NHL Plays: Friday

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NHL Plays will highlight the best and the most underrated daily fantasy options among forwards, defensemen and goaltenders.

Please note, these players were chosen early in the day, so make sure to check Rotoworld’s player news for any lineup changes, injuries and potential changes in the crease for starting goaltenders.

Additionally, it is worth reminding everyone that FanDuel allows you to roster nine players (2C, 2W, 2D, 2UTIL 1G) with a salary cap of $55,000, while DraftKings has a cap of $50,000 for nine players (2C, 3W, 2D, 1G, 1UTIL) and Yahoo has a $200 budget for nine players (2C, 3W, 2D, 2G).

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Forwards:

Auston Matthews (Toronto) – C - $8,400 FanDuel, $8,100 DraftKings, $34 Yahoo

Matthews and the Maple Leafs will be up against Ottawa tonight, which isn’t exactly the toughest of opponents. Matthews in particular has done well against Ottawa, scoring 13 goals and 22 points in 15 career games against the Senators.

Mikko Rantanen (Colorado) – W - $7,700 FanDuel, $6,800 DraftKings, $29 Yahoo

Rantanen’s FanDuel and especially his DraftKings price is really reasonable going into the season. After all, he scored 79 goals and 212 points in 197 contests from 2017-18 through 2019-20. In terms of points per game over that span, that puts him in the same ballpark as Auston Matthews and Jack Eichel and above Alex Ovechkin, who all cost more than him. Granted, Rantanen is more skewed towards assists than them, but even still he’s good value at his current price point.

Evgeni Malkin (Pittsburgh) – C - $7,600 FanDuel, $6,800 DraftKings, $32 Yahoo

Speaking of points-per-game over the previous three years, Malkin has done even better than Rantanen. In fact, Malkin’s 1.21 PPG from 2017-18 through 2019-20 was sixth overall (min. 50 games), putting him between Leon Draisaitl and David Pastrnak. The knock on Malkin in season-long leagues is that he unfortunately spends a significant chunk of time on the sidelines, but for a daily league, that’s not something you have to worry about.

Bargain Bin: Jake Guentzel (PIT) - $7,500 FanDuel/$6,400 DraftKings/$27 Yahoo, Mitchell Marner (TOR) - $7,400 FanDuel/$6,200 DraftKings/$28 Yahoo, William Nylander (TOR) - $6,700 FanDuel/$5,900 DraftKings/$24 Yahoo, Kevin Hayes (PHI) - $5,700 FanDuel/$5,700 DraftKings/$19 Yahoo, Andre Burakovsky (COL) - $5,500 FanDuel/$5,000 DraftKings/$19 Yahoo, Alex Killorn (TBL) - $5,300 FanDuel/$3,900 DraftKings/$16 Yahoo.

Defensemen:

John Carlson (Washington) - $6,600 FanDuel, $6,800 DraftKings, $26 Yahoo

Carlson was incredible last season, scoring 15 goals and 75 points in 69 games. He picked up right where he left off in the Capitals’ season opener by netting a goal and registering an assist. He’s a great choice in daily leagues whenever he’s available.

Morgan Rielly (Toronto) - $5,600 FanDuel, $5,200 DraftKings, $18 Yahoo

Rielly is a nice compromise between performance and price. He’s coming off a rough season – at least by his standards – where he was limited to three goals and 27 points in 47 contests, but he recorded an incredible 72 points n 2018-19. Rielly isn’t as safe a bet as Carlson, but he’s significantly cheaper and is still a major offensive threat in spite of the reduced cost.

Bargain Bin: Ivan Provorov (PHI) - $5,300 FanDuel/$5,000 DraftKings/$17 Yahoo, Torey Krug (STL) - $5,200 FanDuel/$5,100 DraftKings/$19 Yahoo, Mikhail Sergachev (TBL) - $4,700 FanDuel/$4,800 DraftKings/$17 Yahoo.

Goaltenders:

Andrei Vasilevskiy (Tampa Bay) – $8,600 FanDuel, $8,500 DraftKings, $38 Yahoo

It costs a lot to add Vasilevskiy to your team, but he’s worth it. Vasilevskiy has finished in the top-three of Vezina Trophy voting in each of the last three seasons and started 2020-21 off on the right foot by stopping 22 of 23 shots in a victory against Chicago on Wednesday. After getting Thursday off, the Lightning will face the Blackhawks again and the results could end up being similar. Chicago isn’t a particularly dangerous team this season, especially given their terrible injury luck.

Bargain Bin: Frederik Andersen (TOR) - $8,200 FanDuel/$8,300 DraftKings/$33 Yahoo.