3 NHL FanDuel Values to Target on 12/20/19
If you follow the NHL, you already know all of the top players. Obviously, when playing DFS, those players will come at a high cost. In this article, we are looking to find the cheaper value plays to help you afford the superstars.
Jack Hughes, Center, New Jersey Devils
FanDuel Price: $4,400
The first overall pick in the 2019 draft hasn't had a very productive offensive season, but I think, in general, we have been spoiled and have unrealistic expectations for 18-year-olds in the NHL. Another reason for a lackluster season offensively for Jack Hughes could be the fact that the New Jersey Devils, as a team, have been a huge disappointment.
He has been decent, though, with 13 points in 30 games along with 61 shots. In addition, his 49.8 Corsi For percentage (CF%) isn't terrible, and he is going to continue to have opportunities. Hughes plays on the third line at even strength and on the top power-play unit, so there will be chances for him to produce.
Kasperi Kapanen, Winger, Toronto Maple Leafs
FanDuel Price: $3,800
Speaking of opportunities, Kasperi Kapanen continues to play in the top six for the Toronto Maple Leafs at even strength with Auston Matthews and William Nylander. While he doesn't log any time on the top power-play unit, Matthews and company do a lot of damage at even strength.
Kapanen is also an integral part of the Leafs' penalty kill ,and with how they play on the penalty kill, they are always on the lookout for an offensive opportunity when shorthanded. They take on the New York Rangers, a team that is allowing 3.15 goals against per game, the ninth most in the NHL.
Tony DeAngelo, Defense, New York Rangers
FanDuel Price: $4,400
Even though the Leafs' penalty kill has improved immensely under Sheldon Keefe, Tony DeAngelo is far too cheap for a defenseman who plays on a team's top power-play unit. He also rates as the second-best point-per-dollar play among defensemen, per our projections.
DeAngelo has 23 points in 33 games to go along with 60 shots and 21 blocks. He has both a high ceiling and a very solid floor, and he could be a sneaky-good play tonight.
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