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 12 games scheduled.
Jack Eichel (Buffalo) - C - $8,800 (FanDuel), $8,100 (DraftKings), $33 (Yahoo)
Eichel has a career-high 14-game point streak going into Thursday night’s action. He has amassed 12 goals and 13 assists during that span. Eichel has four goals and five helpers in five matches this month. He has also been a scoring machine on home ice with 15 goals and 28 points in 15 contests.
Leon Draisaitl (Edmonton) - W - $8,500 (FanDuel), $7,800 (DraftKings), $34 (Yahoo)
Draisaitl is another high-priced option, but his offensive production this campaign has often times made him worth it. He has three goals and three assists in the past five matches. Draisaitl and Connor McDavid lit up the Minnesota Wild last year with the dynamic duo combining for 13 points in three outings. That includes four goals, two assists and 11 shots for Draisaitl.
Jake Guentzel (Pittsburgh) - W - $8,100 (FanDuel), $7,600 (DraftKings), $28 (Yahoo)
Guentzel has supplied nine goals and nine assists in the past 12 games. He has two goals and three helpers over a three-game point streak going into Thursday night’s action. Additionally, Guentzel has already generated one goal, two assists and 12 shots in two outings versus Columbus this campaign.
Mark Scheifele (Winnipeg) - C - $7,800 (FanDuel), $8,200 (DraftKings), $24 (Yahoo)
Schefeile has found the back of the net in four consecutive contests. He has five goals, one assist and 16 shots during that span. Scheifele has produced seven goals and 13 points in the last 12 matches.
Sebastian Aho (Carolina) - C - $7,500 (FanDuel), $6,800 (DraftKings), $26 (Yahoo)
Aho has heated up with five goals, two assists and 10 shots in the last two games. He should be able to continue producing on Thursday night. Aho has three goals and eight points in six career contests versus Vancouver.
Sean Monahan (Calgary) - C - $7,100 (FanDuel), $5,300 (DraftKings), $21 (Yahoo)
Monahan has five goals, three assists and 17 shots over a seven-game point streak going into Thursday night’s slate. He has lit the lamp in each of his last four outings. Monahan also has eight points (three goals, five assists) in 11 career matches versus Toronto.
Bargain Bin: Clayton Keller (ARI) - W - $5,600 (FanDuel)/$4,800 (DraftKings)/$17 (Yahoo), Reilly Smith (VGK) - W - $5,600 (FanDuel)/$5,200 (DraftKings)/$18 (Yahoo), Alex Killorn (TB) - W - $5,300 (FanDuel)/$3,900 (DraftKings)/$18 (Yahoo), Tanner Pearson (VAN) - W - $5,000 (FanDuel)/$4,300 (DraftKings)/$18 (Yahoo), Calle Jarnkrok (NSH) - W - $4,400 (FanDuel)/$5,000 (DraftKings)/$17 (Yahoo)
Kris Letang (Pittsburgh) - $6,500 (FanDuel), $7,000 (DraftKings), $24 (Yahoo)
Letang has scored a goal in each of his previous two appearances against Columbus this season. He has been credited with nine shots during that span. Letang has racked up three goals and eight points in the last 11 games.
Brent Burns (San Jose) - $6,100 (FanDuel). $6,400 (DraftKings), $24 (Yahoo)
Burns hasn’t earned a point in nine games, but the Sharks could get a jolt on Thursday night following the team's coaching change. Additionally, he has been great against the New York Rangers over the past few seasons with four goals and seven helpers in his last six games against the club.
Bargain Bin: Keith Yandle (FLA) - $5,600 (FanDuel)/$5,000 (DraftKings)/$19 (Yahoo), Morgan Rielly (TOR) - $4,900 (FanDuel)/$5,300 (DraftKings)/$19 (Yahoo), Neal Pionk (WPG) - $4,300 (FanDuel)/$5,000 (DraftKings)/$18 (Yahoo)
Connor Hellebuyck (Winnipeg) - $8,600 (FanDuel), $8,400 (DraftKings), $41 (Yahoo)
Hellebuyck has a 5-0-1 record in his last six decisions with a .957 save percentage and one shutout during that span. The Michigan native will play against the lowly Detroit Red Wings on Thursday night.
Linus Ullmark (Buffalo) - $7,400 (FanDuel), $7,600 (DraftKings), $26 (Yahoo)
Ullmark’s matchup against Nashville isn’t exactly favorable, but he has been playing very well for the Sabres of late and checks in with solid price tags across the board. He has posted a mark of 5-1-1 in his last seven starts. Ullmark has turned aside 217 of 235 shots during that span for a .923 save percentage. The 26-year-old netminder has also been superb at home with a 5-2-1 record, a 2.49 goals-against average and .922 save percentage.