Tonight’s featured DraftKings contest has a $3 entry fee or FREE if you are a new user. The top 3,525 finishers will split a prize pool of $45,000 with first place taking home $3,000! Do you have what it takes to turn $3 into $3,000?
Are you new to DraftKings or Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS)? (If so, SIGN UP for an Account HERE) Here’s a quick explanation on how to build your lineup an play! You have $50,000 in Salary space, to build a team that consists of 2C, 3W, 2D, 1G and 1 Util. Below you will find how skaters and goalies scoring works!
• 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 Bonus (Goal/Assist) = +1 PTS
- Shootout Goal = +0.2 PTS
- Hat Trick Bonus = +1.5 PTS
• Goalies only will accumulate points as follows:
- Win = +3 PTS
- Save = +0.2 PTS
- Goal Against = -1 PTS
- Shutout Bonus = +2 PTS
• Goalie Scoring Notes:
- Goalies WILL receive points for all stats they accrue, including goals and assists.
- The Goalie Shutout Bonus is credited to goalies if they complete the entire game with 0 goals allowed in regulation + overtime. Shootout goals will not prevent a shutout. Goalie must complete the entire game to get credit for a shutout.
Below I’ve listed my top DFS plays at each position as well as my ideal DraftKings lineup for tonight.
Evgeni Malkin – vs. CBJ – $7,200
The Penguins have arguably the best matchup of all eight teams tonight and their second line comes in on a nice streak. Malkin is a cheaper option than Sidney Crosby and has two assists in his last two games and 12 points (4G / 8A) in 15 games overall. He should make a nice, albeit expensive stack with Phil Kessel tonight.
Evgeny Kuznetsov – vs. CGY – $5,700
Kuznetsov has two helpers in his last contest and 17 points (5G / 12A) in 15 games this season. Kuznetsov may have been bumped to the second power-play unit, but he still plays on the top line with Alex Ovechkin and they should make a tonne of noise tonight vs. Calgary.
Pavel Datsyuk – vs. SJ – $5,300
Datsyuk’s value will probably never be lower than it is today, so I would be taking advantage of it. He is one of the most gifted players in the NHL, and will open the season on the top line and top power-play unti—Henrik Zettererg and Justin Abdelkader will play with him all night and they draw a great matchup vs. a struggling San Jose Sharks team. He is a point-per-game player and it starts tonight in Detroit.
Value Options: Melker Karlsson – @ DET – $3,700 / Rickard Rakell – vs. NYI – $3,100
Alex Ovechkin – vs. CGY – $9,600
Ovechkin has been held pointless in the last two games, something that doesn’t happen very often. He had 15 shots on Tuesday vs. the Red Wings and he is still looking to become Russia’s all-time goal scorer. Calgary has given up an average of 3.60 goals per game in their last 10 contests—that bodes well for Ovechkin.
Phil Kessel – vs. CBJ – $7,300
Kessel is finding his way in Pittsburgh. He enters play tonight with a four-game point streak (2G / 3A) and four goals and four assists in his last eight games. Kessel, one of the league’s best goal scorers, will take advantage of the Blue Jackets
T.J Oshie – vs. CGY – $6,000
Oshie really hasn’t been a product of his environment recently. Despite playing on one of the NHL’s hottest lines, Oshie has just two goals with no assists in his last eight games. However, you’ve already read that the Capitals should torch Calgary tonight, making Oshie a solid play.
Value Options: Jason Chimera – vs. CGY – $3,300 / Beau Bennett – vs. CBJ – $2,700
Brent Burns – @ DET – $6,900
Of the available defensemen tonight, Burins is by far the most expensive, but he averages 1.6 more fantasy points than the second most expensive option (John Carlson). Burns has a ridiculous 65 shots on goal in 15 games this season and comes in with four goals in his last five games.
Kris Letang – vs. CBJ – $5,700
Letting has struggled in 2015-16, point blank. He has just one goal, six assists and a minus-11 rating in 15 games this season. However, he has collected three of those assists in his last four games and the matchup the Penguins draw tonight, opens the door for Letang to turn a corner.
Mike Green – vs. SJ – $4,300
Green, like Datsyuk, will likely not see his value this low later in the season. His offence will start pouring in as the season progresses. Green has three assists in nine games, but the Red Wings get Datsyuk back tonight, which will help their top power-play unit, which Green anchors.
Value Options: Marc Edouard Vlasic – @ DET – $4,000 / David Savard – @ PIT – $3,500
Marc-Andre Fleury – vs. CBJ – $7,700 – CONFIRMED
Fleury is coming off of a strong 32-save performance in a shootout win over Montreal on Wednesday. Fleury has won five of his last six starts and comes in at 4-2-0 with a 2.16 GAA and .924 SV% at home this season.
Jimmy Howard – vs. SJ – $7,100 – CONFIRMED
The best part of the Red Wings lineup has been their goaltending. Howard, has won three of seven starts while posting a 2.07 GAA and .932 SV%—very strong splits. The Red Wings as a team rank ninth in team goals against and Howard draws a strong matchup with the Sharks in town—they’ve lost five of their last seven.
Value Option: Philipp Grubauer – vs. CGY – $6,900 / Anton Khudobin – vs. NYI – $6,600