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). Yahoo has a $200 cap for nine players (2C, 3W, 2D, 2G).
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There are eight games in the NHL on Sunday.
Connor McDavid (Edmonton) - C - $8,800 (FanDuel), $8,500 (Draft Kings), $35 (Yahoo)
McDavid is the best player in the NHL and is worth taking every time in DFS. The ultra-talented center scored twice Saturday and added an assist to give him 10 points in his last four games. McDavid leads the NHL in scoring with 17 points and gets a shot to play the lowly Ottawa Senators Sunday. Taking his linemates Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Jesse Puljujarvi won’t hurt if you like taking lines.
Joe Pavelski (Dallas) – C - $6,800 (FanDuel), $7,700 (Draft Kings), $22 (Yahoo)
Pavelski is red-hot with five goals and 10 points in his first five games this season. He has points in all five contests and is putting his poor 2019-20 regular season where he had only 10 goals and 31 points in 67 games, far behind him. There is great value in Yahoo and FanDuel on Sunday.
Mikko Rantanen (Colorado) - W - $7,900 (FanDuel), $8,200 (DraftKings), $31 (Yahoo)
Rantanen has been a steady scoring machine this season with goals in seven of the Avalanche’s nine games. He has three assists and 10 points in nine games this season and playing alongside the great Nathan MacKinnon as well as Gabriel Landeskog, doesn’t hurt his cause.
Andrei Svechnikov (Carolina) - W - $7,300 (FanDuel), $6,200 (DraftKings), $27 (Yahoo)
The third-year pro is slowly moving his way into the talk as one of the best players in the NHL. Svechnikov has four goals and six points in five games after scoring 24 times with 37 assists in 68 games as a sophomore last season with the Hurricanes. He has nice value in DraftKings.
David Perron (St. Louis) -W- $6,100 (Fan Duel). $5,400 (Draft Kings), $19 (Yahoo)
Perron is on a four-game points streak in which he has four goals and seven points, after starting the season slowly with only one point in his first four games. The Blues once again play Anaheim on Sunday where Perron had a goal and an assist Saturday in a 6-1 win,
Bargain Bin: Brayden Schenn (St. Louis) - C - $5,700 (FanDuel), $5,500 (Draft Kings), $18 (Yahoo), Pius Suter (Chicago) - C - $3,900 (FanDuel), $5,600 (DraftKings), $12 (Yahoo) Jordan Kyrou (St. Louis) – W - $3,900 (FanDuel) $3,800 (DraftKings), $13 (Yahoo), Patric Hornqvist (Florida) – W - $5,400 (FanDuel), $5,300 (Draft Kings), $20 (Yahoo)
John Klingberg (Dallas) - $5,900 (FanDuel), $6,900 (DraftKings), $21 (Yahoo)
Klingberg has points in all five games this season as the talented blueliner has two goals and eight points thus far. He quarterbacks the vaunted Dallas power play and has a goal and five assists with the man-advantage. He is a great play in Yahoo and FanDuel.
Ty Smith (New Jersey) - $3,800 (FanDuel), $10,800 (DraftKings), $20 (Yahoo)
Smith has had a great start to his rookie campaign with two goals and seven points to date. He is tied with Kirill Kaprizov in rookie scoring and is tied for seventh place among all defensemen. Smith plays in only a one-gamer in DraftKings Sunday.
Darnell Nurse (Edmonton) - $4,800 (FanDuel), $5,100 (DraftKings), $18 (Yahoo), Filip Hronek (Detroit) $4,600 (FanDuel), $4,200 (Draft Kings), $13 (Yahoo), Noah Dobson (New York Islanders) - $3,700 (FanDuel), $4,600 (Draft Kings), $14 (Yahoo)
Chris Driedger (Florida) - $7,000 (FanDuel), $8,100 (Draft Kings), $30 (Yahoo)
Driedger has been much the better goalkeeper in Florida but with Sergei Bobrovsky in only his second year of a seven-year/$70 million contract, playing time may be tough in the short term. That being said, he gets the start in the back-half of back-to-back games against Detroit Sunday and has a 1-0-1 record with a 1.92 GAA and a .934 save percentage.