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NHL Plays: Sunday

by Michael Finewax
Updated On: December 15, 2019, 9:33 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 four games in the NHL on Sunday.

Forwards

Elias Pettersson (Vancouver) - C - $7,600 (FanDuel), $7,000 (DraftKings), $28 (Yahoo) 

Pettersson has been in a bit of a slump of late as he has been held off the scoresheet in five of his last nine games. But the talented Swede is more than capable of a big game as he still has 13 goals and 34 points in 33 games. The Canucks have been shuffling their lines but right now Pettersson is still playing with Brock Boeser and J.T. Miller.

Patrik Laine (Winnipeg) – W - $7,700 (FanDuel), $14,400 (DraftKings), $26 (Yahoo)

Laine had been a goal-scoring machine in his first two-plus years in the NHL but things started to slip last season as he potted only nine goals in the last four months of the season. This season he has turned into more of a playmaker with 21 assists in 30 games to go with nine goals. He has turned his game around and if he can even come close to be the goal-scorer he is capable of being, he will be a must-start every night in DFS.

Anthony Mantha (Detroit) - W - $7,100 (FanDuel), $7,000(DraftKings), $23 (Yahoo)

I like taking lines and although Mantha doesn’t play with Fabbri and Larkin below, they do make up three-fifths of the Detroit power play. Despite missing eight games with a knee injury, Mantha still leads Detroit in goals with 12 and is second in points behind Tyler Bertuzzi with 23 to Bertuzzi’s 26.  Mantha returned on Saturday and was held pointless but is ready to break out against the Kings at home.

Bargain Bin:  Alex DeBrincat (Chicago) - W - $6,100 (FanDuel)/$5,900 (DraftKings)/ $21 (Yahoo), Robby Fabbri (Detroit) - W - $4,100 (FanDuel)/$4,600 (DraftKings)/ $14 (Yahoo), Dylan Larkin (Detroit) – C - $6,300 (FanDuel)/$6,400 (DraftKings), $19 (Yahoo).  

Defensemen: 

Ivan Provorov (Philadelphia) - $5,500 (FanDuel), $11,500 (DraftKings), $19 (Yahoo)

Provorov has seven goals and 19 points for the Flyers this season, including four goals and 10 points on the power play. He has come back nicely after a tough 2018-19 season in which he had only seven goals and 26 points in 50 more games with only two assists on the pp.

Josh Morrissey (Winnipeg) - $4,500 (FanDuel), $9,900 (DraftKings), $17 (Yahoo)

Morrissey is on pace to easily break his own record for points, set last season when he had six goals and 31 points in only 59 games. He is at 18 points in 30 games thus far with seven points coming with the man-advantage. He is the Jets top offensive force from the blueline this season.

Bargain Bin: 

Quinn Hughes (Vancouver) - $4,400 (FanDuel)/$4,400 (DraftKings), $19 (Yahoo), Matt Dumba (Minnesota) - $3,600 (FanDuel), $3,100 (DraftKings), $18 (Yahoo)

Goaltenders: 

Marc-Andre Fleury (Vegas) - $8,800 (FanDuel), $8,200 (DraftKings), $31 (Yahoo) 

The Golden Knights are home, rested and waiting for Vancouver who played in San Jose on Saturday night. Fleury is 1-1 since returning to the net following the passing of his father and gave up only one goal on 29 shots in a home win over Chicago. He is 12-7-2 this season with a 2.54 GAA and a .919 save percentage.

Bargain Bin:  Kaapo Kahkonen (Minnesota) $7,400 (FanDuel)/$7,6 00 (DraftKings)/ $28 (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.