I’m taking more of a cash game/single entry approach to my articles from here on out so there could be a better understanding of how to construct lineups with the information provided.
*Note: All pricing references are based on DraftKings pricing.
Key Three Skaters
My top three skaters on the slate
Nathan MacKinnon (COL)
MacKinnon continues to show flashes but has yet to return to the dominance that we saw from him earlier in the season. Perhaps a matchup with the Canucks will help as Vancouver has allowed the third-most fantasy points to centers over the last four weeks, including 15 goals, 35 assists, and 129 shots over the 13-game span. Mac has enjoyed success in this matchup with five goals and seven assists in his last six games against the Canucks.
Sean Monahan (CGY)
The Devils have allowed the fourth-most fantasy points to opposing centers over the last four weeks. Some of the numbers include 21 goals and 26 assists over the 14 games. Third on the team in points, Monny has just two of them over his last five games, but I expect that to change in this good matchup.
Steven Stamkos (TB)
After a horrible start to the season, possibly the worst start of his career, Stamkos has 67 points now in his last 52 games. The Lightning captain has points in eight of his last nine games with multi-point efforts five times over that span. Stammer has taken control over the first line as the primary scoring option as he's flanked by wingers who could be categorized as secondary scorers in Ondrej Palat and J.T. Miller. The 11th-year pro has four goals in his last two games against the Rangers and has lit the lamp 15 times in 30 road games this season. The Rangers are playing for pride at this point but I don't see anyone slowing down Stamkos tonight.
Top Positional Plays
Outside of the Key Three highlighted above
Auston Matthews (TOR) - Ninth in goals per 60 at 5 v 5 and has five goals in his last six games while averaging over four shots per game over that span.
Elias Pettersson (VAN) - The Avs have been better of late against centers, but still show some weakness defending the position. Pettersson is a good value considering the upside he brings with him against a spotty defensive team.
Nico Hischier (NJ) - As the 14th-highest priced center on the slate, Hischier is a great value with goaltending a major question mark for the Flames night in and night out.
Dylan Strome (CHI) - Since being traded to Chicago, Strome has 37 points in 39 games solidifying the second line at a great value.
Brayden Point (TB) - In a good spot, similar to Stamkos, but skating with Kucherov he's not the primary scorer on his line. Productive, yes, but paying for him over Stamkos is tough for me tonight.
Willie Nylander (TOR) - Edmonton has allowed 19 goals and 23 assists in their last 12 games to centers.
Mikko Rantanen (COL) - Reunited with MacKinnon, Ranto has points in each of his last four games and has 12 points in his last seven games against Vancouver.
Brock Boeser (VAN) - The Avs have allowed the seventh-most fantasy points to right-wingers over the past four weeks.
Johnny Gaudreau (CGY) - Like Monny, Gaudreau has just two points in his last five games. That pace will not last for long.
Mitch Marner (TOR) - Over their last 12 games the Oilers have allowed 12 goals and 14 assists to right-wingers.
Matthew Tkachuk (CGY) - At $5,700, he's too cheap on the second line and top power-play unit.
Andreas Johnsson (TOR) - Skating well with AM34 recording points in each of his last three games and seeing time on the top power-play unit in the absence of Nazem Kadri.
Ondrej Palat (TB) - Correlation with Stamkos at even strength and on the power play at a great value.
Kyle Palmieri (NJ) - The Devils' leader in goals is in a good spot at a nice value tonight.
Corey Perry (ANA) - Perry is a great value in a good spot as the Blackhawks have allowed the fifth-most fantasy points to right-wingers over the past month.
Jimmy Vesey (NYR) - Taking advantage of top-line minutes with a goal and an assist in each of his last two games.
Jakob Silfverberg (ANA) - Four goals in his last four games against Chicago and the Hawks struggle against right-wingers.
Mark Giordano (CGY) - New Jersey has struggled against d-men allowing the fifth-most fantasy points to the position over the past month.
Morgan Rielly (TOR) - Points in each of his last four games as he continues to lead defensemen in points per 60 at 5 v 5.
Tyson Barrie (COL) - Leads all defensemen in high-danger scoring chances per 60 at 5 v 5 and has a goal and five assists over his last four games against Vancouver.
Oscar Klefbom/ Darnell Nurse (EDM) - Toronto has allowed the fourth-most fantasy points to defensemen over the past month. You're really splitting hairs between these two as they are both great options.
Value ($4,500 or less)
Cam Fowler (ANA)
Erik Johnson (COL)
Ryan McDonagh (TB)
Troy Stecher (VAN)
Rasmus Andersson (CGY)
Center – Wing Combo’s
My favorite Center-Wing combos, listed in order to consider starting your cash/single entry contests with.
Colorado Avalanche: Nathan MacKinnon - Mikko Rantanen
Toronto Maple Leafs: Auston Matthews - Andreas Johnsson
Tampa Bay Lightning: Steven Stamkos - Ondrej Palat
Calgary Flames: Sean Monahan - Johnny Gaudreau
Frederik Andersen (TOR) - Expect him to win and see at least 30 shots as he has in five of his last seven games.
John Gibson (ANA) - Gibby has won three of his last four starts against Chicago seeing 27, 37, 40, and 44 shots in those four games allowing 2, 2, 3, and 2 goals.
Semyon Varlamov (COL) - The wheels can come off anytime, as we saw a bit of the other night when he allowed four goals to a red-hot Panthers team. Pettersson and Boeset scare the piss out of me here, but Varly has at least 30 saves in four of his last five games allowing a total of 10 goals in those five starts.