NHL Daily Fantasy Helper: Monday 8/3/20
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 a goalie, some high-priced skaters, and lower-priced players to target for today's slate.
Goalie to Target
Robin Lehner ($8,500): The Vegas Golden Knights will start Lehner on Monday night against the Dallas Stars. It may appear to be a surprise, but Lehner has been the more consistent goalie since he was traded to Vegas at the deadline. He won all three starts for Vegas before the pause, while allowing just five goals and sporting a gaudy .940 save percentage. Dallas has troubles scoring at times so it should not be a surprise why Lehner can easily be made a top pick. Carey Price ($8,100) is a viable alternative, as he expects to see at least 35 shots against in net again tonight.
Connor McDavid ($8,800): McDavid's ability to keep scoring is reason alone to play him. If only the rest of his team had shown up with him (from the defensive side, especially). All McDavid did on Saturday was tally a goal, two assists, generate a half dozen scoring chances, and basically drove Edmonton's entire offense early and often. He even blocked a shot, which is significant because, typically, the center does not block many shots. Chicago's defense is not going to truly contain McDavid, so the opportunities should continue. It is why stacking the Edmonton Oilers is still viable, but if looking at Leon Draisaitl ($8,600), it may be a good idea to plug in some value. Also, keep in mind that Draisaitl is listed as a center on FanDuel.
Patrick Kane ($8,200): Kane looked incredible in Game 1, and yet, he was a bit unlucky. He had seven shots on goal and five scoring chances. However, the Chicago Blackhawks winger had just one assist. Other Chicago players joined in on the scoring fun in the 6-4 victory. On the other hand, Game 2 could be more of the same. The Kane line will give up plenty of chances but will also create them. It is why some may opt for a game stack here on just a three-game main slate. Edmonton seemed to have few answers for Kane during Game 1, and expect little to change for Game 2. Mark Stone ($7,400) looks like a solid alternative from Vegas, as the Golden Knights last line change, and Stone played quite well in their exhibition win.
Nick Suzuki ($4,400): Suzuki produced solid value for the Montreal Canadiens in Game 1 against the Pittsburgh Penguins. He also scored a goal on his three shots and three scoring chances, which was a huge bonus. "Value" players get a bit of an adjustment pricing wise come the playoffs, but Suzuki was arguably the better player on the ice Saturday night. If he continues to play like that, he will become a more permanent fixture here until his price goes up. Dylan Strome ($4,500) is also a viable choice, as long as he keeps playing with Patrick Kane.
Connor Murphy ($3,700): The Chicago defenseman carries a very good floor with him against Edmonton. He had four shots but only one block on Saturday, which was a mild surprise. Scoring chances were plentiful, and Murphy nearly took advantage twice. If the pace of play continues to be that wide open at times, then Murphy is worth taking a shot on in all formats (but particularly GPP's). Murphy is expected to still be lower-owned in GPP's, even on smaller slates. Ben Chiarot ($3,800) becomes a good floor play from Montreal when looking for price relief from the blueline.
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