NHL Daily Fantasy Hockey DFS Plays and Goalie Rankings – 3/10


If you’re a daily fantasy sports player you know there are few things more important than finding good value plays to compliment the higher priced guys. There’s usually no way you’ll finish in the money without a couple of low-salary guys producing above their salary.

Each day I’ll bring you a rundown of some players you may want to use in your daily leagues. They will include a few top plays (high salaried players a notch below the obvious choices – Crosby, Ovechkin, Neal, etc.), some mid level plays, and a good amount of the most important ones – value plays (players most likely to outperform their salary).

While I’ll feature different DFS sites as a guide for salaries each day, you’ll find that most sites will have the individual players on a similar salary scale.

I will also include overall goalie rankings for today’s games at the bottom of each post. The rankings are not based on salary, but just as an idea of how I feel each goalie will do compared to the other starters for the night.

Please note that with daily hockey there is constantly new information to consider. New line combos, late changes to starting goalies, healthy scratches, etc., are an everyday occurrence.  Check back often for any updates.

Salaries used today are from Fan Throwdown.

Tonight’s games:

Pittsburgh at Washington – 7 PM ET
Nashville at Ottawa – 7:30 PM ET
Phoenix at Tampa Bay – 7:30 PM ET
Columbus at Dallas – 8:30 PM ET
Winnipeg at Colorado – 9 PM ET
Los Angeles at Calgary – 9 PM ET
NY Islanders at Vancouver – 10 PM ET
Toronto at Anaheim – 10 PM ET


Top Plays

C Evgeni Malkin – PIT ($13,000) – He’s the 15th ranked skater according to salary and fourth center listed, $1,800 less than Crosby. He’s riding a three game points streak and has six points in five games since the break. Pittsburgh is usually good for a few goals against Washington and you can get just a bit of a discount over the other top centers.

RW Corey Perry – ANA ($15,000) – Anaheim is 9th in the league in shots per game while Toronto is last in shots allowed per game. Toronto is allowing 3.1 goals per game on the road. Corey Perry has scored 20 of his 34 goals this season at home. I’m rolling with Perry as my highest salaried guy tonight.

G Semyon Varlamov – COL ($16,600) – Varlamov has been a much better goalie at home , and he has already beaten Winnipeg twice in three games this season, with his only loss coming on overtime. There are some other decent plays at goalie tonight, but if you like playing a top G at the spot, Varlamov couls be your guy tonight.

Mid Level Plays

LW Alex Killorn – TBL ($8,600) – He had a goal and an assist in the previous meeting with Phoenix, and he’s on the top line with Stamkos. At this salary, it’s hard to pass up the potential for top play numbers tonight.

RW Marian Gaborik – LAK ($9,400) – He hasn’t payed off for me since coming back from injury yet, but I’m going to keep using him while his salary is at a decent level. He has the potential to outperform his salary by a wide margin, and I like the matchup against Joni Ortio and the Flames. He has two points in his only other game against Calgary this season and has put up .86 PPG over his career against the Flames.

D James Wisniewski – CBJ ($8,900) – Wis always seems to be a bit undervalued and his price here is fair. On a site like FTD where plus/minus isn’t used, you can confidently put him in there for a fairly good play from a D slot.

G Eddie Lack – VAN ($10,800) – As the 24th ranked goalie based on salary, you have to like the possibility of good numbers tonight based on the matchup. He’s been a much better goalie at home (5-2-3, 1.82 GAA compared to 5-9-1, 2.36 GAA on the road), and he faces an Islanders team that is just waiting for the season to end.


Value Plays

C Rich Peverley – DAL ($6,000) – Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn have been red-hot lately. ..and Rich Peverley is their linemate. Peverley has himself three points in his last two games, so if you can’t grab Seguin or Benn, adding Peverley at this bargain bin price could pay off just as well. 

C Frans Nielsen – NYI ($6,500) – He’s now the top line center for the Isles and he’s playing with Okposo and Grabner. If someone is going to score for NY, it’s likely someone on that line and Nielsen is by far the lowest salaried player from that group. He also has 25 points in 33 road games, and three points in his previous game against Vancouver.

RW Lee Stempniak – PIT ($6,900) – He hasn’t done anything since coming over to Pittsburgh at the trade deadline, not even registering a shot on goal in two games. However, he’s playing on the top line with Crosby and Kunitz, and his third game with the Pens should mean he’s a bit more comfortable in his new spot. The teams have combined for an overage of just over five goals a game in their nine previous matchups over the last three seasons, and Pittsburgh has won six straight against Washington averaging just over four goals per game.

RW Ales Hemsky – OTT ($6,200) – Hemsky had a quiet first game with Ottawa, but got himself three assists in his last game with the team. Like Stempniak, he’s worth adding at his price because of the opportunity he’s getting. He’s on a line with Spezza and Michalek, which should mean some good opportunities against Nashville.

D Slava Voynov – LAK ($6,000) – Voynov is an interesting play. His numbers this season aren’t spectacular, but they’re very good on the road. In 32 games at home he has just seven points, all assists. However, on the road, he has put up 18 points in 33 games, including all three of his goals this season. He’s riding a two game points streak (both games on the road) so I’ll look to get deep value from him again tonight.


My Fan Throwdown Roster For Tonight

C Evgeni Malkin $13000
C Tyler Seguin $12300
LW Alex Killorn $8600
LW Chris Higgins $9500
RW Marian Gaborik $9400
RW Ales Hemsky $6200
D Slava Voynov $6000
D James Wisniewski $8900
UTIL Corey Perry $15000
G Eddie Lack $10800

$300 in salary remaining.


Tonight’s Goalie Rankings

Probable / confirmed starters are linked to the source

  1. Ben Bishop
  2. Semyon Varlamov
  3. Martin Jones
  4. Craig Anderson
  5. Frederik Andersen
  6. Eddie Lack
  7. Mike Smith
  8. Jeff Zatkoff
  9. Jaroslav Halak
  10. Pekka Rinne
  11. Al Montoya
  12. Tim Thomas
  13. Joni Ortio
  14. Evgeni Nabokov
  15. Jonathan Bernier
  16. Curtis McElhinney


Good Luck! As always, if you have any fantasy hockey questions, daily or otherwise, feel free to reach out to me on Twitter.


About This Empire Soldier: Carlos is the NHL Rankings and Content Editor for Dynasty Sports Empire. He has been a hockey fan for as long as he can remember, and has been writing about hockey for over five years. He is the owner / writer / editor for SpeakingoftheDevils.com and has also contributed work for various other hockey websites. He has been playing fantasy sports since the days when you had to pull stats from USA Today the morning after games were played.

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