NHL Daily Fantasy Helper: Tuesday 2/26/19
A good chunk of you played daily fantasy football this year, 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
Brian Elliott ($7,500): The Philadelphia Flyers will start Elliott against the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday night. The visiting Sabres are not rested and lost 5-3 to Toronto last night in a high-paced game. If Philadelphia can slow down the Jack Eichel line, they stand a good chance of winning. Elliott has put up solid numbers in his 17 games this year (2.54 goals against average, .917 save percentage), while Buffalo averages around two goals a game on the second leg of back-to-backs over the past two seasons. The Flyers should be able to outscore the Sabres and earn Elliott a win. Robin Lehner ($8,500) presents a good option for the New York Islanders, and one of Curtis McElhinney or Petr Mrazek would be a wise choice against a Los Angeles Kings team that has lost eight straight contests.
Patrice Bergeron ($8,200): Bergeron features a nice matchup at home against the San Jose Sharks. The top line of Boston, even without David Pastrnak, delivers double-digit FanDuel point production on pretty much a nightly basis. On this night, they get a Sharks team that scores 3.59 goals per game on the road but allows 3.5 per contest. Top lines account for around 50% of the production against San Jose, so that is encouraging for any Boston plays. Sidney Crosby ($8,700) and Sebastian Aho are options to consider as well on Tuesday.
Vladimir Tarasenko ($8,600): Tarasenko is one good pick for this slate. He cooled off a bit for St. Louis, but he typically has a high floor, which insulates him from awful nights. The Nashville Predators are also on a back-to-back and come off a strange game in which they here honestly outplayed by the Edmonton Oilers. The Blues' right-winger has four goals in his last two games against Nashville -- on 12 shots(!) and including a hat trick at that. St. Louis' home numbers are slowly tilting back to normal, and they still average 3.2 goals per contest there. Blake Wheeler ($7,600) and Jake Guentzel ($7,400) appear to be reasonable choices on Tuesday night against Minnesota and Columbus, respectively.
Joel Eriksson Ek ($3,500): With the Minnesota trades, it appears Eriksson Ek will continue to see top-six ice time (15-16 minutes a night). That means he will garner value as his price has remained mostly stagnant. Winnipeg is banged up with several defensemen either out or not 100% due to injury. They have allowed 22 goals in their last five games, so Minnesota is at least worth a look on Tuesday for that reason alone. Their players, like Eriksson Ek, will be under-priced and can score some goals on occasion. Nick Cousins ($3,700) receives top-six ice time in Arizona, and Jean-Gabriel Pageau ($3,500) is one of the more high-risk value plays from the center position.
Lawson Crouse ($3,800): Crouse is heating up with points in his last two games and a promoted role in the top-six for the Coyotes. This should amount to more power-play opportunities. The main knock on Crouse is he does not hit the net enough with his shot. Four shots in the last two games is okay, though the eight attempts are more important. At least he is trying to hit the net, which was something Crouse did not do earlier in the season. He draws a matchup against a tired Florida Panthers squad -- one that yields 3.79 goals per game with a 79% road penalty kill. Ryan Donato ($3,500) and Michael Frolik ($3,600) present reasonable value options with decent road matchups for contrarian purposes.
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