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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Following a busy Saturday that was filled with thirteen (yes!) games featuring twenty-six teams, Sunday brings us a slate of eight games. With sixteen teams in action, you should also note that thirteen of those teams are playing on back-to-back nights (Hurricanes, Predators, Ducks, Devils, Sharks, and Penguins). If you are trying to choose between two players that you have projected to hit the same point target on a short slate, selecting the player who is not skating on back-to-back nights may be the better selection, but in hockey, I weight this contextual factor less than other sports, especially tonight with more than half of the teams in action playing their second game in two days. While there are two slates on FanDuel today with the first set locking at 3:00 p.m. Eastern, the primary slate locks at 5:00 p.m. Eastern.
Andrew Hammond, Ottawa Senators, $8,000 – The suggested play in net is contingent upon his health, and with Hammond not yet confirmed to be in net today, please check the RotoGrinders starting goalie page before locking your rosters. The Hamburglar finally lost a game three days ago and did not look good in doing so, having given up five goals on twenty-two shots. But he gets to face much easier competition today against a Panthers team that is in the middle of a road trip up the Atlantic coast and has historically struggled in the Canadian capital (1-8 in last nine games in Ottawa). Despite dropping two straight games, the Senators still averaged 31.25 shots per game, but were just not seeing their shots hitting twine. Regardless of who is in net today, whether it’s Hammond or Craig Anderson, the Senators’ power play should handle the Panthers’ eighth-worst PK unit, but Hammond is the preferred play as he is still 14-1 on the season with a sparkling .938 SV%, and his modest price point on FD should allow you to squeeze in your high-priced forwards. The play here has more to do with the overall chances that the Senators have to win the game, which makes Hammond a strong play on FanDuel thanks to the bonus points for a win for goalies.
Other Goalies To Target (Tournaments) – Frederik, Andersen, Corey Crawford
Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins, $9,100 – Your cash game lineups should start with rostering Crosby as well as one of his linemates, Daniel Winnik or Patric Hornqvist. Of course, if you are stacking in your GPP lineups, grab this whole line (or swap in Kunitz, who plays with Crosby on the power play, for Winnik to differentiate yourself further). The power play trio is the preferred tournament play today, and the preferred play is Crosby and Hornqvist in your cash games. As a lineup construction tip, in cash games you should grab only two skaters from a line just in case the line does not hit. As the third-most expensive center on today’s slate, Crosby comes into the game in Pittsburgh having recorded at least one point in three straight games and four of his last five, in which he also registered thirteen shots. In a game with a Vegas moneyline set at -150 in favor of the Pens, look for the home team to put up three goals past Antti Niemi, as Vegas does have the over set at -120 to hit. There is a risk that the Penguins will earn a few minuses in this game, as the Sharks will score, but the risk is minimized for the Crosby line as they should be matched up against the Sharks’ third line as much as possible.
Kyle Okposo, New York Islanders, $5,200 – The top overall value wing play today is the Islanders’ second even strength line right winger, who skates with Nikolay Kulemin and Frans Nielsen, and is underpriced at $5.2K this afternoon given his season both pre-and-post-eye injury. He was taken off the team’s top line with John Tavares, but in an expected high-event hockey game today on home ice against the Detroit Red Wings, you will want exposure to this game. With the amount of great, high-priced forwards and defensemen that you will want to roster, grab the top value play at RW in Okposo. With a 4-0 win yesterday against the Lightning, the Wings snapped a two-game losing streak, but prior to that, they had lost six of their last nine games, and have been giving up 30-plus shots in many of those games. They have also given up a total of seven shorthanded goals during that span. Most players may likely stack the Isles’ first line of Anders Lee, Tavares and Josh Bailey, but Okposo is the play today, as he skates with Lee and Tavares on the team’s first PP unit, who should score at least one goal today against Petr Mrazek, who just played last night. Both teams are within a point of each other in the Eastern Conference standings, so with the game expected to be played tightly, look for the goals to come on the man advantage.
Corey Perry, Anaheim Ducks, $9,100 – With four goals and an assist in his last five games, Perry is the top overall play at RW today as his Anaheim Ducks travel to New Jersey as -160 ML favorites to take on a Devils team that has dropped three in a row, and have scored just three goals during those games. Meanwhile, the Ducks have won their last two games on the road against much stronger teams than the Devils (Bruins and Islanders) and should have no trouble increasing their average of 2.82 G/GP against a Devils team that has given up three goals per game during their losing streak. A solid stack today would be the Ducks’ first line with Perry, Ryan Getzlaf and Jiri Sekac (or grab Patrick Maroon instead of Sekac for the team’s first PP unit stack). This top line will put at least one puck in the net, as the Ducks look to battle for the top seed in the Western Conference and head back to Anaheim after tonight’s game.
Erik Karlsson, Ottawa Senators, $6,900 – The Senators’ top defenseman may be the second-most expensive D-man on the slate, but this is for good reason. With at least one point in three of his last five games (1 G, 4 As), Karlsson is one of the hottest blueliners in the NHL right now. In a game that Vegas expects to hit the over of 5.0 goals, this should be a high-event hockey game with both teams shooting the puck thirty plus times on net. Karlsson, who is averaging 3.4 S/GP over his last five games (and 3.57 S/GP on the season), should surpass his average shots per game and will continue his hot streak against a Panthers team that has is just 1-8 in their last nine games in Ottawa, and is often vulnerable to opposing offensive defenseman who lead their team’s offensive attack like Karlsson.
Torey Krug, Boston Bruins, $5,300 – As -167 favorites this afternoon in Carolina, the Bruins are battling for the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference and will try to keep the Ottawa Senators, who are also in action today, a point behind them in the standings. Both the Bruins and Hurricanes are coming off a win yesterday, and Krug is now riding a two-game assist streak. With four points in his last six games, Krug has started to heat back up again, which is great news for his team, because as he picks his offensive game, the team wins. The game today between the two teams may be fairly slow-paced, as each team has been limiting opposing teams to approximately 27.5 shots per game over their last four games, but Krug will be quarterbacking the Bruins’ first power-play unit at the point with David Krejci, and he should record at least one PP point as the Bruins take this game 3-2 or 4-2 with an empty netter. This play here feels contrarian, so if you feel more comfortable taking a D-man in in a more high-tempo environment, stick with Kris Letang (expensive), Duncan Keith or another cash game target below.