Daily Fantasy NHL 3/26/14: Matchup Plays and Value Picks
Fantasy Hockey Daily Leagues: Sleeper Picks and Advice for Upcoming Matchups
March 26, 2014
There’s a very light schedule tonight in the NHL (just three games), which makes this an opportune time to catch up on some of the latest fantasy hockey trends. On that note, let’s take a closer look at some of the up-and-coming players who are popular fixtures on the waiver wire right now and try to determine if they’re the right fit for your roster.
Mike Cammalleri, C/LW, Calgary Flames: Cammalleri has been a frequent addition to this space recently, and it’s pretty easy to see why. He was on a tear coming into this week, posting eight goals and five assists in a seven-game stretch.
Cammalleri promptly followed that up with a goose-egg on Monday (with one shot on goal), but we’ll give him a pass since he’s been so good recently. He’s at home against Anaheim tonight and is a must-start player.
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Karri Ramo, G, Calgary Flames: Before we book it out of Calgary, let’s take a look at Ramo, who is one of the hotter goalie names out there in fantasy right now. Since returning from his knee injury two games ago, he’s put up a pair of victories, with two goals allowed between them.
Ramo racked up 24 saves in his return and another 33 on Monday, so he’s definitely cooking right now. He makes a nice play as a keeper candidate as well; The Flames should be markedly better next season.
Ryan Kesler, C/RW, Vancouver Canucks: Following his return to action following a knee injury of his own, Kesler has been a steady presence on the waiver wire this week. He didn’t do much in his return against Buffalo (two shots on goal and a minus-1 rating) but skated over 22 minutes none the worse for wear.
Kesler’s 40 points this season (22 goals; 18 assists) look pretty good, but the major turnoff here is his minus-14 rating. The Canucks need a big push, and they need him to play well, so we like him as a lower-end play against Minnesota.
Ondrej Palat, LW, Tampa Bay Lightning: Like most of the league, Palat doesn’t play until tomorrow, but we’ll toss his name out there as a potential add in advance. He’s coming off a two-assist game against Ottawa, which caps off a nine-game run that has produced 14 points.
Palat has five scores and nine helpers during that span, not to mention a plus-6 rating. There are a ton of things to like here, and he carries lots of value heading down the stretch run of the season. Give him a look at least.
Ryan McDonagh, D, New York Rangers: McDonagh is our defenseman play this morning, after coming off a very nice outing against Phoenix in his last appearance Monday. He put up a goal and two assists in that one, which gives him a total of two scores and four helpers in his last four games.
McDonagh is having a career year, so if you haven’t jumped on the bandwagon just yet, it’s high time you did. He’ll be at home against the Flyers tonight and looks like a great play for the rest of the year.
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