NHL Daily Fantasy Helper: Wednesday 3/6/19
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
Marc-Andre Fleury ($8,200): The Vegas Golden Knights are projected to start Fleury against the Calgary Flames on Wednesday night. Fleury has looked better of late with three quality starts, three wins, and a 160-plus minute shutout streak. He could see a lot of pucks come his way as Calgary attempts to end a two-game losing streak. Furthermore, Vegas has looked like a completely different team since the acquisition of Mark Stone. He's probably more of a tournament than cash option even with Vegas's chance of winning on Wednesday night. Brian Elliott ($7,600) comes across as a value option in tournaments that has won three of his last four starts.
John Tavares ($8,100): Tavares playing against the Vancouver Canucks looks to be an excellent matchup. He has 30-plus FanDuel points in two of his last four contests and Toronto has scored 23 goals in their last 5 games. Also, the Canucks are among the worst in the league at giving up scoring chances (29.17 per 60 minutes). Both teams expect to score goals in this one, but Tavares will draw against Vancouver's depth lines. Mitchell Marner looks like a nice companion piece for mini-stacking. As for other centers, Sean Couturier ($7,500) is in a great spot against Washington on Wednesday night. .
Alex Ovechkin ($9,000): Ovechkin going up against a penalty kill like the Philadelphia Flyers' is almost not fair. Philadelphia kills penalties at a rate of just 77.5% and Washington is successful at a rate of 21.9%. Ovechkin has 15 power-play goals on the 45 power-plays he has played over 65 contests. The winger averages 4.1 shots per game on net while attempting 8 shots per contest. The Flyers often have a tough time matching up against Ovechkin especially in his "office". Some other options on the wings may include Claude Giroux ($7,100) and Vladimir Tarasenko ($8,600).
Oskar Sundqvist ($3,600): Sundqvist plays 14-15 minutes a night and enjoys a good matchup against the Anaheim Ducks' depth. Anaheim comes in on no rest, though there is some risk if they start John Gibson in goal. There's some concern that the St. Louis Blues have only scored seven goals in their last five contests, but Sundqvist has accounted for three of them. Every game, the forward gets more and more comfortable with using his speed and ability to carry pucks deep in the opposing zone. Anaheim is third in high-danger scoring chances allowed and second in scoring chances yielded. Mark Jankowski ($3,800) may be worth a play on Wednesday night against the Vegas bottom-six.
Brandon Pirri ($3,400): Pirri's price has dropped enough to consider him a punt play now. His floor over the last few games has risen to around five combined shots and blocked shots per game. Vegas enjoys a good matchup against Calgary, and Pirri's speed and shot are dangerous, with six scoring chances generated in his last two games. Ryan Hartman ($3,200) is also an option on Wednesday night, along with Tanner Pearson at the same price.
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