Note: Check the cheat sheet for additional plays. There are more value plays, and you will see all the plays I like for cash games and GPPs.
OVERALL CASH GAME RANKINGS
1) Jack Eichel, BUF (DK $7,400 FD $7,800) – Eichel is an excellent playmaker. He shoots and passes the puck extremely well. Eichel is coming into tonight’s contest with 39 points in 32 games. He’ll go up against the Capitals, which played last night. Washington has allowed an average of 4.75 goals per game on zero days of rest and I’m looking for Eichel and company to take advantage.
2) Dylan Larkin, DET (DK $6,200 FD $6,700) – Not sure how Larkin is still under $7K on both sites, but this is something we need to take advantage of. The American centerman has 31 points in 33 games. He’s been a real treat to watch. He’s shown that he can produce on a consistent basis, which is why he’s always a great cash game play.
3) Elias Pettersson, VAN (DK $5,700 FD $6,200) – The No.5 overall pick of the 2017 NHL draft is special. He’s an excellent playmaker with great speed. He has 11 points in his last five and will face Philadelphia, which will be playing their fifth consecutive game on the road.
4) Carl Soderberg, COL (DK $4,000 FD $4,400) – Soderberg is a guy to consider if you’re looking for value at the position. He’s a solid two-way center with good puck control. Soderberg has been producing for Colorado as of late, as he has four points in his last five and is averaging 3.6 shots on goals per game.
1) Alex Ovechkin, WSH (DK $8,100 FD $9,000) – I have to give Alexander the Great the respect he deserves and put him No.1 in my rankings. He has two straight games with a hat-trick and is on a 13-game point streak. He’s just feelin’ himself now, and if you can afford him, why not pay up for him.
2) Brendan Gallagher, MTL (DK $6,500 FD $6,000) – Gallagher is in my write-ups every freaking Saturday. It’s time I just purchase his jersey and wear it every time I’m doing a cash game breakdown. Anyways, I like him in this situation against Ottawa. The Senators are inconsistent defensively and Gallagher is just one of the guys is an appealing floor. He shoots the puck often and has a goal in three out of his last five contests.
3) Brock Boeser VAN (DK $6,200 FD $6,600) – Boeser possess one of the best wrist shots in the game today, and I’m looking for him to put it to good use tonight. It’s still unclear on who’s getting the nod for Philly, but it doesn’t matter. They are a team that I’m looking to pick on, and Boeser’s line tends to be put in great situations to light the lamp on home-ice.
4) Phil Kessel, PIT (DK $7,000 FD $7,700) – Malkin and Kessel have been quiet as of late, but I’m looking for them to bounce back tonight. L.A. has had a rough year and is boasting a 74.3 PK% this season. Kessel and company are dangerous on the power play, which makes it a good idea to get exposure to that top unit.
5) Craig Smith, NSH (DK $5,000 FD $5,200) – Smith is another guy I often talk about. I just love his floor, and his matchup against New Jersey makes him even more appealing. The Devils have allowed an average of 4.40 goals per game on zero days of rest. Also, they have allowed 4.33 goals per game in December, which puts Smith in company in a favorable spot.
1) Thomas Chabot, OTT (DK $6,300 FD $5,300) – Chabot is a speedy defenseman with an excellent offensive game. He has 35 points in 33 games, which is pretty insane for a defenseman to say the least. He’s going up against Montreal, which has allowed over three goals per game this month.
2) Shea Weber, MTL (DK $5,800 FD $5,800) – Weber has one of the hardest clappers in the game today, and you have to like the situation he’s in tonight. He’s going up against Ottawa, which is boasting a 73.4 PK% this year. Also, they’ve been one of the worst road teams in the league which is why I like Weber and company to put some points on the board.
3) Roman Josi, NSH (DK $6,200 FD $6,300) – Josi is an excellent offensive defenseman that moves the puck extremely well. He has a point in each of his last five games and 23 on the year. He’ll go up against New Jersey tonight, which is on the backend of a back-to-back.
4) Rasmus Dahlin, BUF (DK $3,900 FD $4,400) – Dahlin is another young defenseman that I’m high on. He moves the puck extremely well and is a lot of fun to watch. He has 14 points on the year, and you can’t go wrong with a guy that’s this cheap and has the skill set he possesses.
1) Pekka Rinne, NSH – New Jersey was able to come away with a win last night even with Taylor Hall unavailable to play. Tonight, they will be on the road going up against Nashville. This is not an easy task for the Devil's, especially with Hall possibly being out again. Nashville is 11-5-0 at home this year and New Jersey is 3-11-2 on the road.
Note: Rinne is out which means Saros is in this year. This is a huge downgrade, as Sarros has not performed well this season. I love the matchup, but due to his play this year, he is not a lock. I’d rank him behind all the goalies I’m about to talk about.
2) John Gibson, ANA (DK $7,400 FD $8,500) – This is an aggressive call on my part, but I just love the American netminder. He’s been one of the top netminders this season sporting a 15.25 GSAA and .925 SV%. Columbus is a solid club, but I’m looking for Anaheim to pull the upset. Anaheim has won seven out of their last eight and is facing a team that is below .500 on home ice.
3) Matt Murray, PIT (DK $8,100 FD $8,000) – Murray has battled injuries and has struggled in the cage this year. Tonight, he’ll be making his first start off the IR, and this is a matchup he needs to take advantage of. He’s going up against L.A., which has averaged 2.29 goals per game in their last seven. Also, they own a 4-10-1 record. This a perfect situation for Murray to deliver a quality start and gain some confidence back.
4) Carey Price, MTL (DK $8,100 FD $8,800) – The No.5 overall pick of the 2005 NHL draft is going up against Ottawa and this is a situation I’m looking for him to take advantage of. Not only has Ottawa’s offense slowed down as of late, but the splits are also in his favor. In his career, he’s 24-9-5 with a .921 SV% against Ottawa. Also, he’ll be on home ice, which is where he is boasting a career .921 SV% and 2.34 GAA.