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).
Wednesday has five games on tap after the Boston-Carolina Game 1 matchup was rescheduled for 11:00 AM ET. It was supposed to be played Tuesday night, but the series opener between Tampa Bay and Columbus was decided in quintuple overtime, which pushed back the Bruins and Hurricanes. Most DFS contests are only offering the initial four-game slate, so that’s what we will focus on.
Nazem Kadri (Colorado) - C - $5,600 (FanDuel), $5,200 (DraftKings), $20 (Yahoo)
Kadri is loaded with upside and won’t take up nearly as much cap space as teammate Nathan MacKinnon. Kadri is slated to center the second line and he’s been paired with Gabriel Landeskog since the NHL’s restart. He also plays on the top power-play combination of the Avalanche, which gives him exposure to MacKinnon and Mikko Rantanen. Additionally, Kadri picked up one goal and three assists during a three-game point streak during the round robin.
Travis Konecny (Philadelphia) - W - $6,600 (FanDuel), $5,700 (DraftKings), $18 (Yahoo)
Konency chipped in two assists in three round-robin matches after he led the Flyers with 24 goals and 61 points in 66 games during the regular season. His linemates, Scott Laughton and Kevin Hayes, were Philadelphia’s most productive players during the Stanley Cup Qualifiers with five and four points, respectively. He checks in with a good value for the Flyers' series opener versus Montreal.
David Perron (St. Louis) - W - $6,400 (FanDuel), $5,100 (DraftKings), $21 (Yahoo)
Perron scored a goal in two of three games during the round robin. He tied for first on the Blues with 25 goals during the regular season and finished second on the team with 60 points over 71 matches. Linemate Ryan O’Reilly was St. Louis’ leader scorer at the pause with 61 points and he topped the team with three points - all assists - during the round robin. They both also play on the top power-play unit of the Blues.
Bargain Bin: Anthony Beauvillier (NYI) - W - $4,800 (FanDuel), $3,700 (DraftKings), $17 (Yahoo), Scott Laughton (PHI) - W - $4,200 (FanDuel), $3,700 (DraftKings), C - $20 (Yahoo), Tom Wilson (WSH) - W - $4,500 (FanDuel), $4,800 (DraftKings), $16 (Yahoo)
Cale Makar (Colorado) - $5,600 (FanDuel), $6,000 (DraftKings), $22 (Yahoo)
Makar had a relatively quiet round robin, with one goal and eight shots on target in three outings, but he’s worth splurging for on Wednesday. He quarterbacks the team’s top power-play group, which could take advantage of Arizona’s penalty kill. The Coyotes ranked 22nd of 24 teams in penalty kill percentage during the Stanley Cup Qualifiers.
Ryan Pulock (NY Islanders) - $5,100 (FanDuel), $5,500 (DraftKings), $18 (Yahoo)
Pulock was productive during Florida’s qualifying round series against Florida with one goal, three assists and eight shots on target in four games. His goal came via the power play, where he plays on the top line. Pulock was also credited with eight hits and 10 blocks versus the Panthers.
Bargain Bin: Quinn Hughes (VAN) - $5,200 (FanDuel), $5,200 (DraftKings), $20 (Yahoo), Oliver Ekman-Larsson (ARI) - $ (FanDuel), $ (DraftKings), $ (Yahoo), Jeff Petry (MTL) - $4,800 (FanDuel), $4,900 (DraftKings), $18 (Yahoo)
Jordan Binnington (St. Louis) - $8,300 (FanDuel), $8,100 (DraftKings), $31 (Yahoo)
Binnington didn’t perform well during the round robin, but a bounce-back from him and the Blues in expected now that it’s time for St. Louis to defend the the crown as Stanley Cup champions. He had a 2.46 goals-against average and .914 save percentage during his first taste of action in the playoffs last year. Binnington also has a 2-0-1 record with 1.86 GAA and .934 save percentage in his career versus Vancouver.
Bargain Bin: Semyon Varlamov (NYI) - $8,300 (FanDuel), $7,200 (DraftKings), $28 (Yahoo)