NHL Daily Fantasy Helper: Tuesday 12/31/19
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
Sergei Bobrovsky ($7,800): Bobrovsky is projected to start against the Columbus Blue Jackets -- his former team -- on Tuesday night. The Florida Panthers' goaltender will look to rebound after three straight subpar outings (14 goals allowed). There is that risk, but the goaltender has faced 34.1 shots per game over his last 10 starts, including 43 in a win over the weekend. Florida takes a lot of shots and gives up a lot of shots, so chances are good for Bobrovsky against a Blue Jackets goalie who has not won yet this season.
Jack Eichel ($8,200): While Nathan MacKinnon and Connor McDavid play on Tuesday, Eichel may have the best matchup against a porous Tampa Bay Lightning defense. Tampa Bay allows 3.19 goals per game on the road and a 79% penalty kill away from home. The propensity of which Tampa Bay allows three-plus goals makes the Buffalo Sabres' center a nice play along with a drop in his price. The pivot struggled against Boston in a home-and-home with just an assist combined with five shots on net. Tampa Bay should be more generous on Tuesday night. Mika Zibanejad ($7,800) is an option on Tuesday against a struggling Edmonton Oilers squad.
Jonathan Huberdeau ($7,500): Huberdeau faces Elvis Merzlikins, who has not won in eight decisions this season. The Columbus starter has a 3.41 goals-against average and .889 save percentage. His rebound control is questionable at the NHL level at best. Huberdeau has five-plus shots in two of his previous three outings. He also has 5 goals and 19 real-world points in the last 10 games. That includes three contests with four points. Few players are hotter in the league than the Florida left-winger. Artemi Panarin ($8,300) may be close for the New York Rangers and has back-to-back three-point games coming into tonight.
Martin Necas ($3,400): The shot volume is a risk at less than two per contest, but the forward has six real-world points in his last four games. The Carolina Hurricanes are afforded a very good matchup against the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday night. Necas is at a low enough price where if he does little, it hurts less than most punt plays. If he exceeds value, then it allowed one to spend up elsewhere. Some other options include Dominik Kubalik ($4,000) and Robby Fabbri ($4,000) on Tuesday night.
Neal Pionk ($3,700): While there are some excellent value options on Tuesday night, Pionk is at a low-enough price to try him as the Winnipeg Jets provide some value even against the Colorado Avalanche. Overall, Pionk has seven assists in his previous seven starts. His shots on net per game are 2.14 in that span. Again, his role is that of a top-four defenseman which means he will get elevated ice time and some power-play time as well. One could even try Ryan Graves at $3,800 from Colorado.
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