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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 NBC Sports EDGE'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).
Monday has three games on the schedule.
John Tavares (Toronto) - C - $8,600 (FanDuel), $6,800 (DraftKings), $27 (Yahoo)
Tavares has been red hot to start the 2021-22 season with six goals and 12 points in 12 games. He has scored five times and has added four assists during a five-game point streak going into Monday night’s action. He offers more bang for the buck than teammate Auston Matthews.
Mitch Marner (Toronto) - W - $7,500 (FanDuel), $7,500 (DraftKings), $32 (Yahoo)
Marner may not have a cap hit this low for the rest of the year, so take advantage of it now. He can be stacked with Tavares or played on his own. Marner has heated up with three goals and eight assists during a five-game point streak heading into Monday night’s action. He has three straight multi-point performances and four power-play points during that span.
Anthony Duclair (Florida) - W - $5,800 (FanDuel), $4,400 (DraftKings), $19 (Yahoo)
Duclair enters Monday’s match against the New York Rangers ranked first on the Panthers in scoring with eight goals and 12 points in 11 games. He has five goals and four assists over a six-game point streak. Duclair has taken advantage of his time alongside Aleksander Barkov, but when Barkov was out on Saturday it didn’t disrupt his offensive surge. He notched two markers and two assists versus the Carolina Hurricanes.
Bargain Bin: Rasmus Asplund (BUF) - W - $4,800 (FanDuel), $3,900 (DraftKings), C - $17 (Yahoo), Dustin Brown (LA) - W - $4,700 (FanDuel), $5,600 (DraftKings), $15 (Yahoo), Alexander Kerfoot (TOR) - C - $3,900 (FanDuel), W - $3,100 (DraftKings), $14 (Yahoo), Carter Verhaeghe (FLA) - W - $4,900 (FanDuel), $4,900 (DraftKings), $17 (Yahoo), Adrian Kempe (LA) - W - $4,300 (FanDuel), $3,800 (DraftKings), $14 (Yahoo)
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John Carlson (Washington) - $6,600 (FanDuel), $6,200 (DraftKings), $21 (Yahoo)
Carlson has collected one goal and four helpers across a four-game point streak entering Monday’s match against Buffalo. That includes one goal and one assist on the power play as well as 13 shots and nine blocks. Additionally, Carlson racked up six points, including five assists, in eight meetings with the Sabres last season.
Jack Campbell (Toronto) - $8,600 (FanDuel), $8,000 (DraftKings), $34 (Yahoo)
Campbell has posted four straight wins, while stopping 119 of 124 shots. He has surrendered two goals or fewer in each start. Campbell is coming off a 42-save performance on Saturday against Boston and he will likely get to face his former team, the Los Angeles Kings, on Monday night. He has a 6-2-1 record this year with a 1.88 goals-against average and .936 save percentage.
Bargain Bin: Vitek Vanecek (WSH) - $8,200 (FanDuel), $8,100 (DraftKings), $31 (Yahoo)