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Contemplating who to draft in your lineup? Our experts have a few suggestions on who to pick and who not to pick:
MATT LARKIN, THN WRITER-EDITOR, SAYS…PICK THESE GUYS
Patrick Maroon, W, Oilers, $4,400
The hulking Maroon typically makes headlines for his fists and thundering hits, but he’s quietly enjoying a lovely opportunity with the Oilers. Milan Lucic’s huge contract be damned, Maroon is now getting shot as the left winger on Edmonton’s first line with Connor McDavid and Jordan Eberle. DraftKings doesn’t award points for hits and PIM, but Maroon is useful anyway as a cheap option with the best linemates possible.
Nikita Zaitsev, D, Maple Leafs, $3,800
The Leafs haven’t wasted any time plunging Zaitsev into a major role. He’s playing 22 minutes a night, and he leads the team in average power play time at 2:25. The Leafs are 4-1-0 at home and face a Kings team relying on third-stringer Peter Budaj to stop pucks. Another offensive explosion wouldn’t be a huge surprise. Zaitsev figures to be part of it, and he’s nice and cheap in DraftKings.
Antti Raanta, G, Rangers, $8,000
Don’t overthink this one. He faces a Canucks team scoring less often than any other NHL squad, in the middle of a road trip, playing its third game in four nights, including the second leg of a back to back. Wow. The deck is stacked in Raanta’s favor. There aren’t many better expensive contrarian plays out there for Tuesday.
IAN DENOMME, THN WEB EDITOR, SAYS…PICK THESE GUYS
Marcus Johansson, W, Capitals, $4,700
On a team full of high-priced, offensive superstars, the overlooked winger is tied with Alex Ovechkin as the team’s leading scorer. The price is right, and he’s due to get back on the scoresheet after two pointless games.
Dustin Byfuglien, Jets, $6,100
He’s on the value end of the top-notch, high-priced defensemen. And he’s due. He has eight assists on the year but has yet to find the back of the net. That could change in an enticing, high-scoring matchup with the Stars.
Antti Raanta, G, Rangers, $8,000
He’s not Henrik Lundqvist, but against the lowly Canucks it won’t matter. This matchup couldn’t be better, so no need to avoid the backup. The Canucks can’t score, and Raanta has been solid in his three starts, racking up a 3-0 record with a .930 save percentage.
DOMINIK LUSZCZYZYN, THN ANALYTICS GURU, SAYS …PICK THESE GUYS
Mikko Rantanen, W, Avalanche, $3,800
Rantanen has had a very slow start to his NHL career, registering just a single point in his first 15 career games. That should change tonight. He’s been playing big minutes on the Avs top line with Matt Duchene and Nathan MacKinnon and will be facing a toothless Arizona defense.
Torey Krug, D, Bruins, $4,700
An unrested Krug will be facing the league’s best goalie and hasn’t been all that productive this season, but there’s simply no reason to believe a guy who’s consistently hit 40 points will continue at this pace. The dam will burst soon, and even if it’s not tonight he takes enough shots to have a much higher floor than most d-men.
Steve Mason, G, Flyers, $7,300
The Flyers goaltending has been an absolute joke this season and they’ve been the main reason a good team is sitting at .500. Mason has been a low key stellar goalie with the Flyers and he should bounce back soon. A low cost option facing a very overrated Red Wings team.
MATT LARKIN, THN WRITER-EDITOR, SAYS…AVOID THESE GUYS
Jeff Skinner, W, Hurricanes, $6,400
Nice start for the speedy Skinner, who has 12 points in his first six games, but he runs into a brick wall in New Jersey Tuesday night. Cory Schneider is 4-0-0 with a 1.50 goals-against average and .949 save percentage at home this season. It wouldn’t be a surprise to see him stonewall the Canes.
Brent Burns, D, Sharks, $8,300
Burns is a fantasy stud, of course, but he costs the moon right now, and his Tuesday spot isn’t ideal. The Sharks are on the road against the Washington Capitals and stingy Braden Holtby. There are nights when it’s worth spending big for Burns, but this isn’t one of them.
Peter Budaj, G, Kings, $7,200
Cheap doesn’t always equal good in daily fantasy games. Budaj isn’t a household name, but there’s a reason for that. He’s a shaky play as a third-string goalie in a road start against a Toronto team that hasn’t scored fewer than three goals in any of its five home games so far this season.
IAN DENOMME, THN WEB EDITOR, SAYS…AVOID THESE GUYS
Nathan MacKinnon, C, Avalanche, $6,300
Maybe he’s due to heat up, but at that price he’s not worth it tonight. He has just one point in his last seven games and hasn’t scored since opening night. Woof.
P.K. Subban, D, Predators, $6,300
He’s just not worth the money right now. His ice-time remains steady but he has only one assist in his last six games, and hasn’t scored since Oct. 21 while the Preds continue to struggle.
Jacob Markstrom, G, Canucks, $6,900
The Canucks are the NHL’s worst team, losers of eight in a row, and are facing arguably the NHL’s hottest team. Markstrom has been better than Ryan Miller for the Canucks this year, but it won’t matter because of the team in front of him. It’s the second game of back-to-backs for the Canucks, and they can’t score or prevent goals so avoid Markstrom at all costs.
DOMINIK LUSZCZYZYN, THN ANALYTICS GURU, SAYS …AVOID THESE GUYS
Chris Kreider, W, Rangers, $6,800
Don’t take the bait. The Rangers have lit everyone up and the Canucks are on a huge losing streak, so it feels like they’ll easily run them over. It’s a classic let down spot. Kreider is having a great season, but $6,800 is a hefty price to pay.
Shea Weber, D, Canadiens, $7,100
We’ve gotten to the point where Weber costs just $200 less than Erik Karlsson. That ain’t right. He’s been a 50 point d-man for the past few years and a point-per-game start to the season shouldn’t change that opinion. He’s also pointless in his last three.
Braden Holtby, G, Capitals, $8,100
The Sharks have the league’s second worst shooting percentage at seven percent. The Sharks. That’s not something that’ll last considering the offensive weapons they have at their disposal. Holtby is great, but $8,100 is a steep price for what should be a close game against a team with a lot of firepower.
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