NHL Plays will highlight the best and the most underrated daily fantasy options among forwards, defensemen and goaltenders.
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Additionally, it is worth reminding everyone that FanDuel allows you to roster nine players (2C, 4W, 2D, 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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There are 11 games scheduled for Saturday, but two of them are 1:00 pm starts. I’ll only be considering the nine night games in this article.
Evgeni Malkin (PIT) – C – $7,800 FanDuel, $6,200 DraftKings, $26 Yahoo
Malkin has a pretty reasonable price point right now for what he brings to the table. He has missed most of the season to date due to a lower-body injury, but he registered an assist on Nov. 4th and two points on Nov. 7th, so he seems to have shaken off the rust at this point.
Evander Kane (SJS) – W - $7,500 FanDuel, $7,800 DraftKings, $24 Yahoo
Kane is going into Saturday’s action on a three-game goal scoring streak and four-game point streak. It’s the latest strong stint in what’s been a great campaign for him so far. He has 10 goals and 15 points in 14 contests.
Sean Couturier (PHI) – C - $6,900 FanDuel, $6,000 DraftKings, $20 Yahoo
Couturier has been a little hot-and-cold to start the season, but he’s entering Saturday’s action on a five-game point streak. That’s brought him up to five goals and 11 points in 15 contests.
Elias Lindholm (CGY) – W - $6,700 FanDuel, $6,400 DraftKings, $21 Yahoo
Lindholm has been one of the safest bets out there this season. He’s on a nine-game point streak and has only been held off the scoresheet four times in 2019-20. He’s scored 10 goals and 17 points in 19 games this season.
Bargain Bin: Mitchell Marner (TOR) - $7,800 FanDuel/$6,600 DraftKings/$28 Yahoo, Patrick Kane (CHI) - $7,700 FanDuel/$7,000 DraftKings/$33 Yahoo, Johnny Gaudreau (CGY) - $7,300 FanDuel/$6,900 DraftKings/$27 Yahoo, Ryan O'Reilly (STL) - $6,800 FanDuel/$5,800 DraftKings/$23 Yahoo, Tomas Hertl (SJS) - $6,600 FanDuel/$6,600 DraftKings/$22 Yahoo, Tomas Tatar (MON) - $6,400 FanDuel/$5,550 DraftKings/$17 Yahoo, Alex DeBrincat (CHI) - $6,100 FanDuel/$5,600 DraftKings/$23 Yahoo
John Carlson (WAS) – D - $7,100 FanDuel, $7,700 DraftKings, $30 Yahoo
Carlson is expensive for a defenseman, but he’s typically been worth it this season. He’s gotten off to an incredible start with eight goals and 26 points in 17 contests. He was held off the scoresheet in back-to-back games on Nov. 1st and 3rd, but he bounced right back on Nov. 7th with a goal and two assists.
Roman Josi (NAS) – D - $6,700 FanDuel, $6,700 DraftKings, $26 Yahoo
Josi is on a three-game point streak. He’s also just been great in general this season with five goals and 17 points in 16 contests.
Ryan Ellis (NAS) – D - $5,000 FanDuel, $5,400 DraftKings, $20 Yahoo
Ellis has recorded a point in three of his last four games. He has three goals and 16 points in 16 contests this season, which is great production given his price point.
Bargain Bin: Dougie Hamilton (CAR) - $6,500 FanDuel/$6,800 DraftKings/$25 Yahoo, Morgan Rielly (TOR) - $6,400 FanDuel/$6,200 DraftKings/$24 Yahoo, Shea Weber (MON) - $5,600 FanDuel/$5,800 DraftKings/$20 Yahoo, Cale Makar (COL) - $4,700 FanDuel/$4,900 DraftKings/$19 Yahoo
Matt Murray (PIT) - $8,600 FanDuel, $8,000 DraftKings, $35 Yahoo
Murray has been something of a mixed bag this season, though he’s averaged out to be pretty good with an 8-3-1 record, 2.40 GAA, and .914 save percentage. On Saturday, the Penguins will be up against Chicago, which isn’t a particularly intimidating team offensively or otherwise, so this seems like a good time to bet on Murray.
Anders Nilsson (OTT) - $7,300 FanDuel, $7,100 DraftKings, $23 Yahoo
Betting on Ottawa hasn’t exactly been a winning formula this season, but Nilsson has been fairly good given the team in front of him. He’s 3-3-1 with a 2.92 GAA and .923 save percentage. He’s also held the competition to just two goals in five of his last six games. He’s still a risky pick, but if you’re looking for a discount goaltender, then he’s probably your best gamble.
Bargain Bin: Darcy Kuemper (ARI) - $8,400 FanDuel/$8,200 DraftKings/$38 Yahoo, Jordan Binnington (STL) - $8,400 FanDuel/$7,600 DraftKings/$32 Yahoo, Carter Hart (PHI) - $7,500 FanDuel/$7,100 DraftKings/$29 Yahoo