There are 11 games in the National Hockey League Tuesday, Jan. 27, including the nationally televised game between the Tampa Bay Lightning and Carolina Hurricanes (7:30 p.m., NBC Sports Network).
Also, it might be a good idea to avoid the New York Rangers-New York Islanders game, and perhaps the Arizona Coyotes-Philadelphia Flyers games. The northeast has been battered by a nasty winter storm, and dangerous travel conditions might mean the NHL calls off these games for the safety of the players and fans.
(FanWars.com salaries in parentheses) (all times ET).
Jonas Hiller, Calgary ($14500 vs BUF): The Sabres own the league’s worst goal scoring total at just 89, and they dropped 11 straight games heading into the All-Star break. They carry a 4-17-1 record into play Tuesday, and they Sabres have won just nine of their past 55 games away from home. That makes Hiller a sound Daily Fantasy investment at a cut-rate price.
Ryan Getzlaf, Anaheim ($15550 at VAN): The All-Star Getzlaf scored a goal in three straight games before the break, and he has three goals, six points and a plus-8 rating during his five-game scoring streak. The nice thing about Getzlaf is that he isn’t selfish, and he steps in front of shots and will collect a handful of blocks. You can’t say that about many forwards, especially an All-Star.
Brandon Sutter, Pittsburgh ($7,500 vs WPG): With Geno Malkin sidelined, and Sidney Crosby potentially missing this game after sitting out the All-Star Game, someone will have to pick up the scoring slack. Look for Sutter to be that someone. He comes with a cheap price tag, but could be a top-six forward at a minimal Daily Fantasy price. Take advantage.
Steve Downie, Pittsburgh ($8,750 vs WPG): There aren’t many tough guys left, but Downie is certainly as tough as they come. He leads the NHL in penalty minutes by a wide margin, and that category alone makes him valuable to Daily Fantasy players. When his fists are flying, the Daily Fantasy point register is ringing. He isn’t a slouch on offense, either, posting eight goals with 21 points.
Max Pacioretty, Montreal ($16150 vs DAL): If you’re going to spend big, do it on Pacioretty. He has managed eight goals with eight assists and a plus-11 rating over his past 14 games. He also has four or more shots on goal in seven of those games, posting at least six Daily Fantasy points in seven of the past eight.
Dustin Byfuglien, D-RW ($14550 at PIT): The nice thing about the All-Star Byfuglien is that he can be used at either your right wing spot, or as a defenseman. He rolls in with three goals, nine points and a plus-9 rating over his past seven games, posting at least four Fantasy points in six of those outings.
Kevin Bieksa, D, Vancouver (hand – out at least six weeks)
Sergei Bobrovsky, G, Columbus (groin – out at least four weeks)
Braydon Coburn, D, Philadelphia (lower body – I-R, out at least two weeks)
Sidney Crosby, C, Pittsburgh (lower body – day to day)
Johan Franzen, W, Detroit (upper body – I-R, day to day)
Jimmy Howard, G, Detroit (groin – I-R, out at least one more week)
Erik Johnson, D, Colorado (knee – out at least three weeks)
Tyler Johnson, C, Tampa Bay (lower body – game-time decision Tues. at Carolina)
Joffrey Lupul, W, Toronto (lower body – I-R, out at least one more week)
Evgeni Malkin, C, Pittsburgh (lower body – I-R, day to day)
Kyle Okposo, W, N.Y. Islanders (upper body – out at least six weeks)
Dion Phaneuf, D, Toronto (upper body – out indefinitely)
Zac Rinaldo, C-LW, Philadelphia (suspension – out until mid-February)
Pekka Rinne, G, Nashville (knee, day to day)
Kris Versteeg, W, Chicago (hand – I-R, out at least a week)
There are 11 games in the National Basketball Association Sunday, Jan. 25, including nine evening games. The early-afternoon games between Miami-Chicago (1:00pm, ABC) and Oklahoma City-Cleveland (3:30pm, ABC) are not included by most Daily Fantasy providers, and only the evening games will be previewed.
(FanWars.com salaries in parentheses) (all times ET)
D.J. Augustin, Detroit ($7400 at TOR): Brandon Jennings (Achilles’) suffered a severe injury over the weekend, and he might very well be out for the remainder of the season. Augustin is expected to step into the starting five, and he will be a great value at this price level. If you really want a deep sleeper, G Spencer Dinwiddie ($5000) is also expected to see a bump in minutes with Jennings on the shelf, and could easily earn his Daily Fantasy salary, too.
DeMarre Carroll, Atlanta ($9550 vs MIN): Carroll is a low-priced value who is in the starting five. While he occasionally tosses in a clunker here and there, he does have 25 or more Fantasy points in five of his past seven outings. At this price level, that makes him a steal. The Timberwolves have the worst scoring defense in the NBA, so opportunity is there for plenty of Hawks Sunday.
Donatas Motiejunas, Houston ($8950 at LAL): Motiejunas is good for at least 22.75 Fantasy points in eight of the past nine games, making him a fabulous value at this price range. He has really flourished since stepping into the starting five and playing in Dwight Howard’s shadow. The Lakers have a horrible scoring defense, and the Rockets will be good for triple figures in scoring. Motiejunas will likely go for at least 15 points, a handful of rebounds, a couple of assists and a steal or two.
Jamal Crawford, SF-SG, L.A. Clippers ($10300 at PHO): Crawford has turned up the intensity at the offensive end lately, averaging 16.8 points per game with 3.2 assists per game and a total of 10 3-pointers. He is a nice mid-level Daily Fantasy play, and he is helpful due to his dual eligibility.
Jae Crowder, SF-SG, Boston ($5000 at GS): Rookie Marcus Smart will miss Sunday’s game due to personal reasons, so it is expected Evan Turner will shift to the point, with Crowder stepping in and seeing significant minutes at the two. At a minimum Daily Fantasy price, Crowder won’t have to do much to earn his salary. And using him in your lineup will help you afford plenty of studs at other positions.
Gorgui Dieng, PF-C ($11850 at ATL): Dieng hasn’t skipped a beat despite the return of big man Nikola Pekovic from injury. In fact, he produced one of his better games of the season last time out against New Orleans, posting 14 points, 15 rebounds, three assists and a blocked shot. Most casual Daily Fantasy players don’t think Dieng first when filling out a lineup, but savvy owners are well aware of what he has been doing, and he generally settles into the 26-32 Fantasy point area most nights.
UFC on FOX 14 is set for Sunday, Jan. 25 at Tele2 Arena in Stockholm, Sweden, and the main event features a bout between Anthony Johnson and Alexander Gustafsson in a light heavyweight bout.
In other news, Uriah Hall and Paddy Holohan drew potential six-month suspensions as a result of injuries suffered during UFC Fight Night 59. Hall suffered a right knee injury in his win, while Holohan banged up his left ankle in his victory. Both will be required to obtain doctor’s clearance for their potential injuries or be forced to sit out six months.
At DraftKings, you pick a roster of five players with a salary cap of $50,000. Here are a handful of guys you’ll love.
(DraftKings.com salaries in parentheses) (all times ET).
Gegard Mousasi ($11600 vs Dan Henderson): Mousasi is one of the biggest favorites on the board Saturday, and ‘The Dreamcatcher’ will be a nightmare for Henderson. While Mousasi has dropped two of his past three bouts, they came at the hands of Ronaldo Souza at UFC Fight Night 50 as a result of a guillotine choke, and a unanimous decision loss in a bout with Lyoto Machida at UFC Fight Night 36. There is certainly no shame falling to Machida in Brazil and a hostile crowd cheering on their countryman against Mousasi. He’ll be more in his element in Sweden, and he is facing a 44-year-old Henderson, who has dropped four of his past five bouts. This one will be ugly.
Albert Tumenov ($10400 vs Nico Musoke): As dominant as Tumenov has been, it is surprising he isn’t a bigger favorite. He is 14-2 in his career, and his only loss came Feb. 15, 2014 when he lost a split decision to Ildemar Alcantara at UFC Fight Night 36. Over his past 10 bouts, nine have ended in KO/TKO.
BARGAIN and MID-LEVEL PLAYS
Sultan Aliev ($9700 vs Kenny Robertson): If you’re searching for a mid-level play with some upside, Aliev is your man. He’ll square off against Kenny Robertson in what is essentially a coin-flip bout. He has won four straight bouts by KO/TKO, and only one of those four matches has made it out of the first round. The welterweight is 13-1 with 10 KO/TKO in his career, but this is his biggest test to date.
Anthony Johnson ($8800 vs Alexander Gustafsson): Johnson is a decisive underdog, but don’t be surprised to see him go the distance and force a decision against Gustafsson. Johnson enters with an eight-bout win streak, last tasting defeat Jan. 4, 2012 at UFC 142 against Vitor Belfort. Of his 18 victories, he has 12 wins by KO/TKO, including five of his past seven wins. There is value here, win or lose, so Daily Fantasy owners will certainly get their money’s worth.
Stanislav Nedkov ($9400 vs Nikita Krylov): The Bulgarian Nedkov lost by KO/TKO against Tom Watson at UFC on FUEL TV 7 Feb. 16, 2013 in his last bout, so he is a bit of an unknown heading into this one. He suffered a torn anterior cruciate and posterior cruciate ligament in his right knee which required surgery. He might be rusty, and he might resemble the fighter who started his career 12-1. At this low-level price, he has a ton of upside for Daily Fantasy players as long as he isn’t too tentative with his knee.
LAST WEEK’S PICKS
Donald Cerrone ($11800) over Benson Henderson (WIN)
Conor McGregor ($12700) over Dennis Siver (WIN)
Norman Parke ($9700) over Gleison Tibau (LOSS)
Cathal Pendred ($9300) over Sean Spencer (WIN)
Chris Wade ($9500) over Zhang Lipeng (WIN)
THIS WEEK’S PICKS (based on $50,000 salary – five fighters)
Sultan Aliev ($9700) over Kenny Robertson
Anthony Johnson ($8800) over Alexander Gustafsson
Gegard Mousasi ($11600) over Dan Henderson
Stanislav Nedkov ($9400) over Nikita Krylov
Albert Tumenov ($10400) over Nico Musoke
There are six games in the National Hockey League Wednesday, Jan. 21, including the nationally televised games between the Chicago Blackhawks-Pittsburgh Penguins (8:00 p.m., NBC Sports Network) and Los Angeles Kings-San Jose Sharks (10:30 p.m., NBC Sports Network). Remember, this is the final day until the NHL takes off for a full five days for the All-Star break.
(FanWars.com salaries in parentheses) (all times ET).
Tuukka Rask, Boston ($19850 at COL): There are plenty of big favorites on the board, but trends and hot play tell you to go another way. For instance, the heaviest favorite – or team with the supposed best chance to win – is Anaheim. However, Calgary Flames G Joni Ortio has been nearly unbeatable. Ottawa is also a heavy favorite, but they’re 0-5 the following day after playing in overtime, and just 2-6 in their past eight overall. Plus, the Maple Leafs have dropped the Senators in seven of the past eight. That leaves Rask and the Bruins as the safest play on the board among the 12 starting goaltenders. He has won two of his past three on the road, and four of the past five overall, allowing three or fewer goals in 17 straight appearances.
Bryan Little, C-RW, Winnipeg ($11200 vs CLB): Little heads into Wednesday’s game on a roll, posting goals in each of the past two games, and a total of six goals with 16 points with a plus-6 rating over the past 14 games. At a mid-level price, and better than point-per-game production, he is a must-have in Daily Fantasy.
Mark Scheifele, Winnipeg ($9500 vs CLB): Scheifele has posted a goal with five points and a plus-6 rating over his past five games, and he faces a very favorable matchup with the Blue Jackets in town. On a short slate, he has some upside, and he will save you salary to spread across other positions.
David Perron, LW-RW, Pittsburgh ($12250 vs CHI): Perron has managed four goals with six points over the past four games. He is a fantastic value at this rate, and he is not shy about taking shots on goal. He has logged at least four SOG in each of his past seven games, making him a solid Daily Fantasy play until he cools off.
Mark Stone, Ottawa ($9000 vs TOR): Stone heads into this one with at least one point in six consecutive games. He has two goals with seven points and a plus-1 rating during the span. He’ll also chip in with occasional penalty minutes and blocked shots.
Kris Russell, Calgary ($8350 at ANA): Russell will chip in with offense every now and again, but his biggest contribution for DFS owners is his ability to block shots. He leads the NHL in the category by a mile, and his willingness to step in front of shots keeps him in the positive most every night.
There are eight games in the National Hockey League Tuesday, Jan. 20, including the nationally televised game between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Philadelphia Flyers (7:30pm, NBC Sports Network). Remember, there are just two days remaining until the NHL takes off for a full five days for the All-Star break.
(FanWars.com salaries in parentheses) (all times ET).
Antti Raanta, Chicago ($22250 vs ARI): Raanta is confirmed as the starter for Tuesday’s game, and the ‘Hawks are heavy chalk against the lowly Coyotes. Arizona is playing their fourth game in six days, and they’re 0-6 in the fourth of a 4-in-6 situation. They’re tired, and they’re up against a Chicago team which has won 77 of their past 108 home games.
Nicklas Backstrom, Washington ($13350 vs EDM): Backstrom skated in with multi-point efforts in each of his past two games. He’ll be facing an Edmonton squad which ranks last in the Western Conference in goals allowed, and second-worst in the NHL. He has been positive or even in the plus/minus category in 11 consecutive games, and it’s hard to believe the streak won’t continue against the struggling Oilers.
Colin Wilson, Nashville ($12100 at MON): Wilson has been humming along under the radar, posting eight goals with 19 points and an impressive plus-14 rating over his past 13 games since Dec. 22. Despite the impressive numbers, he comes with a mid-level price tag. Take advantage.
Alex Galchenyuk, Montreal ($8300 vs NSH): Galchenyuk was moved back to wing last time out, and he responded with a goal. He is a nice low-priced option who has posted five goals with 11 points over the past 13 games. He has plenty of upside, and he’ll save salary to spread across other positions.
Benoit Pouliot, Edmonton ($11250 at WAS): The Oilers have had trouble scoring goals this season, but it has been no fault of Pouliot lately. He has lit the lamp six times with a plus-3 rating over his past five games. He is also no stranger to the sin bin, and he’ll check in with an occasional blocked shot or two.
Mark Stone, Ottawa ($9100 at NYR): Stone has a low price tag, but high production lately. Since the ball dropped to ring in 2015, he has been hot. Over the past seven games, he has three goals and seven points. How many point-per-game guys are you finding at this salary level? Not many.
Kyle Quincey, Detroit ($8450 vs MIN): Quincey has stepped up his game, and he is rolling into the All-Star break. He carries a four-game point streak into play, posting a goal with five points and a plus-1 rating during the impressive stretch. He’ll also help out with an occasional penalty minute, blocked shot and solid plus/minus rating.