Afternoon games will throw contests for a loop on Columbus Day, as DFS players must have lineups set early to maximize talent for the day. Some high-end players are on the board at affordable prices, so whether you entered into the Sunday night contests or are a Monday-only player, here are some options to help get your DFS hockey week off on the right foot.
Ben Bishop ($8,200) – Bishop has picked up right where he left off last season. Through two games Bishop is 2-0-0, has posted a .940 SV% and a 1.48 GAA and he has a very favorable matchup Monday against a Bruins squad who has struggled offensively so far in the young season.
Sergei Bobrovsky ($7,300) – Bobrovsky has looked shaky early in the season for a Blue Jackets team that many project to be a playoff contender. Bobrovsky, however, is a perfect candidate for a bounceback on Monday when Columbus takes on an offensively challenged Buffalo squad.
Frederik Andersen ($6,900) – The Ducks looked flat in their season-opening loss to San Jose but Andersen was anything but. The Danish netminder was tested often by the Sharks to the tune of 44 shots against. He managed 42 saves to keep the Ducks in the game but got no support on offense. He has a solid matchup Monday versus a Vancouver team he went 3-1-1 with a .936 SV% and a 1.35 GAA against last season.
Others to Consider: Roberto Luongo ($7,000), Thomas Greiss ($6,300), Ondrej Pavelec ($6,600)
Victor Hedman ($4,700) – Hedman, a preseason Norris Trophy candidate, is having a strong start to the season so far for the defending Eastern Conference Champions. Through two games Hedman has found the scoresheet in both (two assists) and has the second most blocked shots on the season out of all players available for drafting today. At $4,700 Hedman is a steal at a defensive spot for anyone.
Ryan Murray ($2,500) – Murray is looking to have a breakout season after missing much of last year thanks to injury. So far he has looked solid manning the Blue Jackets top defensive pair with David Savard and will continue to see plenty of chances to produce at both even strength and on the point for Columbus’ top power-play unit. The value on price alone is enough to warrant putting Murray in your lineup, but getting a top-pair defenseman makes it that much better.
Aaron Ekblad ($5,100) – Ekblad, last season’s Calder Trophy winner, looked solid (1A, 1 SOG, 2 BLK) against Philadelphia in the Pathers 7-1 trouncing on Saturday. Now with another matchup against the Flyers on Monday, expect more of the same from the Panthers against a weak backend for Philly at very affordable price.
Tyler Myers ($4,100) – Myers is looking to return to the offensive form he had his first few years in the league in Buffalo. Although he only has one assist and two blocked shots through two games he has six shots on goal and could see those numbers steadily continue, and turn into points, in a favorable matchup against the Islanders.
Others to Consider: Jason Garrison($4,000), Evngeny Medvedev ($2,500), Sami Vatanen ($4,800), Johnny Boychuk($4,600), Mark Streit ($4,300)
John Tavares ($7,700) – It’s been a slow start to the season for Tavares with a lone goal in his first two games. He is a roll every night type of player with a favorable matchup against Winnipeg and a price that won’t hinder the cap space for your lineup. If the Isles can get their first line and power-play clicking, Tavares could be in line for a big day Monday.
Steven Stamkos ($7,300) – Stamkos, like Tavares, is an every night player who has only a single goal on the young season. Also like Tavares, he has a salary too low to pass up for a player of his caliber and finds himself in a strong matchup with a Bruins team that has a weak defense and has yielded eight goals against to opponents this season. Stamkos has seven SOG in two games so expect him to keep shooting and find more twine soon.
Blake Wheeler ($6,200) – Wheeler and running mate Andrew Ladd have been a sparkplug for the Jets for years and that is continuing in the early stages of the season. Wheeler has three points (2G, 1A) through two games with seven SOG and is seeing plenty of secondary opportunities manning the Jets top power-play unit.
Jonathan Drouin ($4,400) – This could be shaping up as the season that Drouin finally arrives and breaks out at the NHL level. Playing on the Lightning’s top line with Stamkos and Ryan Callahan, Drouin has two assists in as many games this season. He needs to see his SOG number go up but he’s a threat every night to find the scoresheet while playing with a sniper like Stamkos. Drouin is a great value pick to offset putting Stamkos in your lineup and providing you a top line stack.
Brandon Sutter ($4,000) – After an offseason trade from Pittsburgh to Vancouver most penciled Sutter into the second-line center slot for the Canucks. But a preseason shift to wing has seen the 26-year old win a spot on the Canucks top line next to the Sedin twins. Sutter has netted a goal and an assist through two games so far and as long as he remains in his current role he is a fantastic value option at his current price.
Brandon Saad ($5,500) – Many have pegged this as the breakout season for Saad on a line with playmakers like Ryan Johansen and Nick Foligno. So far that line, and the team, have underperformed but have a great bounceback opportunity against a weak Buffalo defense and their goaltender Chad Johnson (.875 SV%, 3.30GAA.) Expect Saad to be firing the puck early and often and not break the bank on your lineup.
Others to Consider: Ryan Johansen ($6,100), Daniel Sedin ($6,000), David Pastrnak ($4,600), Jaromir Jagr ($4,800), Ryan Strome($4,500), Andrew Ladd ($5,300)