Fantasy Hockey Cheat Sheet: DraftKings NHL Top DFS Picks, Values, Lineup Strategy for Jan. 13
Thursday’s NHL slate includes 11 games, which kick off at 7 p.m. ET on DraftKings. In this article you will find DFS tips for DraftKings queues, plus a few DraftKings Sportsbook bets to target.
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San Jose Sharks Money Line +105
The Sharks have been a pretty solid team this year and are now sitting at more money on the DraftKings Sportsbook today. They face a team of Rangers at the end of a long trip to the west coast. San Jose hasn’t exactly eliminated teams lately, but they’re on a three-game winning streak and will likely face a Rangers team without their best player, goaltender Igor Shesterkin (COVID). The extra money here is worth taking for a home team that is currently downsized.
Alex DeBrincat over 3.5 shots on goal +135
The Blackhawks face the Canadiens tonight, which obviously gives the shooter a great chance to grab a point or more. However, the Canadiens are also giving up the third most shots on goal per game and DeBrincat has averaged 3.3 shots on goal in his last 10 games. DeBrincat has landed three or more shots in six straight games, and it’s a great place for him to hit some kind of ceiling performance in both points and shot volume. The 3.5+ hits at +135 seem like great value.
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Winnipeg Jets vs Detroit Red Wings
Pierre-Luc Dubois ($5,700) – Kyle Connor ($7,400) – Neal Pionk ($5,200)
We have some of the worst disadvantages in the league facing off today in the Winnipeg-Detroit game, and targeting one (or both) of those teams’ best units has a certain appeal. The Jets are missing some of their best players, but also have the highest implied team total of 3.0. With players like Blake Wheeler out for this game, we know the duo of Kyle Connor and Pierre-Luc Dubois will have plenty of time. The two are tied both at even strength and on the higher power play where the Jets have a unit that hits more than 21% of the time.
Connor has calmed down goal-scoring, but is still averaging just under 4.0 shots per night and more than one point per game for the season, making his salary less than 8,000 very acceptable here in a good game. Dubois has also excelled lately and has had three or more shots on net in each of his last six games. It’s a good breakout point for both men, who combined for nine power-play goals between them.
Rather than targeting a random winger to mess with them, using power play specialist Neal Pionk as a third stacking option makes a lot of sense. The Red Wings have the seventh-worst penalty kill in the league and Pionk has averaged 2.5 shots on goal per game in his last 10 games. He’s down for a goal himself, but he’s had three power-play assists in the last 10 games and is a perfect way to round out this top Jets duo.
Superstar to target
David Pastrnak, Boston Bruins vs. Philadelphia Flyers ($7,000)
Realistically, with the way the Bruins offense is gelling right now, you’ll probably need to get a piece of their top six in some form or fashion for DFS. Boston has scored four or more goals in six of its last seven games and started this game with a blowout win over the Canadiens. Brad Marchand ($7,100) will be popular given that he has scored seven goals in his last three games, but Boston’s second line has also been productive, with David Pastrnak now having scored four times in his last three outings.
Ownership should be lower on Pastrnak, who averages just under 4.0 shots on net per game. He’s easy to stack with Taylor Hall, who is also thinking about getting a smaller property. The Flyers have given up the fourth-best scoring chances against this year and are an excellent opponent for a juggernaut offense. Pay for the undervalued and potentially underowned Pastrnak.
Anthony Beauvillier, New York Islanders vs. New Jersey Devils ($3,600)
The Islanders have a great game today and a little giveaway as COVID is currently running through the Devils defensive core. As such, the Islanders have a big implied team total of 3.6 goals and their forwards are well positioned to post fantastic big totals, as the Devils are already one of the weakest defensive teams in the league. and allowed the 11th most goals. chance this year.
Beauvillier has picked up his game lately and comes with two goals scored in his last four games. His shooting volume has increased (he’s landed four or more shots in three of his last four starts) and he’s averaging more than 16 minutes per game in a second-line role. You might even want to consider Beauvillier in a goalscoring bet tonight on the DraftKings Sportbook as it’s a sweet spot for a pure goalscorer who is certainly behind for a solid positive goalscoring regression.
Ilya Sorokin, New York Islanders vs. New Jersey Devils ($8,100)
As mentioned above, the Islanders are in a great position tonight and enter the game with the Devils as -210 home favorites. While the Islanders may not have had a good start to the year, they have won three of their last four games and have had more consistent guarding from Sorokin lately, who has recorded a save percentage. .916 saves in his last 10 games. . Sorokin has also stopped 30 or more shots in four of his last five starts and the Devils are averaging more than 31 shots on goal per game, making him a pretty solid positive position for the trending goaltender.
Ultimately, the sophomore goaltender hasn’t been the problem for the Islanders this year, and with the offense finally starting to produce for New York, more wins should be upon him soon. He’s a solid favorite to aim for at net today and his price tag remains affordable.
Value on defense
Filip Hronek, Detroit Red Wings vs. Winnipeg Jets ($4,400)
The Red Wings offense is in good shape today against Winnipeg in a game that has the potential to score a lot of goals. Hronek is playing solid minutes for the Red Wings every night (over 22 minutes per game) and lately his power play production has been trending up. He’s scored three power-play points in his last 10 games and faces a Jets team that has the second-worst power-play penalty in the league. Using cheap Red Wings players isn’t a bad idea considering the opponent. Hronek’s consistent minutes and power play exposure make him a safe bet. It is well placed to score a point or more and remains relatively cheap.
Brady Skjei, Carolina Hurricanes vs. Columbus Blue Jackets ($3,400)
The Hurricanes have a whopping 4.1 implied team total tonight, so not mentioning at least one of their players would be a crime. If you want cheap exposure to their attack, then looking to the backend with a player like Skjei is a good place to start. The defender has always shown decent offensive ability and is coming off four goals and six points in his last three games. That kind of production may not be sustainable, but he faces one of the poorest defensive teams on the Blue Jackets today, allowing the second-most shots against per game. Skjei is also averaging just under 4.0 blocked shots + shots on goal per game, an elite rate that makes him great value regardless of his recent point streak. Don’t sleep on him if you need a cheap defender to complete lineups.
Power play defenders
Victor Hedman ($6,900)
The Lightning have a great game today as they take on the Vancouver Canucks in a home game. Tampa has an implied team total of 3.5 and is -255 favorites on the DraftKings Sportsbook, so a lot of scoring is expected in Tampa. The Canucks’ shorthandedness remains their Achilles’ heel because that area really hasn’t improved at all under their new head coach — they remain the worst shorthanded unit in the league.
Hedman is still patrolling the blue line on the PP1 for Tampa and he’s averaging a solid point per game on the season, while still producing in the shots on net department (2.6 per game). At less than $7,000, starting your backend exposure with Hedman isn’t a bad idea at all. He’s more affordable than he should be in a place like this, and can be stacked with any of the Lightning’s elite forwards, given the long minutes he plays in all types. of situations.
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