If you’re on FanDuel, each day we help uncover the gems in daily fantasy hockey when there is a full slate of games. I started on February 17th with a Fanduel bankroll of $2,500, with a goal to hit $10,000 by the end of the regular season.
Montreal's first defensive pairing was definitely the tournament play last night, I took PK Subban...but Andre Markov was a beast too. Both combinded for 24 FanDuel points last night, insane for a defensive pairing. Ottawa goaltender Andrew Hammond (a bargain at $5,600) managed a shutout and 12 points. Those three players alone would have finished in the $$$ for almost all tournaments. I won most of the 50/50 lineups, but again lost on my $200 NHL Monster entry and a couple other GPPs, damn Canucks. Down another $286.17 on a $425 outlay.
Current balance - $2,104.17
It's not a bad Friday night with 12 teams in action. I'm looking at a ~$300 investment split evenly into GPPs and 50/50s, not sure if I'll risk the $200 monster again. Without further ado, here are a couple line stacks and hidden gems that I'm considering for the six games on the February 27th.
Here are a couple line stacks that I'm considering for tonight:
- New York Islanders (John Tavares, Josh Bailey, Anders Lee - $18,900 combined...up $1,300) - this line has been extremely consistent the last couple weeks, they are hardly a secret anymore. Even FanDuel's salary algorithm has caught up, Andres Lee is up $600 to $5,500, and Tavares is up to $9,000 now. They aren't a lock against a Flames team that has allowed 2 goals in their first two games of an East coast road trip. Treading lightly here, but there are worst options.
- Washington Capitals (Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom, Andre Burakovsky - $20,000 combined) - This line is bound to be highly owned, they are going up against the Carolina Hurricanes. It's an expensive combination, 36% of your salary on 3 players, but I don't think 20 FanDuel points is out of the question. Burakovsky is a punt at $3,600, he also went from a healthy scratch to the top line last Wednesday and finished with -2 points. Pay attention to twitter and news reports as to whether he's in, out, or on a different line tonight.
Hidden and not-so Hidden Gems
Sometimes stacking two sets of lines isn't possible because of salary ramifications, and you're forced to just take a partial line stack. Looking for a value to fill out your lineup, here are a couple that might be good plug-ins for tonight:
- Sean Monahan - C ($3,600) - this guy has been one of my favorite punts of the season. He's had his slumps, but managed a goal and assist for 7.7 points in his last game. The Islanders aren't exactly a defensive juggernaut, and he gets solid 1st line and power play time. Hard to believe a guy with 21 goals and 21 assists is still $3,600.
- T.J. Brodie - D ($4,100) - speculation is that Flames stud defenseman Mark Giordano is going to be out a while with an unspecified injury. TJ will their main man on the blue line and all special teams situations. He should see an uptick in minutes, just make sure to check on Giordano's status.
- John Carlson - D ($4,500) - Carlson has put up some big FanDuel numbers of late with four of his past five games being 4+ point nights. He is averaging 23 min, 4.7 shot attempts per game, and 2.83 FanDuel point per game this season.
- Brandon Saad - LW ($5,400) - with Patrick Kane out for the long-term his offense will have to be picked up else where. Saad had a big night in his last game vs. the Panthers (7.8 FanDuel points). He has played 17 and 20 min in his last two games and put up 7 shots.
There you have it folks, hopefully these hidden gems help fill out your daily fantasy hockey lineup for February 27th. If you need more help, check out our fantasy PPG grid page. Good luck tonight!
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