The second overlap means game number two of the Conference Finals in the East and West. Adjustments will be made and needless to say things are going to get considerably more interesting unless the home teams can find a way to change things a little themselves. The stakes begin to rise now ladies and gentlemen.
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 ($9400) – The goalie came through as the safe pick here and until Tampa Bay proves otherwise, is still the easy pick. It also turns out that the netminder had the most points out of the four goalies after Game 1 of the conference finals. Tampa should be able to muster 25 if not 30+ shots on the New York goalie and hopefully that brings out a little more in the way of points. We shall see.
Others to Consider: Ben Bishop ($8700), Corey Crawford ($8900).
Derek Stepan ($6400) – Ah, we may get burned with this but why not go all in on our risks and roll with the hunches. Game 2 will be more wide open because Tampa has to play that way to have a shot here. Again, the problem the Rangers have is converting easy scoring chances. If they can just get it together long enough in Game 2 then they could score three or more goals quite easily.
Ryan Kesler ($6800) – Chicago held down Perry and Getzlaf but got torched by Thompson, Silfverberg, and a guy named Kesler. The snarl that the center plays with was one annoying force in Game 1 although late in the game, Jonathan Toews did tack on another assist and that might lead to something in Game 2. In the meantime, Kesler is going to be vital time in and time out. He has to also produce both offensively and defensively.
Others to Consider: Derrck Brassard ($5400), Jonathan Toews ($8000), Andrew Cogliano ($3800).
Values: Cedric Paquette ($2900), Nate Thompson ($2700).
Patrick Kane ($8900) – So the big boys are going to be widely owned but consider what Kane did in less than 14 minutes. Think about it for a second and get back to me. It is going to be fun to see the things that may happen in the rest of the series. Anaheim had limited the right winger pretty well except for a few plays and that is all it took for him to wind up in the 5-6 DraftKings point range. He is still more of a cash play at this juncture, however.
Jakob Silfverberg ($6200) – The forward rewarded us with two assists and we will keep rolling with him as Kesler’s line seems to have it when it comes to Chicago. We will see what adjustments the Blackhawks do make but remember they have less options than Anaheim does so it all comes down to execution. This second line could do it again and no one should be surprised. The winger’s breakout is no fluke here needless to say.
Others to Consider: Nikita Kucherov ($6900), Corey Perry ($8900), Chris Kreider ($5900), Kevin Hayes ($3700).
Values: Teuvo Teravainen ($3000), Jesper Fast ($2500)
Hampus Lindholm ($3800) – This is extremely high risk banking on good points two times in a row. However, a Lindholm-Beauchemin duo stack saves lots of money and can help you afford the higher end talent playing at the other positions. Sometimes going the minimalist D method is a viable idea and heck we have plenty to still choose from in case you are hesitant. Lindholm is developing right before our very eyes.
Ryan McDonagh ($6300) – This is so far so good but the task will only get harder. Again the Rangers number one defenseman gathers up blocked shots and shots on goal like a fiend. If he does anything else, it guarantees exceeding value so he is only a moderate GPP gamble at this moment. There is going to be a lot of physicality as well and yet a lot of opportunity for offensive opportunities as well. Someone is going to benefit here and it may be McDonagh!
Others to Consider: Anton Stralman ($3700), Francois Beauchemin ($4400), Dan Girardi ($4500), Jason Garrison ($4000).
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. There will also be a few more last minute options as well.
Good luck this week!