Daily Fantasy Hockey DFS Value Update – April 11

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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.

Chicago Blackhawks at Washington Capitals

The ‘Hawks have won four games in a row, all against playoff teams, and without Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane. That is darned impressive.

The power play has been a problem for this team lately as it has gone just 3-for-30 in their last 10 games, good for an awful 10-percent efficiency. Of course a lot of that can be attributed to missing their stars, but the point is that the DFS value of the complementary players has been drastically reduced in the meantime. A quick reminder that the team has stacked the first line with Patrick Sharp and Marian Hossa, but Kris Versteeg remains the extra forward on their four-forward power play.

Washington played last night in Carolina and thumped the Hurricanes 5-2, despite being outshot 38-21 through the course of the game. The team only drew one power play, the first time that’s happened since the middle of January (they did have a game with zero in early March against Boston). I’ll chalk that one up to a bit of luck. Since the Olympic break, the Caps have one win in five games when on the second of a back-to-back (as they are tonight).

The Blackhawks are short-handed but the Caps are playing back to back nights. I’m not confident on which way to go with this game so I’ll avoid the goalies and pick apart some skaters for my 50/50s.

Top RW Value

Top LW Value

Top C Value

Top D Value

Bargain Bin

Kris Versteeg



Marcus Johansson



Mikhail Grabovski



Mike Green



Andrew Shaw



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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');