NHL Daily Fantasy Helper: Tuesday 4/16/19
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?
It's time to give it a try over on FanDuel because it's a ton of fun.
And our analysis and projections can help you win. 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
Matt Murray ($7,800): Murray gets the start on Tuesday night against the New York Islanders, after suffering a third straight loss on Sunday. The Pittsburgh Penguins have made their road a nightmarish one with a bevy of mistakes at the worst possible times. Murray is high-risk because he has allowed 10 goals so far in the series. Again, most of these have come at critical points where a save here or there may have changed the tide. Murray is a two-time Stanley Cup winner and played at a Vezina caliber pace throughout the second half of the season. He has also faced at least 30 shots in each of the three games and has back-to-back 30-save games. An elimination game may spark the Penguins just enough. For GPPs, look toward Robin Lehner ($8,500) and perhaps Sergei Bobrovsky ($8,700).
Sidney Crosby ($8,200): The Penguins need their captain to perform like one. So far, through three games, Crosby has just six shots on net and five scoring chances. Some opportunities have been there, but it has been a puck hopping a stick or a bad break not in his favor. Crosby had 100 points in 79 games on 220 shots this year. That includes 12 power-play goals as well. Yet, during even the man advantage, Pittsburgh looks less dangerous with Crosby on the ice. It has been quite impressive how the Islanders have mostly kept the center bottled up, but this could be his breakout in a win-or-go-home matchup. Other options include Paul Stastny ($6,600) and Matt Duchene ($6,900) on Tuesday night.
Nikita Kucherov ($8,600): Kucherov sitting out Game 3 ate at him. Expect the winger, a 128-point scorer this season, to come out flying and firing. Honestly, scoring chances should be there, so do not be surprised if the triplets are reunited at some point for Game 4; after all, Tampa Bay must find sustained offense and fast. With zero margin for error and nothing to lose, it truly is time to play with what has gotten the team to this point. Kucherov may play 25 minutes -- or close to it -- on Tuesday night since he gives this team the best chance to win, period! The Golden Knights' Mark Stone ($7,800) may not play a role in all six goals again, but the San Jose Sharks have had zero answers for him all series.
Valtteri Filppula ($4,100): The center options are a bit lean on Tuesday night but third liners have produced like kings all playoffs long. Filippula has topped 19 FanDuel points in three of his last four starts. And again, value comes from him creating plays. His shot volume is low, so there's a dangerous risk (three shots on net in series) in rolling him out there. Elsewhere, Anthony Cirelli ($4,100) has disappeared for Tampa Bay, yet he is a plausible choice here.
Jared McCann ($3,800): McCann is akin to a gunshot straight draw looking for a river card in poker. Why? His physical presence and above average hands are just what a Sidney Crosby needs. The question and risk involved rests solely with McCann's health. Is he 100 percent? No one but McCann and the coaching staff know this for sure. However, Game 4 would be a good time for McCann -- five shots in two games this series -- to garner some top-line minutes because this Pittsburgh team is a shell of its former self. Brandon Tanev ($3,500) and Riley Nash ($3,300) are also high-risk punt plays from the bottom six on Tuesday.
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