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FanDuel NHL Plays: Friday

by Chris Lowery
Updated On: December 3, 2018, 6:02 pm ET

Each day I will be providing my recommended player picks for your FanDuel daily fantasy hockey lineups.

 

My FanDuel NHL Plays will be broken down by player positions, and will include picks for cash games (50/50s/double-ups/head-to-head) and GPPs (guaranteed prize pool tournaments).

 

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Are you new to Daily Fantasy Hockey? Check out these strategies documents first for tips and recommendations to craft your winning FanDuel hockey lineups:

 

Introduction to Daily Fantasy Hockey: Breaking it Down

Winning Strategies for Cash Games (head-to-head, 50/50s)

Winning Strategies for GPP Tournaments

Advanced Tips for Winning by Utilizing Vegas Odds and Line Combinations

FanDuel Daily Fantasy Hockey Research and Strategy Tools

 

 

It’s Thanksgiving week, so we get a bonus 12-game split schedule to kick off the weekend. The Nashville Predators, Minnesota Wild, Detroit Red Wings and Dallas Stars are your big favorites tonight, and with the holiday yesterday we have zero teams playing on consecutive nights.

 

 

 

GOALTENDERS

 

Make sure to check the RotoGrinders NHL Starting Goalies Page to confirm that the goalies listed below are starting prior to game time.

 

 

 

EARLY

 

Pekka Rinne, Nashville Predators, $8,700 - I love Henrik Lundqvist today, but I think the win is just as safe for Pekka Rinne and he is much cheaper. The Philadelphia Flyers are a complete mess, sitting dead last in goals per game (1.50) this season. Look for the Predators to dominate this game from puck drop and for Rinne to come away with an easy win.

 

 

(Early) Goalies To Target (Cash Games) – Henrik Lundqvist, Devan Dubnyk, Braden Holtby

 

(Early) Goalies To Target (Tournaments) – Ben Bishop, Tuukka Rask, Michael Hutchinson, Steve Mason

 

 

 

LATE

 

Mike Condon, Montreal Canadiens, $8,100 – Condon has done a nice job filling in for the injured Carey Price and I think he gets the job done again tonight versus a weak New Jersey Devils team. Condon may not be an elite goalie, but at his price all we need is a win and no more than two goals allowed.

 

 

(Late) Goalies To Target (Cash Games) – Marc-Andre Fleury, Jimmy Howard, Jaroslav Halak

 

(Late) Goalies To Target (Tournaments) – Linus Ullmark, Cam Ward, Roberto Luongo, Sergei Bobrovsky

 

 

 

CENTER

 

EARLY

 

Nicklas Backstrom, Washington Capitals, $6,200 – Backstrom is playing his best hockey of the season right now and he remains very moderately priced.  Backstrom has multi-point upside on a nightly basis and he gives you cheap exposure to the NHL’s best goal scorer in Alexander Ovechkin.

 

 

(Early) Centers to Target (Cash Games) – Derick Brassard, David Krejci, Ryan Getzlaf, Jonathan Toews, Steven Stamkos

 

(Early) Centers to Target (Tournaments) – Claude Giroux, Bryan Little, Evgeny Kuznetsov, Tyler Johnson, Artem Anisimov, Kevin Hayes

 

 

 

LATE

 

Tyler Seguin, Dallas Stars, $8,800 – Seguin is riding a six-game point streak and I expect him to extend it to seven against the Vancouver Canucks tonight. Seguin has been the most consistent scorer in the game this season and he will once again find his way onto my cash game roster this evening.

 

 

(Late) Centers to Target (Cash Games) – John Tavares, Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Tomas Plekanec, Henrik Zetterberg, Pavel Datsyuk, Sean Monahan, Henrik Sedin

 

(Late) Centers to Target (Tournaments) – Jack Eichel, Leon Draisaitl, Ryan Johansen, Adam Henrique, Jason Spezza, Frans Nielsen, Alex Galchenyuk, Aleksander Barkov

 

 

 

WINGERS

 

EARLY

 

Rick Nash, New York Rangers $9,500 – Nash has been a scoring machine of late, racking up five goals and 16 shots on net in his last five games. The Bruins are not the defensive juggernaut of old, and having a tough defensive season thus far, allowing the sixth most goals against per game. Not to mention, they are taking the fourth most penalty minutes per game and they have had a tough time killing them off (27th ranked penalty kill). Look for Nash to stay hot in this game.

 

 

Artemi Panarin, Chicago Blackhawks, $4,600 - Let me save you some time and salary, roster Panarin in your early cash game lineups. The rookie continues to produce for Chicago (23 PTS, 22 GP) and you can’t beat his price.

 

 

(Early) Wingers to Target (Cash Games) – Alexander Ovechkin, Patrick Kane, Rick Nash, Corey Perry, Loui Eriksson, James Neal, Thomas Vanek

 

(Early) Wingers to Target (Tournaments) – Mats Zuccarello, Rickard Rakell, Brayden Schenn, Blake Wheeler, Nikita Kucherov

 

 

 

LATE

 

Kyle Okposo, New York Islanders, $6,400 – Okposo is enjoying life back on the New York Islanders’ top line, as evident by his six-game point streak. Okposo is at his best when flanking superstar John Tavares, and he has multi-point upside in this game tonight.

 

 

Justin Abdelkader, Detroit Red Wings, $4,800 – The Edmonton Oilers are a team I want to pick on and Abdelkader presents great value.  The Oilers are a poor defensive team, sitting at or near the bottom of the league in most defensive categories. Skating on the Red Wings’ top line and number power-play unit alongside Henrik Zetterberg gives Abdelkader plenty of scoring opportunities at a discount.

 

 

(Late) Wingers to Target (Cash Games) – Jamie Benn, Max Pacioretty, Phil Kessel, Patric Hornqvist, Daniel Sedin,  Johny Gaudreau, Jaromir Jagr

 

(Late) Wingers to Target (Tournaments) – Taylor Hall, Brock Nelson, Eric Staal, Michael Cammalleri, Max Domi, Devante Smith-Pelly, Dylan Larkin, David Perron, Jannik Hansen

 

 

 

DEFENSE

 

EARLY

 

Ryan Suter, Minnesota Wild, $4,300 – Ryan Suter has been a cash game beast this season with 20 points and 48 shots on goal in 20 contests. The Winnipeg Jets are really struggling of late, losing eight of their last ten games and allowing the most goals per game in the month of November. The Jets also remain the league’s most undisciplined team, leading the NHL in penalty minutes per game. Look for Suter to light them up with the man advantage.

 

 

(Early) Defensemen to Target (Cash Games) – John Carlson, Torey Krug, Shea Weber, Duncan Keith

 

(Early) Defensemen to Target (Tournaments) – Brent Seabrook, Shayne Gostisbehere, Cam Fowler

 

 

 

LATE

 

John Klingberg, Dallas Stars, $6,400 – If you can afford to pay up on defense tonight, Klingberg is hard guy to ignore. He leads all National Hockey League defenseman in points this season with 24 in 22 games. Klingberg has also been a monster on the power play this year (ten power-play points) and I think he breaks through on the man advantage tonight against the Vancouver Canucks’ terrible penalty kill.

 

 

(Late) Defensemen to Target (Cash Games) – P.K. Subban, Kris Letang, Andrei Markov, Niklas Kronwall

 

(Late) Defensemen to Target (Tournaments) – Oliver Ekman-Larsson, Mike Green, Justin Faulk, Nick Leddy, Rasmus Ristolainen, Oscar Klefbom

 

Chris Lowery
Chris "Pepsi7" Lowery is the 2013 FanDuel Baseball Champion, pocketing $235,00 between that first place finish and a third place finish with his other entry. He also qualified for the FanDuel DFBC finals in 2012, finishing 7th. Impressively, MLB may not be his best sport as Chris is one of the best Daily Fantasy NHL minds in the business. Chris contributes to RotoGrinders, and you can follow him on Twitter @Pepsi7DFS.