You just have to hedge and hope at this stage of the NHL Playoffs as we try to set you up with the NHL Targets for Game 6. The potential for elimination causes even wackier things to happen so keep an eye out for unexpected DFS outbursts. Most prices are pretty high so you may have to dig deep and watch out for scratches and injuries. Emerson Etem was a late scratch in Game 5 and last time we checked he was healthy.
For those wanting to just take it a bit easy with these overlaps, here is a “low stakes” type of GPP just for you:
Henrik Lundqvist ($8900) – Lundqvist was not awful in Game 5 but had a bad bounce and a horrible breakdown on a penalty kill that was his downfall. The Rangers are one of the odder teams in the playoffs in the sense that just when you think they are completely out, they pull themselves back in. Most of that is because of the goaltender who is as much a leader as anyone on the team. It will take a lot to eliminate him and New York.
Others to Consider: Ben Bishop ($8700), Corey Crawford ($9200).
Ryan Kesler ($6000) – Our dipping back into the second line is contingent on who is with Kesler. Right now Jakob Silfverberg is still there but who will be on the other wing? Either way, it is a line worth playing because as the series gets tighter, the points may come for both Kesler and Toews. He has at least a goal in his last two games so right on cue, things are starting to look up.
Derick Brassard ($4800) – This is like reshuffling the deck of cards but Brassard could be a low to mid-range play in a game where the Rangers must find sources of offense in any way possible. When Tampa gets really uncomfortably, any Ranger line can surface. Brassard plays some power play and top six obviously so for his price per point, this is worth the risk. It will also allow you to spend in other places.
Others to Consider: Marcus Kruger ($3800), Jonathan Toews ($7500), Nate Thompson ($3900).
Values: Brian Boyle ($2800). — Values are slim pickings at this point. Trend carefully.
Chris Kreider ($4400) – For a $1000 less, I will take another shot at Kreider even if he burned me once in Game 5. Look, New York as a whole torched everyone who stacked them. Thankfully, most had enough hedges to make it worth and in a few lineups, I had Ben Bishop so it hurt less. Kreider is an annoying S.O.B. to play against. With the chips down, there is no time like the present for him to get it moving.
Patrick Sharp ($4300) – The spotlight is on lower priced players so we can try and give them a little bit of the limelight and so your options are increased just out of the normal scope. Sharp is likely on the outs in Chicago or at least that is the going thought but DFS wise he has been fairly consistent and if he gives you three or four DraftKings points, then that is above value. Maybe he provides a surprise or two just one more time.
Others to Consider: Ondrej Palat ($8400), Alex Killorn ($8000), Jakob Silfverberg ($7000), Brandon Saad ($5400), Patrick Maroon ($4000).
Values: Ryan Callahan ($2900), Emerson Etem ($2500) or Tomas Fleischmann ($2500). — It depends on who Boudreau decides on really.
Cam Fowler ($5200) – The risks keep on going upward from here as everyone will be hellbent on starting almost as identical lineups as possible. However, with the defenseman becoming more and more involved with pinching in and getting shots on net, this is a different way to go from the norm. Most will head towards Francois Beauchemin or Sami Vatanen even. The Ducks can play outright dominant hockey and part of that is because of Fowler and his re-emergence.
Keith Yandle ($6500) – You just have to laugh at this but no we are not laughing as Yandle could be a nice play especially if he gets paired more with Ryan McDonagh. This speed pairing is needed to offset the changing accelerations of Tampa’s top six (especially the triplets). It will not be used enough but in the case it is, be aware of it and with seven points in his last ten games, Yandle is worth a look.
Others to Consider: Victor Hedman ($7500), Duncan Keith ($6200), Hampus Lindholm ($4400), Anton Stralman ($3300).
Values: Clayton Stoner ($2800), Marc Staal ($2500). — The choices are so slim but hey we had to go somewhere, right?
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. There will be likely changes via social media because both series may have unexpected scratches once again so do not be surprised when it does happen.
Good luck on this two night slate!