With so many games to choose from on Saturday in the NHL, sifting through players to choose one optimal lineup can be an arduous task. Here’s a look at NHLers to target at each position and some bargain-bin skaters for DraftKings players.
John Tavares ($9,100)
Claude Giroux ($8,600)
Logan Couture ($7,500)
Max Pacioretty ($9,000)
Zach Parise ($7,700)
Michael Cammalleri ($6,700)
P.K. Subban ($7,600)
Erik Karlsson ($7,400)
Brent Burns ($6,600)
Carey Price ($9,400)
Antti Niemi ($8,100)
Andrew Hammond ($8,500)
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Top Value Plays at Each Position
C Anders Lee, New York Islanders ($5,000)
Who wouldn’t love to be on a top line with John Tavares? That’s exactly where Anders Lee has been over the last several weeks, and he’s made the most of it. Arthur Staple of Newsday notes just how well he’s played this season, even with limited action:
37 NHLers have 20 or more goals this season. None of them average less ice time than Anders Lee (13:43/game). #Isles
— Arthur Staple (@StapeNewsday) February 25, 2015
He’s slowed down since scoring two goals and four assists over two games midway through February, but Lee is still one of the top players to target at the position. By slowing down, I mean that he still had a goal in his last game to tally four points in his last five games.
Still eligible as a center, he’s actually a productive winger alongside Tavares. Whether he’s dishing out assists or scoring goals, Lee is a perfect addition on the top line and first power-play unit for the Islanders.
W Mats Zuccarello, New York Rangers ($4,700)
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Those long-flowing locks haven’t been terribly productive lately, but Mats Zuccarello is still a player to watch. After tallying an assist against the Arizona Coyotes, he can still be obtained for less than $5,000 on Saturday.
Granted, that was his first point in his last three games, but he has still put up at least 2.5 points or more in his last five contests. For those who want a consistent third-line winger, Zuccarello should be targeted at a reasonable price.
D Adam Larsson, New Jersey Devils ($4,300)
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After enduring a massive lull in production, Adam Larsson had five helpers over the course of just three games. He slowed down his last time out but has a great matchup on Saturday to get back on track.
The Columbus Blue Jackets have lost four straight games and gave up three goals in the first period on Thursday night. Expect Larsson to return in a big way over the weekend and make DraftKings owners exuberant between his blocked shots and points.
G Chad Johnson, New York Islanders ($7,000)
This isn’t breaking news for anyone who has played fantasy hockey in the past, but goalies don’t come cheap. With the New York Islanders entering the second game of a doubleheader, Chad Johnson should be tabbed as a great value choice.
At only 8-7-1 this season, Johnson doesn’t appear to be a reliable starter. However, one look at his numbers against the Carolina Hurricanes this season will make daily owners salivate.
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Tack on the fact that he’s finished with over seven fantasy points in two of his last three games, and Johnson is a must-have player for any lineup if he makes the start.
UTIL Jordan Schroeder, Minnesota Wild ($3,400)
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Looking to do some deep diving for a player at a low salary? Jordan Schroeder has been productive, is on a hot line and can be had at a low asking price. All of that makes him a solid add at a utility spot.
Playing alongside Nino Niederreiter, who had two goals his last time out, Schroeder has two helpers in his last two games. That only added to his total of six points in the last seven games. Whether it’s in a late lineup or part of the full day, adding Schroeder is a great value pickup.
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