NHL Daily Fantasy Helper: Monday 3/25/19
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
Connor Hellebuyck ($8,000): The Winnipeg Jets are projected to start Hellebuyck against the Dallas Stars on Monday night. The Winnipeg goalie has been a bit hit-or-miss play of late but has four wins and a no-decision in his last five starts. That includes two shutouts and three quality starts. These were against teams like Boston and Vegas, too. The Jets have a 1.05 goal per game goal differential at home, which may offer a cushion for the Winnipeg goalie. Dallas struggling to put pucks in the net (two goals a game) makes Hellebuyck even more of a solid play. Devan Dubnyk ($8,000) is a risky start but could face 30+ shots against an angry Nashville Predators team.
Auston Matthews ($8,600): Matthews faces a Florida team that was hot of late until hitting a brick wall against the Bruins. They yielded seven goals at home in that one, but on the road the Panthers give up 3.7 goals per game. The good news is that this expects to be a high-event game. Florida is fourth in the league in shots per 60 but sixth is shots allowed per 60 away from home. Matthews hit the net 36 times on over 60 attempts in his last six games. There is another center, in Aleksander Barkov ($8,2000), that could be a viable option as well. He is a few hundred dollars cheaper and has 25+ FanDuel points in three of his last four starts.
Vladimir Tarasenko ($7,900): This is another game that should be entertaining. Tarasenko is up to 60 real-world points in 69 games on 245 shots. The Golden Knights yield 3.05 goals per game on the road, and the St. Louis Blues have scored over 3.5 goals a game since February 1. The winger has 11 power-play goals on the season and the Blues have been around 25% on the man advantage over their previous 10 home contests. St. Louis has scored 24 goals over their last five games with the top-line accounting for over a third of that production. Calgary's John Gaudreau ($8,200) and Tampa Bay's Nikita Kucherov ($9,300) are both in good spots on their home ice Monday night.
Luke Kunin ($3,200): Kunin keeps getting top-line minutes, which adds to his value. If he is playing 18 minutes a night, that adds value to the punt play. Nashville has been struggling of late and if there was a time to pick on values this would be it. Ryan Donato again creates a reasonable mini-stack option here for a bargain basement price. The under has hit in six straight contests for the Predators, so goals could be at a premium. However, Kunin's speed and wrist shot have been creating 2.5 scoring chances a game over the past half-dozen contests. Also, Jeff Carter ($4,300) has produced 15+ FanDuel points in consecutive contests and is starting to look like the Jeff Carter of years gone by.
Andrew Mangiapane ($3,600): Mangiapane has been on fire with the rest of the bottom-six and merits at least a one-off play on Monday night. The risk is obvious as the winger gets zero power-play time. However, playing against the worst the Los Angeles Kings have to offer is enticing. Over the last three games, this line has generated the most scoring chances per 60 on their team -- even above the Gaudreau line. Those are some heady numbers given what that Calgary top line is capable of at home. The Flames, behind their balanced attack, average 4.27 goals per game at Scotiabank Saddledome.
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