While college football will likely garner most of the headlines in the sports world today, the NHL brings an action-packed 12-game schedule to the DFS party. With this many games, there are obviously plenty of nice options for your FanDuel teams, and here are my top picks for cash game use.
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Martin Jones – San Jose Sharks - $7,600 – There are several appealing goaltender options on tonight’s slate, but dollar-for-dollar, Martin Jones is my top target. After two years of terrific results as the backup to Jonathan Quick in Los Angeles, Jones has taken kindly to his new starting role and has posted a 4-2-0 record with a 1.64 GAA and .940 SV%. The Carolina Hurricanes were shutout in Los Angeles last night and look to be running out of gas as their grueling west coast road trip drags on. The combination of the bargain price-tag and excellent shot at the “W” sets Jones apart this evening.
Tyler Seguin – Dallas Stars - $8,600 - Seguin won’t come cheap, and was finally cooled off a bit on Thursday, but I’m going to do my best to squeeze him into my lineup tonight. He’s already racked up four goals and six assists in just seven games this season, and just terrorized this Panthers team when they squared off last week, scoring two goals and adding two assists in Dallas’ 4-2 victory. Alongside both Jamie Benn and Patrick Sharp, this is arguably the most dangerous line in the NHL and Seguin can approach value based on shot volume alone some nights.
Nathan MacKinnon – Colorado Avalanche - $6,200 - The start of the 2015-16 season has resembled a dumpster fire for the Columbus Blue Jackets as they enter tonight’s game with an 0-8-0 record and have allowed an average of 4.63 goals against per game thus far. While the Avalanche certainly haven’t been overly impressive, they are a solid favorite by Vegas standards and did cruise to an easy 4-0 victory against the Blue Jackets in their last visit to the Pepsi Center. Nathan MacKinnon, the first overall pick in the 2013 NHL draft, has led the Avalanche attack to start the season as he’s posted two goals and four assists through the first six games. MacKinnon was far more productive on his home ice last season (9 goals and 16 assists in 33 home games) and comes at a very reasonable asking price.
Vladimir Tarasenko – St. Louis Blues - $8,200 - Tarasenko has been an offensive force since the day he stepped on the ice in a St. Louis Blues uniform, and things have been no different this season, as he’s already scored five goals and added four assists through the first seven games. He posted a ridiculous 20 goals, 20 assists and a +18 in 38 home games last season and picked up a goal and an assist in two meetings with the New York Islanders last year as well. He’s a lethal force on the wing of the Blues’ #1 power-play unit and should be salivating to get a crack at an Islanders penalty kill that ranked #26 in the NHL last season.
Mark Stone – Ottawa Senators - $5,000 – Stone doesn’t quite garner the amount of attention he likely deserves, but after tallying 15 goals and 23 assists in 36 games after the All-Star break last season, his hot start to the 2015-16 season definitely shouldn’t be ignored. Stone owns two goals and six assists through his first seven games and flourished on home ice last season, posting 14 goals, 23 assists and a +13 in 41 games at Scotiabank Place. He scored a goal and dished out two assists against this defensively inept Coyotes team last season and looks like one of the best bargains on the board tonight.
Michael Cammalleri – New Jersey Devils - $6,300 - Cammalleri led the Devils in scoring last season and has jumped out the gates quickly in 2015-16. Through seven games he’s tallied a pair of goals and added six assists. He’s fresh off of a three assist performance against the Senators on Thursday and posted a goal and an assist in two meetings against the Sabres last season. Cammalleri is a dangerous weapon on the wing of the Devils top power-play unit, and he should skate into plenty of scoring chances against this Buffalo team that owned the league’s worst penalty kill last season.
Brent Burns – San Jose Sharks - $6,300 – Burns has been quiet lately, but it’s hard to argue with a “defenseman” who racked up 17 goals and 43 assists last season. Burns logged over 27 minutes of ice-time against the Kings in his last game and lives on the point of the Sharks very dangerous #1 power play. With a booming slap shot and offensive freedom that few other blue-liners in the league can get away with, he looks to be well worth the investment tonight.
Andrei Markov – Montreal Canadians - $4,800 – Markov exploded for a goal and four assists (and a +4) in last night’s game against Buffalo and has another terrific matchup on tap tonight against the struggling Toronto Maple Leafs. Markov now owns one goal and eight assists through the first eight games on the season. He posted half of his points last season (25 of 50) on the power-play, which bodes well for him against a Maple Leafs team that owned just a 80.5% penalty kill last season.