Welcome to Tuesday’s two-game NHL Slate. There are only four teams to choose from, but that doesn’t mean you can’t build a killer lineup. We need to find the most amount of value possible to be able to pay up for some superstars, but it can be done. You can build daily fantasy hockey lineups on DraftKings, FanDuel, and Yahoo Fantasy for Tuesday, January 30th, but before you build those NHL daily fantasy lineups, don’t forget to check out our NHL DFS projections, the NHL Value Finder, and the NHL DFS lineup generator. Let's now take a closer look at the daily fantasy hockey top plays for tonight's NHL DFS Showdown slate.
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There’s no question that the Columbus Blue Jackets are a bad hockey team, but St. Louis isn’t exactly an elite hockey team. They have been good this season, but I have a tough time trusting Jordan Binnington. There are good options on both sides, so let’s dig in and see which players are worth considering.
For St. Louis, Robert Thomas and Pavel Buchnevich are both great options. Thomas isn’t a shooter and he’s mostly an assist guy, but he’s still collecting points and that’s important. Jordan Kyrou could also be an option, but I think you’re getting the same upside with Buchnevich and he’s cheaper. If you want to complete the stack, Torey Krug is worth considering. Justin Faulk is confirmed to miss this game, so Krug will get a chance to do more than nothing. He’s a risky option because he does nothing, but there isn’t much to love on St. Louis’ blue line.
I get that the matchup on paper for Binnington is good, but I just hate playing him. The Blues are a much better team on home ice and Columbus is just a hot mess. Binnington also has really good numbers on home ice, so everything lines up for him to have a good night. Just be aware that he could very much let us all down and it wouldn’t shock me.
For Columbus, there are some players worth targeting. Cole Sillinger and Yegor Chicakhov are two players worth adding to your lineup. Chicakhov finished the last game with two goals and six shots on goal and has five points in the last three games. His $5500 price tag is also quite appealing. Johnny Gaudreau is always a player worth keeping tabs on. Patrik Laine and Adam Fantilli are both out of the lineup, so Gaudreau is going to see extended minutes. He’s $4500 and could very well hit value with an assist and a couple of shots on goal.
If you don’t want to target any forwards, you still need to look at Zach Werenski. We know he has offensive upside, but he finished the last game with four blocked shots and played over 28 minutes. He hit value without having to register a point. We love players that have a high floor and Werenski is one of those guys. Getting a player with that kind of upside under $7K seems like value we can’t pass up on.
This is going to be a very short and sweet breakdown. San Jose is a bad hockey team and they offer literally nothing tonight. I get that you may want to find some crazy value, but it’s not with that team. I hate every option with the exception of Jan Rutta. If you want to take a shot on a player, he’s your best option. Everyone else can just be avoided.
Now that we get that part out of the way, let’s focus on Seattle and what they bring to the table. They don’t have a great offence, but the Sharks are allowing over 35 shots per game, so we may see something different tonight. Jared McCann is by far the best offensive player on the team. He has 13 points and is shooting a ridiculous 25% in his last ten games. He’s going to cool off at some point, but it’s not happening tonight. If you need value players, you don’t have to look very far. Jordan Eberle, Andre Burakovsky and even Eeli Tolvanen are all worth considering. If I had to pick just one, it would be Eberle. If you want to spend up and have the salary, Oliver Bjorkstrand is worth considering.
On the back end, Vince Dunn is the obvious choice. He offers the most offensive upside and is $5800, which is respectable. If you don’t want to spend that much, Justin Schultz is much cheaper and is on the second power play unit.
In goal, there’s no debate about what Joey Daccord brings to the table. He’s the most expensive goalie on the slate, but he has earned his price tag. It may be hard for him to hit value due to San Jose’s inability to generate offence, but he has a great chance of posting a shutout. His road numbers aren’t elite, but we shouldn’t put too much stock into that when it’s the Sharks you’re facing.