The weather is changing, the MLB playoffs are pushing towards a conclusion, College Football has reached Conference play, the NFL is in full swing, and the NHL has entered its second weekend of the season. It’s simply an awesome time to be a sports fan, and perhaps more importantly, a daily fantasy sports player! There’s ten games on the ice tonight, so set your lineups and enjoy an entire Saturday of fantasy goodness.
Braden Holtby – Washington Capitals – $8,000 – Holtby was extremely sharp in his last outing, turning away 26 of the 27 shots thrown his way and picking up a win against the defending Stanley Cup champions. Tonight he’ll face a Carolina team that was in action last night and who scored the 4th fewest goals in the NHL last season. Holtby was a force all season at the Verizon Center as he posted a 20-10-4 record to go along with a 2.08 ERA and .926 SV% in 36 home starts. He’s not cheap, but he’s a rock options in all formats.
Others: Ben Bishop, Carey Price, Marc-Andre Fleury, Corey Crawford, Tuukka Rask
Evgeni Malkin – Pittsburgh Penguins $6,900 – It’s highly unlikely that this vaunted Pittsburgh offense stays quiet for long, and with a potentially tired and overmatched Toronto Maple Leafs team invading the CONSOL Energy Center, an explosion seems imminent. Malkin scored his first goal of the season against Ottawa in their last game and the Russian sniper destroyed this Toronto team last season; scoring a pair of goals and racking up four assists in their three meetings. He tallied 15 goals and 25 assists in 35 home games last year and finds himself $1,000 cheaper than his teammate (and another great option) Sidney Crosby.
Tyler Johnson – Tampa Bay Lightning – $6,000 – Johnson is one of the fastest skaters in the NHL these days, and Buffalo is simply not yet equipped to deal with someone with his skill set. He picked up an assists when these two teams met last week and racked up six assists against Buffalo in their five meetings last season. Both the matchup and reasonable asking price make him a player I’ll be targeting heavily tonight.
Others: Steven Stamkos, Tyler Seguin, Sidney Crosby, Jonathan Toews, Sean Monahan, Evgeni Kuznetsov, Aleksander Barkov
Max Pacioretty – Montreal Canadians $7,600 – Max Pacioretty is rarely a bad play in DFS hockey, but he’s posted some extreme home vs road splits in the past and owned 21 goals and 24 assists in 40 home games at the Bell Center last season. He’s already lit the lamp four times while adding a pair of assists in five games this season and had plenty of success against this Detroit team last season (one goal and three assists in three meetings).
Jiri Hudler – Calgary Flames – $4,900 – It’s safe to say that Jiri Hudler has found a home playing alongside Johnny Gaudreau and Sean Monahan on the Flames top scoring line. The talented forward was held off the scoresheet for the first time of the season last night, but posted a career high 31 goals and 45 assists last season. Hudler’s speed and creativity should be on full display against this Edmonton team that’ll likely be content with a back-and-forth style game. Hudler scored a goal and added three assists in four games against the Oilers last season and looks to be underpriced this evening.
Others: Jonathan Drouin, Alexander Ovechkin, Phil Kessel, Patrick Kane, T.J. Oshie, Ondrej Palat, Artemi Panarin, Nikita Kucherov, Patrik Hornqvist
Torey Krug – Boston Bruins – $4,800 – With Zdeno Chara banged up and Dougie Hamilton out of the picture, the Bruins will be leaning heavily on Torey Krug this season. Krug has put up strong offensive numbers at every level on his way to the NHL and things have been no different thus far in the 2015-16 season as he’s already handed out four assists through his first four games. He’s a major weapon on the point of the Bruin’s #1 power-play unit and should find plenty of scoring opportunities against an Arizona team that posted a hideous 76.7% penalty kill last season.
Anton Stralman – Tampa Bay Lightning – $4,500 – With Victor Hedman likely watching from the press-box once again, Anton Stralman emerges as a nice value on the blue-line. Stalman has already picked up four assists on the young season and should be set for an increased roll on the point of the team’s #1 power-play unit. He logged nearly 25 minutes of playing time against Dallas in their last game and tonight’s home matchup against the Buffalo Sabres just doesn’t get much better.
Others: John Carlson, John Klingberg, P.K. Subban, Kris Letang, Brent Burns, Duncan Keith, Mark Giordano, Dougie Hamilton
Best of luck tonight!
JMBWngFn (@JBritt2 on Twitter)