NHL Plays will highlight the best and the most underrated daily fantasy options among forwards, defensemen and goaltenders.
Please note, these players were chosen early in the day, so make sure to check Rotoworld’s player news for any lineup changes, injuries and potential changes in the crease for starting goaltenders.
Additionally, it is worth reminding everyone that FanDuel allows you to roster nine players (2C, 4W, 2D, 1G) with a salary cap of $55,000, while DraftKings has a cap of $50,000 for nine players (2C, 3W, 2D, 1G, 1UTIL) and Yahoo has a $200 budget for nine players (2C, 3W, 2D, 2G).
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Thursday night has five games scheduled.
Evgeni Malkin (Pittsburgh) – W - $8,200 FanDuel, $6,800 DraftKings, $28 Yahoo
Malkin is coming into tonight’s action on a four-game point streak. The Penguins are also without Sidney Crosby after he underwent core muscle surgery. That puts more pressure on Malkin and traditionally he’s risen to the occasion, stepping up when Crosby has been absent.
Ryan O'Reilly (St. Louis) – C - $7,000 FanDuel, $6,100 DraftKings, $23 Yahoo
O'Reilly went through a cold stretch from Oct. 12-26 where he registered one assist in seven games, but that slump is well behind him now. He’s only been held off the scoresheet twice in his last eight games and has four goals and 11 points over that span.
Bargain Bin: Patrice Bergeron (BOS) - $7,800 FanDuel/$7,700 DraftKings/$33 Yahoo, Cam Atkinson (CBJ) - $6,800 FanDuel/$5,300 DraftKings/$19 Yahoo, Tomas Tatar (MON) - $6,400 FanDuel/$5,400 DraftKings/$17 Yahoo, William Nylander (TOR) - $5,900 FanDuel/$4,900 DraftKings/$20 Yahoo, Jaden Schwartz (STL) - $5,600 FanDuel/$5,200 DraftKings/$18 Yahoo, Brady Tkachuk (OTT) - $5,400 FanDuel/$7,000 DraftKings/$19 Yahoo
Alex Pietrangelo (St. Louis) – D - $6,400 FanDuel, $6,300 DraftKings, $21 Yahoo
Pietrangelo will go into tonight’s contest on a four-game point streak. He’s been great all season, only been held off the scoresheet in back-to-back games once (Oct. 12-14). That consistency has contributed to him scoring six goals and 17 points in 19 games in 2019-20.
Shea Weber (Montreal) – D - $6,000 FanDuel, $6,500 DraftKings, $22 Yahoo
Weber was limited to two assists in his first six games, but he’s been a consistent contributor since that somewhat slow start. He’s scored five goals and 12 points in his last 12 contests and is on a four-game point streak.
Bargain Bin: John Carlson (WAS) - $7,200 FanDuel/$7,900 DraftKings/$30 Yahoo, Morgan Rielly (TOR) - $6,600 FanDuel/$5,900 DraftKings/$24 Yahoo, Seth Jones (CBJ) - $5,400 FanDuel/$5,300 DraftKings/$20 Yahoo
Matt Murray (Pittsburgh) – G - $9,000 FanDuel, $8,100 DraftKings, $36 Yahoo
Murray is expensive, but he’ll be up against the New Jersey Devils tonight. The Devils are 5-8-2 and have lost three of their last four games while failing to score more than two goals in any of those contests. Offensive woes are nothing new for the Devils, who rank fourth in the league in goals scored/game this season.
Carter Hart (Philadelphia) – G - $7,600 FanDuel, $8,000 DraftKings, $25 Yahoo
If you do want a cheaper option, Hart is also a pretty good bet tonight. He’s been somewhat inconsistent this season, but he’s looked good lately, allowing just six goals over his last four starts. It also doesn’t hurt that his opponent tonight is the lowly Ottawa Senators.