4 NHL FanDuel Values to Target on 3/4/21
Spending lower in any daily fantasy lineup is a way to incorporate some diversity into your roster. In NHL DFS, there is typically more value in this strategy but also a good deal more risk. This is especially true on tonight's slate, where there are lots of lower-salaried plays. Plugging in these options will afford you more chances to play some studs, as well.
Thursday night has 10 games on the schedule. Let's take a look at what values we can find.
Jason Spezza, Center, Toronto Maple Leafs
FanDuel Salary: $3,300
The Toronto Maple Leafs center is utilized quite well and continues to pay dividends. He plays only about 11-12 minutes a night but now has 15 real-world points in 23 games on the season. That includes three assists in Edmonton on Wednesday night.
He had five scoring chances in his previous two starts despite those time limitations. Again, Spezza sees power-play time that rivals a top-six player. Give Sheldon Keefe credit for being able to put Spezza in places to excel. Teams still cannot completely slow down Spezza or his linemates when they are on the ice.
Frank Vatrano, Wing, Florida Panthers
FanDuel Salary: $4,000
So, Frank Vatrano will keep seeing top-six ice time and power-play time with the Florida Panthers. He is also on a three-game goal-scoring streak. Furthermore, he has three-plus shots in each of these games while averaging three scoring chances. Florida goes up against a bottom-five penalty kill in the Nashville Predators. There is a lot to like.
Vatrano is going up against an injured Nashville squad who are missing a few regulars -- Ryan Ellis and Ryan Johansen most notably. Florida is not afraid to shoot the puck with players like Vatrano leading the way. The Panthers lead the league in shots per game at 34.5.
Mattias Ekholm, Defenseman, Nashville Predators
FanDuel Salary: $4,100
Value is quite intriguing on this slate, and there are lots of options to choose from. Some are traps, and some are not. Mattias Ekholm is one of the top fantasy options for the Predators tonight. He has three goals in his last three games, but more importantly, he has 14 shots and 10 scoring chances. A few seasons ago, Ekholm enjoyed a similar offensive run and then injuries squashed it.
Defensive freedom and utilization are finally on Ekholm's side due to injuries. He is seeing elevated ice time in all situations across the board (21 minutes a night), but even better, Ekholm may be the healthiest he has been in several years. His speed and quick decision-making skills have been on full display and need to be seen more consistently.
Igor Shesterkin, Goalie, New York Rangers
FanDuel Salary: $7,200
With New Jersey playing disastrously bad at home (2-7-1 with just 18 goals scored), Igor Shesterkin as a projected starter carries far more value into tonight's matchup despite how the first two meetings with New Jersey went (nine goals allowed).
This features risk, as New Jersey does seem to have Shesterkin's number a bit. Again, New Jersey is at home and likely without Nico Hischier. Also, the key may be if the Rangers don't fall behind New Jersey. The Devils are 0-7-1 when tying or trailing after one period. Shesterkin has to make key saves early, which is something he did not do in the first two meetings, or recently for that matter, versus New Jersey.
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