Daily Fantasy Hockey Picks for FanDuel and DraftKings 2/12/18
Welcome back hockey fans. It's a fairly quiet Monday with just three games on tap but some exciting matchups and projected high-scoring games make it another great night for some daily fantasy. Let's jump in and take a look at some of the top plays at each position.
Hockey is back and with it come our NHL projections which help inform these picks every night. When you purchase a DFSR NHL subscription to our base hockey projections you also get access to our brand new NFL DFS suite of tools including full projections, optimal NFL lineups and our Player Lab, which includes filters to help you create NFL lineups for FanDuel and DraftKings for any format. It’s a set of tools well beyond anything we’ve ever had, and something we feel will help our users *ahem* tackle the NFL season.
If you want to see the numbers behind our projections, create lineups with a single click, or research as deeply as your heart desires, click the button below to test out yourself.
Good luck trying to get comfortable with a goalie tonight, especially in cash games. It will be very hard not to turn to Andrei Vasilevskiy who leads the league in wins(33) and sits Top 5 in both GAA(2.29) and Save %(.929) despite the tough matchup vs. the Leafs Top 5 offense. The good news is that he has been playing well lately despite some bumps in the road and has won four of his last five starts. He has also been tremendous on the road this season with a 15-7-1 record to along with an elite .940 save % and SIX shutouts. All things considered, he is the top play in all formats tonight.
We have a really small slate tonight but the center position is still loaded with talent. McDavid stands out above the rest for a couple reasons and it starts with the matchup. The Panthers have been better defensively on the road this season but have struggled in the new year going 3-5 while giving up 3.6 goals per game. McDavid, on the other hand, has been red hot in the new year with 19 points in 15 games while averaging 4.2 shots per game, carrying the Oilers offense on his back. Despite the high price, he is my top play and worth paying up for tonight.
Stack with: Patrick Maroon, Jesse Puljujarvi
I will stick with the game with the highest projected total(6.0) for my second pick at the center position. It's not the first time we have discussed Trocheck and it most likely won't be the last as he's been very consistent this season. He comes into tonight with 14 shots in his last two games and 39 over his last 10 and is averaging 3.7 per game on the season. He is second on the team in points(48) behind Jonathan Huberdeau and is cheaper than Aleksander Barkov on both sites and to top it off he gets an elite matchup vs. the Oilers 28th ranked defense that has allowed 14 goals over the last three games. All things considered, Trocheck is a terrific play in all formats.
Stack with: Jonathan Huberdeau, Denis Malgin
Also Consider: Brayden Point(TB)
Alex Debrincat FD - $6200 DK - $5100
Opponent - ARI
Proj Pts FD - 11 DK - 3.1
To fit the high-end centers I listed above on a small slate like this, we are going to need some value to make it work. Enter Alex Debrincat who dos have a higher price on FanDuel but remains in the value zone on DraftKings making him an excellent target. Despite the Blackhawks overall offensive struggles, Debrincat has been having a very successful rookie season with 34 points in 55 games and is also providing us a high floor. Over his last 10 games, he has tallied 36 shots on goal while skating on the top line with Jonathan Toews. Fire him up in all formats on DraftKings but maybe reserve him to a GPP team stack on FanDuel.
Stack with: Jonathan Toews, Anthony Duclair
Yanni Gourde FD - $5200 DK - $5400
Opponent - TOR
Proj Pts FD - 11.89 DK - 3.32
I am actually shocked this guy's price is still in the low to mid $5K range after tearing it up over the last three weeks. Since January 22nd, Gourde has tallied points in eight of his last nine games with three multi-point efforts and has been an awesome fit in the Top 6 of the league's #1 offense. He doesn't provide a ton of shot volume but considering the price on both sites, he can be considered in all formats, especially on a small slate.
Stack with: Steven Stamkos, Tyler Johnson
Also Consider: Patrick Kane(CHI) in GPP formats
Keith Yandle FD - $5200 DK - $5300
Opponent - EDM
Proj Pts FD - 11.4 DK - 3.32
This three-game slate has just one high-end defense option(Hedman) so this doesn't feel like a value play tonight but Yandle has been crushing it from a PTS/$ perspective. Over his last 10 games, he has tallied eight points with 29 shots and 11 blocks for an average of 3.9 DraftKings/14.1 FanDuel points per game. He is a veteran in the sport but is also taking on more of a role in Florida this year averaging almost 25 minutes of ice-time per game(highest of his career). Considering the elite matchup vs. the Oilers 27th ranked defense, Yandle is a great play in all formats.
Kris Russell FD - $3900 DK - $4000
Opponent - FLA
Proj Pts FD - 9.68 DK - 2.97
As you can probably tell I am heavy on this Panthers/Oilers game tonight which should be no surprise as it has the highest total of the night(6.0). Going back to the well for punt value tonight and rolling with Kris Russell who may not provide any upside with just three points in his last 10 games and 19 on the season but does offer a high floor. In those last 10 games, he has blocked a whopping 37 shots and leads the league this season with 166. At a price right in the $4K price range, I will be using him in all formats tonight.
Also Consider: Alex Goligoski(ARI)
Hockey is back and with it comes our NHL projections which help inform these picks every night. When you purchase a DFSR NHL subscription to our base hockey projections you also get access to our brand new NFL DFS suite of tools including full projections, optimal NFL lineups and our Player Lab, which includes filters to help you create NFL lineups for FanDuel and DraftKings for any format. It’s a set of tools well beyond anything we’ve ever had, and something we feel will help our users *ahem* tackle the NFL season.
If you want to see the numbers behind our projections, create linueps with a single click, or research as deeply as your heart desires, click the button below to test out yourself.
- Connor McDavid: (AP Photo/Paul Vernon)