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NHL Plays: Sunday

by Michael Finewax
Updated On: February 2, 2020, 8:47 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 three afternoon games in the NHL on Sunday.

Forwards

Pierre-Luc Dubois (Columbus) - C - $5,700 (FanDuel), $5,900 (DraftKings), $18 (Yahoo)

Dubois has five assists in his last three games to give him 39 points in 52 games, tops on the Blue Jackets. At his price, especially in FanDuel and Yahoo, Dubois makes it easier to take more expensive players elsewhere.

Alex Ovechkin (Washington) – W - $9,300 (FanDuel), $8,400 (DraftKings), $35 (Yahoo)

You can never go wrong taking Alexander the Great as he is second in goals, one behind David Pastrnak, who has 38. Ovechkin has scored in five straight games and has 11 goals in that stretch, passing Teemu Selanne, Mario Lemieux, Steve Yzerman and Mark Messier, to move into eighth all-time among NHL goal scorers.

J.T. Miller (Vancouver) - W - $6,000 (FanDuel), $5,600 (DraftKings), $21 (Yahoo)

Miller is having a career year and the Canucks couldn’t be happier after dealing for him in the off-season. Miller has 20 goals and 52 points in 52 games, six off his career high in points, and is on a five-game points streak as he has four goals and eight points during the five-game stretch.

Bargain Bin:  Erik Haula (Carolina) - C - $4,000 (FanDuel), $4,000 (DraftKings), $14 (Yahoo), Oliver Bjorkstrand (Columbus) – W - $5,700 (FanDuel) $5,700 (DraftKings), $18 (Yahoo), Justin Williams (Carolina) – W- $3,500 (FanDuel) $3,800 (DraftKings), $19 (Yahoo)

Defensemen: 

John Carlson (Washington) - $7,100 (FanDuel), $7,100 (DraftKings), $30 (Yahoo)

The NHL’s top point-getter among defensemen with 62 in 52 games, Carlson is on pace for a 98-point season, which would be the best for a blueliner since the 102-point season in 1991-92 by Brian Leetch. Carlson has eight assists in his last seven games including a two-point effort Friday against Ottawa.

Quinn Hughes (Vancouver) – $4,400(FanDuel), $4,800 (DraftKings), $21 (Yahoo)

Hughes took over the NHL rookie lead in scoring with a couple of goals Saturday as his 38 points in 51 games, are one better than Cale Makar who has been receiving all the publicity in the race for the Calder. Hughes has four goals and an assist in his last five games, not too shabby for a defenseman.

Bargain Bin:

Seth Jones (Columbus) - $5,200 (FanDuel), $5,700(DraftKings), $18 (Yahoo)

Vladislav Gavrikov (Columbus) - $3,500 (FanDuel), $2,500 (DraftKings), $12 (Yahoo)

Goaltenders: 

Elvis Merzlikins (Columbus) - $8,400 (FanDuel), $7,200 (DraftKings), $36 (Yahoo)

Merzlikins received the night off Saturday to give him an extra practice day following the Blue Jackets 10-day break so he should be ready to go this afternoon. Merzlikins started the season off poorly as he was 0-4-4 but has gone 9-2-0 since Joonas Korpisalo went down with his injury and Merzlikins overall peripherals of a 2.39 GAA and a .926 save percentage are outstanding.

Bargain Bin:  James Reimer (Anaheim) - $8,000 (FanDuel), $8,300 (DraftKings), $31 (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.