much more. Yes his advanced stats are not really that good. Colorado’s numbers not exactly something out of a picture postcard but at this point there are few defensemen on a slate like this that can be trustworthy to play. Barrie is one of those select few right now.
Others I like: Keith Yandle ($5200), Adam Larsson ($3800).
Value: Nick Holden ($3000), Nick Schultz ($2900).
Thanks for reading guys and hopefully the picks help you out. If you have any questions, fire them away at me on twitter @ChrisWasselDFS and i’ll do my best to answer them.
Good luck tonight!