This article focuses on NHL DFS Picks for 12/2 on DraftKings and FanDuel. Both sites have fairly different scoring formats, particularly with the recent changes on DraftKings. We consider tournament tactics, statistics, pricing, and attempt to tackle this highly variable Daily Fantasy format so we can gain an edge on the field at large. BE SURE to double-check both regular and power play lines at both morning skate and before lock as they can drastically change from the time of publication.
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Top Five Lines
Buffalo One – Jack Eichel, Sam Reinhart, Victor Olofsson
Buffalo is your clear chalk of the night and at minimum, Jack Eichel should be in all of your cash games. Eichel should carry the highest ownership of any individual skater on either site by a wide margin. Alongside Eichel, we have a pair of skaters in Sam Reinhart and Victor Olofson who are affordable on both sites, and also share correlation on the Sabres’ first power-play unit. If looking to expand, we will have to see the status of Rasmus Dahlin who experienced a concussion last week. In case Dahlin does not return, in the interim, Rasmus Ristolainen is the beneficiary. Ristolainen is currently skating with the first line and quarterbacking the power play one. If mass entering, this line along with some correlation with either Dahlin or Ristolainen should be a core line to work off of.
New York Islanders One – Brock Nelson, Anthony Beauvillier, Jordan Eberle
New York Islanders Two – Mathew Barzal, Anders Lee, Josh Bailey
Though Detroit normally likes to hard match the first line against the first line, I think they will switch and utilize the Dylan Larkin line to neutralize the Islanders’ second line with Mathew Barzal. That should create an opportunity for this very affordable stack which we can use to fit higher-end stacks such as Buffalo, one of the Rangers or Vegas lines, etc. Jordan Eberle has not done a lot over the last month, but his new linemates should be able to elevate his play. As for the matchup, it is the Red Wings depth lines. So in other words, as good as it gets on road ice. The Barzal line is a strong play as well because even if they match up with Detroit’s best defensive line, that doesn’t say much. The Islanders are a slate high -205 favorite.
New York Rangers Two – Artemi Panarin, Ryan Strome, Kappo Kakko
New York Rangers One – Mika Zibanejad, Pavel Buchnevich, Brendan Lemieux
The Rangers are home underdogs to the visiting Las Vegas Golden Knights. However, good things tend to happen to them in the Garden and this line has a lot of skill for a fair price. On DraftKings, both Ryan Strome and Kappo Kakko seem extremely cheap. If you were looking for further value, the Rangers top line is dirt cheap outside of Mika Zibanejad and can be used to fit any other line on the slate. I just think that this line has the most balancedd between the Rangers’ top two lines. This should be a sneaky shootout, assisted by the likely continued absence of Marc Andre-Fleury for the Golden Knights.
Honorable Mention: Las Vegas One and Two
12/2 NHL DraftKings Rankings
- Jack Eichel – Buffalo Sabres – $8,200
- Brendan Lemieux – New York Rangers – $3,300
- Kappo Kakko – New York Rangers – $4,100
NHL DraftKings Defenders
- Adam Fox – New York Rangers – $3,900
- Rasmus Ristolainen – Buffalo Sabres – $4,900
- Brayden McNabb – Las Vegas Golden Knights – $2,500
NHL DraftKings Goalies
- Semyon Varlamov – New York Islanders – $8,200 “Cash”
- Jordan Binnington – St. Louis Blues – $8,000
- Robin Lehner – Chicago Blackhawks – $7,500 “GPP”
12/2 NHL FanDuel Rankings
- Jack Eichel – Buffalo Sabres – $9,400
- Mathew Barzal – New York Islanders – $6,600
- Max Pacioretty – Las Vegas Golden Knights – $6,500
FanDuel Defensemen “Lots of Value”
- Nate Schmidt – Las Vegas Golden Knights – $4,400
- Rasmus Ristolainen – Buffalo Sabres – $4,900
- Jacob Trouba – New York Rangers – $4,500
- Shea Theodore – Las Vegas Golden Knights – $4,600
- Ryan Pulock – New York Islanders – $4,500
- Semyon Varlamov – New York Islanders – $7,800 “Cash and GPP”
- Jordan Binnington – St. Louis Blues – $8,900 “Cash and GPP”
- Robin Lehner – Chicago Blackhawks – $7,600 “GPP”
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Jack Eichel – Over 5.5 Fantasy Points – With ownership irrelevant on Monkey Knight Fight, let’s start with tonight’s most popular player.
Mathew Barzal – Over 4.5 Fantasy Points – He hasn’t made the list too often, but this as good as a matchup as Barzal can get vs. this joke of a Red Wings team.
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