NHL Daily Fantasy Helper: Monday 12/3/18
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
Anton Khudobin ($8,100): The Dallas Stars are likely to start Khudobin on Monday against the Edmonton Oilers. In his last four starts, Khudobin has seen 30-plus shots in each. Five of his last six starts have come on the road so it will be intriguing to see what he does at home against a more defensively conscious Edmonton team. Will the shot volume be there? It should. Khudobin, barring a last-minute change, comes in at the second-cheapest price on the slate among projected goaltenders. Watch to see if Cory Schneider starts at $7,300. Schneider is an extreme risk, but so is Carter Hutton at his lofty $8,600 price tag.
Taylor Hall ($8,000): Hall is still within a point of his numbers from the start of last year. Matchup-wise, Tampa Bay has serious problems trying to slow down the Hall line. The problem with the Hall line is just converting goals. Hall is still averaging just over 3.5 shots per night and creating scoring chances at a top 10 rate per 60 minutes. New Jersey has a projected goal total of 3.39, which is the highest on the slate. Nikita Kucherov ($8,900), Jeff Skinner ($7,200), and Alexander Radulov ($6,600) are also solid options on Monday night, given the shorter three-game slate.
Brayden Point ($7,900): Just push play when Point plays New Jersey. In the two season meetings between the two, Point has three goals and five assists. That is not a misprint! The problem for New Jersey is no line can contain their high-danger chances and ability to counter quickly. As long as Connor McDavid is on a slate, Point will not see a price of $8,500 or more, making him more appealing. And New Jersey has yielded 23 goals in their last 5 games to boot! On this short slate, Tyler Seguin ($8,000) and even Ryan Johansen ($6,000) offer some good choices to go with on Monday night.
Jesper Bratt ($3,700): The Devils' winger plays with Taylor Hall, where is speed has been a huge asset. He has played 16 or more minutes in 4 consecutive games, so he is seeing more than enough power-play time. Bratt has generated 60 shots in the previous 5 games and 4 points in his last 4 starts. The skater could provide Tampa's depth defensemen with some matchup nightmares. Ryan Hartman ($3,600) is our other top choice provided he stays in Nashville's top-six. Due to injuries, that appears to be likely at this stage. Hartman fired five shots on net over the weekend and two of those were high-danger chances.
Gavin Bayreuther ($3,600): Bayreuther is a dicey tournament play on Monday night, but he is seeing 20-plus minutes of ice time a night, and he can provide occasional offense as well (four points in nine games). Edmonton's top line will pump a lot of shots on net, and don't be surprised to see Bayreuther out there every so often. That should bump up his modest floor (1.67 shots and 1.1 blocks per contest). There are some other options to consider, including Erik Cernak ($3,500). Cernak blocked six shots over the weekend and could provide a surprising floor if he continues to play around 20 minutes a night.
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