The second straight day of only three NHL games on the docket leaves DFS Hockey players scrambling to put together their lineups with a limited player pool. Let’s take a look at some top, and value, targets for this Monday October 26:
Jaroslav Halak ($7,100) – Halak had a rough outing his last start against Boston on Friday night. The Isles didn’t put the best effort forward in front of him, and Halak was sharp early in the contest. Expect him to come out strong on Monday against the Flames who are coming off a tough loss Sunday night to the Rangers at the Garden. Roll Halak at a good price.
Mike Smith ($6,000) – Smith is still the best value buy for goalies and has a very favorable matchup on Monday against the Maple Leafs. The Coyotes are one of the surprises of the season so far and Smith is still carrying a SV% of .927 and 5.1 fantasy points per contest.
Corey Crawford ($7,600) – Crawford and the Balckhawks are off to a great start in the title defense season and they face the surprisingly lowly Ducks on Monday night in Chicago. Crawford is the most expensive goalie on Monday, but at only $7,600 and sporting a 1.84 GAA and .929 SV%, he’s a strong play against the offensively anemic Ducks.
Others to Consider: Frederik Andersen ($7,000).
Oliver Ekman-Larsson ($5,000) – Three points, all assists, and nine shots in his last four games are strong reasons why OEL should make his way into your lineup on Monday night. A game against the team currently sitting fifth-worst in the NHL in goals against just makes him more appealing.
Brent Seabrook ($4,500) – Take advantage of the moderate pricing for Seabrook now before it goes up in the wake of Duncan Keith being hurt for the next six weeks. In the two games since losing Keith, Seabrook has stepped his game up with four points (1G, 3A) and seven SOG and is seeing plenty of time at even strength and manning Chicago’s lethal power-play unit.
Nick Leddy ($3,400) – Leddy finally managed to grab his first point of the season on Saturday against the Blues. Leddy seemed more involved in the Isles offense in that game and could see a solid outing on Monday against Calgary at at incredible value price for a top-pair defenseman.
Dion Phaneuf ($4,300) – Phaneuf has been solid for Toronto so far this season and had a strong outing over the weekend against Montreal with an assist and five SOG. The Coyotes have been more porous on defense their last few games so Toronto could potentially see some good scoring chances. Expect Phaneuf to be involved early and often for the Maple Leafs on Monday.
Others to Consider: Johnny Boychuk ($5,100), Morgan Rielly ($4,000), Mark Giordano ($5,800), Trevor van Riemsdyk ($2,900), Hampus Lindholm ($4,600).
John Tavares ($8,200) – Tavares is this highest priced player on Monday but he’s a player you can argue about starting every night and has a favorable matchup with Calgary on Monday. Tavares has points in six consecutive games for the Islanders and has continued his scoring pace from last season with 11 points in eight games this season. Pay the price and put him in your lineup without hesitation.
Patrick Kane ($7,700) – Kane has matched Tavares with 11 points on the season as the two leading scorers playing on Monday night and is riding a three game point-streak of his own. Over that period, Kane has managed two goals, three assists and eight SOG. The Ducks are struggling at both ends of the ice right now so Kane is a great roll for your lineup.
Martin Hanzal ($4,200) – With nine assists on the season, Hanzal shows no sign of slowing down as he continues to play on the Coyotes top-scoring line at the moment with Anthony Duclair and Max Domi. The two young studs will give Hanzal ample opportunity to produce with their high-end scoring ability and with his affordable salary gives you a front-line center for a great value. The three, along with Ekman-Larsson, make up the Coyotes top power-play unit against Toronto’s 25th ranked penalty killing unit.
Johnny Gaudreau ($6,000) – Gaudreau’s SOG numbers have been down this season, less than two per game, but he is riding a three game scoring streak with five assists in the span. He and linemates Hudler and Monahan have formed a formidable trio and Gaudreau scored a goal and had five shots in two games against the Islanders last season. With another assist on Sunday against the Rangers, Gaudreau now has 11 points on the season in eight games and is a solid play on Monday night.
Nazem Kadri ($4,900) – Kadri continues to see time on the Maple Leafs top line with JVR and Leo Komarov. While he only has three points on the season, he is leading the Maple Leafs in shots on goal and is averaging almost five per game. All three on this line are averaging over 3 points per DFS Hockey contest and will be leaned on for offensive production against Arizona.
Mikkel Boedker ($3,800) – Boedker had his breakout game of the season on Saturday night with a hat-trick against Ottawa. He was hurt for much of last season and looked sluggish early this year as he tried to get back and find his stride. Now with all four of his goals, and nine SOG, in his last three games plus spending time on the Coyotes second power-play unit, expect Boedker to be given a plethora of opportunities to produce for Arizona against Toronto.
Others to Consider: Artemi Panarin ($4,700), Leo Komarov ($3,200), Ryan Strome ($4,500), Max Domi ($5,200), Anthony Duclair ($4,100).