The Capitals are listed as the heaviest favorite on the slate tonight so stacking their entire first line makes sense as scoring should be aplenty. Amongst the group, T.J. Oshie is the cheapest offensive player despite the fact he ranks second on the team in points this month. Start him. Check out daily fantasy expert Ricky Sanders’ recommended plays to help you fill out your roster for today’s NHL contests.
Note: Ricky is a novice when it comes to hockey and is only covering the subject because it is the NBA All-Star Break. This article is designed to highlight some of his favorite plays but he is in no way, shape or form a hockey expert. Please enjoy his comedic relief while enjoying some of FantasyDraft’s hockey offerings during this tumultuous lull in professional basketball.
Anaheim Goalies, $16,100 – With the Capitals listed as the heaviest favorites on the slate (-154), it is pretty easy to see why they are priced the most expensively of any goalie team on the slate. Having said that, the Ducks goalies (presumably John Gibson) are listed as favorites as well in a game tied for the lowest projected total (5.0 goals) on the slate according to Vegas. In fact, masseyratings.com only lists this game with a 4.5 goal projected total and expects only around one goal out of the Bruins. With that being the case, why not take the significant discount and roster the third most expensive goalie team with the potential to finish first in fantasy points? Heading into this game, the Ducks goalies have topped 32 fantasy points in two of their last four games and two of the last three games in which Gibson has started. After getting the day off last game, he should be back and patrolling the net once again so go ahead and start the Ducks in any and all formats.
Nicklas Backstrom, Capitals, $14,800 – The prime line to stack tonight is the first line of the Capitals headlined by none other than Nicklas Backstrom. Not only does Backstrom lead the team in points (61) but he also leads the Capitals in assists (27) which is awfully notable considering Alex Ovechkin plays for this team as well. Although Ovechkin completes the Capitals stack, Backstrom presents the best value of the bunch because he is absolutely en fuego. In the month of February, Backstrom leads the team in points handily (13 to T.J. Oshie’s nine) and he has dished out three more assists than anyone else on the team. Furthermore, the man goes by “Nicklas” instead of “Nicholas” which just helps further personify how unique he is as a player. Build around him especially in cash games.
T.J. Oshie, Capitals, $14,300 – Another member of the Capitals front line worth using is T.J. Oshie who ranks just behind Backstrom this month in terms of points. He actually has scored more goals (five) than Backstrom (four) and has produced a superior plus/minus total than his aforementioned teammate this month as well. Masseyratings lists the Capitals as the heaviest favorites (as does Vegas) in a game with the highest projected over/under (6.5 goals) on the slate…and why not? The Flyers have allowed the fifth most goals per game this season (2.97) including 11 total in their last three games. Look for Washington’s first line to capital-ize on this opportunity (see what I did there?).
Jordan Eberle, Oilers, $11,000 – The oil industry may be slowly dying but Jordan Eberle is doing his part to keep at least the “Oilers” alive. Since he is priced as the 10th most expensive wing and the team is listed as an underdog, Eberle should prove to be a contrarian option tonight. Right now, Eberle is on a five game streak with at least four fantasy points and he exploded for 26 fantasy points just two games ago. Roberto Luongo is not a goalie to actively target against but Eberle’s plus/minus of two ranks third on the team so far this month and ESPN speculated Eberle had been cold for a reason (the team split him up with Connor McDavid for a while). Now that the two are back playing alongside one another, Eberle should have a much greater chance to produce points (both goals and assists) at a much higher rate. Go ahead and use Jordan and then live happily Eberle after.
Jaromir Jagr, Panthers, $9,900 – In order to fit all the previous options mentioned in this article, sacrifices are going to need to be made in terms of salary. One of the ways to go about punting a spot is by rostering the ageless wonder: Jaromir Jagr. Amazingly, Jagr was the fifth pick of the 1990 draft, meaning he is in his 26th NHL season! Holy hell, Jagr has been in the NHL only two fewer years than I have been alive. During that span, he has played in 1,687 games, scored 760 goals and dished out 1142 assists. It feels like Jagr has been playing hockey since man invested the ice skate but his reign may stretch back further than that. Would it really be hard to believe that Jagr actually discovered fire? Anyways, Jagr has now topped double-digit fantasy points in three of his last six games and he has played at least 16 minutes in every game this month. Vegas implies the Panthers will score the most goals on the slate and Jagr is expected to start on the first line. Basically, Jagr should provide some cheap, upper-echelon performance to complement high-priced options in a lineup.