Daily Fantasy Hockey: DFS DraftKings Values – January 10

Columbus, Calgary, and the New York Islanders all played last night. With backup goalies expected in the Islanders/Blue Jackets game, that could be a fairly high-scoring contest. Calgary is on the road in Vancouver, making the Canucks a good target.

St. Louis is the biggest favorite on the board tonight, via Covers Experts. I would hesitate on going wild on the Blues, though, as their opponent (Carolina) has won three of their last four, and their lone loss was a tight 3-2 game in Nashville. Besides St. Louis, Vancouver and Los Angeles are the next-biggest favorites on the board.

Check out the $7K guaranteed, $2 entry Sniper contest tonight on DraftKings! Details below

-$7,000 prize pool.
– First place wins $1,000
– $2 entry fee (FREE with first deposit)
– Top 800 finishing positions are paid.​
– Starts Saturday, January 10th at 7:00 PM EST
– Salary Cap Style Drafting. $50,000 to select 9 spots. 8 players and 1 goalie.
– Roster Format: 2 C, 3 W, 2 D, 1 G and 1 Util.
– First time depositors at DraftKings receive a 100% bonus up to $600

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 Draft Kings. 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
Backstrom (WSH) – $6000 Tarasenko (STL) – $6500 Leddy (NYI) – $3300 Elliott (STL) – $8300
Dubinsky (CBJ) – $6000 Okposo (NYI) – $6400 Bieksa (VAN) – $3700 Holtby (WSH) – $7700
Sedin (VAN) – $4500 Hoffman (OTT) – $3300 Boyle (NYR) – $4600 Quick (LAK) – $7700
Stepan (NYR) – $5800 Perron (PIT) – $4300 Savard (CBJ) – $3500
Lehtera (STL) – $3500 St. Louis (NYR) – $6000 Letang (PIT) – $5200
Vermette (OTT) – $4300 Sedin (VAN) – $5800
Nielsen (NYI) – $4800 Burakovsky (WSH) – $3100
Carter (LAK) – $5300 Atkinson (CBJ) – $4100


  • My confidence in Washington and the NY Rangers hinge on if Henrik Zetterberg and Joe Thornton play tonight for their respective teams. They both seem to be game-time decisions, and if they are out, I like the Caps and Rangers quite a bit.
  • If Thornton/Zetterberg do play, I don’t mind spending a bit more to upgrade to John Tavares, if only because there are a lot of good values across the board tonight.
  • Henrik Sedin’s price and matchup dictates he’s as close to a must-play as it gets tonight.
  • This isn’t a good night for stars and scrubs on DK; I’d rather put out a balanced lineup (no players over $7000).

Guaranteed Prize Pools/Tournaments

Centre Wing Defense Goalie
Backstrom (WSH) – $6000 Ovechkin (WSH) – $9200 Green (WSH) – $5000 Anderson (OTT) – $7400
Tavares (NYI) – $7900 Burakovsky (WSH) – $3100 Leddy (NYI) – $3300 Lundqvist (NYR) – $8500
Pageau (OTT) – $2500 Okposo (NYI) – $6400 Karlsson (OTT) – $6500
Sedin (VAN) – $4500 Bailey (NYI) – $3600 Bieksa (VAN) – $3700
Stepan (NYR) – $5800 Ryan (OTT) – $6400 Boyle (NYR) – $4600
Hoffman (OTT) – $3800
Sedin (VAN) – $5800
Burrows (VAN) – $3600
St. Louis (NYR) – $6000


  • Like cash games, my confidence in the Rangers and Capitals hinges on the availability of the Joe Thornton and Henrik Zetterberg. For those that want to avoid Detroit altogether, I have no problem moving to the Islanders.
  • Ottawa’s second line is exceedingly cheap and have a great matchup tonight with the Coyotes and Mike Smith. Using that trio allows players to go just about anywhere else.
  • Vancouver is a big chalk play tonight, but have a great matchup at home against Calgary with the Flames playing their second game in as many nights.

Slim’s Pickins (bargain plays)

Nick Spaling (PIT-C, $2800) – Playing alongside Evgeni Malkin, and should avoid the P.K. Subban matchup at even strength.

Tanner Pearson (LAK-W, $2500) – At least two shots on goal in six of his last eight games, playing with Jeff Carter, and should avoid Dustin Byfuglien for the most part.

Cody Ceci (OTT-D, $2800) – Has registered a shot on goal in seven straight games (averaging 2.3 shots per game) and usually playing between 19-21 minutes over the last month.

Good luck!

**UPDATE: It looks like both Thornton and Zetterberg are back in the lineup. It makes me a lot less bullish on the Rangers and Capitals as a whole. No problem with Marleau or Nieto in cash games, or stacking those two with Thornton in a GPP. I might just stay away from the DET/WSH game.

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