Daily Fantasy Hockey: DFS Draft Kings Values – October 13

Carl Soderberg

This year, we’ve decided to go with a bit of different coverage for the Daily Fantasy Hockey picks. For those that were around last year, remember the 2,000-3,000 word publications every day. It was a long, arduous task for both myself and the editors to go through on a daily basis. Even worse, it was a long, arduous task for the readers to go through. In reality, most people don’t have the time to read upwards of 4,000 words a day for DFS hockey, and that was made clear to me.

This year, we’re going to go with a “cheatsheet” style of daily preview.

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Everything will be assimilated in two categories: cash games (head-to-head and 50/50) and Guaranteed Prize Pools (GPPs). It should be easy to read, easy to follow, and should only take a couple of minutes to scan. It will help divide players by position, and by cost. Every position from every game won’t be reviewed, rather the focus will be on the absolute best plays possible. There will be thoughts at the end with regards to why certain players are chosen. I will also add in some “bargain bin” plays at the end of guys who are exceedingly cheap, and thus allows the DFSer to punt a roster spot and focus the salary cap elsewhere.

Players that will be in order of perceived value, by position, and there should be enough to mix-and-match for each type of game available on DraftKings. Some positions might only have a few plays, some might have several. It all depends on the day, the matchups, and the price.

Remember: players are in order of value, not necessarily in cost. Just because Sidney Crosby is $8,000 one day doesn’t mean he’s a better value than Andrew Shaw at $4,000.

Cash Games

Center Wing Defense Goalie
Getzlaf (ANA) – $7300 Maroon (ANA) – $3500 Vatanen (ANA) – $3300 Rask (BOS) – $8500
Eller (MTL) – $3400 Smith (BOS) – $4200 Chara (BOS) – $4400 Luongo (FLA) – $7000
Johnson (TB) – $5000 Palat (TB) – $5200 Kulikov (FLA) – $3500
Bergeron (BOS) – $6500 Kucherov (TB) – $3900 Hedman (TB) – $5200
Soderberg (BOS) – $4400 Perry (ANA) $7600
Gallagher (MTL) – $5000


  • I do like the matchups for Boston and Anaheim a lot today. In looking for safe cash game plays, I would look in those two places.
  • For those looking to save money in net, Roberto Luongo should be in line for a bounceback game after getting pulled in his last one.
  • There are some excellent values on defense today, so I don’t see a lot of need to pay up for the likes of an Erik Karlson or P.K. Subban. Not that they are terrible values themselves, but they’re not necessary.

Guaranteed Prize Pools/Tournaments

Centre Wing Defense Goalie
MacKinnon (COL) – $7700 Landeskog (COL) – $6400 Barrie (COL) – $4700 Luongo (FLA) – $7000
Barkov (FLA) – $4700 Tanguay (COL) – $3900 Kulikov (FLA) – $3500 Enroth (BUF) – $6200
Jokinen (FLA) – $4200 Huberdeau (FLA) – $4500 Subban (MTL) – $6400 Varlamov (COL) – $8000
Desharnais (MTL) – $4000 Pacioretty (MTL) – $6900 Vatanen (ANA) – $3300
Gallagher (MTL) -$5000
Maroon (ANA) – $3500


  • I think too many people will be on Anaheim in GPPs to really gain any advantage there. If going off the board elsewhere, I can see stacking the top line from Anaheim to start with. It’s just not how I would do it.
  • Ottawa is again looking to be a pretty high-event team. If there are going to be games where the Panthers can get three or four goals on the board, against Ottawa isn’t a bad target.
  • Remember, targeting against Boston isn’t ideal. Like Washington the other night, though, when it works out, it can be very profitable for GPPs.

Slim’s Pickins (bargain plays)

  • Nathan Beaulieu (D-MTL, $2800) – A solid puck-mover who seems to be gaining confidence in his skills. If he ever starts to gain his coach’s confidence, though…
  • Jiri Sekac (W-MTL, $2500) – He’s been moved on to a line with Tomas Plekanec, which moves him up in the pecking order. It also puts him on Montreal’s checking line, and that’s not ideal against Tampa Bay.
  • Derek MacKenzie (C-FLA, $2500) – MacKenzie is being given a healthy amount of power play time out of the gate, and that is rare for a player with a minimum price.

Good luck!

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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');