NHL Daily Fantasy Helper: Wednesday 4/3/19
A good chunk of you played daily fantasy football this year, and I'd be willing to bet a significant portion have also tried out daily fantasy basketball and baseball. But hockey? Hockey?
It's time to give it a try over on FanDuel because it's a ton of fun.
And our analysis and projections can help you win. To help, let's take a look at some goalies, high-priced skaters, and lower-priced players to target for today's slate.
Goalie to Target
John Gibson ($7,700): The Anaheim Ducks' goalie is expected to face the Calgary Flames on Wednesday night. Gibson has been one of the more consistent goalies in the league of late, winning seven of his last eight starts. He has yielded 20 goals in this span but faced 30-plus shots six times. A question mark arises in the form of Calgary. This is because the Flames have clinched the Western Conference and can afford to rest some of their players. The question is who will play and who will not. Anaheim has played much better of late and looks like a competent team. Also, see who starts in net for the New York Rangers as a secondary possibility.
Mika Zibanejad ($7,100): The forward plays against his old team -- the Ottawa Senators. Ottawa still gives up nearly 36 shots per 60 and sports one of the worst scoring chances per 60 rates in the league. The Senators have won just 10 times on the road and give up 4.36 goals per game away from home. Zibanejad endured a horrible night in New Jersey with just one shot on goal and several missed quality chances, but the 30-goal scorer shouldn't miss like that again on Wednesday. He can be stacked with parts of the first-unit New York power play to save a few dollars. Jonathan Toews ($7,500) is also worth a look on a night where centers are not that expensive.
Patrick Kane ($8,700): Kane's price keeps inching downward, partially because he has just one goal in his last 15 games. Despite that, he has hit or exceeded value in eight of those contests. That is not great but not terrible, either. The minutes played are taking a toll on Kane, but he does have a dozen shots on 19 attempts in his last two games, along with eight scoring chances. So, it is a matter of time before the real-world points follow. St. Louis is a stingy opponent, but games often go differently from convention with these two teams. It could be a night where a 4-3 result is much more likely than a 2-1 one. Vladimir Tarasenko ($7,700) and Alex DeBrincat ($6.800) might be solid GPP plays on Wednesday night, too.
Mark Jankowski ($3,300): With players resting for Calgary, Jankowski took advantage with a three-point night for Calgary in a 7-2 rout over the Los Angeles Kings on Monday. Will he play 17 minutes again? The answer is no one knows. However, it is likely Jankowski plays more than 9-10 minutes. Anaheim is fourth worst in the league in high danger chances per 60 at 12.35. It is essential to watch lineups because of all these roster changes due to rest.
Brett Howden ($3,700): Howden draws the bottom six of the Senators on Wednesday, and that is one of the worst bottom-six units in all of hockey. The forward looks different during this latest call-up. He has five real-world points in his last four games and saw a season high 16 minutes of ice time in New Jersey. However, his shot volume is still very low at one per game, so Howden is a moderate risk due to being so selective with that shot. Filip Chytil ($3,400) may be worth a cheap punt flier on Wednesday against the Ottawa defense as well.
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