NHL Daily Fantasy Helper: Monday 10/29/18
A good chunk of you probably already play daily fantasy football, and I'd be willing to bet a significant portion have also tried out daily fantasy basketball and baseball. But hockey? Hockey?
To help, let's take a look at some goalies, high-priced skaters, and lower-priced players to target for today's slate.
Goalie to Target
Jacob Markstrom ($7,600): The Vancouver Canucks have to play Markstrom at goalie with Anders Nilsson out due to injury. He is a value goalie who becomes a coin flip with Mike Smith basically. The problem here lies in the risk. but the one good aspect is that Vancouver will be low owned on this slate aside from their second line. Toronto's Frederik Andersen ($8,000) is also reasonably priced. At this price, this option is a good for both cash games and GPPs, despite what should be high ownership rate. Keep an eye on goalie confirmations as several late changes have caught people off guard lately.
John Tavares ($8,200): The Toronto Maple Leafs forwards enjoy a great matchup against the Calgary Flames tonight, and this will be hard to fade even with Auston Matthews out due to a shoulder injury. Tavares has 13 points on 41 shots in just 11 contests. Also, Calgary has yielded 21 goals in their last five games with a penalty kill around 71% on the season. Toronto will likely be the highest owned stack play on the night when all is said and done. Other potentially high-owned centers include Eric Staal and Sean Monahan.
Zach Parise ($6,600): Parise checks in as a low-risk GPP play tonight against the Vancouver Canucks. Vancouver has allowed 17 goals in their last 5 games and has given up 11 goals in their previous 3 home contests. The Minnesota Wild forward should be moderately owned and can help create a modestly priced stacking possibility. Parise continues to shoot at 3.3 shots on net per night and is attempting over five shots each game. Those are encouraging numbers that are likely to continue with his chronic back and knee issues behind him.
Sam Bennett ($3,300): Bennett is a decent punt play against the Toronto Maple Leafs tonight. He has played 15 minutes in each of his last two contests, and could start seeing more looks on Calgary's man advantage. Another inexpensive winger option could be Nikolay Goldobin ($3,600), who played 18 minutes against Pittsburgh and generated four scoring chances along with three shots. Kasperi Kapanen is still around $4,100 from Toronto and is seeing top power play and line time.
Travis Hamonic ($3,800): A two-game slate with only one marquee team will lower expectations among the value choices. Hamonic scored a goal in his second game back from injury and honestly he is more of a floor play here. The potential for 4-plus blocks is moderate against a Toronto team that shoots a lot (over 35 shots per game). Do not be shocked to see Hamonic on the power play more and more. Calgary needs a player that can keep goalies honest with a few shots coming from the point.
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