With the NFL season officially over and the NBA on All-Star break, the NHL takes center stage tonight in the daily fantasy sports world. Twenty teams will lace up their skates and hit the ice today, but with the majority of the action on FanDuel centering around the eight evening games, these picks will do the same.
Martin Jones – San Jose Sharks – $8,100 - On a night with plenty of appealing expensive skating options, I’m quite high on Martin Jones in net. Not only is he well underpriced, but he also has a very nice home matchup on tap against an Arizona team that was in action last night. Jones cruised to an easy victory in his only other start this season against the Coyotes, and has posted an impressive 9-2-1 record to go along with a 2.06 GAA and .927 SV% over his last 12 starts. His confidence should be soaring after a dazzling 33-save shutout over the defending Stanley Cup champions in his last outing.
John Tavares – New York Islanders - $9,000 – Tavares stayed hot with a goal and an assist against the Kings on Thursday and has now tallied three goals and four assists during his current four-game scoring streak. His price is on the rise, but he draws a decent matchup against a Hurricanes team that was in action (overtime) last night and who he lit up for three goals and five assists in four games last season. He’s proven to score in bunches throughout his career, and with five goals and nine assists in his last 11 games, he’s certainly locked in right now.
Connor McDavid – Edmonton Oilers - $7,800 - The hype was real. After missing nearly three months with a shoulder injury, the phenom McDavid has wasted no time reminding the hockey world why he was the #1 overall pick in last season’s draft. McDavid exploded for two goals and three assists on Thursday night against the Maple Leafs and has now tallied four goals and eight assists in six games since the All-Star break. He’s posted 24 points in his first 19 career NHL games, and not only does he have a nice home matchup against the Winnipeg Jets on tap, but also still carries a very reasonable asking price. He’s simply a dangerous player to fade in your cash games this evening.
Alex Ovechkin – Washington Capitals - $10,100 - I’m not going out on a limb with this pick, but when Ovechkin heats up, it’s wise to take notice. The Russian sniper picked up his first hat trick of the season on Thursday night and has now lit the lamp in three straight games. He’s poured in 13 goals over the last 13 games and scored a goal against Dallas in their only previous meeting this season. His 261 SOG easily leads the entire NHL and he should only benefit from facing a Dallas team that plays at the fastest pace in the NHL (116.2 CP60). He’s not cheap, but there’s enough value to easily get him into your lineups.
Daniel Sedin – Vancouver Canucks - $7,400 - Daniel Sedin has been held off the score sheet in each of the first four games since the All-Star break, but with a home matchup against the under-manned Toronto Maple Leafs awaiting him tonight, I’m expecting that to change tonight. Sedin picked up an assist and unloaded seven shots on goal in his only other meeting against the Maple Leafs this season and leads Vancouver with 44 points in 54 games. The Maple Leafs have coughed up 15 goals during their current three-game losing streak and losing Dion Phaneuf has really highlighted their defensive shortcomings.
Patrick Eaves – Dallas Stars - $4,200 - The matchup may not be ideal, but the dirt cheap price-tag is certainly a plus. Eaves was recently promoted to the Stars’ top line to play alongside Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn and has taken full advantage of his new responsibilities. Eaves posted his second career hat trick in Chicago on Thursday night and has now tallied four goals and three assists over his last four games. He’s also privileged enough to join both Benn and Seguin on the #1 power-play unit and you just can’t ask for much more at this price-point.
Jiri Sekac – Chicago Blackhawks - $3,000 - If you’re not excited about Eaves and still looking for some value on the wing, Jiri Sekac is another fine option. With Artemi Panarin still likely out of action with flu-like symptoms, Sekac is slated to join Patrick Kane and Artem Anisimov on the Hawks’ most dangerous forward line. While he hasn’t produced much offensively during his short career just yet, he has fired four shots on goal in each of the last two games and should benefit greatly from playing alongside the NHL’s leading scorer. To make things more interesting, tonight he’ll square off against an Anaheim team that just sent him packing last month. Just be sure to monitor the status of Artemi Panarin prior to puck drop.
Erik Karlsson – Ottawa Senators - $7,800 - Karlsson may be the most expensive defenseman on the board, but he’s actually rather reasonably priced for a guy with 62 points in 56 games this season. Karlsson has dished out ten assists in six games since the All-Star break and has absolutely torched the Columbus Blue Jackets in their previous meetings this season; scoring two goals and adding five assists in two games. He leads the league in average ice-time per game (28:57) and will be a staple in my cash games this evening.
Ben Hutton – Vancouver Canucks - $3,800 – With Alex Edler lost for the next six weeks, rookie Ben Hutton is set to inherit a much heavier workload. The 22-year old logged a season high 23:14 in ice-time against Arizona on Wednesday and has grabbed the reigns as the point-man on the Canucks’ #1 power-play unit. He’s picked up four assists in the last six games and tonight’s home matchup against the depleted Maple Leafs is a terrific one. If you’re in need for some value on the blue-line, give him a long look.