Daily Fantasy Hockey Strategy: Value Picks, January 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 DraftKings contests as well as some FanDuel contests.
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Travis Zajac — New Jersey Devils–$3800
This is the easiest salary flier simply because why not take a shot once more with the center. It may have been a one period wonder of sorts against Ottawa on Thursday, but Joseph Blandisi has worked nicely with Zajac over most of the last two games. Yes, there are defensive risks but with DraftKings, the +/- does not make a difference. His value is just enough to try and take another play once more.
Joel Armia — Winnipeg Jets –$2700 ($3300 on FanDuel)
No one wants to admit it but the kid is an intriguing play on a Saturday at home against New Jersey. He is not going to draw the top defensive pairings. With injuries and poor play, Armia is playing top six minutes and now has points in the last two games. Do not be surprised if he were to even see a little power play time as well. Value is value on a Saturday night, and any player that can be a huge cap relief when it comes to going for higher priced talent.
Shea Theodore — Anaheim Ducks — $3300 on both DraftKings and FanDuel
Theodore has performed moderately well in this call up for Anaheim. He has four points in his last ten games but furthermore is starting to fire more pucks on net and block a few shots as well. The Ducks have found a nice player who has serious potential. Those four points have come in four straight games. Now Anaheim did not have to play Washington on Friday due to the blizzard so maybe the defenseman is a little more rested.
Nikita Nesterov — Tampa Bay Lightning– $2700 ($3500 on FanDuel)
Nesterov has points in three of his last four games but do watch his ice time. He is going to be put in situations where he has some offensive opportunities but do not expect him to play 20 minutes a night. Nesterov occasionally will see some power play time and against Florida may mean a little boost as Florida did play Chicago on Friday night.
Louis Domingue — Arizona Coyotes — $6600 ($6900 on FanDuel)
Domingue has performed admirably in his time as the starter in Arizona. His goals against average is almost a full goal lower than Mike Smith’s and again that price is still way too reasonable to pass up. Los Angeles will be a tough opponent but if any team has the young guns to handle them, it may just be those very Coyotes.
Alexander Wennberg — Columbus Blue Jackets –$3800
I know this is nuts, but Columbus literally has nothing to lose other than just trying to out-score their opponents. They go on the road to Boston to face the Bruins. Yes, keep an eye on the weather but this game should easily be a go. Wennberg has exceeded value in every other game so why not try to roll the bones one more time on Saturday so a little savings can be had for those high end players.
Reilly Smith— Florida Panthers–$3700
I’m trying to find a way to sneak Smith into most of my cash lineups simply because the forward has two goals in his last two games. As he plays a little over 17 minutes a night, it is becoming obvious that he can be a 20-30 goal scorer very easily in this league and is a pretty cheap play on Saturday.
Francois Beauchemin —Colorado Avalanche–$3400
Beauchemin is still a very solid play tonight on both Fanduel and DraftKings, but I really like him on Fanduel because he’s near minimum price. The Avalanche face a Dallas team that is still trying to find itself a little so expect a little back and forth play as often these games can dictate. With Beauchemin’s hard shot, that means he could be the recipient of a little boost offensively.