Daily Fantasy Hockey: DFS DraftKings Values – January 17


There were a lot of teams that played last night: Anaheim, Carolina, Columbus, Nashville, NY Islanders, and Washington are all playing their second game in as many nights. A few other teams didn’t have morning skates, either. That means there will be unexpected scratches and line combinations at pregame warmups. DFSers would be wise to be by a mobile device leading up to first puck drop.

There is no sense in really paying up at any position. At center, there aren’t much for values above $7500 and there isn’t much to pay up for on the wing past $6100. In net, there are three good options in all under $8000. Tonight should be about balanced lineups just because there are so many good values everywhere.

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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

Center Wing Defense Goalie
Giroux (PHI) – $7100 Voracek (PHI) – $6100 Stralman (TBL) – $3000 Elliott (STL) – $7700
Johnson (TBL) – $6100 Pominville (MIN) – $6000 Pietrangelo (STL) – $5800 Bishop (TBL) – $7400
Sheahan (DET) – $3100 Schwartz (STL) – $6000 Streit (PHI) – $4700 Niemi (SJS) – $7900
Seguin (DAL) – $7400 Kucherov (TBL) – $4900 Hamilton (BOS) – $3800
Lehtera (STL) – $3700 Smith (BOS) – $3500
Bergeron (BOS) – $6300 Nyquist (DET) – $5200
Bjugstad (FLA) – $4500 Benn (DAL) – $6000
Koivu (MIN) – $4400 Gallagher (MTL) – $5100


  • Given the matchup and price, it’s hard to not use both Giroux and Voracek. At the very least, Voracek should be in cash game lineups.
  • Tyler Johnson’s price has dropped and I’m not sure why. He seems like a very good value today.
  • With all the savings to be had everywhere, it’s not unreasonable to pay a bit extra for defencemen like Pietrangelo or Streit tonight.
  • For cap relief at centre, either of Sheahan or Lehtera fine.
  • Again, there is no reason to pay up for one of the expensive goalies tonight.

Guaranteed Prize Pools/Tournaments

Center Wing Defense Goalie
Giroux (PHI) – $7100 Voracek (PHI) – $6100 Streit (PHI) – $4700 Dubnyk (MIN) – $7100
Schenn (PHI) – $4200 Benn (DAL) – $6000 Goligoski (DAL) – $4200 Mrazek (DET) – $7500
Seguin (DAL) – $7400 Smith (BOS) – $3500 Hamilton (BOS) – $3800
Bergeron (BOS) – $6300 Palat (TBL) – $5500 Stralman (TBL) – $3000
Johnson (TBL) – $6100 Kucherov (TBL) – $4900 Spurgeon (MIN) – $4300
Koivu (MIN) – $4400 Parise (MIN) – $6800 Pietrangelo (STL) – $5500
Lehtera (STL) – $3900 Pominville (MIN) – $6000
Tarasenko (STL) – $7200
Schwartz (STL) – $6000


  • Philadelphia is obvious.
  • Dallas didn’t have a morning skate, and with Ritchie and Hemsky out of the lineup for tonight, there’s no telling who the third wheel will be on the top line.
  • Tampa Bay’s second line should avoid Tyson Barrie. That’s good news for that trio.
  • I like the Bergeron/Smith duo as a mini-stack. They’re less than 20-percent of total salary cap, and that allows relief for bigger salaries like St. Louis wingers or Dallas top line.

Slim’s Pickins (bargain plays)

Cedric Paquette (TBL-C, $2700) – Tampa’s bottom-six may be jumbled tonight, but I expect their depth players to be involved in the scoring.

Matt Nieto (SJS-W, $2600) – Nieto continues to play on Joe Thornton’s line, one of the best places to be for guys who want to score.

Matt Dumba (MIN-D, $2600) – Dumba is part of the core that will try to make up the difference on Minnesota’s back end without Ryan Suter.

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');