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).
There are just two games today. Please note that the Red Wings-Lightning game today will start at 5:30pm ET.
Brad Marchand (Boston) – W - $8,200 FanDuel, $7,600 DraftKings, $29 Yahoo
Marchand has been a reliable option throughout the season. Through nine games, he’s only been held off the scoresheet once. He has six goals and 13 points this season, which puts him in a six-way tie for seventh place in the scoring race.
Kevin Hayes (Philadelphia) – C - $6,600 FanDuel, $5,800 DraftKings, $20 Yahoo
Hayes is off to a great start this season with five goals and 10 points in 10 contests. That’s an amazing pace given his price point and while I expect him to slow down eventually, he’s worth grabbing for now.
James van Riemsdyk (Philadelphia) – W - $6,100 FanDuel, $4,700 DraftKings, $20 Yahoo
van Riemsdyk is a particularly good option in DraftKings, but he’s red hot so it’s not a bad idea to consider him on all sites. He registered four assists on Sunday to extend his point streak to four games and provided him with at least a point in five of his last six contests. Over those six games, he’s scored four goals and 10 points.
Bargain Bin: Travis Konecny (PHI) - $6,000 FanDuel/$4,900 DraftKings/$20 Yahoo, David Krejci (BOS) - $5,700 FanDuel/$4,400 DraftKings/$18 Yahoo, Joel Farabee (PHI) - $4,700 FanDuel/$3,000 DraftKings/$15 Yahoo, Craig Smith (BOS) - $4,400 FanDuel/$3,700 DraftKIngs/$18 Yahoo.
Charlie McAvoy (Boston) - $5,000 FanDuel, $5,000 DraftKings, $19 Yahoo
McAvoy is on a five-game point streak going into Wednesday’s contest. He already has a goal and eight points in nine games this season.
Andrei Vasilevskiy (Tampa Bay) - $8,600 FanDuel, $8,200 DraftKings, $40 Yahoo
Obviously there isn’t much in the way of options today, but Vasilevskiy would be a good bet even if we had a packed schedule. He’s a top tier goaltender off to a great start with a 5-1-1 record, 2.14 GAA, and .926 save percentage in seven games. On top of that, he’ll be up against the lowly Red Wings this evening.
Bargain Bin: Carter Hart (PHI) - $7,800 FanDuel/$7,700 DraftKings/$28 Yahoo.