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NHL Plays: Friday

Updated On: December 20, 2019, 6:21 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) and Yahoo has a $200 budget for nine players (2C, 3W, 2D, 2G). 

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There are four games on Friday.

Forwards:

Artemi Panarin (NYR) – W - $8,600 FanDuel, $7,000 DraftKings, $28 Yahoo

Panarin has almost always been a reliable bet this season, but he’s particularly hot right now. He’s on a five-game goal scoring streak going into tonight’s contest against Toronto. He’s up to 20 goals and 43 points in 33 games this season.

Mitchell Marner (TOR) – W - $7,400 FanDuel, $6,600 DraftKings, $27 Yahoo

On the other side of the same game, Marner has been playing at his best lately. He’s on a five-game point streak with two goals and eight points over that span. That gives him six goals and 26 points in 24 contests in 2019-20.

Jonathan Huberdeau (FLA) – W - $7,100 FanDuel, $5,600 DraftKings, $27 Yahoo

Huberdeau registered four assists against Ottawa in his last contest. That’s part of a larger hot streak where he’s scored a goal and 10 points over seven contests. He’s up to 11 goals and 41 points in 33 games making him one of the league’s top performers and a great option at his price, especially in DraftKings.

Nicklas Backstrom (WAS) – C - $6,700 FanDuel, $5,600 DraftKings, $23 Yahoo

Although Backstrom was held off the scoresheet in his last contest, before that he was on a six-game point streak. He’s also just generally a pretty good bet. He has six goals and 23 points in 27 contests in 2019-20.

Bargain Bin: Mika Zibanejad (NYR) - $7,800 FanDuel/$6,000 DraftKings/$26 Yahoo, Tyler Seguin (DAL) - $7,400 FanDuel/$7,200 DraftKings/$27 Yahoo, Alexander Radulov (DAL) - $6,500 FanDuel/$6,000 DraftKings/$19 Yahoo, Bryan Rust (PIT) - $5,600 FanDuel/$5,500 DraftKings/$23 Yahoo, Chris Kreider (NYR) - $5,500 FanDuel/$4,700 DraftKings/$20 Yahoo, Zack Kassian (EDM) - $4,700 FanDuel/$3,700 DraftKings/$16 Yahoo

Defensemen:

Kris Letang (PIT) - $7,200 FanDuel, $6,200 DraftKings, $23 Yahoo

Letang has only been held off the scoresheet once over his last five games. He’s scored a goal and eight points over that span. That brings him up to eight goals and 24 points in 26 contests. He’s a bigger risk in all-season leagues because of how injury prone he’s been over his career, but in a single game setting, he’s a superb option.

Bargain Bin: Keith Yandle (FLA) - $5,700 FanDuel/$4,800 DraftKings/$20 Yahoo, Morgan Rielly (TOR) - $5,000 FanDuel/$5,000 DraftKings/$19 Yahoo, Tony DeAngelo (NYR) - $4,400 FanDuel/$4,400 DraftKings/$15 Yahoo

Goaltenders:

Sergei Bobrovsky (FLA) - $8,100 FanDuel, $7,600 DraftKings, $29 Yahoo

Bobrovsky got off to a very rough start this season, but at this point he is a decent option for his price point. Although he has a 12-9-4 record, 3.06 GAA, and .903 save percentage in 27 games, he’s been pretty effectively lately. Over his last six starts he has a 1.69 GAA and .953 save percentage.

Bargain Bin: Ilya Samsonov (WAS) - $7,800 FanDuel/$8,000 DraftKings/$32 Yahoo, Mackenzie Blackwood (NJD) - $7,200 FanDuel/$7,000 DraftKings/$25 Yahoo


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