DAILY FANTASY HOCKEY: DRAFTKINGS VALUE PICKS, DECEMBER 5th
The Fix always has a full breakdown of significant NHL slates for our Front Office subscribers, but now we’re also going to be highlighting a few value plays for everyone on most days with big NHL slates. Below you’ll find three or four players who are cheap and undervalued in today’s DraftKings contests.
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Sven Andrighetto—Montreal Canadiens–$2700
That’s right, I’m going back to the well again tonight with Sven Andrighetto. This may be getting redundant, but Sven continues to be a great value play, especially tonight. If you follow me on twitter (@fuzzychris91 ) you know my number one rule when playing NHL DFS is never take a Carolina goalie, ever. Whether it’s Cam Ward or Eddie Lack, both goalies are just terrible. The Hurricanes are last in the NHL, while the Canadiens sit second. Not only does Carolina allow a ton of goals, but Montreal also averages over three goals per game on the road. Andrighetto is playing on the second line with Alex Galchenyuk and Lars Eller and should be able to find his way onto the score sheet by the end of the night.
Michael Raffl—Philadelphia Flyers–$3300
The Flyers get a very nice matchup tonight as they face off against a Blue Jackets team that is playing their second game in as many nights. Michael Raffl hasn’t done much this season, scoring one goal and adding two assists in 26 games, but any time you are playing on the top line with players like Claude Giroux and Jakub Voracek, good things are bound to happen. His ownership will be low and all he needs to hit value is one assist. Columbus has improved since the beginning of the season, but they are still an above average matchup for opposing teams. If you need some salary relief, Raffl is a great option to consider.
Jori Lehtera—St. Louis Blues–$3700
Lehtera has found himself back on the top line, but this time as a winger. The 27-year-old is skating on the top line with Vladimir Tarasenko and Paul Stastny. It’s been a quiet start to the season for Lehtera, but as long as he gets chances to produce, he’s worth considering. The Maple Leafs are in town to visit the Blues and rookie goalie Garret Sparks is expected to get the start. He was perfect in his first career start at home against Edmonton, but was atrocious in his second start against Winnipeg. No one is quite sure which Sparks will show up tonight, but either way, Toronto isn’t a very good team on the road, making Lehtera a great value play if you want some exposure to the top line.