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Daily Fantasy Hockey Cheat Sheet For 10/17/16

Daily Fantasy Hockey Cheat Sheet: October 17, 2016 DFS Tips for games on 10/17/16

October 17, 2016

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Here is my lineup for October 17th, 2016. Another short schedule with only 4 games on the docket, however this early in the season, anything can still happen and we will try to capitalize on that tonight.

Here’s my lineup for today.

Daily Fantasy Hockey Cheat Sheet For 10/17/16


Center #1: Frans Nielsen, DET

Opponent: vs. OTT

Salary: $5,200

Analysis: Nielsen was given the unenviable task of taking over for Pavel Datsyuk in anchoring the Red Wings’ top line. Now Nielsen won’t be Pavel Datsyuk, who was arguably the best two-way center in the league for over 10 years, however Nielsen has proven he can be a good two-way player that can put up some points for himself as was the case against the Lightning in Detroit’s season opener where Nielsen logged a goal and an assist, and I think he can add to his to his total against the Sens, who have looked shoddy defensively all season.

Center #2: Logan Couture, SJ

Opponent: @ NYR

Salary: $6,600

Analysis: To put it simply, the Sharks have looked awesome in their first two games, and if they want to keep this up, they’ll need big boy performances for a while from their key pieces, like Couture is to San Jose. Couture has at least a point in his first two games this season, and I like his chances against the Rangers, a team that Couture has 3 goals and an assist against in 7 career games.

Wing #1: Phil Kessel, PIT

Opponent: vs. COL

Salary: $6,400

Analysis: Kessel potted his first goal of the season, a game-winning power-play marker against the Ducks on Saturday. Even though Pittsburgh mixed and matched the line combinations, they kept the HBK line together with Kessel alongside Carl Hagelin and Nick Bonino. Kessel saw the 2nd most power-play time behind Kris Letang with 3:06, and obviously it paid off for the Penguins who are still without Sidney Crosby. All in all, I’m backing Kessel because I think Colorado’s shootout with Dallas was no accident, despite winning the game. For a team with such solid young pieces, they couldn’t keep the puck out of the net, which doesn’t bode well for the Avs against an all-around solid Pittsburgh squad.

Wing #2: Henrik Zetterberg, DET

Opponent: vs. OTT

Salary: $4,900

Analysis: This is a solid price on one of the best wingers of his generation. Sure the youth movement is slowly working it’s way in, but Zetterberg isn’t rolling over and stepping aside. Zetterberg will be looking to break the 20-goal mark for the first time since 2012, and I think he takes a step in doing that by opening his goal account for the 2016-17 season against the Sens, who Zetterberg is averaging a point per game against in his career with 6 goals and 22 points in 21 career games.

Wing #3: Justin Abdelkader, DET

Opponent: vs. OTT

Salary: $4,300

Analysis: Abdelkader didn’t show up at the World Cup of Hockey, and that’s not what Detroit wanted to see from their new alternate captain. Only reason for backing Abdelkader here is I didn’t like any of the other options on the wing at the price point I had, and I figured that if I took Frans Nielsen, the points will probably have to go or come from somewhere so why not take one of his linemates? Plus like I said, Ottawa’s defense through the first couple games has been such a mixed bag that I feel comfortable going against them here.

Defenseman #1: Marc-Edouard Vlasic, SJ

Opponent: @ NYR

Salary: $4,800

Analysis: Vlasic was the recipient of a massive 5:30 of time on the Sharks power-play, only 8 seconds behind defensive partner and fantasy stud Brent Burns with 5:38. The Rangers are 20th in the NHL in penalty minutes, showing their discipline, however if the Sharks can rattle New York a little bit, they might get some more power-play opportunities for Vlasic to capitalize on, and I like his chances considering 10 of his 39 points last season came on the man advantage.

Defenseman #2: Kris Letang, PIT

Opponent: vs. COL

Salary: $6,900

Analysis: I mentioned before how Letang led the Pens against Anaheim with 3:12 of power-play ice time, which shows me how much faith the Penguins have in Letang offensively. Add in the fact that we get point for blocked shots and shots on goal, which Letang had 4 and 4 of respectively on opening night, and I think it could be a good night for Letang as I think Pittsburgh chases Colorado right off of the opening faceoff, and gets to them early and often in another high-scoring game, but this time around I’m not sure the Avs will contribute much.

Goaltender: Martin Jones, SJ

Opponent: @ NYR

Salary: $7,800

Analysis: Definitely the easiest choice of my lineup on Monday. Jones has looked absolutely stellar to start this season, allowing only 3 goals on 50 shots, scoring 6.2 fantasy points in both of his first 2 games. If the Sharks want to keep winning and if Jones wants to keep improving his value to the team, both will need to stay sharp against a Rangers team that can hang with the best of them. However I feel more than comfortable backing Jones, because even if you overlook his great start, in his only career start against the Rangers, Jones held New York to 1 goal against in stopping 25 of 26 shots.

Utility: Darren Helm, DET

Opponent: vs. OTT

Salary: $3,000

Analysis: Decent value here as Helm anchors the Red Wings’ checking line on a consistent basis. Helm was the only Red Wing to beat Roberto Luongo in the Wings’ 4-1 loss at the hands of the Florida Panthers. However the reason I wanted to back Helm here is because he has totaled 7.5 points in 2 games this year, which is more than I can say for the rest of the utility plays at that price. Not to mention that he has 2 goals and 7 points in 15 career games against Ottawa. Sounds like a lottery pick worth taking to me.

Salary Remaining (Out of a $50,000 budget): $100

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