Tuesday’s NHL DFS Cash Game Breakdown will go through the best cash game plays for tonight’s ten (10) game main slate that will have a roster lock of 7:00 PM ET/4:00 PM PT…
UPDATE (6:00 PM ET): Everyone who is struggling to find value on DK, you can consider all of the guys that I've included as values, but also include Brock McGinn (W) and Jordan Oesterle (D).
UPDATE (3:45 PM ET): Laurent Brossoit is going to start over Connor Hellebuyck for the Jets, and with Cam Ward going for the Hawks, I think it's basically a plug and play for goalie in cash games. You can get frisky with Andersen, but it's honestly not the correct play given the Jets matchup against a terrible team and Brossoit's price point. The move to Ward doesn't do as much for me in terms of the Jets skaters, except maybe putting Nikolaj Ehlers and Patrik Laine as viable options. The issue with the Jets is that they're all too expensive outside of Kyle Connor, but the matchup is insanely good.
Tuesday’s NHL DFS Cash Game Breakdown will go through the best cash game plays for tonight’s ten (10) game main slate that will have a roster lock of 7:00 PM ET/4:00 PM PT.
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If a goalie gets confirmed as the starter throughout the day, this is where you’ll want to go to make sure they are locked in.
This resource is very good to check on line combinations from the previous game and the projected lines for the next game. Be aware that lines may update as they come in, so if a team holds a morning skate, there’s a good chance that the lines that are updated from the morning skate are going to be used in that night’s game.
MAIN SLATE (10 Games – 7:00 PM ET/4:00 PM PT lock)
OVERALL CASH GAME RANKINGS
1) Mark Scheifele, Jets (DK: $7,700; FD: $8,400) – The last time the Hawks faced the Jets in Winnipeg, it was WPG1 that got the matchup against Patrick Kane, and that matchup led to goals, goals, and more goals. It’s extremely difficult for me to argue against Scheifele being the best play of the day at Center, but please be aware there are a TON of high-quality options…
2) Connor McDavid, Oilers (DK: $7,900; FD: $9,200) – Believe it or not, there is some risk in using McDavid, but that’s mainly due to his super high price tag. The other element to it is the fact that the Oilers are playing with far less pace and more of a defensive mentality since Ken Hitchcock took over as their Head Coach, but that’d be nitpicking considering they are still playing with more pace than most teams in the entire league.
3) Jack Eichel, Sabres (DK: $7,500; FD: $7,700) – This play has more to do with Eichel’s recent play than it does the actual matchup, but it should be noted that the Kings have historically had a really difficult time playing in Buffalo. While they won last season, they had previously won ONE (1) game against the Sabres in Buffalo since 1993. Add the tough back-to-back after last night’s game against Detroit, I think Eichel’s in a good spot to continue his tear.
4) Elias Pettersson, Canucks (DK: $6,400; FD: $6,300) – I’ve heard the comparisons with Gretzky, and while I think those comparisons are a little extreme, I cannot deny just how impressive Pettersson has been this season. Add Brock Boeser into the mix and you have two guys who are aggressive, creative, and skilled, which is a triple threat that is extremely difficult to stop. Don’t expect five points each from Pettersson and Boeser, but you can expect plenty of excitement and plenty of opportunities.
5) Ryan O’Reilly, Blues (DK: $6,700; FD: $6,400) – It’s pretty hard to believe the same team that shut out the Jets in Winnipeg are the same team that got manhandled by the lowly Canucks this weekend, but it is what it is. The Blues are in a rough spot right now, but they are not as bad as it probably seems. In situations like this, I do not mind, EVER, counting on a heart-and-soul player, and in my eyes, Ryan O’Reilly is definitely a heart-and-soul player. It’s never easy having to perform at a high-level when your linemates are Zach Sanford and Robert Thomas, but luckily for him, he should have Tarasenko and Steen beside him tonight.
6) Auston Matthews, Maple Leafs (DK: $8,300; FD: $8,500)
7) David Krejci, Bruins (DK: $5,900; FD: $5,900)
8) Zack Smith, Senators (DK: $3,400; FD: $3,600)
9) Colin White, Senators (DK: $4,600; FD: $4,100)
1) Alexander Ovechkin, Capitals (DK: $8,100; FD: $8,800) – You can make an argument that he is having the best year of his career, but I think it’s more of him taking advantage of his opportunities than anything. He’s getting anywhere from 21 to 24 minutes of ice time per game and is out on the ice in crunch time on a regular basis. With that said, the Capitals have a juicy matchup against a Red Wings team that is allowing more high-danger scoring chances than any other team in hockey in the month of December.
2) Blake Wheeler, Jets (DK: $7,400; FD: $7,600) – Same spot that I outlined with Scheifele, but Wheeler is probably a safer bet to accumulate points (albeit, assists) mainly because the puck is on his stick more than any of the other guys on the Jets top PP unit.
3t) Andreas Johnsson, Maple Leafs (DK: $5,100; FD: $3,600) – If you’re not playing Matthews, I think Johnsson is a must play on FD today at just $3,600. Johnsson is a proven scorer who is much faster than Marleau and is a better fit to be playing with Matthews. He’s coming off of back-to-back two point games and is a pretty safe bet for production with AM34.
3t) Mark Stone, Senators (DK: $4,800; FD: $6,700) – Sometimes you need to just recognize the value. Mark Stone should NEVER be below $5k on DK. NEVER. You can make an argument that Stone means more to the Senators than any other player to their team in the entire league. The Senators LOST Matt Duchene AND Bobby Ryan yet the Senators were able to go 1-0-1 against the Penguins and Bruins, and a big reason for that is Stone. His line continues to excel and is a big reason why he has put together four goals and three assists over his last five games.
5) Kyle Connor, Jets (DK: $5,300; FD: $5,200) – I am rarely excited about WPG2 at home, but I don’t mind Connor considering he’s arguably one of the best values of the night at his sub $5.5k price tag throughout the industry. His overall production has been lacking over the last couple weeks but from what I’ve seen, he is still performing at a high-level. Just consider that prior to this two-week cold spell, he had put together nine points over five games from 11/9-11/19.
6) Brad Marchand, Bruins (DK: $6,400; FD: $7,900) – Placing Marchand and Pastrnak with Krejci took far too long, but at least it was executed. The loss of Patrice Bergeron has hurt the Bruins mightily, but they are slowly coming around, and in Marchand’s case, he has been much more aggressive in Bergeron’s absence, sending at least three shots on net in eight of his last nine games.
7) Colton Sissons, Predators (DK: $3,600; FD: $3,600) – Keep in mind that Sissons is listed as C on DK, but I’m more so in on him as a W play on FD at $3,600. Sissons has actually been a very impressive C option for the Preds, which was done due to necessity thanks to injuries to three of their top six players in Forsberg, Arvidsson, and Turris. These injuries forced the team to go with a new top PP unit, which now includes Sissons as the net-front option.
8) Jonathan Huberdeau, Panthers (DK: $7,000; FD: $7,000) – Multi-point performances in SEVEN of his last EIGHT games. Easily the best player for the Panthers throughout the last 2-3 weeks. His price tag has jumped, but I really don’t mind paying up for him now that he’s with both Barkov and Hoffman.
9) Brock Boeser, Canucks (DK: $6,600; FD: $6,500)
10) Vladimir Tarasenko, Blues (DK: $6,300; FD: $7,400)
11) Andrew Shaw, Canadiens (DK: $5,200; FD: $3,700)
12) Craig Smith, Predators (DK: $4,900; FD: $5,000)
13) Brett Connolly, Capitals (DK: $4,200; FD: $4,100) (only if Oshie remains out)
14) Sam Reinhart, Sabres (DK: $5,500; FD: $5,800)
15) Dominik Kahun, Hawks (DK: $2,600; FD: $3,300)
1) Roman Josi, Predators (DK: $6,000; FD: $6,400) – Peripheral numbers continue to be through the roof and all things considered, I think Josi is actually underpriced. While the Senators have been able to pull through with points against both the Pens and Bruins this weekend, it was largely due to good goaltending, and that’s going to be tough to sustain.
2) John Carlson, Capitals (DK: $6,600; FD: $6,800) – To me, it’s the Ovechkin and Carlson who for the Capitals whenever there’s a good matchup. Guess what? The Red Wings are an exceptional matchup. If you have the funds available, feel free to pull the trigger.
3) Thomas Chabot, Senators (DK: $5,600; FD: $5,600) – Last season, with Erik Karlsson in the lineup, we saw Chabot RARELY get past 15 minutes of ice time. Well, with no Karlsson, he has put up 33 points over 31 games and with injuries to three of Ottawa’s defensemen, Chabot is coming off of a weekend where he averaged about 27 minutes of ice time. His floor is very high, and his ceiling is high as well.
4) Colton Parayko, Blues (DK: $4,400; FD: $4,200) – It’s pretty simple here. With Alex Pietrangelo and Carl Gunnarsson out, it is basically Parayko’s time to shine. Offensively, this is one of his worst seasons in a while, but it’s mainly because the Blues haven’t been good offensively and they hadn’t been using Parayko in offensive situations. It’s slowly getting more and more quality offensive opportunities and at this price tag to go with those big minutes (as many as 28 mins/game), I think it’s a pretty safe risk.
5) Shea Weber, Canadiens (DK: $5,700; FD: $5,700) – Watching the Habs in recent weeks, it is actually very entertaining to see how often the team tries to set up Weber for his rocket slapshots. There were many times last season where I felt Weber was a forgotten man in the O-zone, but that’s DEFINITELY not the case this season. Take advantage of this until his price gets out of hand.
6) Brent Seabrook, Hawks (DK: $4,200; FD: $4,300)
7) Oscar Klefbom, Oilers (DK: $5,500; FD: $5,400)
8) Alexander Edler, Canucks (DK: $5,200; FD: $4,700)
9) Tyler Myers, Jets (DK: $3,600; FD: $3,800)
10) Jakob Chychrun, Coyotes (DK: $3,900; FD: $3,500)
*Make sure your goalie is starting
Connor Hellebuyck, Jets (DK: $8,300; FD: $8,500) Laurent Brossoit, Jets – Here’s the safe play of the night. The Hawks are BAD and have looked completely lost against the Jets this season. Add the fact that Hellebuyck finally looks comfortable between the pipes this season, I think it may be the way to go for most of our cash games.
2) Freddie Andersen, Maple Leafs (DK: $8,000; FD: $9,200) – If you want to get frisky, I am seriously considering the aggressive play, and that’s going with Freddie Andersen against the Canes. The Leafs are allowing a ton of shots and the Hurricanes consistently take a lot of shots. It’s a match made in heaven and it puts Andersen in a great spot to produce big fantasy points and give us a safe floor. Remember: SHOTS = SAVES = POINTS.
3) Braden Holtby, Capitals (DK: $8,400; FD: $8,900)