4 NHL FanDuel Values to Target on 3/2/21
Spending lower in any daily fantasy lineup is a way to incorporate some diversity into your roster. In NHL DFS, there is typically more value in this strategy but also a good deal more risk. This is especially true on tonight's slate, where there are lots of lower-salaried plays. Plugging in these options will afford you more chances to play some studs, as well.
Tuesday night has eight games scheduled on the docket. Let's take a look at what values we can find.
Kevin Stenlund, Center, Columbus Blue Jackets
FanDuel Salary: $3,400
The Columbus Blue Jackets' forward is a risky proposition at best, but his salary is so low. He can get a few pucks on the net, but his production can be scattered. He averages only 13 minutes of ice time a night and often sees little -- if any -- power-play time.
He had five scoring chances in his previous two starts, though, including the opening goal on Sunday versus the Nashville Predators. That play illustrated the allure of Kevin Stenlund. It is just that the winger needs the opportunity to do this more often. His defensive acumen has come under question a little, which does limit his ice time potential.
Sam Gagner, Wing, Detroit Red Wings
FanDuel Salary: $3,900
Sam Gagner is being given the green light to shoot as he fired seven shots against the Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday and 18 over the last four games with 11 scoring chances. He is one of the few Detroit Red Wings' forwards who is generating opportunities with any consistency. The downside is he plays just 13 minutes a night.
Gagner does see some power-play time for Detroit and does face a former team in the Columbus Blue Jackets tonight. He knows them rather well, and Columbus is brutal when it comes to allowing scoring chances in close. Overall, the Blue Jackets have allowed nearly 34 shots per 60 in their last 10 games.
If Gagner seems too dicey of a choice, Colin Blackwell ($3,800) gets some time on the man advantage for the Rangers.
Ty Smith, Defenseman, New Jersey Devils
FanDuel Salary: $3,700
Value is dangerous on this Tuesday night, and Ty Smith is an illustration of that. His shot volume is down dramatically (five shots over his last five games). However, in two previous meetings against the New York Islanders, he had three assists and a bevy of scoring chances.
Defensive freedom and usage should be a major asset for Smith. With the rest of the New Jersey Devils' defense struggling, Smith sees time in almost every phase now. What choice does Lindy Ruff have at this point? If New Jersey is going to be successful against the Islanders, Smith's transition game and shot from the point need to be utilized.
Igor Shesterkin, Goalie, New York Rangers
FanDuel Salary: $7,300
With the Sabres performing so poorly over the weekend, did they even get a high-danger scoring chance against the Philadelphia Flyers? It did not feel like it. Scoring has been so down for Buffalo as they totaled no goals over the weekend.
This could be a nice start for Igor Shesterkin to bounce back after the rough game against the Philadelphia Flyers and the cameo versus the Boston Bruins. He will not be coming in cold and could still face around 25 to 30 shots. Before that Philly game, the Rangers' goalie yielded two goals or fewer in five of six starts.
The goaltending position may feature Juuse Saros ($7,100) in the net for Nashville, and he'd be an interesting value target. He is only a projected starter, though, so make sure he plays.
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