Welcome back to another exciting night of one-day fantasy hockey brought to you by our buddies at DraftKings. Below you will find my top choices at each position to help you build the ideal one-day fantasy lineup.
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DraftKings lineups are made up of eight skaters and one goalie. Each player is allotted a salary based off of performance and you have $50,000 to build the best team possible that consists of 2C, 3W, 2D, 1UTIL and 1G.
Players will accumulate points as follows:
Goal = +3 pts
Assist = +2 pts
Shot on goal = +0.5 pts
Blocked Shot = +0.5 pts
Short Handed Point = +1 pts
Shootout Goal = +0.2 pts
Hat Trick Bonus = +1.5 pts
Goalies will accumulate points as follows:
Win = +3 pts
Save = +0.2 pts
Goal Against = -1 pts
Shutout Bonus = +2 pts
(Goalies WILL also receive skater points, if they score a goal or record an assist)
To help you build the ideal one-day lineup here are my top centres, wingers, defensemen, goalies and value picks for the February 27th games.
Nathan Mackinnon – @ DAL ($8,500)
The Avalanche offensive futility has been put on hold recently. A lot of that can be attributed to the resurgence of MacKinnon. Colorado has averaged 3.38 goals per game in their last eight games—in that span MacKinnon has scored four goals with four assists (8 points) and 2.75 shots per game.
Nicklas Backstrom – @ CAR ($7,100)
Backstrom is tied for the league lead in points, yet he is the 8th most expensive centre available tonight. The Capitals have the best matchup and Backstrom comes in having registered two goals and eight assists (10 points) in his last nine games.
Frans Nielsen – vs. CGY ($4,800)
Nielsen has been held off of the scoresheet for the last three games, but he has had three shots on goal in each of those games. Prior to this cold spell, he has two goals and five assists in a four-game span. I like the Islanders to beat the Flames and Nielsen’s line comes much more affordable than John Tavares’.
Ryan Strome – vs. CGY ($4,300)
Strome would complete the second-line stack on Long Island. He is having a great year and enters play tonight with four goals and one assist (5 points) in his last seven games. He is averaging 2.86 shots per game over that stretch as well.
Andrew Cogliano – vs. LA ($3,700)
The former first-round pick has scored four goals and one assist in his last six games and tonight he will skate on the Ducks second line with Ryan Kesler and Jakob Silfverberg. He is a solid, cheap option to round out your lineup against a Kings team on game-2 of a back-to-back.
Alex Ovechkin – @ CAR ($9,300)
Ovechkin keeps rolling. He scored again on Wednesday, giving him 10 goals and seven assists (17 points) in 13 games in February. I like pairing him with Backstrom tonight with a great matchup against Anton Khudobin and the Hurricanes.
Gaberiel Landeskog – @ DAL ($7,300)
Like MacKinnon, Landeskog has turned things around as of late. In that same eight-game stretch, he has scored five goals with two assists and 20 shots on goal. They have a nice matchup against a Dallas team who is not known for their defensive game.
Kyle Palmieri – vs. LA ($4,600)
Palmieri has scored two goals and four assists while averaging 3.25 shots per game in his last eight games. The 24-year-old has 23 points on the season and is much more valuable when he is playing on the top-line, which he is expected to do this evening.
Reilly Smith – @ NJ ($4,500)
Cory Schneider has played extremely well in the last two months, otherwise I would be a big fan of the Bruins tonight. If I am going to take a gamble on a Bruins forward, I will go with Smith. He has two goals and three assists in his last five games. He is playing on the Bruins top-line right now and has one goal and one assist in two games vs. the Devils.
Alex Semin – vs. WSH ($4,100)
OK, before you laugh, hear me out. Semin has three assists and nine shots in his last two games. His seven shots on goal on Tuesday shows that maybe he is rediscovering his confidence and on Friday he will play on the Hurricanes top-line with Eric and Jordan Staal. On top of that, he will play against his former team, who he has nine points (3G / 6A) against in 11 career meetings.
Dougie Hamilton – @ NJ ($4,900)
Hamilton is enjoying a nice stretch right now. He has two goals and five assists in his last eight games. He plays big minutes next to Zdeno Chara and anchors the Bruins top power-play unit.
Mike Green – @ CAR ($4,800)
I continue my Capitals stack with Green on the blue line. I would rather have John Carlson, but Green comes $3,200 cheaper and just as effective. Green has four assists (3 PPA) and 18 shots in his last eight games.
Francois Beauchemin – vs. LA ($4,200)
Beauchemin playing, shooting and scoring a ton right now. He has four goals and one assist while averaging 2.14 shots per game in his last seven contests.
Braden Holtby – @ CAR ($8,800)
Holtby is due for a bounce-back performance after two rough outings and he draws the perfect matchup to do so, against the 27th ranked Hurricanes offence.
Cory Schneider – vs. BOS ($8,700)
Schneider is 5-4-0 with a 1.59 GAA and .946 SV% in the month of February. Tonight will be his third start vs. the Bruins—he is 0-2-0 with a 3.11 GAA and .908 SV% in the first two meetings, but he was not playing this kind of hockey in those contests.
Jaroslav Halak – vs. CGY ($8,300)
Halak has had his up-and-downs this month, but so has the team that he faces. He will see a Flames team, minus Mark Giordano, who have lost three of their last four.