Daily Fantasy Hockey: DraftKings Value Picks, January 9th
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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Noah Hanifin—Carolina Hurricanes–$3300
The rookie defenseman is having himself a pretty solid year in the NHL. Hanifin hasn’t racked up a ton of points so far this season (1G, 8A), but he’s seeing time on the top power play unit and has seen his minutes increase since the beginning of the season. The Boston native has recorded two points in his last two games, and at his current price, that’s all he needs to do to hit his value. The 18-year-old has just enough upside to warrant a spot on your DFS roster.
Sven Andrighetto—Montreal Canadiens–$2600
That’s right, I’m back on the Sven train! After a recent stint in the AHL, Andrighetto is back in the NHL and back to playing the wing on the Habs second line. The 22-year-old is expected to skate on a line with Alex Galchenyuk and Daniel Carr. Montreal hasn’t been great over the last month in terms of scoring goals, but at $2600, Andrighetto is a low risk-high reward play. Even though the Penguins are in town, Marc-Andre Fleury hasn’t had a ton of success against Montreal in his career. Despite his 19-11-3 record, his GAA is 3.00 and his SV% is .898. If the trend continues, Montreal should be able to put a few behind Fleury and hopefully Sven can find his way onto the scoresheet.
Vladislav Namestnikov—Tampa Bay Lightning–$3200
Namestnikov once again finds himself on the top line with Steven Stamkos and Valtteri Filppula. The 23-year-old has already matched his point total from last season (16) and hopes to continue his strong season. The Russian winger picked up an assist in yesterdays game against the Oilers and could easily pick up multiple points tonight against the Vancouver Canucks. Tampa hasn’t had the same firepower upfront as they did last season, but that’s largely due to injuries to many of their key players. With those players now back and healthy, Tampa should return to being a high-powered offence that scores a ton of goals and hopefully that starts tonight. As for Namestnikov, the kid just needs to keep playing his game and his point total should continue to climb.