FanDuel Fantasy Hockey Picks – Jan. 30

Edmonton Oilers left wing Taylor Hall

After a rough start in my FanDueling experiment I somewhat righted the ship on Monday with players like Zack Kassian coming through for me with 4.8 fantasy points. Today I turn my attention to players who get “important minutes” or power play ice time. If I’m torn between two players I’ll take the player who sees more power play time as FanDuel‘s scoring system rewards power play points.

LW: Taylor Hall $8,200. An argument could be made for Hall on any given night, and I will roll with him tonight against Phoenix. Along with Ryan Nugent-HopkinsJordan Eberle and Justin Schultz he sees the most power play time for Edmonton. Phoenix is right in the middle of  the pack in terms of penalty-killing percentage and have allowed five power play goals.

LW: Zack Kassian $4,200. He gets time with the Sedin brothers, he sees a few minutes on the power play and he may take a penalty here and there. At $4,200 I’ll take his value tonight.

RW: Jordan Eberle $7,800. As mentioned above, he sees ample power play minutes. He has three goals, three assists and 22 shots on goal this year.

RW: Dany Heatley $6,900. I’m taking Heatley simply for the time he sees on the power play. He has fours goals and two assists on the season—three of those points have come on the power play.

C: Antoine Vermette $5,200. I really like Vermette at $5,200. Sticking with my theme—he gets a ton of power play time. Add in his three goals, two assists and plus-2 rating he could be a steal at $5,200.

C: Matt Duchene $6,000. Duchene has seen power play time but he has yet to turn that time into fantasy value. But he has been productive this season outside of the power play. He has two goals, three assists and a plus-5 rating on the year. If he does start to convert on the power play, he could be in for a nice night. Side note: Vancouver only has a 69.2 penalty-kill percentage.

D: Justin Schultz $5,000. Schultz’s real life value and fantasy value have risen. I consider him a solid play at $5,000. He’s among the team leaders in power play minutes and his price on FanDuel is steadily rising—use him while he’s still relatively cheap.

D: Raphael Diaz $3,700. I consider Diaz a true steal at $3,700. Even with P.K. Subban back in the fold Diaz should still see some important minutes. Keep track of how Montreal uses Diaz when Subban is fully back in the swing of things.

G: Josh Harding $7,800. Harding is 2-1 with a .902 save percentage this season. I’m rolling with him purely on a gut call basis even though there are higher tier goalies still available with the money we have left over. If your gut is telling you something different—go for it. Harding was roughed up in his last start—I’m banking on a bounce back performance.


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Tom Fitzgerald