Daily Fantasy Hockey: DFS DraftKings Values – December 23


Arizona, Nashville, Pittsburgh, and Washington all played last night, though there’s no real team to exploit out of there. I suppose Washington could be in for a rough night depending on who is in goal, but that’s about it.

Detroit is by far the biggest favorite for tonight, and for good reason. After that, the next two big favorites on the board (via Covers Experts) are Chicago and Minnesota. I would avoid starting Niklas Backstrom in cash games for the Wild, but going with Mrazek or Crawford in net is just fine.

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As always, check Left Wing Lock for goalie confirmations.

Players 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 $8000 one day doesn’t mean he’s a better value than Andrew Shaw at $4000.

Cash Games

Centre Wing Defense Goalie
Zetterberg (DET) – $5800 Abdelkader (DET) – $3300 Leddy (NYI) – $3100 Mrazek (DET) – $7600
Lehtera (STL) – $4000 Benn (DAL) – $7000 Spurgeon (MIN) – $3900 Crawford (CHI) – $8200
Tavares (NYI) – $6200 Hall (EDM) – $6300 Daley (DAL) – $4300 Allen (STL) – $7000
Seguin (DAL) – $9200 Hemsky (DAL) – $3400 Hedman (TBL) – $4400
Koivu (MIN) – $4300 Okposo (NYI) – $6600 Kronwall (DET) – $4300
Toews (CHI) – $6100 Drouin (TBL) – $3600
Stamkos (TBL) – $7100 Vanek (MIN) – $5000
Bozak (TOR) – $4900 Boedker (ARI) – $4400
Kane (CHI) – $8500


  • It doesn’t matter a whole lot which of Datsyuk/Zetterberg DFS players use, but I think Zetterberg has a higher floor.
  • Dallas has a supreme matchup, so tonight might be a good night to spend on Tyler Seguin.
  • I have Mikko Koivu listed from Minnesota, mostly because he plays a lot of minutes. With that said, Charlie Coyle may get softer in-game matchups, so he’s fine too.
  • I’m not a big fan of too many defensive options tonight, so I will probably just go cheap.

Guaranteed Prize Pools/Tournaments

Centre Wing Defense Goalie
Seguin (DAL) – $9200 Benn (DAL) – $7000 Daley (DAL) – $4300 Schneider (NJD) – $6900
Coyle (MIN) – $4000 Hemsky (DAL) – $3400 Scandella (MIN) – $4600 Backstrom (MIN) – $6300
Zetterberg (DET) – $5800 Parise (MIN) – $7600 Kronwall (DET) – $4300
Datsyuk (DET) – $5400 Vanek (MIN) – $5000 Leddy (NYI) – $3100
Nelson (NYI) – $5500 Abdelkader (DET) – $3300 Keith (CHI) – $4300
Lee (NYI) – $3900 Hossa (CHI) – $4700
Strome (NYI) – $3700 Saad (CHI) – $4400
Toews (CHI) – $6100


  • Dallas and Detroit are pretty self-explanatory.
  • If I’m going to use Minnesota or NY Islanders players, I’ll be using those that should have better in-game matchups. That means avoiding the respective top lines.
  • Chicago’s top line is fairly cheap, and with the hobbling Jets blue line, they can be used with relative confidence.
  • The two GPP goalie targets allow a lot of flexibility with rosters, and they both have decent matchups.

Slim’s Pickins (bargain plays)

J.T. Miller (NYR-C, $2800) – Miller is still on a good third line with Kevin Hayes and Carl Hagelin.

Brett Connolly (TBL-W, $2800) – Connolly has been moved to the top line in Tampa Bay with Steven Stamkos, and on to the top power play unit as well.

Jakub Kindl (DET-D, $2500) – Running the second power play unit for Detroit

Good luck and Happy Holidays!

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