From one extreme to another, we go from a 12-game Tuesday to a two-game contest for Wednesday. Your strategy should be to start by choosing a goalie and then load up on offense from your goalie’s team as well as the other game on the schedule. Don’t be afraid to spend up for a defensemen with consistent power-play usage and shot-blocking ability, because there’s not much value near the bottom of the barrel. DFS owners need to monitor each of the four top-six forward groups at morning skates and take their chances on at least one duo/trio in a contest this small. Points will be at a premium if the games are low-scoring, so any opportunity for against-the-grain potential should be seized. If you’re in a large contest, be creative. If you’re in a head-to-head contest, arrange a high-floor roster and keep your eye on the prize.
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Marc-Andre Fleury ($7,700) – Fleury’s last outing may scare DFS owners away, but that was on the final game of a Western Canada road trip. Prior to that, Fleury had allowed a combined four goals in his four-game win streak, and has surrendered two goals or fewer in eight of his 12 outings this season (two shutouts). As good as Mike Condon has been for Montreal, this is an environment and opponent that could lead to his first sub-par outing of the season. It’s still early, but Fleury’s save percentage (.933) is the highest of his career by a decent margin, and he already has signature wins against the Predators and Capitals.
Frederik Andersen ($6,900) – If you don’t feel comfortable touching the Canadiens-Penguins game for your goalies, Anaheim has a chance to feast on the Oilers, who have struggled on the road this season (2-5-0; 20 goals allowed). Andersen had a rough go-around his last time out against the Coyotes, but has exceptional save percentages this season across the board, with a .932 mark at even strength and .939 with opponents on the power play. The real opportunity for against-the-grain plays are against Andersen, because he’s the goalie with the most favorable matchup of the night.
Andrei Markov ($5,100) – Markov is priced fourth among defensemen but is the most consistent of the night in terms of power-play points and blocked shots with a contest-best 3.4 DraftKings points per game. If you’re not rostering Fleury, make sure to have Markov in your lineup. He had an assist and a blocked shot earlier this season at Pittsburgh and can be expected to produce foundational points in DFS even if he doesn’t get in on the scoring.
Hampus Lindholm ($4,500) – Did I mention the importance of blocked shots and SOG? Lindholm has as many points as Sami Vatanen (5,200) and the same favorable draw against Edmonton at home, plus he has produced 34 SOG and 27 blocks in 15 games. He’s outperformed Vatanen on the power play as well with three points in 2:19 per game with the man-advantage. His track record against the Oilers (four assists, plus-6, 11 SOG, 10 blocks in nine games) bodes well for him Wednesday.
Others to consider: Andrej Sekera ($3,200), Ian Cole ($3,200)
Tomas Plekanec ($6,200) – If you’re not rostering Fleury, who better to throw into the mix than Plekanec, one of the most consistent point-producing centers in the game. He has at least a point in 11 of his 16 games, which is tied for the 5th-most such games League-wide. He’s priced $1,500 cheaper than Sidney Crosby and $1,000 cheaper than Evgeni Malkin, and has outperformed both to this point in the season. Stacking him with top-flight linemate Brendan Gallagher ($5,700, 3.8 DraftKings points per contest) is the way to go if you’re creating a Habs-centric lineup on this light game night.
Ryan Kesler ($5,000) – DFS owners have been waiting for Kesler to finally break out after an awful start to the season, and it finally came Monday against Arizona with one goal, one assist and three SOG for 6.5 DraftKings points. Three of his five points have come at home, where he’s generating many more SOG per game (21 in eight games) as opposed to on the road (eight in seven games). If he carries over that performance, look at his low-priced linemates Jakob Silfverberg ($4,400) and Carl Hagelin ($3,600) for forwards who will likely have low ownership percentages in guaranteed prize pool contests.
Others: to consider: Alex Galchenyuk ($4,600), Nick Bonino ($3,700), Leon Draisaitl ($3,200)
Corey Perry ($6,700) – Forget about Perry’s slow start and his last outing for a moment. From Oct. 27 to Nov. 7, Perry had two goals, five assists, four blocked shots and 12 SOG in six games. His goal-scoring track record and physicality alongside Ryan Getzlaf are well-documented. He’s also going for $1,200 cheaper than the highest-priced wing of the night, Max Pacioretty, who’s facing a much stingier goaltender in Fleury. That’s serious value as the Ducks go up against the team that’s allowing the second-most DraftKings points to wings this season.
Beau Bennett ($2,600) – While Bennett is an inconsistent point producer who has been unable to stay healthy in recent seasons, he’s well worth a line stack with Crosby at only $100 more than the contest-minimum price. He’s been stationed alongside Crosby at practice this week and has chipped in two goals and one assist this season. He brings a ton of risk but also a potentially huge reward, as Crosby has four points and 12 SOG in his past five games and 38 points in 29 games with 104 SOG in his career against Montreal. If Crosby thrives, Bennett could see a splash at even strength.
Others to consider: Phil Kessel ($7,300), Jakob Silfverberg ($4,400), David Perron ($4,300), Dale Weise ($3,700)