Daily Fantasy NHL 1/9/14: Matchup Plays and Value Picks
Fantasy Hockey Daily Leagues: Sleeper Picks and Advice for Tonight's Matchups
January 9, 2014
There are nine games on the NHL schedule tonight, so it should be a pretty active evening on fantasy hockey rosters everywhere. With that in mind, let’s take a look at a few of the sleeper options and lower-end pickups who are trending in the right direction. If you’re looking to bolster your roster, these are the names you should be looking at ahead of tonight’s matchups.
Nick Bonino, C, Anaheim Ducks: Bonino has been a pleasant surprise for fantasy owners over the first half of the year, and he doesn’t seem to be showing signs of slowing down. He’s got a four-game points streak going, and in that frame has posted three goals, four assists and a plus-6 rating.
Most people expect Bonino to at least reach the 50-point mark or so by season’s end. He’s got 32 already, and if he keeps this up he’ll shatter that expectation. The Ducks are in Nashville tonight.
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Eddie Lack, G, Vancouver Canucks: With starting goalie Roberto Luongo injured, Lack has been filling in between the pipes. He’s had mixed results, especially over the past few games. The good news is that he’s piling on saves. He had 35 Tuesday and 49 on Sunday. The bad news is that he’s not getting wins lately, and the Canucks have dropped their last five.
Still, Lack is the hottest fantasy pickup at his position right now. If he can get some help defensively, we might have something for the next week or two while Luongo is out. The Canucks don’t play until tomorrow night, but that gives you some time to take a look.
Vladimir Tarasenko, RW, St. Louis Blues: Newly-named Olympian Tarasenko has been drawing some real interest in the fantasy community recently. He’s posted a stretch of very good games, with three goals and seven assists in his last seven outings. He has 26 points through 42 games over the course of the season so far.
The Blues are on fire right now, and Tarasenko has been a big part of the offensive push. As long as they can keep this going, he should continue to post great numbers. St. Louis is in Calgary tonight.
Andrew Cogliano, C/LW, Anaheim Ducks: Let’s head back to the Ducks for a moment. As long as he doesn’t become complacent with his relatively low-paying new deal (he signed a four-year, $12 million extension over the weekend), Cogliano should be able to pump in the numbers this season. He has five goals and two assists over his last seven games, and seems to really be liking his situation in Anaheim.
Cogliano’s plus-15 rating and 27 points so far this season should make any fantasy owners take notice in leagues where he’s not owned already.
Valtteri Filppula, C/LW, Tampa Bay Lightning: There aren’t a whole lot of negative things to say about Filppula’s play recently. In his last 11 games, he’s posted seven goals and seven assists, adding to his yearly total of 17 scores and 17 helpers. He’s also getting good minutes-loads, with over 20 logged in three of the last four.
Filppula will continue to get plenty of ice time as long as he’s producing at this career-best clip. He’s a nice grab if you can get him in advance of tonight’s home game against the Capitals.
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