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NHL Plays: Monday

by Michael Finewax
Updated On: January 27, 2020, 9:58 am ET

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). Yahoo has a $200 cap for nine players (2C, 3W, 2D, 2G).

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There are six games in the NHL on Monday.

Forwards

Auston Matthews (Toronto) - C - $8,600 (FanDuel), $8,400 (DraftKings), $35 (Yahoo)

Matthews sat out the All-Star game with a wrist injury but was back at Toronto practice Sunday and is good to go against Nashville. Matthews is tied with Alex Ovechkin with 34 goals, second in the NHL to David Pastrnak’s 37. Add in 23 assists and Matthews is a top-15 player in the NHL.

Nikita Kucherov (Tampa Bay) – W - $8,400 (FanDuel), $8,000 (DraftKings), $33 (Yahoo)

Kucherov has five goals in his last three games and is up to 22 markers to go with 32 assists in 47 games. The Art Ross Trophy winner of a season ago has been hot since a slow (for him) start to the season. He had 128 points last season and is working on his third straight 100-point season. Put him in your lineup if you can afford him.

Blake Coleman (New Jersey) - W - $4,900 (FanDuel), $5,400 (DraftKings), $18 (Yahoo)

If you need help affording Kucherov, Coleman is a nice play. The New Jersey winger leads the Devils with 19 goals and has six in his last six contests. He scored 22 goals last season and is poised for a career high with 34 games left in the season.

Bargain Bin:  Derek Grant (Anaheim) - C - $3,600 (FanDuel), $3,000 (DraftKings), $11 (Yahoo), Joel Armia (Montreal) – W - $4,300 (FanDuel) $4,600 (DraftKings), $17 (Yahoo), Anthony Duclair (Ottawa) – W- $4,200 (FanDuel) $6,400 (DraftKings), $19 (Yahoo)

Defensemen: 

Roman Josi (Nashville) - $6,700 (FanDuel), $7,800 (DraftKings), $29 (Yahoo)

There is no hotter defenseman offensively than Josi who has been a stud of late. He has 48 points in 47 games, 16 better than Filip Forsberg who is second in Nashville scoring with 32 points. All the attention has been on John Carlson this season and rightfully so, but Josi is sneaking up on his 60 points.

Tyson Barrie (Toronto) – $5,300(FanDuel), $5,500 (DraftKings), $20 (Yahoo)

Barrie has taken over as the Maple Leafs top offensive defenseman since Morgan Rielly suffered a fractured foot two weeks ago and is still going to miss at least six more weeks. Barrie has 27 points and quarterbacks the Leafs potent power play.

Bargain Bin:

Quinn Hughes (Vancouver) - $4,100 (FanDuel), $4,700(DraftKings), $17 (Yahoo)

Sami Vatanen (New Jersey) - $4,500 (FanDuel), $4,000 (DraftKings), $14 (Yahoo),

Goaltenders: 

Frederik Andersen (Toronto) - $8,400 (FanDuel), $7,600 (DraftKings), $25 (Yahoo)

It has been a tough month for the Maple Leafs netminder who has given up at least three goals in 10 of his last 12 games. But it looked like he got his confidence back in the All-Star game and with the return of Jake Muzzin to the lineup, Andersen looks like a good play against the low-scoring Predators.

Bargain Bin:  John Gibson (Anaheim) - $7,800 (FanDuel), $7,400 (DraftKings), $27 (Yahoo)

Michael Finewax

Michael Finewax is entering his 16th season as the Senior Hockey Writer and Editor for Rotoworld. You can follow him on Twitter @mfinewaxhockey.