Daily Fantasy Hockey Strategy: Value Picks, February 23rd
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 still helping daily fantasy owners with cap relief at least on DraftKings. His FanDuel price is still going upward so pay attention to that. Janmark did not have any points on Saturday against Boston but had a few scoring chances and played 18:19. He is a gamble, no question about it, but his speed and hands can be weapons against a team like Winnipeg who can easily get caught flatfooted.
Joakim Nordstrom — Carolina Hurricanes –$3500 ($4500 on FanDuel)
He is showing some really nice speed of late and the ability to play the penalty kill which is a huge plus. Nordstrom even scored short-handed on Sunday to the shock of even the Carolina bench. The bottom line is his ten points in the last 13 games is not exactly a fluke. One figures the points caravan will slow down at some juncture, but the left winger is just seeing the ice so much better than he was earlier in the year. His ice time continues to increase slightly as well.
Matthew Dumba — Minnesota Wild — $3700 ($3900 on FanDuel)
When Mike Yeo was fired, the happiest defenseman arguably had to be Matthew Dumba. While Dumba’s ice time has not dramatically increased, his role has enough to where he is allowed to make the plays he needs to. The results have been more points and while his price is still pretty good, he is someone to keep an eye on especially for Tuesday. The Islanders have match-ups that can be exploited here.
Cam Ward — Carolina Hurricanes — $6600 ($6900 on FanDuel)
We thought about saying no to Ward, but he is at home and it is against Philadelphia (a team he does well against). He had a tough start against Tampa recently but had not lost in regulation in ten straight games before that with a very solid .930 save percentage. Ward should be able to bounce back and probably see more than the 17 shots he faced against Tampa Bay. Carolina still has much to play for and so does Ward.
Jean-Gabrield Pageau — Ottawa Senators –$3900
If the lines hold, and they should based on what Pageau has done lately, then you keep rolling the value play until he goes into an actual slump. The forward has 16 points in his last 21 games. Earlier in the year, he was the guy you simply played whenever Ottawa played Montreal. Now his game has improved across the board to the point where he has to be considered as an almost everyday value play. That is great news for those looking for the cap relief.
Michael Stone — Arizona Coyotes–$3200
This could be fun as people forget that Stone is still producing!! Yes, we must emphasize this because few are. He is still on the power play and scored again over the weekend. What more do we have to say about Stone but to ride him while he is hot? Here is the thing with value plays. It is okay to keep going to the well while you can. It is why we thought about adding a player or two but balked at the last minute. Stone is too much of a good play to pass up. His floor is higher than most (almost anyone) at his price point.