Daily Fantasy Hockey Strategy: Value Picks, March 26th
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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Mark Letestu — Edmonton Oilers–$3000 ($3200 on FanDuel)
The center is a top six player mostly due to the injury to Ryan Nugent-Hopkins but hey that works. He has six points in his last five games and often blocks a few shots along the way as well. Facing Los Angeles may not be the most ideal match-up but the Oilers are a strange team sometimes and can score a few goals even against the best teams in the west from time to time. His price is at least worth taking a shot in the dark.
Oliver Bjorkstrand — Columbus Blue Jackets –$3200 ($3500 on FanDuel)
He has three points in his first five games as a professional and definitely has speed to burn on the wing. We give him another shot on Saturday because of the sneaky good match-up he may draw against Nashville’s bottom defensemen. His price has inched up a little but with so many options out there, Bjorkstrand will be barely owned by anyone. Nashville will be a bit of a measuring stick type of game for the young winger.
Jakub Nakladal — Calgary Flames — $2700 ($3100 on FanDuel)
When the stakes go up, so do the risks. This is about as high it gets even though the Flames defenseman is priced so low. Nakladal has been seeing power play time and at times the top man advantage unit at that. His ice time has poked up to 18 minutes a night over the last two contests. He also scored a goal in his last game. Maybe that will give him the confidence he needs against a Chicago team that can give up nearly three goals a night on the road and chances galore.
Jean-Francois Berube — New York Islanders — $6600 ($6500 on FanDuel)
The Islanders have played better with Berube in net over Thomas Greiss of late so why not at this point. Yes, New York is playing on the back end of a back to back so this has a higher risk than most night. However, the urgency of battling for their playoff lives might benefit the third string goalie. A win might even plant a seed of doubt as to who the Islanders starter may be for Round 1 of the playoffs if they get there. Carolina will not be an easy opponent, however.
Noah Hanifin — Carolina Hurricanes –$3300
If one has a fondness for going off the reservation like we did with Scott Wedgewood the last two nights then Hanifin may be a choice tonight. He has solid points on FanDuel in three straight and assists in two consecutive games. The young defenseman is starting to find his niche and may be paired with Justin Faulk again very soon. He is a dangerous threat with the puck at times and could provide good value against a weary islanders team.
Zach Hyman — Toronto Maple Leafs–$3900
This is a calculated gamble and can be used with William Nylander as a contrarian mini stack of sorts on Saturday as they are both on the fringe of value picks. However, Hyman has added value because of his penchant for shooting the puck. Even when he does not score, he seems to be playing a pretty solid two way game. It is part of the reason why Toronto is 5-2-2 over their last nine games. The forward had no shots against Anaheim but expect that to change against Boston.