NHL Daily Fantasy Hockey DFS Plays and Goalie Rankings – 3/4


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.

Salaries used today are from Draft Street.

Tonight’s games:

Detroit at New Jersey – 7 PM ET
Dallas at Columbus – 7 PM ET
Florida at Boston – 7 PM ET
Pittsburgh at Nashville – 8 PM ET
NY Islanders at Winnipeg – 8 PM ET
Tampa Bay at St. Louis – 8 PM ET
Colorado at Chicago – 8 PM ET
Vancouver at Phoenix – 9 PM ET
Ottawa at Edmonton – 9:30 PM ET
Carolina at San Jose – 10:30 PM ET


Top Plays

LW Patrick Marleau – SJS ($13,704) – Marleau has five points in three games since the Olympic break, and he’s facing a team that he’s enjoyed some success against in his career with 16 points in 18 games. Left wing is usually the weakest of positions for daily leagues, so you’ll want a top player at the position if you can.

LW Johan Franzen – DET ($12,699) – Franzen has five points in two games following the Olympic break, including a hat trick and 12 PIMs in his last game, and has a total of 12 goals and 28 points in 33 games this season. If you can’t grab Benn, Sharp, or Marleau at LW, Franzen isn’t a bad alternative for a little bit less in salary.

G Tuukka Rask – BOS ($22,453) – Rask has faced Florida three times already this season, going 3-0 with a 1.67 GAA and a .940 sv%, giving up a total of five goals in those games. Oh, he’s also 10-1 with a 1.08 GAA (12 goals allowed in 11 games) and a .964 sv% in his career against the Panthers. If you can find some value with forwards, Rask is as solid a goalie as you can get tonight. Boston is the biggest NHL favorite tonight in Vegas.
UPDATE: Chad Johnson appears to be the starter for tonight’s game. I have listed him with the value plays below.

Mid Level Plays

C David Krejci – BOS ($9,689) – Krejci was on a nice roll heading into the Olympic break, but his first two games back saw him put up no points. He got back at it in his last game with two assists, and his salary here against a weak team is a nice mid level play that could bring you top play numbers: he already has two goals and five points in three games against Florida this season.

LW Brandon Saad – CHI ($8,949) – With Hossa out, he’ll continue to play on a line with Toews and Sharp. He had gone four games without a point before picking up an assist in his last game so you hope the points come again. At the mid level range, you could gamble a bit more, but Saad is a solid play at this salary, especially with those linemates.

G Antti Niemi – SJS ($18,115) – Niemi has alternated wins and losses in his last six games – and he lost his last game. He hasn’t been great recently, but his salary is lower than his backup goalie right now…there has to be some value there. He’s been a much better goalie at home this season with a 19-3-3 record and a 2.06 GAA, so he’s not as big a gamble as he would be on the road. The oddsmakers have San Jose as the second biggest favorite tonight and they usually know what they’re doing.
UPDATE: Stalock will get the start tonight. While he’s still a decent start, his salary ($18,918) is $800 higher than Niemi’s. I liked Niemi a little more, but the matchup is still a nice one.


Value Plays

C Joakim Andersson – DET ($2,942) – He’ll center Detroit’s top line between Gustav Nyquist and Johan Fransen tonight, so he’s worth a look – especially at that salary. His numbers aren’t great this season with just 13 points in 54 games, but he does have an 11.3 shot percentage on 62 SOG, so perhaps the added ice time and opportunities will mean some good value.  

RW Jordan Eberle – EDM ($7,610) – Eberle was on a streak of five games without a point before picking up an assist his last time out. He netted a goal and an assist in Edmonton’s previous meeting with Ottawa so you hope the points continue here. Another player with good value that could put up top play numbers.

LW Carl Soderberg – BOS ($8,205) – Loading up with players facing a weak opponent is never bad. With Soderberg, you’re also getting a player that has two points and seven SOG in three games since NHL games resumed. He also has nine points in his last 10, and is getting time on the power play. He’s a decent start tonight with some value that will allow you s0me bigger plays.

D Torey Krug – BOS ($8,773) – Krug has five points in his last eight games, which is decent, but he has an outstanding 29 SOG during that stretch. Facing a team that is allowing almost 3.5 goals against per game on the road you have to hope some of those shots end up finding the back of the net. ..either directly, or from a teammates stick.

G Pekka Rinne – NSH ($15,923) – If you want high risk/high reward potential at a somewhat low salary, you can take a chance on Rinne. He’s back tonight but he faces a tough opponent in Pittsburgh. I’m staying away, but if you want to spend your dollars on forwards, Rinne at least has the potential to steal a game here. If you’re going to take a gamble at the G spot though, you may just want to go with Nabokov instead at almost $2,000 less.

G Chad Johnson – BOS ($14,594) – Chad Johnson appears to be the starter for tonight’s game. Pretty good value here against a weak Florida offense.


My Draft Street Roster For Tonight

C Joakim Andresson $2,942 Kyle Turris $6,869
C David Krejci $9,689
LW Carl Soderberg $8,205
LW Patrick Marleau $13,704
RW Jordan Eberle $7,610
RW Shane Doan $8,994 James Neal $15,094
D Torey Krug $8,773
D Olli Maatta $8,207
FLEX Brandon Saad $8,949 T.J. Oshie $7,252
G Tuukka Rask $22,453 Chad Johnson $14,594

$3 in salary remaining.

With the much lower salary with  Chad Johnson, I upgraded at C from Andersson to Kyle Turris ($6,869) who is also a pretty good value, and upgraded from Shane Doan to James Neal at RW. With Neal’s high salary, I had to cut back a bit from Saad to T.J.Oshie ($7,252) at the Flex posistion.


Tonight’s Goalie Rankings

Probable / confirmed starters are linked to the source

  1. Marc-Andre Fleury
  2. Alex Stalock
  3. Chad Johnson
  4. Jimmy Howard
  5. Craig Anderson
  6. Mike Smith
  7. Corey Crawford
  8. Semyon Varlamov
  9. Ryan Miller
  10. Ben Bishop
  11. Roberto Luongo
  12. Martin Brodeur
  13. Sergei Bobrovski
  14. Anton Khudobin
  15. Dan Ellis
  16. Ondrej Pavelec
  17. Ben Scrivens
  18. Anders Nilsson
  19. Pekka Rinne
  20. Tim Thomas


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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