Daily Fantasy Hockey DFS Value Update – April 7

Cory Schneider
Cory Schneider
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I will mention that I generally do not pick two players playing against each other in the same game for a daily fantasy hockey lineup. The same applies for a goalie and a player from opposite teams. You might see two players among the “value picks” from opposite teams, but that doesn’t mean you should take them both. No matter the value, you’re also likely cannibalizing points, so any gains made below a certain price point – the point where production and cost intersect – can be lost if production declines overall as well.

There are many things that determine value: The player’s history (both short and long-term), the price, recent production, opponent, line matching at even-strength, power play time and injuries are just some of the factors to consider. The “Top Value” doesn’t necessarily mean the cheapest player, either.

Finally, as far as goalies go, it’s the one position I’ll pay through the nose for if I really like the match-up. The same applies for back-ups with good match-ups. In a given night, with a full slate of games, I won’t have more than three different goalies across all my lineups, usually two. I’ll name the goalies I like specifically in the match-ups they appear in.

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Here is today’s slate of games (and DraftStreet values). Reminder: check Left Wing Lock for up-to-the-minute information on starting goalies.

Games are color-coded as follows:

Green means stack for GPPs. Yellow means targets for cash games. Red means value plays only.

Calgary Flames at New Jersey Devils

Sure, Calgary hasn’t had a strong season throughout. But they have played much better since the Olympic break: Their team possession rates have gone up about 2-percent overall and that has led to an 11-8 record. In the last couple of weeks alone, the team has beaten the Sharks, the Rangers, and the Lightning. One thing that has happened recently is a lack of shots on goal, putting just 66 on net in the team’s last three games. Going into New Jersey and having trouble generating offense already isn’t a good sign for this team. They might be a sneaky pick for some people tonight, but I will probably avoid them.

New Jersey is in a fight for their playoff lives and a win here would put them just one point back of a playoff position. They have won three out of their last four games (the lone loss in the shootout to Buffalo) and for the most part have outplayed their opponents.

One frustrating part of the Devils season DFS-wise is that they are not shy to jumble their lineup. What this does at times, though, is create exceptional value opportunities. This is reinforced by the fact that lately, the forward lines have stayed together for the power plays

I don’t know if this one is very high-scoring, but I do like Cory Schneider getting the start in net with some value plays from the Devils.

Top RW Value

Top LW Value

Top C Value

Top D Value

Bargain Bin

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Michael Clifford
Michael Clifford was born and raised in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada and is a graduate of the Unviersity of New Brunswick. He writes about fantasy hockey and baseball for XNSports and FantasyTrade411.com. He can be reached on Twitter @SlimCliffy for any fantasy hockey questions. !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0],p=/^http:/.test(d.location)?'http':'https';if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src=p+'://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js';fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document, 'script', 'twitter-wjs');