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Kyle Okposo is a solid DFS play Tuesday

Kyle Okposo is a solid DFS play Tuesday

Daniel Dobish, Staff Writer October 28, 2014

There are 12 games on tap in the National Hockey League Tuesday, Oct. 28, and the Minnesota-Boston (7:00pm ET) game is nationally televised on NBC Sports Network. Enjoy the nearly full slate of games.

(FantasyAces.com salaries in parentheses) (all times ET)

GOALTENDER

Marc-Andre Fleury ($7750 vs NJ): The Devils have dropped four of their past five games, and they are 2-8 in their past 10 trips to Pittsburgh. The home team has also won 21 of the past 28 meetings in this series, which makes a win a strong possibility for Fleury and the Penguins.

James Reimer, Toronto ($7250 vs BUF): Reimer has not yet been confirmed as the starter, but after Jonathan Bernier was pulled in his latest outing, Optimus Reim should get the nod. If so, he faces a very favorable matchup against a Sabres team the Leafs have had greatest success against lately. The Sabres have dropped four straight outings in Toronto, and the home team is 21-6 in the past 27 meetings. Whether it’s Reimer or Bernier, use the Leafs netminder for DFS purposes.

CENTER

Logan Couture, San Jose ($5500 at COL): Last week Couture was dropped to the third line. Losing his status as a top-six forward seemed to light a fire, as he has three goals with six points over his past three games, including a pair of power play assists. He is averaging 6.5 Fantasy points per game during the impressive span, yet his salary remains very reasonable.

WINGS

Kyle Okposo, N.Y. Islanders ($5500 vs WPG): Okposo enters with a three-game points streak, and he is averaging a point-per-game over the past five outings. He sees plenty of time on the power play, yet he comes with a very reasonable price tag. The Jets have been subpar, allowing plenty of goals. Look for Okposo to etch his name onto the score sheet Tuesday.

Tyler Toffoli, Los Angeles ($4950 at PHI): Toffoli is coming off his most productive game of the season, posting a goal with three assists and a plus-2 rating Sunday against Columbus. He has multi-point efforts in three of his past five outings, and he has been logging plenty of time on the power play.

DEFENSEMEN

Kris Russell, Calgary ($3850 vs MTL): Russell has yet to light the lamp this season, but that doesn’t mean he isn’t valuable. He has posted six assists with a plus-5 rating, including a pair of helpers on the man advantage. And he ranks second in the NHL in blocked shots with 29, a positive stat in DFS.

 

Pack your lineup with Eagles, Packers in Week 8

Pack your lineup with Eagles, Packers in Week 8

Daniel Dobish, Staff Writer October 25, 2014

It’s Week 8 of the National Football League season, and we have another great Daily Fantasy Sports provider to try. Check out FanWars.com, and get in on the action.

(FanWars.com salaries in parentheses) (all times ET)

QUARTERBACKS

Nick Foles, Philadelphia ($12300 at ARI): Foles is rested after a bye week, and the Eagles will be on the road facing the Arizona Cardinals pass defense which ranks 31st in the NFL, allowing 284.8 yards per game with 10 touchdowns allowed in six games. Look for Foles and the rested Eagles high-octane offense to perform admirably.

RUNNING BACKS

Anthony Dixon, Buffalo ($5000 at NYJ): Following injuries to RBs Fred Jackson (groin) and C.J. Spiller (collarbone), Dixon is expected to see a lion’s share of carries against the Jets. At a minimal DFS salary, Dixon won’t need to do much to earn his low salary.

Eddie Lacy, Green Bay ($5220 at NO): Sunday night, the total is set rather high, so Vegas expects a shootout. Fantasy owners should expect a track meet, too, and Lacy will certainly grab his piece of the pie. He has posted four rushing touchdowns over the past four games. He should go for at least 60 rushing yards, a rushing touchdown and a handful of receptions.

WIDE RECEIVERS

Jeremy Maclin, Philadelphia ($5000 at ARI): Maclin managed just three catches for 16 yards in his last game, but before that he had managed at least 57 yards in four of his first five games while finding the end zone four times during the span. In fact, he was targeted 10 times in each of the first five games. Against a porous Arizona pass defense, Maclin should post a nice bounce-back stat line.

Golden Tate, Detroit ($5610 vs ATL – London): Tate is expected to handle the No. 1 receiver job again, and he faces a very favorable matchup at Wembley Stadium in London against the Falcons. Atlanta ranks 29th against the pass, allowing 274.4 yards per game through the air while yielding nine pass plays of 40 or more yards. Look for Tate to flirt with the century mark in yardage while also meandering into the end zone at least once.

TIGHT ENDS

Zach Ertz, Philadelphia ($5000 at ARI): Ertz has a minimal price tag, but as mentioned, he will be facing a very forgiving Arizona Cardinals pass defense. He has tailed off a little over his past two games, but he is coming off a bye and should well exceed salary expectations.

Dobish’s Week 8 Fantasy Lineup

QB – Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay $8500
RB – Joique Bell, Detroit $6500
RB – Eddie Lacy, Green Bay $5220
WR – Golden Tate, Detroit $5610
WR – Jeremy Maclin, Philadelphia $5000
WR – Jordy Nelson, Green Bay $8100
TE – Rob Gronkowski, New England $7800
DEF – Houston Texans $4000
FLEX – Matt Forte, Chicago $9200

 

DFS owners will want Jeff Skinner Thursday

DFS owners will want Jeff Skinner Thursday

Daniel Dobish, Staff Writer October 23, 2014

The National Hockey League has eight games on tap Thursday, Oct. 23, with one nationally-televised game (Vancouver-St. Louis, 8:00pm NHL Network).

(DraftDay.com salaries in parentheses) (all times ET)

BIG-TICKET ITEMS

Darcy Kuemper, G, Minnesota ($15250 vs ARI): Kuemper has been on fire this season, posting two wins with a 0.67 Goals-Against Average (GAA) and two shutouts through three starts. The Wild are heavy favorites against the visiting Coyotes, who counter with G Mike Smith, who has a terrible 5.33 GAA in three outings. As such, Kuemper is a slam-dunk DFS play.

Antti Raanta, G, Chicago ($20000 at NSH): Raanta draws the start in Nashville with G Corey Crawford (upper body) dealing with an undisclosed upper-body injury. In Raanta’s only appearance thus far, he blanked the Philadelphia Flyers Tuesday in Chitown. Nashville has two or more goals in all six of their games, but Raanta also has one of the best offenses in front of him to provide plenty of support.

MID-LEVEL VALUES

Radim Vrbata, RW, Vancouver ($12800 at STL): Vrbata has been playing with tremendous confidence, and he really has enjoyed his time with the Sedin Twins. He has lit the lamp in four of his five games with his new team, and he has a plus-3 rating during the span with at least four shots on goal (SOG) in each outing.

BARGAIN BASEMENT

Johnny Boychuk, D, Boston ($8050 at BOS): Boychuk likely has had this game circled on his calendar, as he makes his first trip back to the TD Garden as a visitor. He has cooled over the past three games, going scoreless after posting two goals and six points in the first three outings. However, he has blocked at least one shot in each game, totaling 11 blocked shots in six games. He is also no stranger to the penalty box, so he can contribute Fantasy points even when he isn’t etching his name onto the scoresheet.

T.J. Brodie, D, Calgary ($9150 vs CAR): Brodie has been surprisingly effective for Fantasy owners, and his average Fantasy points per game has him among the top options at his position, but at only a fraction of the salary of some of his fellow rearguards.  Brodie is averaging a point-per-game over the past seven outings, and he has blocked three or more shots in each of the past four games.

Jeff Skinner, LW-RW, Carolina ($5000 at CGY): Skinner has played just one game since returning from a concussion. While he was scoreless with a minus-1 rating in his debut Tuesday in Winnipeg, he squeezed off five shots while posting four PIM. He is very gifted offensively, and rust was to be expected. However, he has tremendous upside, and he won’t last at this low, low salary for long.

Tyler Toffoli, RW, Los Angeles ($8750 vs BUF): The Kings are giant favorites against the visiting Buffalo Sabres, and goals should be aplenty for the defending champs. If so, Toffoli figures to be a big part of the offense. He has multi-point performances in three of his past four outings, and he has three goals with seven points and a plus-9 rating over the past five games, yet he comes with a very reasonable salary.

 

Joe Flacco will be big again for DFS owners in Week 7

Joe Flacco will be big again for DFS owners in Week 7

Daniel Dobish, Staff Writer October 18, 2014

We’re on to Week 7 of the National Football League regular season, and there are plenty of great matchups with a lot of values. Also, if you’re not familiar with FantasyAces.com, be sure to give this provider a spin. They have a great looking interface, and it is VERY user friendly.

(FantasyAces.com salaries in parentheses) (all times ET)

QUARTERBACKS

Joe Flacco, Baltimore ($6700 vs ATL): Flacco abused the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last weekend, throwing for 306 yards and five touchdowns. If you liked that, you should like his Week 7 matchup, too. He will be facing an Atlanta Falcons pass defense which ranks 29th in the NFL, allowing 278.6 yards per game. While Atlanta has allowed just six pass touchdowns in six games, they have also given up eight plays of 40 or more yards. They’re susceptible to the big play, and Flacco should go over 300 yards for the third time in four games.

Brian Hoyer, Cleveland ($6300 at JAC): Hoyer will be matched up against the NFL’s 30th-ranked pass defense, as the Jaguars pass defense allows 294 yards per game and 12 passing touchdowns through six games. That includes a whopping 32 pass plays of 20 or more yards. Hoyer doesn’t make many mistakes, and he isn’t likely to make many against the leaky Jags D.

RUNNING BACKS

Eddie Lacy, RB, Green Bay ($5300 vs CAR): Last season, the Panthers on the schedule meant a difficult matchup and a Fantasy sit. This year, the door is wide open. Lacy will face a Carolina Panthers rush defense which has allowed 140.2 yards per game with six rushing touchdowns and seven run plays of 20 or more yards, with four plays on the ground going for more than 40 yards.

Branden Oliver, San Diego ($4800 vs KC): Oliver has emerged as a legitimate Fantasy option, stepping up after RBs Ryan Mathews, Danny Woodhead and Donald Brown went down to injury. The rookie from the University of Buffalo has literally taken the ball and run with it, posting back-to-back 100-yard games with a rushing touchdown in each of the past two games. He also is a receiving threat, totaling four receptions in each of his past three games with one touchdown.

WIDE RECEIVERS

Steve Smith, Baltimore ($5400 vs ATL): Smith knows the Atlanta Falcons well from his days with the Carolina Panthers. He has at least 52 receiving yards against the Falcons in five straight games, and 11 of the past 13 games. As mentioned above, the Falcons give up a lot of big yardage through the air. Smith will look to add to his impressive 573 receiving yards.

Golden Tate, Detroit ($5150 vs NO): The Saints have a leaky pass defense, and Tate should be able to put up a strong stat line, especially with WR Calvin Johnson (ankle) missing practice all week and not expected to play. If he is active, he likely will not be 100 percent.

Terrance Williams, Dallas ($4550 vs NYG): The Giants pass defense has been very forgiving, allowing 261.7 yards per game. QB Tony Romo and the passing offense should find plenty of open spaces, and Williams will likely benefit from WR Dez Bryant being covered by CB Prince Amukamara, and possibly being double teamed.

TIGHT ENDS

Benjamin Watson, New Orleans ($3300 at DET): Keep an eye on the inactives Sunday for the Saints. TE Jimmy Graham (shoulder) is dealing with a shoulder injury, and will be a game-time decision. If Graham is unable to play, Watson will be a solid low-end DFS option as a safety valve for QB Drew Brees against a solid Detroit Lions pass defense. If Graham is active, all bets are off and Watson will have minimal appeal.

 

Marc-Andre Fleury is worth your DFS dollars Thursday

Marc-Andre Fleury is worth your DFS dollars Thursday

Daniel Dobish, Staff Writer October 16, 2014

The National Hockey League has seven games on tap Thursday, Oct. 16, with one nationally-televised game (Boston-Montreal, 7:30pm NHL Network).

(DraftDay.com salaries in parentheses) (all times ET)

BIG-TICKET ITEMS

Marc-Andre Fleury, G, Pittsburgh ($21050 vs DAL): According to Vegas, the Penguins are the biggest favorite on the board, and that’s a good reason to use Fleury. He has started two games and he has two wins, and now he faces a team he has had great success against over the years. Fleury is 6-1-0 with a 2.10 Goals-Against Average (GAA) in seven career starts against the Stars, so he is a slam-dunk play.

MID-LEVEL VALUES

Michael Cammalleri, C-LW, New Jersey ($11450 at WAS): Cammalleri has had a penchant for scoring goals in bunches, and this season he has started out on fire. He has at least one goal in each of his three games so far, posting four goals with an assist and 14 shots on goal (SOG) while also blocking one shot. Until he cools off, keep riding the veteran.

Brock Nelson, C, N.Y. Islanders ($6900 vs SJ): Nelson has been a huge part of the success of the Islanders during the early going, posting four goals with three assists and five SOG through the first three games, lighting the lamp at least once in each outing. Thursday’s game is expected to be a high-scoring affair, and Nelson should find himself on the stat sheet yet again.

Tanner Pearson, LW, Los Angeles ($7100 vs STL): Pearson might not have been known by many Fantasy owners just a week ago, but they know him now. He has four goals with two assists and a plus-6 rating over his past three games, including back-to-back multi-point efforts.

BARGAIN BASEMENT

Paul Martin, D, Pittsburgh ($5000 vs DAL): Martin enters this game with a minimal DFS salary, but that shouldn’t last long. He has too much offensive potential. He picked up an assist last time out, and he has six SOG with three blocked shots over the past two games to go along with a plus-3 rating. He does not necessarily have to score to be productive for Fantasy owners.

Victor Rask, C, Carolina ($5000 at NYR): The Carolina Hurricanes are a banged up bunch, providing opportunities for younger players to step up and show what they can do earlier than expected. Rask centered a line consisting of Jiri Tlusty and Alexander Semin. It won’t take much for Rask to meet or exceed salary expectations, and playing alongside the creative Semin could help him to an assist or two.