With nine games and plenty of star power on the docket for Tuesday night, let’s take a look at some top, and value, contenders for your DFS hockey lineups:
Henrik Lundqvist ($8,000) – Lundqvist is one of the main reasons why the Rangers are perennial Stanley Cup contenders and this season is no different. 3-0-0 and sporting a 2.01 GAA and .943 SV%, Henrik is an pricey play but has a great matchup against a Winnipeg team on the tail end of a back-to-back after facing the Islanders Monday afternoon.
Antti Niemi ($6,800) –Monitor his status as Dallas could start Kari Lehtonen ($6,700) in this game. Niemi was dominant in his season opener against Pittsburgh, shutting out the Penguins stacked offense, but followed that up allowing six goals on Satuday against Colorado. If Niemi gets the nod he is a strong candidate for a bounceback against an Oilers squad that’s managed just a single goal so far this season. Either Niemi or Lehtonen would be a solid buy-low option to free up some money in your lineup to spend elsewhere on Tuesday night.
Pekka Rinne ($8,200) – Rinne, a perennial Vezina Trophy contender, is having an excellent start to his season. Rinne has surrendered only a single goal on the campaign so far and has a juicy matchup against the lowly Devils on Tuesday. Like Lundqvist pay the premium price for Rinne and take advantage of the great matchup.
Others to Consider: Jimmy Howard ($6,800), Carey Price ($8,400), Brayden Holtby ($8,400), Martin Jones ($7,000), Brian Elliott ($7,700)
P.K. Subban ($6,200) – Subban, as well as defensive partner Andrei Markov($4,600), is a candidate to be in your lineup every night. On the young season Subban has been producing as good as ever with four assists in the Canadiens first three contests. His shooting numbers are low, only five SOG, but the Habs will need the offense going up against a Pittsburgh team looking to breakout. Look for Subban to play a large role for Montreal on Tuesday night.
Dougie Hamilton ($4,700) – One of the most surprising moves of the off-season was the trade that sent Hamilton to Calgary from Boston. He has settled nicely into the Flames top-four on defense. Hamilton is one of the best, young defensemen in the NHL and gets good category coverage in DK DFS hockey categories. So far this season Hamilton has one goal, three SOG and two blocked shots.
Keith Yandle ($5,100) – Acquired at the trade deadline last season, Yandle struggled to fit into the Rangers system. The season seems to be a different story for the offensively gifted blueliner. Yandle has three points, all assists, so far this season and recorded his third multi-point game as a Ranger on Saturday against Columbus. In that game he saw more TOI than Rangers captain Ryan McDonagh and is getting extra chances to produce as he has effectively run the Ranger’s first power-play unit this season.
John Carlson ($6,200) – Carlson had his big breakout year last season for Washington and now is looking to continue the momentum. Washington has played only one game on the season but Carlson was great posting two assists, one on the power-play, three shots and one block. He is creeping up into the upper echelon of DFS defensemen and is a top option on Tuesday night against San Jose.
Others to Consider: Mike Green ($5,000), Victor Hedman ($4,900), Jason Garrison ($4,200), John Klingberg ($4,400), Alexander Edler ($4,300)
Sidney Crosby ($8,000) – Crosby and the Penguins have been bad this season. An opening night shutout loss to the Stars and subsequent follow-up with a single tally performance against the Coyotes is not what DFS owners were expecting to start the year for the Pens. With a matchup against the Canadiens on Tuesday, Sid the Kid and the Penguins will need to shoot early and often to try and avoid an 0-3 start and beat Carey Price.
Johnny Gaudreau ($5,800) – Gaudreau has looked every bit the player he was that made him a Calder finalist last season. Playing with Sean Monahan and Jiri Hudler, “Johnny Hockey” has posted four points (1G, 3A) and six shots through Calgary’s first two games. He still has the value that won’t hurt your salary cap.
Daniel Sedin ($6,100) – Sedin has been firing the puck early and often on the season with 13 SOG in his first three contests. With a goal and two assists so far Sedin has a favorable matchup against the Kings and Jonathan Quick (.833 SV%, 4.50 GAA) on Tuesday night.
Kevin Hayes ($4,200) – Hayes has found a strong pairing with Derek Stepan and Chris Kreider on the Rangers second line so far this season. Hayes has a point in every game so far this year and is seeing an increase in both TOI and power-play time and the extra opportunities are paying off. He’s a great value pick against Winnipeg.
Alex Galchenyuk ($4,900) – The Canadiens have been waiting for Galchenyuk to step up and make an impact in their lineup. So far this season he has done that and settled in nicely with linemates Lars Eller and Alexander Semin. With four points in three games, Galchenyuk is an intriguing option for Tuesday night against a weak defense for Pittsburgh.
Craig Smith ($5,300) – Smith has been a consistent performer for the Predators with back-to-back 20+goal seasons for Nashville. This season could be even better for Smith with another year in Peter Laviolette’s offensive-minded system. With two goals in as many games, Smith and the Predators have a favorable road matchup in New Jersey on Tuesday against the Devils.
Others to Consider: Derek Stepan ($5,400), Bo Horvat ($3,600), Connor McDavid($5,600), Mike Cammalleri($5,200), Patrick Marleau($5,800), Phil Kessel ($7,300), Mark Scheifele($4,700)
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