For the second consecutive Monday, DFS Hockey players will have a limited player pool to choose from thanks to only having three games on the schedule. Still there are some superstars to be had in favorable matchups, so let’s take a look at tonight’s top targets:
Corey Crawford ($7,700) – Crawford had his four-game winning streak snapped on Thursday against Winnipeg but he still sits in the top-10 in the NHL in both SV% and GAA. The Blackhawks have a tough matchup with the Kings on Monday but expect Crawford to come out looking to have a strong bounce back in a big, early-season matchup.
Antti Niemi ($6,700) – The Stars haven’t confirmed who will be in net between either Niemi or Kari Lehtonen ($6,600). Niemi has put up the better numbers out of the two with a 6-1-0 record, 2.61 GAA and .915 SV% and is riding a three game winning streak. Whichever of the two gets the nod they will have a favorable matchup against Toronto’s 29th-ranked scoring offense that is averaging just two goals per game this season.
Ryan Miller ($7,300) – Miller is enjoying a strong start to his season, .923 SV% and 2.16 GAA, despite posting a 4-2-4 record in his 10 starts on the year. On Monday the Canucks and their 9th-ranked scoring defense welcome the Flyers and their 28th-ranked scoring offense to town, so strongly consider putting Miller in your lineup.
Others to Consider: Jonathan Quick ($7,500).
Mark Streit ($4,700) – In four of his last five games, Streit has put up at least 5.0 fantasy points in DraftKings for DFS players. He has two goals and four assists over that span and has the highest DK DFS scoring average among defensemen available on Monday.
Brent Seabrook ($4,900) – Seabrook has taken the reigns of the Blackhawks offensive blueline since the loss of Duncan Keith and he has rewarded fantasy players with a five-game point streak. Over that time period he has found the net twice, while adding five assists and 14 SOG. Roll Seabrook with confidence on Monday in a big matchup with LA.
John Klingberg ($5,100) – Klingberg burst onto the fantast scene last season with 40 points in 65 games his rookie year. With Trevor Daley now in Chicago, Klingberg has taken on a larger role within the Stars blueline offense. Klingberg sits in a tie with Erik Karlsson for second among defensemen in the NHL with 11 points. He has managed at least a point in all but two games so far this season and is currently riding a seven-game point streak and is getting extra chances to produce on the Stars lethal power-play unit where he has three points so far on the season.
Jake Muzzin ($4,400) – Muzzin struggled out of the gate this season, not recording a point in his first seven games of the year. But he, and the Kings, have begun to find themselves and Muzzin now has points in three straight contests (1G, 3A). He has managed 16 blocked shots and 24 SOG so far in 10 games, so DFS players should take advantage of his hot streak and great category coverage.
Others to Consider: Jason Demers ($3,300), Morgan Rielly ($4,000), Trevor Daley ($3,500), Alexander Edler ($4,700).
Jamie Benn ($8,000) – Benn has continued his scoring ways this year after taking home the league scoring title last year. He and linemate Tyler Seguin ($8,500) are the highest scoring duo in the league at the moment having combined for 33 points this season, and Benn is out-pacing him by a point to lead the league in scoring with 17 (9G, 8A). Dallas takes on Toronto and their 28th-ranked scoring defense giving up 3.30 GAA per game on the season, so try and get at least one of these two in your lineup Monday.
Tyler Toffoli ($5,600) – Toffoli is heating up on the Kings top line Jeff Carter and Milan Lucic. Tied with Jamie Benn for the league-lead in goals scored with nine, Toffoli has found the scoresheet in six of his last seven games, including multi-point outings in three of his last four. This line will be leaned on to produce the offense for the Kings in a tough matchup with the Blackhawks on Monday but find a way to get Toffoli and his scoring touch in your lineups.
Radim Vrbata ($5,800) – Since being moved back up to the first line with the Sedin twins, Vrbata has points in four of his last five games (3G, 2A). He has 21 shots on goal over that five game span and the Canucks have a favorable scoring matchup against Philly on Monday who are currently ranking in the bottom-10 in the league in goals against per game.
Jonathan Toews ($6,400) – Toews is known more for his all-around presence more than his scoring ability and fantasy contribution. But Toews has found a bit of a scoring touch over the last 10 games with six points (4G, 2A) to go along with great category coverage with seven blocked shots and 26 SOG. He is still manning Chicago’s top line with Marian Hossa and their top power-play unit with Hossa and Patrick Kane. Goals could be at a premium on Monday night against Jonathan Quick and the Kings, so expect Toews to be involved early to try and put Chicago on the board.
Others to Consider: Patrick Kane ($7,800), Jeff Carter ($5,700), Artemi Panarin ($4,800), Jared McCann ($2,800), Alex Burrows ($3,900), Nazem Kadri ($5,000), Jakub Voracek ($6,500), Ales Hemsky ($3,900), Daniel Sedin ($6,400), Milan Lucic ($4,600).
Make sure to check out the Cheat Sheet and NHL Line Stacks posts today before you finalize your lineups and as always for any DFS Hockey questions or comments this season, find me on Twitter at: @JHarding_Hockey.