Daily Fantasy Hockey Strategy: Value Picks, February 20th
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 main DraftKings contests as well as some FanDuel contests from 7:00 pm on.
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Mattias Janmark— Dallas Stars–$3600 ($4500 on FanDuel)
The center is finding life in Dallas better again as goals are coming slowly but surely. Janmark scored a big one against St. Louis and his speed is so apparent that he is seeing time even during 3 on 3 situations. It is funny to say but there is something to be said when one can see the potential in the young forward but against a team like Boston, he could be a very sneaky value play against slower defensemen.
Robby Fabbri — St. Louis Blues –$3500 ($4500 on FanDuel)
He is fighting through the Hitchcock blockade as they say. Fabbri has the wheels and hands to play this game. That is no question. The only question is can he play the disciplined style the Blues coach wants. For the most part he has been successful and he did score a big goal Thursday against Los Angeles. By the way, recently he is seeing power play time as well.
Jake Gardiner — Toronto Maple Leafs — $3700 ($3900 on FanDuel)
Philadelphia is not a very good road team so do not read too much into the hey they scored six goals against New Jersey narrative. However, what Gardiner has done since Dion Phaneif was traded has been noticeable in a good way. There will be growing pains but the young veteran defenseman had to be given the keys. He still has four points in the last five games. There have been no points in the last two but Gardiner is improving defensively game by game.
Louis Domingue — Arizona Coyotes — $6600 ($6900 on FanDuel)
We did consider others, but Domingue has been electric in his last two starts. It makes one wonder if he got over the wall completely that hits most young goalies that play a lot unexpectedly. The only concern is again he seems to be facing 35-40 shots regularly a night. It is great if he gets the win obviously because of the bloated save totals. His cheap price still makes it worth to take a shot.
Cody Eakin — Dallas Stars –$3900
Dallas will be one of the highest projected goal totals on the night next to Washington. That makes Eakin another value play as he is still in the top six mix and always finds a way on the power play somehow for the Stars. He is also dangerous on the penalty kill as he recently scored short handed. He is a long shot play but because of Boston’s depth problems defensively, Eakin suddenly becomes someone to eye. Also consider Calle Jarnkrok of the Nashville Predators for his top six role and same potential.
Michael Stone — Arizona Coyotes–$3200
This could be fun as people forget that Stone is still on the first unit power play with Oliver Ekman-Larsson. Many panicked when Kevin Connauton saw a little time on the unit but that situation has been rectified to Stone’s benefit. Stone scored a goal on Thursday. He not only has four points in his last five games and had five shots on goal against Dallas. This is a player with an above average shot. When he utilizes that, he becomes a big threat when combined with all the ice time he gets.