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, 2W, 2D, 2UTIL 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).
Thursday night has eight games scheduled.
Auston Matthews (Toronto) - C - $8,700 (FanDuel), $8,500 (DraftKings), $34 (Yahoo)
Matthews has scored a goal in each of his last five outings, while adding an assist and piling up 18 shots during that span. He has been held off the scoresheet once in nine appearances this season, while earning six markers and 10 points. Additionally, Matthews has five goals and eight points in eight career contests against Vancouver.
Blake Wheeler (Winnipeg) - W - $6,500 (FanDuel), $6,200 (DraftKings), $22 (Yahoo)
Wheeler had a tough night on Tuesday after he collected three assists versus Calgary on Monday. Coach Paul Maurice came to the defense of the Jets captain on Wednesday when he spoke to the media and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see Wheeler reward him for that. He has accounted for three goals and 11 points in 10 games this campaign, including four helpers in three previous matches against the Flames.
Andrei Svechnikov (Carolina) - W - $7,000 (FanDuel), $6,600 (DraftKings), $26 (Yahoo)
Svechnikov potted his fifth goal in seven games on Tuesday against Chicago, while adding six shots on target. Svechnikov will be looking for more on Thursday versus the Blackhawks, which is a team he has had plenty of success against during his career. He has produced five goals, two assists and 16 shots in five contests against Chicago.
Joe Pavelski (Dallas) - C - $6,900 (FanDuel), $7,000 (DraftKings), $24 (Yahoo)
Paveski has been molten hot out of the gate with seven goals and seven assists in seven games. He has been held off the scoresheet in just one game, while generating two four-point performances. Pavelski is coming off a two-goal, two-assist effort on Tuesday versus Columbus and he will face the Blue Jackets again on Thursday night.
Nick Suzuki (Montreal) - C - $5,900 (FanDuel), $5,700 (DraftKings), $19 (Yahoo)
Suzuki is coming off back-to-back multi-point performances versus Vancouver and now the Canadiens will face an Ottawa team allowing a league-high 4.80 goals against per game. He has produced three goals and 11 points in 10 matches this year.
Jordan Kyrou (St. Louis) - W - $4,300 (FanDuel), $4,700 (DraftKings), $18 (Yahoo)
Kyrou can fit comfortably into most lineups and he offers plenty of bang for the buck upside. He has five goals and 12 points in 10 contests this year, while failing to pick up a point in just two appearances. Kyrou contributed two helpers and two shots in Tuesday’s win over Arizona and the Blues will get another meeting versus the Coyotes on Thursday night.
Bargain Bin: Dylan Strome (CHI) - C - $5,300 (FanDuel), $5,00 (DraftKings), W - $19 (Yahoo), Roope Hintz (DAL) - C $4,800 (FanDuel), $6,000 (DraftKings), W - $17 (Yahoo), Vincent Trocheck (CAR) - $4,800 (FanDuel), $5,900 (DraftKings), $19 (Yahoo), Jordan Staal (CAR) - C - $3,900 (FanDuel), $4,100 (DraftKings), $16 (Yahoo), Carter Verhaeghe (FLA) - $4,500 (FanDuel), $4,700 (DraftKings), $17 (Yahoo), Josh Anderson (MTL) - W - $4,300 (FanDuel), $5,000 (DraftKings), $17 (Yahoo), Christian Dvorak (ARI) - C - $4,800 (FanDuel), $4,700 (DraftKings), $19 Yahoo)
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Jeff Petry (Montreal) - $5,500 (FanDuel), $6,500 (DraftKings), $22 (Yahoo)
Petry has accumulated five goals and 13 points in 10 games this season, which ranks him first in goals and second in points among all blueliners. He has racked up three goals and two assists in his past two outings and he has been held off the scoresheet in just two games this campaign.
Bargain Bin: Adam Fox (NYR) - $4,300 (FanDuel), $6,000 (DraftKings), $20 (Yahoo), Colton Parayko (STL) - $4,800 (FanDuel), $4,900 (DraftKings), $19 (Yahoo), Quinn Hughes (VAN) - $5,800 (FanDuel), $5,00 (DraftKings), $19 (Yahoo), Aaron Ekblad (FLA) - $5,600 (FanDuel), $20 (Yahoo)
Goaltenders: Sergei Bobrovsky (Florida) - $7,300 (FanDuel), $7,900 (DraftKings), $30 (Yahoo)
Bobrovsky comes in with a solid cap hit and a good matchup on Thursday night. Nashville ranks 28th in the league with 2.33 goals for per game played and the Predators will take a 0-4-0 record on the road into Thursday’s match at Florida. Bobrovsky is coming off his strongest performance of the season last Saturday versus Detroit, which boosted his record to 3-0-0 on the year.
Bargain Bin: Igor Shesterkin (NYR) - $7,300 (FanDuel), $7,700 (DraftKings), $28 (Yahoo), Jordan Binnington (St. Louis) - $7,600 (FanDuel), $8,000 (DraftKings), Kevin Lankinen (CHI) - $7,200 (FanDuel), $7,000 (DraftKings), $29 (Yahoo)