5 NHL FanDuel Values to Target on 1/2/20
If you follow the NHL, you already know all of the top players. Obviously, when playing DFS, those players will come at a high cost. In this article, we are looking to find the cheaper value plays to help you afford the superstars
Anthony Cirelli, Center, Tampa Bay Lightning
FanDuel Price: $4,900
This is admittedly an expensive price to pay for a player that doesn't really play on the power play, but lining up with Steven Stamkos and Alex Killorn at even strength is a solid spot. The Tampa Bay Lightning visit the Montreal Canadiens — a team that has allowed 23 goals over their last six games. This bodes well for a Lightning team that can fill the net but has struggled keeping the puck out.
Tampa Bay has scored 3.58 goals per game, which is good for the second-most in the NHL.
Anthony Duclair, Winger, Ottawa Senators
FanDuel Price: $4,700
Anthony Duclair has already set a career high in goals this season with 21, and he has done so in just 40 games. He has having an incredible season for the Ottawa Senators. He is also averaging just under three shots per game, which is significantly more than his career average of just 1.67 shots per game.
The Sens host the Florida Panthers, and the struggles for Sergei Bobrovsky continue. Bobrovsky has an ugly 3.29 goals against average (GAA) and .897 save percentage (SV%), and he hasn't shown any signs of turning things around at all.
Zach Hyman, Winger, Toronto Maple Leafs
FanDuel Price: $4,800
If playing with John Tavares and Mitchell Marner wasn't a good enough gig, Zach Hyman is now playing with Marner and Auston Matthews, which is probably considered a bit of a bump. He has seven points in his last five games including two three-point games.
The matchup on the road against the Winnipeg Jets isn't the greatest, but the line has been on fire at even strength. As somewhat of a boost, Hyman also plays on the second power-play unit. However, since Sheldon Keefe has taken over as the head coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs, they have run their top power-play unit out longer than usual.
Quinn Hughes, Defense, Vancouver Canucks
FanDuel Price: $4,300
Despite being a defenseman, Quinn Hughes is third in rookie scoring behind fellow defenseman Cale Makar and rookie scoring leader Victor Olofsson. Hughes has an incredible 28 points in 39 games, which puts him on pace for almost 60 points. It also puts him tied for 10th among all defensemen in points, which is just as impressive.
The one issue with Hughes is that he averages just 1.69 shots per game and 0.67 blocks per game, so if he does not get on the score sheet from an offensive standpoint, he could come up short.
Neal Pionk, Defense, Winnipeg Jets
FanDuel Price: $3,800
The Jets host the Leafs tonight, and this price seems far too cheap for a defenseman that plays on the top power-play unit. The Leafs have a 75.8 percent penalty kill on the season, which ranks 26th. However, since Keefe took over on November 20th, their penalty kill has been successful 80.9 percent of the time, which ranks 12th in that time frame.
The Jets' power play has been around 20 percent for most of the season, but Neal Pionk's 25 points in 40 games has been a surprise, with 14 of those coming with the man advantage. He also averages 2.15 shots per game and a block per game, which gives him a bit of a higher floor.
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