With Rangers vs Sharks the only game on the docket for this Monday night of DraftKings DFS Hockey, let’s take a look at some contenders to put into your lineup for the contests that start tonight and stretch into the Tuesday slate of games! Here are your Rangers and Sharks Monday NHL Targets:
Martin Jones ($7,000) – At the present moment Jones is arguably the best goaltender in the NHL. With his win Friday over New Jersey, Jones moved to 4-0-0 on the season and came within four minutes of posting his third consecutive shutout. Still, the numbers the 25-year old are putting up should have DFS players scrambling to put him in their lineup every night he starts. $7,000 for one of the hottest goalies in the NHL right now with a 0.49 GAA and a .982 SV% is a no-brainer.
Henrik Lundqvist ($7,800) – The Rangers played a Sunday afternoon game yesterday, so monitor this as Antti Raanta ($7,400) could get the nod in goal for the blueshirts. By all account, Lundqvist has had a great statistical start to the season. A 3-2-1 record, 2.16 GAA and .931 SV% are top of the league numbers and Lundqvist is always reliable to post consistent lines similar to that. The Sharks are missing a major offensive piece in Logan Couture, so don’t hesitate to put Lundqvist in your lineup at a very affordable price.
Brent Burns ($5,800) – Burns has consistently been one of the best offensive defensemen in the league since he came to the Sharks. With three points in five games, he will provide the blue-line spark your lineup needs and is a great source of category coverage with SOG and blocked shots as well. The price is high but there are value options that you can off-set his salary with.
Keith Yandle ($5,000) – Yandle is just one of the many Rangers stars who is slumping right now. Three assists on the season, but pointless in his last three games, Yandle is primed for a breakout game soon. He hasn’t been shy about shooting with seven SOG in that pointless span, so he is due for pay-dirt soon.
Justin Braun ($3,000) – Braun is a great value buy on the Sharks backend. He collected his first two points of the season Saturday against the Islanders and has seemed more willing to shoot the puck and put it on net with four SOG his last two contests. He isn’t seeing power-play yet, but on the first-pair with Vlasic is seeing good offensive chances with the Sharks top lines.
Ryan McDonagh ($4,500) – McDonagh is the other Rangers defenseman who is leaned on to provide the offense from the blue-line. He is shooting the puck, eight SOG, and is playing well defensively with seven blocks on the year. He is running the Rangers second power-play unit and will continue to see top minutes at even strength with ample opportunities to produce.
Others to Consider: Marc-Edouard Vlasic ($3,500)
Joe Pavelski ($6,800) – Pavelski has started the season strong for the Sharks after being named Captain before the season. Averaging a point-per-game at the moment, Pavelski has two goals and three assists in San Jose’s first five contests on the young season. Pavelski netted a goal on Saturday against the Islanders, and is quickly making the case as a player to put in your lineup on a nightly basis.
Rick Nash ($6,800) – Nash has struggled early in the season with a single point, an assist, in the Rangers first six games. Coming off a career high of 42 goals last season, Nash is too good of a player to not break his slump soon. Going against a hot goalie could be exactly what Nash needs to force his game to come around.
Derek Stepan ($5,400) – Stepan has been solid for the Rangers with four points (3G, 1A) in six games while skating on NY’s second line with Chris Kreider and Kevin Hayes. This has been a consistent pairing so far for the Rangers and should stay in place for the time being. Stepan is averaging 3.7 fantasy points per night and is a great value buy for the production.
Patrick Marleau ($5,900) – Marleau is still chugging along and is currently averaging 4.4 points per fantasy contest, second-best among San Jose skaters behind Pavelski. He has three goals in his last four games and is almost certain to notch at least three SOG.
Joe Thornton ($4,800) – Thornton is still one of the best playmakers in the NHL today. He picked up two assists against the Isles on Saturday and has five points in as many games so far this season. Skating on a line with Pavelski will certainly keep Thornton DFS relevant with a chance to find the scoresheet every night.
Others to Consider: Oscar Lindberg ($3,000), Tomas Hertl ($4,200), Mats Zuccarello ($4,900), Joel Ward ($3,800), Kevin Hayes ($4,100).
I’ll be back tomorrow with another Targets article, as well as a new Cheat Sheet and Line Stacks with seven more games on tap for Tuesday night. As always for any DFS Hockey questions or comments this season, find me on Twitter at: @JHarding_Hockey