Daily Fantasy Hockey Strategy: Value Picks, February 2
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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Leon Draisaitl – Edmonton Oilers – $5,000
Five grand isn’t exactly cheap, but this one is all about value. The Oilers are actually a decent team at home and get one of the worst teams in the league in their barn tonight. Connor McDavid is back in the lineup and will center the second line, but he is a tad more expensive at $5,600, and will likely be more heavily owned. Draisaitl should see the better matchups, though they haven’t hesitated to pair his against other top lines earlier in the season. Either way, he definitely has the better linemates, and with the lesser price tag, he’s the smart value pick from this group tonight.
Teuvo Teravainen – Chicago Blackhawks – $3,800
With Jonathan Toews out, Teravainen will jump to the Hawks topline tonight, and should see an increased role on the power play. Colorado is the worst team in the league at suppressing shot attempts and will once again have Calvin Pickard in net. Teravainen should get some nice chances tonight, as well as his linemates Marian Hossa and Andrew Shaw, who should also be a little more affordable tonight.
Carl Hagelin – Pittsburgh Penguins – $3,700
Hagelin’s speed has been a game changer for the Penguins since his acquisition from Anaheim. He’s been able to open up a lot of space for linemates Phil Kessel and Evgeni Malkin, and it’s showing up on the stat sheet. At home tonight the Pens get the Ottawa Senators who came into the break losing nine of their last 16 games, and are still pretty banged up from a depth perspective. If Pittsburgh can keep the momentum of a three-game win streak going, Hagelin could be in for a big night.
Valeri Nichushkin – Dallas Stars – $3,600
The Jets come out of the break without forwards Adam Lowry and Mathieu Perreault, a big hit to the depth of a team that relies on rolling all four lines. Nichuskin has been one of the more consistent value plays this season with 17 points and 77 shots so far on the campaign. He is in a good spot to add to that tonight, and for the price, you can’t really go wrong if you’re loading up at other positions.
Niklas Hjalmarsson – Chicago Blackhawks – $3,700
Another guy who doesn’t do anything spectacular, just consistently is reliable to return his value. As noted earlier, the Avs give up a ton of shot attempts, and are still yielding the most fantasy points to defensemen. This is because 1) they are not good at blocking shots and 2) they are not good at getting their shots through. Expect Hjalmarsson to play a role at both end of the ice tonight, something he usually does anyway.