NHL Daily Fantasy Helper: Friday 11/15/19
A good chunk of you played daily fantasy football this year, and I'd be willing to bet a significant portion of you 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.
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
Carter Hart ($7,600): Hart is still a bit of a high-risk play despite a 1.72 goals-against average in his last five outings. He is 4-0-1 in that timeframe while allowing just nine goals. Again, the risk involves shots faced as the Flyers typically allow fewer than 30 shots (29.4 per game during this streak). The Ottawa Senators are the type of team that has difficulty generating shots and offense (30.5 shots per and 2.83 goals per game -- 20th in the NHL). Still, the price is reasonable on a Friday night where so many high-profile goalies are just overpriced. Mackenzie Blackwood ($7.200) is another elevated risk option on Friday night against the Pittsburgh Penguins.
David Pastrnak ($9,200): This five-game slate presents some unique challenges but playing the top two wingers on the slate is an intriguing temptation. Pastrnak is almost as certain as death and taxes to score against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Friday night. He has 13 goals and 10 assists in 17 games career against Toronto and 13 of those goals in the last 12. Is that a part of the reason he is priced so high? Yes, it absolutely is. He averages nearly five shots a game against Toronto, as well. Evgeni Malkin ($8,200) is averaging over three shots a game since his return and could be a solid bet getting full ice time tonight against a porous New Jersey Devils defense.
Alex Ovechkin ($8,300): The Russian Machine never breaks down. Ovechkin had a bit of an off night against Philadelphia, but even then he still had four scoring chances, two shots, and two blocks. Ovechkin has been playing over 23 minutes a night of late with all these overtime games. Tonight, he gets a Montreal Canadiens team that is just 72% on the road when it comes to the penalty kill (28th in the NHL). Ovechkin can set up in his office and just fire away. Also, Montreal has been giving up nearly 35 shots per 60 in their last six road contests. Ovechkin figures to come close to five shots and nearly double-digit attempts tonight. Do not forget Brad Marchand on this slate, either, as Boston expects to figure in with some top-line scoring. .
Wayne Simmonds ($4,100): As long as Simmonds plays in the bottom-six for New Jersey, he has value. Did he just say that? Yes. Simmonds has two goals in his last two games and enjoys a good matchup against Pittsburgh's depth lines, which are at an AHL level. Simmonds sees enough time on special teams to basically look like a top-six player anyway. It all comes down to opportunities. Simmonds had three in each of his last two contests and cashed in twice. There is a good chance of seeing that against the Penguins. Tom Wilson ($4,500) is always one to watch out for as far as the Washington Capitals tonight.
Michal Kempny ($4,100): Kempny's price is not going up like it should related to his production. He averages 13-plus FanDuel points a night and still hovers around $4,000. Yes, he will eventually cool off but fills too many categories not to have him in a few lineups. The defenseman has potential to block 3-plus shots on a regular basis and 2-plus shots on goal. That alone is enough of a floor to justify rostering him almost nightly. Philippe Myers ($3,700) is one to watch from Philadelphia as he has three goals in his first seven games since his call up.
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