4 NHL FanDuel Values to Target on 4/12/21
Rostering low-salary players 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, as there are a lot of lower-salaried options.
Monday night features an eight-game schedule. Let's look at some value picks.
Kirby Dach, Center, Chicago Blackhawks
FanDuel Salary: $3,700
Kirby Dach keeps playing with Patrick Kane and Alex DeBrincat. At this point, since his salary has remained the same, why not just keep plugging him in. Dach added a couple of scoring chances, a shot, and two blocked shots versus the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday.
Dach keeps seeing 17, 18, 19 minutes a night for the Chicago Blackhawks which makes the decision even easier. He is playing with two of the best wingers on the slate and has power-play correlation with them. What's not to like?
Another center at a solid salary is Ryan Hartman ($3,300). He carries some risk but the Minnesota Wild forward played 18 minutes over the weekend against St. Louis and could see top-six like ice time once again on Monday in Minnesota.
Tim Stuetzle, Wing, Ottawa Senators
FanDuel Salary: $3,900
Tim Stuetzle could finish the season strong for the Ottawa Senators. He has endured some growing pains in his rookie season but comes off one of his best performances over the weekend against the Toronto Maple Leafs where he racked up 24.8 FanDuel points.
It is his ability to adapt and operate in tight spaces. Stuetzle had a goal and an assist along with three shots and three scoring chances on Saturday. Against Edmonton earlier in the week, the winger fired 6 shots on net while attempting a season-high 11 tries.
Please understand with the eight-game slate, there are a few more value choices than usual. Alex Tuch and Joonas Donskoi are both at $3,700 from the Vegas Golden Knights and Colorado Avalanche respectively. Both are capable of scoring multiple goals at any time.
Ryan Graves, Defenseman, Colorado Avalanche
FanDuel Salary: $3,500
Ryan Graves is a dicey roster option on Monday but in the last two games he has paid off handsomely for Colorado with ten shots on net combined and a goal with an assist. His ability to block several shots a night lately is also an asset.
Graves had four scoring chances over the weekend against the Anaheim Ducks. It boils down to the simple fact that Graves just has to shoot more to be effective. That was what made him successful offensively last year and at times this season.
Graves and Colorado are home to the Arizona Coyotes tonight. Both teams are not rested but at least Colorado will be at home. They also average a league-leading 3.56 goals per game on a whopping 35.3 shots per contest.
Martin Jones, Goalie, San Jose Sharks
FanDuel Salary: $6,900
San Jose is projected to start Martin Jones in net versus Anaheim on Monday night at home. Jones has played well of late. He has won five of his previous seven starts including posting a shutout versus the Los Angeles Kings earlier in the month.
The goalie does carry considerable risk given his last start against the Ducks saw him yield 4 goals on 33 shots. Pretty much every game is a must-win for San Jose if they want to stay on the playoff bubble. Can Jones keep playing just consistently enough to give the Sharks another chance at a win?
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