Daily Fantasy NHL 1/16/14: Matchup Plays and Value Picks
Fantasy Hockey Daily Leagues: Sleeper Picks and Advice for Tonight's Matchups
January 16, 2014
A whopping 22 NHL teams will be in action tonight, so that means fantasy hockey owners will have plenty of options when it comes to setting lineups for the evening. With that in mind, let’s take a closer look at some of the trending players out there who are making noise as potential sleeper starts and matchup plays. We’ll see if we can determine who’s worth a pickup.
Tyson Barrie, D, Colorado Avalanche: Barrie had a bit of an injury issue happening late last week (he missed Saturday’s game due to a shoulder ailment), but seems like he’s doing okay. He posted a pair of goals in his last appearance, helping the Avs get a big road win over the Blackhawks.
That makes six points in five games for Barrie, who is on a nice roll right now. Hop on the bandwagon while he’s hot; He should be able to continue putting up nice stats tonight against the Devils.
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Ryane Clowe, RW/LW, New Jersey Devils: Speaking of the Devils, let’s stick with the Avalanche-Jersey matchup and check out Clowe. He’s missed a lot of time this year, but seems to have found his form. He’s riding a five-game points streak, during which he’s produced a goal and six assists. If he can stay healthy, he’s a very potent pickup.
If Clowe can continue producing, his buy-low status won’t last for too much longer. Better to make a move now if you’re in the market for a winger.
Scott Hartnell, LW, Philadelphia Flyers: Hartnell is one of the other few wingers who are making noise on the fantasy radar right now. He’s coming off a solid showing in Buffalo on Tuesday, posting a goal and a pair of assists. That gives him 11 scores and 15 helpers on the season so far.
Hartnell gets pretty consistent ice time--it usually hovers in the high teens--so it’s not unreasonable to suspect he’ll continue producing at a decent clip. He’s at home against the Predators tonight.
Alex Killorn, C/LW, Tampa Bay Lightning: Killorn came up empty on Tuesday night against the Rangers, but that hasn’t affected his value much. He’s still producing pretty well for a low-ender, with three goals and four assists in his last eight games.
Season-wise, Killorn’s stats look great: 12 goals, 16 assists and a plus-12 rating. The Lightning’s ability to score at least a couple of times a game bodes well for his future. He’s at home against the Islanders this evening.
Radko Gudas, D, Tampa Bay Lightning: Let’s stick in Tampa Bay for a moment and check out Gudas, who is burning up the waiver wire in his own right. In the three games following his injury scare last Thursday (he’s okay), his stats look like this: three assists, nine hits and a plus-5 rating.
On the year, Gudas has a pair of goals and 12 assists. Given the Lightning’s relatively consistent offense--and his relatively consistent ice time--we can only expect those numbers to go up. If you’re in the market and he’s available, this is an investment opportunity you shouldn’t pass up.
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