The NHL treated us with a beautiful slate yesterday, and a lot of our Scout members won a lot of money. Then the NHL turned around and hit us with a three-game slate today. Sometimes I think their schedule makers like to toy with our emotions. With such a small slate, remember that most everything will be chalk, even the low-end plays will be higher owned then normal. Today is a day where even a cash lineup can hit on a GPP for some money. With that said, time to make a kick save and a beauty
Dylan Larkin - Wing - ($5200 FD / $5400 DK) - Dylan has been rather silent this season and is waiting to pounce onto the score sheet in a big way. He and his Red Wings head to Philly for what I think will be a high scoring game. In his last game, Dylan scored a power play goal and had four shots. The Flyers are one of the worst teams in the NHL when it comes to defending the wing position, specifically the right wing. I am going to have a very healthy amount of Dylan tonight, and I suggest you do too. He can get you two goals and two assists and be a bit lower owned.
Claude Giroux - Center - ($7200 FD / $6900 DK) - The more I look at his stats, the more I want to use Giroux against the Red Wings at home. He has quietly started the season with a nine-game scoring streak, where he has 12 points (two goals / ten assists) with eight of the points coming on the power play. That is also a sign that the Flyers and Claude are powerplay dependent. That is OK with me, though. With the fact, the Flyers are the third-best team in the NHL on the power play with a 27.5% success rate. That might seem low to some, but that is rather good. Use Claude and his line or his power play line and thank me in the morning.
Sidney Crosby - Center - ($8600 FD / $8200 DK) - Yes, the rest of the world and I will be on Sid the Kid today. There is a good reason. In his first three games of the season, Sid has scored in each of them (four goals / one assists). He has shown that he has no ill effects from the concussion that plagued him to start the season. He is getting close to five shots per game and has scored a power play point in all three games. In 11 career games against the Ducks, Sid has 17 points (eight goals / nine assists) with four of those points coming by way of the power play. I love Sid in this game and his line, as will the rest of the DFS world.
Tomas Tatar - Wing - ($4600 FD / $4500 DK) - Tomas has been a quiet player this season with only one goal and one assist in ten games. What I like about Tomas in this game, is the Flyers inability to control wingers. A lot of people will be on my Top pick of Larkin, and Tatar will fly a bit under the radar. He is a second line wing player and on the top power play unit. He has three career goals against the Flyers in his career, with one being a power play goal. He should add to that total tonight, in a game I feel will have 11 goals scored total.
As I do with small slates, I will list a few plays at each position to consider in your lineups. Players in Bold are ones I will be using in my lineups as well. Keep in mind I enter up to 100 games on a given night, so these are players I will use in the same or different lineups. Take it as a blueprint to start your lineups with and to build around.
Evgeni Malkin - ($8100 FD / $7000 DK) - Priced low on DK. Pair with Sid on DK for the power play exposure or use him and his linemates separate from the Chalk of Crosby.
Alex Galchenyuk - ($6000 FD / $6400 DK) - Top line center, top power play center
Frans Nielsen - ($5100 FD / $4900 DK) - Pair with Larkin
Henrik Zetterberg - ($5100 FD & DK) - Pair with Tatar, cheap exposure to high total game
Rickard Rakell - ($4800 FD & DK) - Hugh first game back, possible repeat tonight
Brandon Sutter - ($4200 FD & DK) - Contrarian way to attack Montreal
Sean Couturier - ($4500 FD & DK) - Will be lower owned flyers center. Cheap exposure
Scott Wilson - ($3600 FD / $4000 DK) - Anaheim bad against left wing position. Pair with Crosby
Patrik Hornqvist - ($7000 FD / $6100 DK) - Pair with Crosby and Wilson
Phil Kessel - ($7200 FD / $6000 DK) - Priced low on DK and I like it.
Chris Kunitz - ($4600 FD / $4300 DK) - Pair with Malkin
Wayne Simmonds - ($7100 FD / 6500 DK) - Pair with Giroux
Jakub Voracek - ($6700 FD & DK) - Moved to second line. Consider that when using
Travis Konecny - ($3800 FD / $4500 DK) - Listed as center on FD :(. Second line wing
Brayden Schenn - ($5600 FD / $5700 DK) - Pair with Giroux, moved to 1st line.
Gustav Nyquist - ($5200 FD & DK) - Pair with Larking and/or Nielsen
Justin Abdelkader - ($4200 FD / $4100 DK) - Pair with Tatar
Alex Radulov - ($5400 FD / $5800 DK) - First line wing, pair with Galchenyuk and/or Gallagher
Brandon Gallagher - ($6100 FD / $7100 DK) - Too cheap on FD, pair with Galchenyuk or Radulov
Markus Granlund - ($3000 FD & DK) - Listed as center on FD. Pair with Sutter. Priced low.
Corey Perry - ($6800 FD / $6700 DK) - Pair with Getzlaf
Nick Ritchie - ($3300 FD / $4400 DK) - Top line wing, cheap exposure
Jakob Silfverberg - ($5200 FD & DK) - My favorite Duck player. Pair with Kesler
Shea Weber - ($6400 FD / $7100 DK) - Top defensive play
Mike Green - ($4800 FD / $5500 DK) - Cooled off a bit, still like him tonight
Shayne Gostisbehere - ($5700 FD / $6300 DK) - Can not fade this guy.
Cam Fowler - ($5200 FD / $4300 DK) - Great play. Powerplay exposure
Trevor Daley - ($4300 FD / $400 FD) - Top line defensive player, second powerplay unit
Brenden Smith - ($3500 FD / $3200 DK) - Second line defense, Second powerplay unit
**As always check before puck drop to see starting goalies, as things change**
Carey Price - ($9800 FD / $8600 DK) - Insane price on FanDuel, but I get it. Price has won all five of his starts this season while posting a .954 save percentage and a thin 1.40 goals against average. He gets the Canucks at home in this game, and Vancouver scores only 1.78 goals a game. The Numbers are there for him, and to say he will be chalk is an understatement. You have to get very creative to fit him in on FanDuel though. I still love him and will figure out a way to get him and you lower lines from the Det/Phi game to get him in.
Matt Murray - ($8700 FD / $7800 DK) - Matt will get his first start of the season, after sitting out the first nine games with a broken hand, and injury he suffered in the World Hockey Tournament. He was a stud for the Pens last season one Mike Sullivan took over as a coach, and was dynamic in the playoffs. He will face a Ducks team that averages 2.50 goals per game. He is a good play considering the cost of Price. I will have more exposure to him than Price, as I see price only getting about 24 shots on net.
Favorite Line Stack: Simmonds – Giroux – Schenn (Flyers top line)
Favorite GPP Line Stack: Tatar – Zetterberg – Abdelkader (Red Wings second line)
Fun Stat of the Day - The Defensive tandem of Provorov and Streit have allowed NHL worse eight goals against them when they are on the ice at the same time. Consider the fact they will most likely be on the ice when the Red Wings second line is out as well.
Final Thoughts - Try not to go all in on one game in such a short slate. You do not want to sink your lineup into one game. We can guess at the outcome, but can not be sure of it. If you are looking to dive into one game, do not be surprised if it hurts you. I am not saying it will happen, but also consider on a three-game slate, a lot of plays will be chalk. Trying to find one or two contrarian plays will be tough tonight, because of projected ownership of even third line players. Build a solid lineup and do not worry about chalk.