Daily Fantasy Hockey Strategy: Value Picks, March 3rd
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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Scott Gomez— Ottawa Senators–$2500 ($3800 on FanDuel)
The center is a way better value on DraftKings where his price is the bare minimum considering the fact that he last played in the NHL just after Christmas. Gomez will be basically replacing Kyle Turris and will see power play time along with potentially a top six role. The pivot will be owned in GPP’s at a decent rate simply because of the name and the low risk.
Linden Vey — Vancouver Canucks –$2700 ($3400 on FanDuel)
He is producing a little bit in the way of points of late. Six points in the last ten games is more than respectable and he did see time with the Sedin twins in the last game. That may not be the case for much longer but the winger does have three of his four power play points just in the previous couple weeks. Vey does not shoot the puck a lot and defensively, he is questionable at best.
Thomas Hickey — New York Islanders — $3000 ($3500 on FanDuel)
When Hickey returned, Islander fans at least exhaled a little bit. Yes, he did not play a ton on Tuesday against Vancouver (less than 12 minutes) but that goal and assist looked attractive. Now the defenseman has points in two of his previous three games played. It will be intriguing to see what happens in the next few games as the Islanders will need Hickey to play more and more.
Calvin Pickard — Colorado Avalanche — $6300 ($7500 on FanDuel)
Pickard has fared pretty well in Colorado despite the high danger chances that they tend to give up while he is in net. Consider that Colorado has difficulty generating shots (bottom five in the league). Everyone says that Florida’s additions make this more risky. Considering how badly Florida started, Colorado is taking a reasonable shot here with Pickard and maybe so should you.
William Nylander — Toronto Maple Leafs –$3000
If one wants to really go for it then Nylander is worth a shot at a minimum price. The center had a bit of a rough time in his debut but still managed two shots and a scoring chance or two in 18 minutes of action. He will continue to see chances as Toronto really is just playing out the string in a quest to give their younger players some experience going into what will be a long rebuild. Yes, this will be a process, but the pivot does have a bit of an advantageous match-up against a Minnesota team that is still inconsistent.
Lee Stempniak — Boston Bruins–$3800
This is fun because even though Stempniak got traded from New Jersey to Boston, he is still playing top six minutes. The adjustment period was a 16 minute start that was dull with zero shots on goal as the forward was getting used to his new team. It was very clear. We figure in the second game that the right winger should be a bit more acclimated. Now Chicago is no easy opponent, but maybe this time around will bring about a different result.