A ten-game slate makes for a great night of DFS. Here are some quality picks to build your lineup around.
Vladimir Tarasenko ($7,400)
After a disappointing DFS performance against the Leafs on Tuesday, Tarasenko is in line for a bounce-back game against the Senators tonight. Ottawa does not have a line that can adequately matchup against Tarasenko and Paul Stastny ($5,700), who boast a 54.65 CF% and a 66.67 GF% together this season. Thanks to the Blues lackluster powerplay, Tarasenko has had to do most of his damage this year at even strength. Tonight should be different, the Senators are a bottom-five penalty killing team and Craig Anderson has failed to keep his save percentage above .900%. Tarasenko should have every opportunity to produce tonight. I strongly advise pairing him with Stastny.
Steven Stamkos ($7,500)
For all of the success Vegas has had this year, they’ve been mediocre on the road, with an 11-9-1 record to show for it. The illusion of them being a formidable opponent should keep ownership relatively low for Stamkos tonight, who had a goal, an assist, and three shots when the two teams met in Vegas on December 19. While Vegas has plenty of talent up front, their back-end leaves a lot to be desired and it makes for a cupcake matchup for Stamkos and the league’s highest scoring team. If you can find a way to make it fit, pairing him with Nikita Kucherov ($7,900) is never a bad play.
Mathew Barzal ($6,200)
After logging ten points in his previous three games, Barzal was finally held off the scoresheet Tuesday night against New Jersey. Look for him to get back on track tonight against the Bruins, who are on the road end of a back-to-back. Normally, I wouldn’t recommend stacking against the Bruins, but getting them on a back-to-back makes it a viable play. Expect Doug Weight to take on Boston 1 with the Tavares line, which should leave the depth of the Bruins to take on the best second line in hockey. Again, the Bruins have some of the best forward depth in the league, but on the back-to-back, keeping pace with Barzal and Jordan Eberle ($5,500) is an enormous task. If you want to use him in a stack, line-mates Eberle and Anthony Beauvillier ($3,800) are the most logical choices.
P.K. Subban ($5,800)
Subban has been a solid play recently in DFS, logging at least 24 minutes and four fantasy points in three straight games. Nashville is at home to Arizona tonight, setting up for a potential monster game from their blueline. Despite the injuries they’ve had to key players up front, Nashville’s powerplay has not waivered in production, a testament to the offensive prowess of their defencemen. Their entire top four make for strong plays tonight, but I like Subban over Roman Josi ($6,600). The potential difference in their production isn’t great enough to justify spending the extra $800 to play Josi.