This isn’t the night where you can set your DFS NHL lineup without getting your hands dirty. Superstars are few and far between at each of the four DraftKings positions, but there should be no shortage of scoring with so many suspect defenses in action. The most expensive goalies in the contest (Tuukka Rask, Semyon Varlamov) host favorable opponents, but also sport nightmare goals-against averages at home. With so many wild cards involved, it’s time to get creative in your stacks, invest in value picks and go against the grain to diversify your assets.
Tuukka Rask ($7,400) – The Flyers are playing their second game in as many nights, and Rask is coming off his first win of the season against the upstart Coyotes. The Bruins dropped their first three games at home before their offense picked up the slack with 11 goals during their impressive two-game road swing. I like Boston’s chances of carrying over that momentum behind Rask, especially considering Philly has been held to one goal or fewer in three of its first five games.
Cam Talbot ($6,500) – The Red Wings are allowing the third-most shots on goal per game League-wide (33.4), which bodes well for the Oilers as they return home after consecutive road wins in Western Canada. Talbot has allowed two goals in three of his first four starts since joining Edmonton and is the only value goalie pick I would comfortably roll out in DFS on Wednesday. Taylor Hall and Connor McDavid are heating up on separate lines for the Oilers, so Talbot has a strong chance at a win if the goal support continues.
Justin Faulk ($5,300) – Faulk is the most expensive defenseman on the board Wednesday, but for good reason. He has been one of the most consistent DFS performers on the blue line since the start of the season, posting at least three DraftKings points in each of his five games with an average of 4.7. With the pricing structure of the contest scaled down for defensemen, you don’t have to break the bank to take advantage of Faulk’s favorable matchup at Colorado, who has allowed 14 goals in three home games this season.
Dion Phaneuf ($4,100) – Phaneuf is a boom-or-bust SOG defenseman for Toronto, but does have four assists and six blocked shots in five games this season. Buffalo is much improved this season in terms of SOG allowed per game, but their penalty kill is tied for the weakest in the League and could be exploited by the Maple Leafs’ top man-advantage unit, led by blueliners Phaneuf and Morgan Rielly ($3,900).
Others to consider: Zdeno Chara ($4,700), Erik Johnson ($4,600), Rasmus Ristolainen ($4,000), Andrej Sekera ($2,800)
David Krejci ($5,200) – Krejci is one of the hottest players League-wide and has been an absolute beast on the power play. He has a pair of three-point games and at least a point in each of his first five. He is averaging more DraftKings points per game than any other center in action Wednesday, and is $1,800 cheaper than Nathan MacKinnon — who has the next highest rate of production. It may be early, but the Flyers are surrendering the fourth-most points League-wide to opposing centers, so this is a matchup you should live and die with because of Krejci’s affordability.
Sam Reinhart ($2,700) – The deep crop of rookies has stolen the spotlight early on this NHL season, and Reinhart could be the next one to make DFS waves. He played with Ryan O’Reilly and Tyler Ennis at even strength his last time out and scored his first career goal with three SOG. Priced near the bottom of the barrel, he’s staying in a top-six role for the time being— making him a no-brainer on light game night against the Maple Leafs. Ennis and O’Reilly are going for $4,800 a pop, so you can get the whole line for $12,300 — one of the most undervalued trio stacks of the night.
Others to consider: Connor McDavid ($5,400), Jack Eichel ($5,000), Brayden Schenn ($4,500), Dylan Larkin ($3,900)
Evander Kane ($5,300) – While many Sabres have struggled generating offense in their losses this season, Kane has churned out three SOG per game through five contests. He has two assists so far but is long overdue for a goal — especially against the Maple Leafs (three goals on 41 SOG in 13 career games vs. Toronto). While the right side of Jack Eichel’s line has been a game of musical chairs, Sabres coach Dan Bylsma has stuck with Kane on the rookie’s left wing. The Leafs are allowing 3.2 goals per game (tied for fifth-most in NHL), so Kane could finally score his first regular-season goal for Buffalo with three to five SOG.
Kris Versteeg ($4,200) – A dark horse stacking option for Wednesday is the even-strength and power-play combination of Versteeg and center Eric Staal ($5,600). Versteeg is seeing 4:13 per game on Carolina’s first power-play unit (two PPP) through five games, and three of his four points so far have come on the road. Versteeg won’t have a high ownership at Colorado, so specifically target him if you’re playing a guaranteed prize pool (GPP) contest.
Others to consider: Gustav Nyquist ($5,000), Alex Tanguay ($4,300), Nail Yakupov ($4,000), Teemu Pulkkinen ($3,000), Daniel Winnik ($3,000)