NHL Daily Fantasy Helper: Monday 4/15/19
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
Ben Bishop ($8,400): Bishop gets the start on Monday night against the Nashville Predators, after suffering a tough overtime loss in Game 2. The Dallas Stars goalie performed excellent in net, stopping 40 of 42 shots. Honestly, there was little else he could do and Bishop only received one goal of support. Dallas yields just 2.24 goals per game at home, which is best on the slate defensively. The Stars intend to grind out games, so Bishop will have little margin for error but likely face a good number of shots. That translates to a higher fantasy ceiling if Bishop can get a win. Philipp Grubauer ($7,600) and Petr Mrazek ($7,500) are both good options as home underdogs on Monday night.
Nathan MacKinnon ($8,600): The Colorado Avalanche needed a hero on Saturday night, and they found one in MacKinnon, who buried an overtime shot past Mike Smith to make this a series. Now, it will be up to MacKinnon to lead the offense again for Colorado against an agitated Calgary Flames squad. MacKinnon fired 12 shots on net in the first two games while generating ten scoring chances. He is the focal point of Colorado's offense in every way, even on the power play. Calgary has had a tough time containing the center, so it's all about execution on the part of MacKinnon and his squad. Patrice Bergeron ($8,500) and Auston Matthews ($7,700) also represent good choices on Monday night from the center position.
David Pastrnak ($7,800): Pastrnak looked better in Saturday night's game, yet something was still a little off. He had an assist and three shots but only one quality scoring chance. That is unlike Pastrnak in these games, as he is typically much more active. Maybe a shift in scenery will help as the series shifts to Toronto. This is a player who had 38 goals in 66 games, including 17 on the power play, but has not come close to a goal in this series. You get the feeling some type of breakout game is coming against a team that Pastrnak averages well over a point a game against for his career. Mitchell Marner ($8,400) has finished well against Boston in past meetings and garners similar consideration.
Lucas Wallmark ($3,800): The Carolina Hurricanes forward created some nice scoring chances in Game 2 and has real-world points in three straight games. Risk is involved with Wallmark because of his low shot volume at times and limited (12-13 minutes) ice team. That being said, the center finds himself in the right positions more often than not, which does create some point-blank opportunities. Washington has looked vulnerable for large stretches of this series, and forwards like Wallmark have been a big reason why. If Carolina keeps attacking toward the middle, there will be more chances. Nick Bonino ($3,400) is an all-or-nothing risk play on Monday night in Dallas.
Sam Bennett ($3,600): Bennett is seeing his offensive game return at the best possible time. The winger saw a boost up to 15 minutes of ice time, and he rewarded those who played him to the tune of two assists, two blocks, and three scoring chances. He now has real-world points in three consecutive games. Colorado has just a 78.4% penalty kill and has allowed around three goals a game since January 1. Taking a shot with a value play is not a bad idea here. Boston's Danton Heinen ($3,800) is at a similar price and production point.
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