There will be overlaps from here on out as the Eastern Conference Finals get under way on Saturday afternoon between the Tampa Bay Lightning and New York Rangers. The West starts tomorrow afternoon between the Anaheim Ducks and Chicago Blackhawks.
For those wanting to just step in the water with one foot in, here is a “low stakes” type of GPP just for you:
Henrik Lundqvist ($9000) – The goalie was extremely clutch against Washington in Games 5-7 and likely saved your daily bacon. Saturday afternoon he faces his biggest test yet against Tampa Bay, who can roll a little more scoring depth (Stamkos and the Triplets). How New York fares against this speed game will have a lot to do on how much rubber Lundqvist faces and what his numbers look like at the end of the afternoon. This is a moderate risk but could pay off nicely.
Others to Consider: Frederik Andersen ($8700), Corey Crawford ($8900).
Tyler Johnson ($6900) – Ah, Johnson may not be quite 100% but his 90% is better than most fully healthy so any minimal risk is quickly outweighed here. His ability to score goals in this postseason along with the speed of that triplets line is going to be a major test for the New York Rangers. They stretch the ice with their talent and if Ryan Callahan plays, the Rangers may get a little preoccupied with Callahan. That has happened before.
Ryan Kesler ($6600) – Chicago seems to hold the Perry and Getzlaf duo in check for the most part so the Kesler line must step up in Game 1 to set a tone. The center is also that one presence on the power play that can get in the dirty areas, muck it up with Chicago’s toughest, and yet still have the hands to pot the occasional goal or two. Yes the big boys have a heavy price tag so sliding down never hurts.
Others to Consider: Derrck Brassard ($4500), Steven Stamkos ($8700), Andrew Cogliano ($3800).
Values: J.T. Miller ($3000), Marcus Kruger ($2800).
Chris Kreider ($5300) – So the big boys are going to be widely owned more than likely but Kreider is arguably the main reason why the Rangers are still in the playoffs. Games 5-7 in the second round were eerily similar to last year where Kreider just took over games with his speed, power, and hands. That is going to be needed heavily today against a team with the same attributes. He is going to get some play from seasoned DFS’ers.
Jakob Silfverberg ($5400) – The forward is a bit more of a GPP risk than we should have here but the guy is one of Anaheim’s best players that is not quite known to the masses. Scoring might be at a premium on Sunday afternoon but in the case it is not quite the case, Silfverberg is the guy to have. Again, more people will own Corey Perry but in these close games, the depth often shines through. The Swede is a budding star in this league.
Others to Consider: Nikita Kucherov ($6200), Corey Perry ($8900), Patrick Kane ($8000), Ryan Callahan ($4600). — In case Callahan does not play, sub in Brandon Saad at $4400.
Values: Bryan Bickell ($2700), Jesper Fast ($2700)
Sami Vatanen ($4800) – This is a high risk play but because the price is so low, it may just be worth it anyway. The playoff price per point values are hiked a bit because of fewer players in the database and the numbers get pushed harder. However if Anaheim’s power play is going to click in Game 1, Vatanen is a huge reason why. He has played well in the postseason and deserves a nod in this slate.
Ryan McDonagh ($6300) – Now the defensemen will have tons of responsibility trying to slow down Tampa, blocking shots, and creating offense. However, McDonagh showed in games 5-7 of the Washington series that he may finally be ready to carry that responsibility. If goals come in bunches or they do not, he is a player that still is to be owned and the price is not all that bad either.
Others to Consider: Anton Stralman ($3700), Francois Beauchemin ($4300), Dan Girardi ($4200), Brent Seabrook ($4900)
Values: Marc Staal ($2700). — Braydon Coburn might be considered at $3000 but his role has diminished. I would stay away.
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 this weekend!