Daily Fantasy Hockey Strategy: Value Picks, March 12th
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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Zach Hyman— Toronto Maple Leafs–$2700 ($3300 on FanDuel)
The center is a top six player in Toronto only because it is Toronto and their myriad amount of injuries is incredibly mind boggling. That being said, Hyman does have goals in two straight games. Rivalry clashes against Ottawa can bring out the odd and the sublime. This young forward does not seem to be all that afraid of the spotlight. If one feels ambitious, they may spend up for William Nylander.
Nikita Soshnikov — Toronto Maple Leafs –$3500 ($3400 on FanDuel)
He is producing and his hard slap shot has gotten the notice of not only his teammates but the opposition also. Soshnikov is a talent but a young one. Expect some growing pains but he reminds many in Toronto of a young Leo Komarov with a harder shot and a bit more power to his hits. That is a scary thought but the skill in the Russian player is very evident.
Mark Barberio — Montreal Canadiens — $2800 ($3000 on FanDuel)
When the risks have to be made, a guy like Barberio may benefit simply because of injury. Barberio had two points in just 15:14 of ice time against Buffalo but could see his role increased against Minnesota. With the amount of defensemen out in Montreal, desperate times call for desperate measures. Do not be surprised to see Barberio on the first or second power play unit. That alone increases his value even just for one night.
Cam Talbot — Edmonton Oilers — $7100 ($8300 on FanDuel)
Talbot is a cheaper play on DraftKings only but is posting a .920 save percentage on the year despite only 17 wins and a very poor defensemen corps. His save percentage is a ridiculously high .947 with a 1.70 goals against average. Even in this hot stretch, the goalie only has a record of 5-4-1 through no fault of his own. Talbot is up against an Arizona team that just played in Calgary on Friday night.
Francois Beauchemin — Colorado Avalanche –$3200
If one wants to really go for it then Beauchemin is at too low of a price given how well he does across most formats. This really is solely a FanDuel pricing glitch in the sense that +/- is included and blocks are not. The defenseman does have 31 points on the year and comes off two very solid daily fantasy point totals. A third would not be out of the question against Winnipeg. This could go south quickly but it will free up a lot of money if options are really that light and tight.
Garret Sparks — Toronto Maple Leafs–$4500
This is a GPP play simply because of the bargain basement price. Also, the bonus is that Sparks has earned his third straight start. Toronto can allow 30+ shots as easily as Ottawa so keep that in mind. If the goalie can make enough timely saves, he does have the shot at a win which has been rare for the Maple Leafs during the second half. His save percentage may only be a .910 on the year but Toronto may have a little potential here.