Today is going to be a great day, as we have a huge slate to play. 13 games with 26 teams going. All but three of the games drop the puck before 8 pm, so it is a lot to filter. I am going to break from the standard write-up, as it will take me almost seven pages to point out plays. Instead, what I am going to do is suggest a few games to target, and the players to target from that game. With so many games today and so many players to choose from, pay lines and ownership levels will be lower. So targeting a few games in your GPP and cash games will help you maximize your value. As always I will start with my three top players to start building around and my sleeper pick, which has hit the last three nights. Going for four in a row this weekend. Let us get this puck sliding down the ice.
Steven Stamkos - Center - (8300 FD / 7600 DK) - Stamkos and the Lightning come into this contest as heavy favorites (-175) against the Devils. In 25 career games against the Devils, Stamkos has 26 points (15 goals / 11 assists). Six of his goals have come on the man advantage. His line should handle the scoring for this game, with Stamkos highlighting the score sheets.
Logan Couture - Center - (6900 FD / 6200 DK) - Logan and his San Jose Sharks visit the Columbus Blue Jackets. The Blue Jackets have swiss cheese for defense, and Logan and his linemates are going to own this game. In 15 career games against the Jackets, Logan has 12 points (four goals / eight assists) with five of his points coming on the power play. I see the Sharks being on the power play a lot today.
Brandon Sutter - Center - (4000 FD / 4400 DK) - Brandon and his Vancouver Canucks go up against the Calgary Flames, who just lost last night to the Edmonton Oilers. I like playing against a team on the back end of a back to back after they lose, especially when they are the road team. Being the second line center, most people will overlook him and his line. Brandon is trying to come out and establish himself as one of the top players on the Canucks. Everyone will focus on the Sedin twins, but they are getting rather old, and I think Sutter's line owns the game.
Charlie Coyle - Right Wing - (4600 FD / 4500 DK) - I know you all are use to me picking a rookie as my sleeper special, but with such a large slate, I am going for a low priced guy that is full of upside. Charlie plays on the Minnesota Wild's top line with Eric Staal and Zach Parise (hint hint), and also is on their top power play unit. He is one of the best priced top line players on a rather large slate. Last season, Charlie scored 42 total points last season (21 goals / 21 assists), out of that 18 of his assists came with his linemates. I love Charlie to score two goals and two assists.
As I had mentioned earlier, I will point out a few games to target on this slate, and what players to look at in those games. Otherwise, this sheet will be seven pages long and you will get lost in a sea of names. You can use any combination of these players, or you can use one each and try to top out the scoring. But today is a day I highly suggest line stacking in your GPP games.
Tampa Bay vs. New Jersey
Jonathan Drouin - Wing - (5400 FD / 5200 DK)
Nikita Kucherov - Wing - (6700 FD / 6500 DK)
Vladislav Namestnikov - Wing - (3500 FD / 3600 DK)
Victor Hedman - Defense - (6800 FD / 5900 DK)
Washington vs. New York Islanders
Alexander Ovechkin - Wing - (8400 FD / 8600 DK)
Nicklas Backstrom - Center - (6700 FD / 5900 DK) Cheap on DK.
Andre Burakovsky - Wing - (4500 FD / 4400 DK)
Evgeny Kuznetsov - Center - (6200 FD / 6200 DK)
Dmitry Orlov - Defense - (3700 FD / 3600 DK)
Vancouver vs. Calgary
Daniel Sedin - Wing - (5900 FD / 5900 DK)
Loui Eriksson - Wing - (5400 FD / 5700 DK)
Jannik Hansen - Wing - (4600 FD / 4000 DK) Cheap on DK
Alexander Edler - Defense - (4500 FD / 5000 DK)
Johnny Gaudreau - Wing - (7200 FD / 7400 DK)
Sean Monahan - Center - (7000 FD / 6400 DK)
Kris Versteeg - Wing - (3500 FD / 4000 DK) - Too cheap for a top line winger
Boston vs. Toronto
David Krejci - Center - (5700 FD / 5800 DK)
Brad Marchand - Wing - (7400 FD / 7200 DK)
David Pastrnak - Wing - (5000 FD / 4900 DK)
Zdeno Chara - Defense - (4800 FD / 4900 DK)
Ryan Spooner - Center (FD) Wing(DK) - (4000 FD / 3700 DK)
Auston Matthews - Center - (6200 FD / 6000 DK) To be honest, he will be over-owned.
William Nylander - Wing - (4600 FD / 4700 DK)
Zach Hyman - Wing - (3600 FD / 3400 DK)
Nakita Zaitsev - Defense - (3500 FD / 3300 DK)
**Always check before puck drop to see if your goalie is confirmed starter**
Roberto Luongo - (9000 FD / 8000 DK)
Andrei Vasilevskiy - (8100 FD / 8000 DK)
Steve Mason - (8200 FD / 7800 DK)
Marc Andre Fleury - (8800 FD / 7700 DK)
Ryan Miller - (8600 FD / 7200 DK)
Sleeper Goalie Pick: Carter Hutton - (8000 FD / 7700 DK)
Favorite Line Stack
Tampa Bay Lightning
Palat - Stamkos - Drouin
Favorite Two-Player Stack
Favorite Defensive Plays
Erik Karlsson (7200 FD / 8200 DK)
Francois Beauchemin (3800 FD / 5500 DK) Such a steal on FD!