5 NHL FanDuel Values to Target on 1/16/20
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
Nazem Kadri, Center, Colorado Avalanche
FanDuel Price: $4,700
With zero points in the last five games, Nazem Kadri is on a bit of a slump. However, he has been a very good second line center this season despite a somewhat underwhelming 27 points and 43 games. However, he has been playing a bunch on the top power-play unit, as well, which should give him higher upside in general.
The San Jose Sharks have allowed 3.29 goals against per game, which is the seventh-most in the NHL. They're a team that has struggled with goaltending for the last couple years and are probably the biggest disappointment of the season.
Anthony Duclair, Winger, Ottawa Senators
FanDuel Price: $4,100
Anthony Duclair has 21 goals and 32 points in 45 games, which is probably close to what one would have expected from Duclair throughout the entire season. The matchup will be Pete DeBoer's first game coaching the Vegas Golden Knights after they fired Gerard Gallant yesterday.
The Ottawa Senators will be on home ice, which is great because they are actually 11-7-4 at home and horrible on the road with a 5-15-4 record. The Sens are a somewhat exciting team for how bad they're supposed to be, and this is a decent matchup for Duclair against the underperforming Golden Knights.
Tyler Toffoli, Winger, Los Angeles Kings
FanDuel Price: $4,700
As an upcoming unrestricted free agent, Tyler Toffoli is probably playing some of his last games as a member of the Los Angeles Kings. After just 12 points in the first 26 games, Toffoli has picked things up a lot lately with a decent 15 points in 21 games, which paces out to almost 60 points over the course of the season.
Toffoli has also been playing on the Kings top line with Anze Kopitar and Alex Iafallo lately, as well as playing on the top power-play unit. They'll visit the Florida Panthers, who allow 3.31 goals against per game, the sixth-most in the NHL.
Kevin Shattenkirk, Defense, Tampa Bay Lightning
FanDuel Price: $4,300
Kevin Shattenkirk has set himself up for a decent contract this summer. He signed a one-year deal with the Tampa Bay Lightning last summer to try and rejuvenate his career after really struggling mightily last season with the New York Rangers. He has 27 points through 46 games, while he had just 28 points in 73 games last season.
Shattenkirk is averaging about two shots and a block per game, and he plays on the Lightning's second power-play unit, which is a solid role.
Mattias Ekholm, Defense, Nashville Predators
FanDuel Price: $4,200
Mattias Ekholm has 25 points in 44 games, putting him on pace for 47 points, which would be a career high. With Ryan Ellis on the shelf, he is getting a bit more time on the power play. While it's the second unit, there is still some added upside.
In addition, Ekholm averages 2.27 shots per game and 1.5 blocks per game, which give him some added production. He's relatively cheap and faces an Anaheim Ducks team that allows 3.17 goals against per game and has a struggling penalty kill that is successful just 77.3 percent of the time.
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