​3 NHL FanDuel Studs to Target on Friday 4/22/22​

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.

Friday night grants us four more games. Here are some studs.

Nathan MacKinnon, Center, Colorado Avalanche

FanDuel Salary: $9,700

The choice here was rough. In a matchup against each other, Connor McDavid and Nathan MacKinnon are both fantastic options. In the end, MacKinnon was the pick because of the lower-salary stacking possibilities there are alongside him.

While the Edmonton Oilers have been white-hot lately (15-3-2 in their last 20), the Colorado Avalanche have been a bit human. MacKinnon has been off in three of his past four games, totaling just two shots each in those contests. Before that, MacKinnon had seven goals and five helpers in his previous five appearances.

Given all that, MacKinnon might not be as popular as McDavid is.

Pairing MacKinnon with players like Andre Burakovsky and Cale Makar gives you gobs of upside.

Kevin Fiala, Wing, Minnesota Wild

FanDuel Salary: $7,600

It took a while, but Kevin Fiala has been on fire -- and he gets a prime matchup against the Vancouver Canucks.

The Minnesota Wild forward now has 30 goals and 45 assists in 76 games, which includes seven goals and seven assists in the previous seven outings.

The opposing Canucks are among the five worst teams in the league on the penalty kill. That is a good sign for Fiala, who loves firing the puck in all situations (3.25 shots per game).

The Canucks are on the road after a five-game homestand. Fiala has to be licking his chops.

Cale Makar, Defenseman, Colorado Avalanche

FanDuel Salary: $6,800

The Colorado defenseman has trended downward a bit in salary. That is not a bad thing necessarily.

Makar has bounced back with three goals and six assists over his last seven games. His floor has not been great, but he does have 22 shots on goal and 11 blocked shots during that span.

Since John Carlson plays the Arizona Coyotes on Friday night, he might wind up as the most popular defenseman, possibly making Makar a bit contrarian for a change.

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