NHL DFS DraftKings Snipes – Wednesday October 17th, 2018
Each post will provide a quick recap of players discussed in previous articles. Success is the clear goal, but it is important to understand our misses as well. See if we can find those trends that work, and areas we can improve.
Yesterday’s slate had two shootouts, two overtimes and another shutout. Keith Kinkaid of the Devilsis looking like the real deal to start the season with his second shutout of the season. This was an impressive one against the Dallas Stars. It was a return of the Mac as Nathan MacKinnon continued his goal streak. He has put up at least one goal in all six games. Gritty in Philly got to go home happy as the Flyers took down the Panthers in a shootout. Claude Giroux and Wayne Simmonds each tallied two goals. The Canucks took down the Penguins in overtime despite missing their young stud Elias Pettersson. Goals were scored by Brandon Sutter, Ben Hutton, and Brock Boeser. Tampa beat Carolina at home 4-2 with a hat trick from Tyler Johnson. Connor McDavid did connor McDavid things with two goals and two assists in a Oilers overtime victory in Winnipeg. The Wild beat the Coyotes at home as Devan Dubnyk had 31 saves on 32 shots. To finish off the night, the Vegas Knights took care of business against the Sabres as Jonathan Marchessault recorded two goals and William Karlsson had a goal and two assists.
Below is a recap of Sunday’s DraftKings Snipes action that we talked about.
Nathan MacKinnon – 1 goal on 3 shots. 22:33 time on ice.
Erik Haula – 1 SOG. 12:34 time on ice.
Steven Stamkos – 1 SOG. 15:59 time on ice.
Brayden Point – 3 SOG. 14:21 time on ice.
Yanni Gourde – 1 goal on 2 shots
Jake Guentzel – 1 goal on 3 shots
Blake Comeau – 2 SOG
Shayne Gostisbehere – 1 assist and 2 blocked shots. 24:02 time on ice.
Josh Morrissey – 1 assist. 22:42 time on ice
Casey DeSmith – 3 goals against. 23 saves. Overtime loss.
NHL DFS DraftKings Snipes – Centers
Evgeny Kuznetsov Capitals ($7,300)
It is hard to argue with nine points in five games. Kuznetsov has picked up where he left off last year, averaging 6.4 FPPG. His average time on ice has remained in the 20+ range which is the longest of his career. If you give him that much time with Ovechkin, they are bound to get a bundle of points. Add in the fact that he gets major usage on the power play, and it just improves his chances of getting on the board. Their first power play unit is ridiculous with Kuznetsov, Oshie, Backstrom, Ovi, and Carlson.
Nicklas Backstrom Capitals ($6,300)
Backstrom is an excellent option if you want to fade Kuznetsov. He saves you $1,000 and still provides that upside as one of the best facilitators in the NHL, and a hue part of the Caps power play. His even strength line isn’t quite as deadly as Kuz, but he still plays alongside T.J. Oshie and Jakub Vrana. The main difference between Backstrom and Kuz is that goal scoring mentality.
Phillip Danault Canadiens ($4,600)
Danault is a cheap option on the top line for the Canadiens. He skates between Brendan Gallagher and Tomas Tatar, the two top point scorers on the team. His fantasy points don’t show it yet averaging just 2.2 FPPG, but he is certainly capable of cleaning up around the net. He creates havoc with his speed. Danault’s season was cut short last year after catching a slap shot to the head from Zdeno Chara (no bueno!). He is yet to score a goal in this young season, but has three assists through five games, and a nice match-up tonight at home against the Blues.
NHL DFS DraftKings Snipes – Wingers
Alex Ovechkin Capitals ($7,800)
You may think that it is risky picking against Henrik Lundqvist, but Ovi has proven that is not the case. He has 22 career goals against him, and gets to face a Rangers team on the second night of a back to back. on top of that, the Rangers rank 26th in the NHL against opposing left wingers. As one of the greatest goal scorers of this generation, and likely of all time, Ovi is about as safe a pick as they come.
Chandler Stephenson Capitals ($3,900)
Stephenson is the last piece of the top line stack in Washington. He will be the reason you can afford to spend big on the two studs from his line in Ovi and Kuz. I am not recommending playing Stephenson as a one-off. He should only be considered if you are stacking Ovi and Kuz for the chance to score even strength.
Brad Marchand Bruins ($7,000)
You could spend big on David Pastrnak and no one would judge you as he has seven goals already in five games. But Marchand saves you $1,000 to spend elsewhere and still has goal-scoring upside. He has been more of a play-maker with nine assists and just one goal but he can really score in bunches. As a 30+ goal scorer in three consecutive seasons, there is no reason to believe he can’t continue that trend. One thing to watch out for is his knack for sitting in the penalty box, maybe there’s heated seating in there.
NHL DFS DraftKings Snipes – Defense and Goalies
Charlie McAvoy Bruins ($5,400)
With Krug still on the DL, McAvoy has filled in on the top defensive pairing with Chara. He has a goal and four assists on the season and should cover the blue line behind the outstanding first line offensive unit of Bergeron, Pastrnak and Marchand.
T.J. Brodie Flames ($3,800)
This could be a fast paced game, with a good amount of scoring. Both teams have started hot as the Flames are 3-2 and the Bruins 4-1. What stands out to me with Brodie and the Flames is their ability to possess the puck. Brodie has a CF% of 62.4 and a FF% of 58.7. Giordano may have the slightly better statistics, but Brodie will help you fill up the center, forward or goalie spot at this low price and still provide you with upside.
John Gibson Ducks ($8,300)
The Ducks have not confirmed a goalie yet. However if Gibson gets the nod, he is my favorite goalie for tonight. Stay tuned on Twitter as I’ll update starting goalies as soon as I find out. Gibson is 3-1-1 on the season with a .944 SV%. He is averaging 6.9 FPPG and has a shutout on the season already. The Ducks may not be the most heavily favored team tonight, but I still prefer Gibson over Holtby due to the GAA an SV% difference.
Carey Price Canadiens ($7,800)
If Gibson is a no-go then my next choice would be Price. The Blues are off to a slow start and the hope here is that the trend continues. Tarasenko has been held to just two goals on the season. Price missed has had a few days off recovering from the flu, but is the confirmed starter in tonight’s tilt. Price has a 2.32 GAA and is averaging 3.3 FPPG. Right now, the line is close to even, but the Canadiens at home against a struggling Blues team seems like a pretty solid match up.
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