​3 NHL FanDuel Studs to Target on Wednesday 3/23/22​

Spending up in any daily fantasy lineup is how to get the superstars and the highest upside players in your lineup.

In NHL DFS, it’s different from spending up in sports like NBA or NFL. Someone can be one of the highest salaried players at his position and put up a total dud of a performance, and paying that much for him would be a huge mistake. Let’s make sure we are spending salary in the right spots when building our lineups tonight.

Wednesday night delivers four games on the schedule. Here are a few studs.

Auston Matthews, Center, Toronto Maple Leafs

FanDuel Salary: $10,200

The Toronto Maple Leafs have one of the best matchups of the week -- nevermind tonight -- against the New Jersey Devils on Wednesday.

Auston Matthews' goal-scoring prowess has been well-documented. He has scored nine times in the last six games on eye-popping 39 shots on goal. The center is averaging 10.3 shot attempts per game during that span.

Even in victory on Tuesday, New Jersey gave up four goals against the New York Rangers. With the prospect of Jon Gillies having to start, Matthews and Toronto could have a huge evening.

The Maple Leafs are projected to score a slate-high 3.81 goals on Wednesday, per our model, and that may be conservative. Get Matthews aboard now.

Mikko Rantanen, Wing, Colorado Avalanche

FanDuel Salary: $8,800

Mikko Rantanen has been a man on a tear over his last four contests for the Colorado Avalanche, totaling four goals and four assists in that time. For the season, he has 31 goals and 44 assists in 62 games. Rantanen has four or more shots on goal in three of his past four starts.

Colorado has a very good chance of scoring several goals tonight against the Vancouver Canucks. Our projections have them netting 3.5 goals. The Canucks rank dead last in the league on the penalty kill. Their percentage dips to 70% on the road.

Rantanen and Cale Makar are excellent options. We have Rantanen pegged for 18.3 FanDuel points, which ranks third among all skaters.

Cale Makar, Defenseman, Colorado Avalanche

FanDuel Salary: $7,100

The aforementioned Avalanche blueliner remains a Norris Trophy and DFS favorite for a reason. He has four goals and seven assists across his last seven games. In four of these games, he had three or more shots on goal. Makar has blocked multiple shots in five of his past seven outings, helping boost his floor.

The defenseman has a superb matchup against Vancouver on Wednesday night. Colorado has a 69.5% implied winning probability.

Makar has scored at least 20 FanDuel points in two straight. He should flirt with that type of production again tonight. Our algorithm has him scoring 16.0 FanDuel points -- 3.4 more than any other defenseman.

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