Daily Fantasy Hockey Strategy: Value Picks, March 22nd
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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Cody Eakin— Dallas Stars–$3800 ($4400 on FanDuel)
The center is a top line Dallas player now due to the injury to Tyler Seguin, and to be honest he has responded well enough that he will likely not be a value for long. Tonight, he is a solid play on DraftKings because even though they are playing Chicago, Chicago gives up goals against Dallas. Overall, Eakin has nine points in his last ten games and that includes four goals. He gets power play time and is a solid contrarian play as well.
Oliver Bjorkstrand — Columbus Blue Jackets –$2800 ($3400 on FanDuel)
He has goals in only one of the three games played but Bjorkstrand has a little creativity and fire in his game. One has to like that when considering cheap fliers and values. The winger has eight shots in three games and though he does not play top six minutes, his time is effective as they say. Columbus gets a Philadelphia team on the back end of a back to back and that could mean a little benefit for the rookie forward.
Marc Methot — Ottawa Senators — $2800 ($3600 on FanDuel)
When the risks have to be made, a guy like Methot is not as risky as one thinks. He is a DraftKings play because of his moderately good floor (three shots and blocks combined per game). All he has to do is get a point or even a little above his average to hit value. Washington is not an easy team to face but the Senators are capable of keeping up with them offensively and Methot loves to block shots so do not be surprised to see him owned a hair higher than usual.
Mike Smith — Arizona Coyotes — $6900 ($7900 on FanDuel)
Smith has had three quality starts in a row since his return from “core surgery” a few months ago. For what it is worth, he is now 5-5 in his last ten starts with a .927 save percentage in that span. That is mostly because of stopping 104 of his last 107 shots faced. That is not a misprint. Edmonton should be a halfway decent match-up for the goalie who has seen tougher competition since his return. That price is also too good to pass up.
Nathan Beaulieu — Montreal Canadiens –$3100
If one likes going off the deep end, then picking this defenseman might just be it. This is not because Beaulieu is such a bad player but because Montreal is just in an awful state of disarray and bad health. The prospects of this tailspin getting better is almost slim to none right now. However, Beaulieu is getting more ice time because of the injuries and someone has to get a few points from the blueline eventually…right?
Cam Ward — Carolina Hurricanes–$6900
This is an elevated risk GPP play because of the price and opponent. Ward has not been great in net but Buffalo has not been all that good on the road of late either. The Carolina starter is likely to be in net barring something unforeseen. A Carolina team that has fleeting playoff hopes needs this win and that urgency should make the goalie worth a start at least. What is there to lose, right?