4 NHL FanDuel Studs to Target on 10/21/19
Spending up in any Daily Fantasy lineup is how to get the superstars and the highest upside players in your lineup. In NHL DFS, it’s different than paying up in sports like NBA or NFL. Someone can be one of the highest-priced players at his position a put up a total dud of a performance, and paying that much for him would be a huge mistake. Let’s make sure we are paying up in the right spots when building our lineups tonight.
The week kicks off with a smaller 4 game slate on a Monday, with two teams standing out above the others. Which studs should we look at for this slate?
Tyler Seguin, Center, Dallas Stars
FanDuel Price: $7,700
If there was ever a get right spot for a team in the NHL this season, it's facing the Ottawa Senators at home. The Dallas Stars have been playing poorly all season, yet they still are -210 favorites to beat Ottawa, according to FanDuel Sportsbook. If we are looking at someone on the Stars in this matchup, it should be Tyler Seguin. While Seguin has not lit the world on fire so far this season, he was the Stars' most dangerous player last season. He leads the team in shot attempt rate and was second in points per 60 minutes, per Natural Stat Trick. Dallas has the second-highest team total on the slate, and should have ample opportunities to get their power play going as Ottawa has allowed 4.29 power-play opportunities per game, according to numberFire's NHL DFS Matchup Heat Map.
Mitchell Marner, Wing, Toronto Maple Leafs
FanDuel Price: $7,900
The Toronto Maple Leafs had to switch their lines around with John Tavares being injured, and it created a new top line with Mitchell Marner now being played on the top line with Auston Matthews. Marner is one of the game's elite passers of the puck, having led the league in first assists per 60 minutes last season. Now playing with a great finisher like Matthews full time, the results could be explosive. Marner had two assists on Saturday the first time this line was put together, and that was against a tough defensive team in the Boston Bruins. Tonight against the Columbus Blue Jackets, the matchup should be easier, and the Leafs had the slate's highest implied goal total at 3.68. Marner could easily have another multi-point outing in this spot on Monday night.
Morgan Rielly, Defenseman, Toronto Maple Leafs
FanDuel Price: $6,500
Another Leaf who looks to be in good form is Morgan Rielly. He scored two goals on Saturday night and had a four-assist, six-shot performance two games before that. Rielly's even-strength shot rate is eighth among defensemen in the league. The Leafs power play is really clicking to start the season, scoring on nearly 27% of their opportunities with the man advantage. Rielly is in a tier of his own for defenseman tonight given his team's matchup and the role he has a huge part of the team's offense at even strength and on a dangerous power play.
Ben Bishop, Goalie, Dallas Stars
FanDuel Price: $8,400
Last season's Vezina Trophy finalist Ben Bishop finally showed last year's form on Saturday with a great performance in a win over the Philadelphia Flyers. He stopped 38 of 39 shots fired at him. Tonight he gets to face one of his former teams in the Senators, and the spot couldn't be much better. Ottawa has the lowest implied goal total on the slate, and their power play has scored just 4% of the time this season. Bishop has a great chance of getting the win and his chance to get a shutout isn't negligible. He's worth playing in all formats, in cash games for the safety and in tournaments for that upside that a shutout would give to your lineups.
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