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.
Artemi Panarin (NYR) – W - $8,400 FanDuel, $7,700 DraftKings, $33 Yahoo
Panarin has been a great bet throughout the 2019-20 campaign and now is certainly no exception. He’s on an 11-game point streak and has five goals and 16 points over that span. He’s up to 32 goals and 87 points in 62 games. That matches his career-high.
Mika Zibanejad (NYR) – C - $8,200 FanDuel, $8,200 DraftKings, $33 Yahoo
If you want to hedge on the Rangers tonight, Zibanejad is another red hot forward. He’s on a six-game goal scoring streak and nine-game point streak. That gives him 30 goals and 62 points in 50 contests this season. His 30 goals is tied for his career-high, which he set in 2018-19.
Max Pacioretty (VGK) – W - $7,900 FanDuel, $8,400 DraftKings, $29 Yahoo
Pacioretty has recorded at least a point in eight of his last 10 games. Over that span he’s also enjoyed four multi-point games. He’s up to 30 goals and 62 points in 65 games, making this his first 30-goal campaign since 2016-17.
Travis Konecny (PHI) – W - $6,800 FanDuel, $5,300 DraftKings, $18 Yahoo
Konecny has recorded three points on three separate occasions over his last four games. He’s now scored 22 goals and 57 points in 60 games this season. That’s a big jump from his 2018-19 showing of 24 goals and 49 points in 82 contests.
Bargain Bin: Andrei Svechnikov (CAR) - $6,400 FanDuel/$5,700 DraftKing/$24 Yahoo, Kevin Fiala (MIN) - $5,600 FanDuel/$5,800 DraftKings/$17 Yahoo, Ryan Strome (NYR) - $5,500 FanDuel/$6,100 DraftKings/$18 Yahoo, Patric Hornqvist (PIT) - $5,400 FanDuel/$5,500 DraftKings/$18 Yahoo, Nick Foligno (CBJ) - $5,000 FanDuel/$4,100 DraftKings/$18 Yahoo
Shea Theodore (VGK) - $5,800 FanDuel, $6,400 DraftKings, $21 Yahoo
Theodore will go into Friday’s action on a four-game point streak. This has been the best campaign of his young career. He has 10 goals and a career-high 43 points in 65 contests.
Bargain Bin: Rasmus Dahlin (BUF) - $5,300 FanDuel/$4,500 DraftKings/$17 Yahoo, Jaccob Slavin (CAR) - $5,000 FanDuel/$4,400 DraftKings/$17 Yahoo, Matt Niskanen (PHI) - $4,800 FanDuel/$4,000 DraftKings/$18 Yahoo
Pavel Francouz (COL) - $8,900 FanDuel, $7,700 DraftKings, $29 Yahoo
Francouz is playing at the top of his game right now, allowing just four goals over his last four games. The 29-year-old was a star in the KHL and after spending the 2018-19 campaign adjusting in the AHL, he’s shown that he can be a very valuable member of the Avalanche. He has a 17-5-3 record, 2.26 GAA, and .927 save percentage in 27 contests this season.
Bargain Bin: Marc-Andre Fleury (VGK) - $8,600 FanDuel/$8,400 DraftKings/$30 Yahoo, Carter Hart (PHI) - $8,300 FanDuel/$8,200 DraftKings/$28 Yahoo, Joonas Korpisalo (CBJ) - $7,600 FanDuel/$8,000 DraftKings/$37 Yahoo