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 Star Fantasy Leagues.
Washington at Boston – 7 PM ET
Los Angeles at Winnipeg – 7 PM ET
Buffalo at Tampa Bay – 7:30 PM ET
Colorado at Detroit – 8 PM ET
Columbus at Chicago – 8 PM ET
St. Louis at Nashville – 8 PM ET
Vancouver at Dallas – 8:30 PM ET
Montreal at Phoenix – 9 PM ET
N.Y. Islanders at Edmonton – 9:30 PM ET
Pittsburgh at San Jose – 10:30 PM ET
C Steven Stamkos – TBL ($17,000) – He’s back! One of the only things I’m not a fan of with SFL is that salaries don’t drop for players that are injured, so Stamkos is listed at the same salary as the other top centers tonight: Crosby and Malkin. However, Stamkos’ matchup is a bit nicer as he’s facing Buffalo, so you can take an ever-so-slight gamble that he comes back strong and provides top play numbers.
LW Jamie Benn – DAL ($15,633) – With 16 points in his last 15 games and six in his last five, Benn has been a consistent producer. He has two points in two games against Vancouver this season so there’s no reason to think accumulation of points will end tonight.
G Ryan Miller – STL ($19,585) – Both Miller and Tuukka Rask can go here, but Miller has the slightly better matchup at a slightly lower salary. There is some value to be had a the G position today but if you want to go with deep value at forward, Miller might be your best bet at the higher end goalies tonight.
Mid Level Plays
C David Backes – STL ($13,717) – Backes has two goals and five points in three games against Nashville this season so I’m hoping the points continue tonight. He’s the 13th ranked center based on salary, but the added PIM potential makes him a bit more appealing than those just below him.
LW Thomas Vanek - MTL ($13,515) – My picks today are going to be pretty heavy on players with new teams. These players always want to make a good first impression, they usually are in better situations, and teams are willing to give them good opportunities, at least at first, to show they made a good decision. Vanek certainly is in a better position, but he’s still priced just a bit below all the no-brainers. I’ll roll with him and save a few bucks.
RW Jarome Iginla – BOS ($13,300) – Six goals and 18 points in his last 15, two goals and four points in his last two. Iginla has been on a roll lately and his salary is still lower than six other right wingers. I’ll spend a little less here with Iginla and balance out my lineup on SFL.
RW Jordan Eberle – EDM ($11,733) – There are some other good options at RW today, but Eberle should at least produce at his salary level. The Islanders were giving up just over 30 SOG per game with the NHL’s blocked shot leader Andrew MacDonald, so without him, Eberle should get his fair share of looks.
G Ben Scrivens – EDM ($17,909) – Scrivens will face a team that got rid of one of their top offensive weapons. This after their best player got hurt at the Olympics. They also got rid of their top shot-blocker, so the offensive opportunities in front of him should come. His save percentage hasn’t been great lately, but you could do worse at this price range.
G Corey Crawford – CHI ($16,403) – Chicago is 18-4 overall and 8-3 at home against Columbus over the last five seasons. Crawford is 9-2 with a 1.89 GAA in his career against Columbus. The Blue Jackets got rid of one of their top offensive weapons in Gaborik at the trade deadline. All of these things point to.. well, in fantasy sports, it usually points to a shocker, but . Chicago is the 3rd highest favorite in Vegas tonight and Crawford is much lower in salary than Rask.
C David Legwand – DET ($9,641) – I’ve felt Legwand was a bit underpriced most of the season just because he’s not flashy, but he does have 10 goals and 40 points. He also has three points (all assists) in three games vs Colorado this season. He should jump right into the heart of Detroit’s lineup so I’m rolling with him at this price.
RW Marian Gaborik – LAK ($9,689) – The Kings needed scoring and Gaborik can provide that. The problem is that he hasn’t been doing that lately. You can blame injuries, but he has just two points in four games since returning. The most troubling part is he has just three SOG in those four games. With an offensive talent like he is, I’m gambling on him having a decent first game with the Kings against a team that he’s put up 10 goals and 22 points in 20 games over his career against. He’s expected to play on the top line with Kopitar and Williams, so that should helps things along.
D Nick Leddy – CHI ($6,884) – With the salary structure on SFL you need to find some deep value plays and they usually come at the D position. Grabbing a guy like Leddy, who plays for a good team and gets his fair share of points, allows you to spend a bit more elsewhere while not completely punting the position.
D Philip Larsen – EDM ($5,912) – Like Leddy, Larsen (at his salary) has a shot at outperforming his price tonight. He draws back into the Edmonton lineup with Nick Schultz traded away, and could be on the top D pair. I like him for the same reasons I like the other Oilers players facing the Isles.
G Anders Lindback – TBL ($11,000) – It looks like Lindback will get the start tonight so he makes for a decent value play. He’s the cheapest goalie listed, even less than Enroth, who is $1,680 more. Lindback hasn’t been good, but you have to like this matchup at home against the worst offense in the league.
My Star Fantasy Leagues Roster For Tonight
C David Legwand $9,641
C David Backes $13,717
LW Kris Versteeg $7,780
LW Thomas Vanek $13,515
RW Marian Gaborik $9,689
RW Jarome Iginla $13,300
D Nick Leddy $6,884
D Philip Larsen $5,912
FLEX Andrew Shaw $8,313
G Anders Lindback $11,000
$164 in salary remaining.
Tonight’s Goalie Rankings
Probable / confirmed starters are linked to the source
- Tuukka Rask
- Corey Crawford
- Kari Lehtonen
- Jonathan Quick
- Ryan Miller
- Anders Lindback
- Mike Smith
- Eddie Lack
- Ondrej Pavelec
- Ben Scrivens
- Jimmy Howard
- Antti Niemi
- Sergei Bobrovsky
- J.S. Giguere
- Jeff Zatkoff
- Peter Budaj
- Braden Holtby
- Pekka Rinne
- Evgeni Nabokov
- Jhonas Enroth
Good Luck! As always, if you have any fantasy hockey questions, daily or otherwise, feel free to reach out to me on Twitter.