NHL Daily Fantasy Helper: Saturday 8/29/20
A good chunk of you played daily fantasy football this year, and I'd be willing to bet a significant portion of you 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.
Our analysis and projections can help you win. To help, let's take a look at a goalie, some high-priced skaters, and lower-priced players to target for today's slate.
Update: This piece initially ran prior to Thursday's main slate, which has been pushed to Saturday at 7:00 pm.
Goalie to Target
Jacob Markstrom ($7,400): The Vancouver Canucks will start Markstrom yet again on [Saturday] night against the Vegas Golden Knights. This is a risky GPP pick or even cash game pick for that matter. However, the expectation of facing 30-35 shots along with being the only goalie certain to start at press time helps. He will be the cheapest goalie on the slate and is able to steal games -- much like he did in Game 2 (38 saves on 40 shots). Expect the workload to continue as Vancouver is a speed, counter type of team with a porous middle for a defense. Watch to see if Marc-Andre Fleury starts for Vegas. That may be worth a roll of the dice as an alternative.
Sean Couturier ($6,400): There is hope that what Couturier did in Game 2 will carry over to Game 3. He had a goal, assist, four shots on goal, and four scoring chances. It was the best performance seen in awhile from the center. He looked 100% for the first time this postseason from a mental and physical standpoint. If the Couturier line stays truly engaged and can recreate some of that magic on the power play, then look out. Elias Pettersson ($7,300) is still a trendy alternative with his speed game causing Vegas problems.
Max Pacioretty ($7,800): Pacioretty keeps on rolling with goals in three straight games (exceeding value in all three). That includes a whopping 13 shots and 10 scoring chances in the previous two contests. It seems Vancouver has few answers for the winger who is firing on all cylinders. Pacioretty has hit a few posts and a crossbar in this series as well. Anthony Beauvillier ($6,200) is steady in price and has entered the lower reaches of the upper-tier for New York. He is still worth a look as the Philadelphia Flyers have not contained him to be honest.
Joel Farabee ($3,700): Between Michael Raffl and Farabee, there has been some nice value in these playoffs from the Philadelphia side of the ledger. Farabee set up a few nice scoring chances in Game 2 and plays on the Kevin Hayes line at even strength. Add in the power-play time he gets and Farabee is again like a free square in bingo on this night. His youthful speed and exuberance should be an asset on the back end of a back to back. Also consider Tanner Pearson at $4,400 as he just falls into the value range. How much longer will that be? Probably not long.
Nick Leddy ($3,900): The New York defenseman is a moderate risk GPP play again on [Saturday] evening, but he does have points in four of the last six playoff games while slowly improving his floor with a few blocked shots here and there. He is an intriguing play given Leddy's experience, and again, the blueliner has looked much better and is exceeding value. Philippe Myers ($3,600) is a classic strike the iron while it is hot play as he scored the overtime winner yesterday for Philadelphia.
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