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Daily Fantasy: Wednesday’s NHL picks

Daily Fantasy: Wednesday’s NHL picks

Daniel Dobish, Staff Writer November 26, 2014

There are nine evening games on tap in the National Hockey League Wednesday, Nov. 26, and the Philadelphia-Detroit (7:30pm ET) game is nationally televised on NBC Sports Network. And an early Happy Thanksgiving to everyone!

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

GOALTENDER

Ondrej Pavelec, Winnipeg ($7300 at BUF): Pavelec hasn’t won in five starts, but that should chance in a road game against the Sabres. Winnipeg has won seven of their past eight meetings against Buffalo, and the Jets are a perfect 7-0 in their past seven games against a team with a losing record.

CENTER

Nathan MacKinnon, C-RW, Colorado ($5050 vs CHI): MacKinnon hasn’t scored a goal in four games, and he has lit the lamp just once in the past nine games, but he has rolled up six assists with a plus-5 rating over his past three games. He is heating up, and it’s just a matter of time before he lights the lamp again.

Eric Staal, C, Carolina ($4600 at FLA): Staal is enjoying his best stretch of the season, posting three goals with five points and an even rating during his current three-game points streak. He has also managed 11 shots on goal (SOG) during the impressive span, and he’ll also chip in with an occasional trip to the sin bin, too. In three games against the Panthers last season Staal was good for four assists and a plus-7 rating.

WINGS

Nino Niederreiter, Minnesota ($9450 vs LAK): Niederreiter has been red hot lately, posting six goals with an assist and plus-2 rating over the past six games. He has been mixed and matched with several different linemates in recent weeks, but he continues to produce.

Justin Williams, Los Angeles ($3900 at MIN): Williams enters play on a five-game points streak, posting two goals with six points and a plus-1 rating during the impressive span. At this price level, he is a solid play in Daily Fantasy.

DEFENSEMEN

Brent Burns, D-RW ($5300 vs CGY): Burns has posted three goals with three assists over the past nine games, and he has 15 hits and 15 blocked shots during the span. He does a little bit of everything, and some Daily Fantasy providers allow him to be used as a rearguard or a right wing.

Daily Fantasy: Week 12 NFL Picks

Daily Fantasy: Week 12 NFL Picks

Daniel Dobish, Staff Writer November 23, 2014

We’re heading into Week 12 of the National Football League season, with just five weeks remaining in the regular season. It seems to have flown by.

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

QUARTERBACKS

Brian Hoyer, Cleveland ($5750 at ATL): Hoyer and the Browns head down to Cleveland, and they’ll try to work in the NFL’s leading receiver from 2013 into the fold. WR Josh Gordon is back from his 10-game suspension, and that will give Hoyer another weapon against an Atlanta Falcons pass D which ranks last in the NFL.

Mark Sanchez, Philadelphia ($6500 vs TEN): Sanchez has tossed two touchdowns in each of his three games since taking over for the injured Nick Foles. He is a cheap option against a Titans pass defense which ranks ninth in the NFL, but one which has allowed 15 passing TDs through nine games.

RUNNING BACKS

Alfred Blue, Houston ($4350 vs CIN): There is reportedly a very small chance Arian Foster (groin) is active, so Blue is the man again. He is a cheap Daily Fantasy option who proved he is more than capable of handling the mail last weekend. The Bengals have given up 136.2 yards per game on the ground with 12 rushing touchdowns allowed, tied for worst in the AFC.

Jeremy Hill, Cincinnati ($5000 at HOU): Hill is expected to start the game, even though Giovani Bernard (hip) is expected to play. Word from offensive coordinator Hue Jackson during the week seemed to indicate Hill would get a majority of the carries, and they’d ease Bernard back into the mix.

WIDE RECEIVERS

John Brown, Arizona ($4450 at SEA): Brown is expected to see a bigger role with Larry Fitzgerald (knee) hurting and likely a game-time decision. Brown has rolled up five receiving touchdowns in a limited role, so a larger role would likely yield much better Fantasy results.

A.J. Green, Cincinnati ($5900 at HOU): Green got back on track last weekend with a pair of touchdown receptions in New Orleans. Now, the Bengals move down the Gulf Coast to Houston. The Texans have given up 278.1 yards per game through the air, and 19 passing touchdowns in 10 games. They rank 31st in the NFL against the pass.

TIGHT END

Coby Fleener, Indianapolis ($4550 vs JAC): Fleener has put up superior numbers over the past two games, more than making up for the absence of Dwayne Allen. Fleener has 11 grabs for 221 yards and a score while averaging 16.8 Fantasy points per game over the past two weeks. He is a low-priced option with a high ceiling.

 

 

Daily Fantasy: Saturday’s NHL picks

Daily Fantasy: Saturday’s NHL picks

Daniel Dobish, Staff Writer November 22, 2014

There are 12 evening games on tap in the National Hockey League Saturday, Nov. 22, and the Montreal-Boston (7:00pm ET) game is nationally televised on NHL Network. Enjoy the nearly full slate of games.

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

GOALTENDER

Antti Raanta, Chicago ($6900 at EDM): The Blackhawks give the backup Raanta a shot Saturday night. It will be his fourth appearance of the season. He has won the past two starts, and has a good chance to make it three in a row. Vegas has Chicago listed as the second biggest favorite on the board, and they’re the biggest road favorite. Confidence is high Chicago comes away with a win.

CENTER

Nick Bjugstad, Florida ($4150 at NSH): If you’re not familiar, Bjugstad sounds like a foreign kid from Scandanavia, but he is actually from Minneapolis. He has also been hot. Over his past three games, the center has potted four goals with three assists and a plus-5 rating with 11 shots on goal (SOG). He has been one of the main reasons the Panthers are 2-1 on their Western Conference road trip thus far. And he comes with a very cap-friendly salary number.

Markus Granlund, Calgary ($4450 vs NJ): Granlund comes with a small price tag and big production lately. He is on a three-game points streak, posting a goal with five points and a plus-4 rating during the impressive span, and he has already contributed three blocked shots. Don’t expect much in the way of shots on goal. He is more of a pass-first type guy.

WINGS

Johan Franzen, Detroit ($5150 at TOR): Franzen has been productive lately, averaging one point per game over his past eight outings, including a goal last time out in Winnipeg. He isn’t afraid to take plenty of shots, and he also logs a lot of minutes on the man advantage.

Alex Killorn, Tampa Bay ($3850 vs MIN): Killorn is riding high into this tilt against Minnesota, as he has lit the lamp in three consecutive games. You won’t find that kind of production at this salary level. At the very least, if he does go cold, he will save you plenty of salary to spread elsewhere.

DEFENSEMEN

Marco Scandella and Jared Spurgeon, Minnesota ($3400/$4350 at TB): It’s one-stop shopping among Minnesota rearguards Saturday. Both Scandella and Spurgeon are cheap options who can help plenty of DFS owners. Scandella is known for the rough stuff, but he comes in riding a two-game goal-scoring streak with a plus-5 rating overall. Spurgeon has surprised with eight points overall, but his real value is for his plus-11 rating and 46 blocked shots.

Daily Fantasy: Tuesday’s NHL picks

Daily Fantasy: Tuesday’s NHL picks

Daniel Dobish, Staff Writer November 17, 2014

There are 11 evening games on tap in the National Hockey League Tuesday, Nov. 18, and the San Jose-Buffalo (7:30pm 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

Jonas Hiller, Calgary ($7650 vs ANA): Hiller is confirmed as the starter for Tuesday’s game, and he’ll be pumped up to face his former team. And his former team isn’t playing particularly well, either, going just 1-5 in their past six overall. Vegas has this game as a virtual coin-flip, so Hiller isn’t a slam-dunk DFS option for a win. However, you have to love the extra motivation facing his old mates.

CENTER

Jori Lehtera, St. Louis ($4750 at BOS): Lehtera has been on a tear lately, posting five goals with nine points and a plus-8 rating over the past five games, and he enters play with a seven-game points streak. He also has gained plenty of confidence lately, squeezing off at least three shots on goal (SOG) in each of the past four.

Tyler Seguin, Dallas ($5950 vs CAR): Seguin has cooled off a bit, but the loss of Daily Fantasy owners from days past will be your benefit. His salary has dropped as a result of no goals, just one assist and a minus-1 rating over the past two games. He will get back on the board Tuesday. Remember, he still has five goals over the past four games despite the poor performance in the past two.

WINGS

Filip Forsberg, C-RW, Nashville ($5100 at TOR): Forsberg is playing like his namesake Peter lately, although there is no relation. While he had his six-game goal-scoring streak, and seven-game points streak, shut down last time out against Winnipeg of all teams, he has still been red hot. He has seven goals and 13 points over the past eight games with a plus-9 rating during the impressive span. He’ll rebound after the off game, and reward DFS owners with at least an assist and positive plus/minus rating with a few SOG.

Scott Hartnell, Columbus ($4700 vs DET): The tough-as-nails Hartnell will be instrumental in this hard-hitting game Tuesday. Even when he isn’t on the scoresheet, he is taking plenty of shots, blocking shots and mixing it up to spend time in the penalty box. Look for a positive DFS night from Hartnell Tuesday.

DEFENSEMEN

T.J. Brodie, Calgary ($4400 vs ANA): Brodie hasn’t scored a goal in seven games, but that’s not what you’re paying for. He has helped out with plenty of assists, but his value comes on SOG and blocked shots. Rarely does he have a negative night for DFS owners.

Daily Fantasy: Week 11 NFL picks

Daily Fantasy: Week 11 NFL picks

Daniel Dobish, Staff Writer November 15, 2014

We’re heading into Week 11 of the National Football League season, and it will be an interesting one from a Daily Fantasy perspective. There are plenty of new starters, injury replacements and guys with favorable matchups.

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

QUARTERBACKS

Tom Brady, New England ($7350 at IND): Remember when Brady was done after that MNF game in Kansas City? Yeah, right. He has been on fire lately, and he has a favorable matchup on national television in Indianapolis. The Colts rank 27th against the pass, allowing 263.6 yards per game. If you like to spend big at the QB position, Brady should be your ‘safe’ target.

Shaun Hill, St. Louis ($5500 vs DEN): Hill takes over the reins for the Rams offense, and win or lose, he’ll be able to move the ball against the Broncos. You can expect the heavily favored Broncos to grab a big lead, forcing the Rams to be pass happy to get back into the game. That means big Fantasy points.

Ryan Mallett, Houston ($5500 at CLE): Mallett makes his much-anticipated start under center for the Texans, and he should see extra pass attempts with RB Arian Foster (groin) inactive with an injury. The Browns are so-so against the pass, so there is potential for Mallett to well exceed DFS salary expectations.

RUNNING BACKS

Alfred Blue, Houston ($4000 at CLE): With Foster inactive, Blue will be the primary ball carrier for the Texans. The Browns have been shredded for 134.2 rushing yards per game, which ranks a dismal a 28th. They have also allowed seven rushing scores in nine games.

Mark Ingram, New Orleans ($5400 vs CIN): Ingram (shoulder) is listed as probable for Sunday’s game, so potential Fantasy owners need not worry about him suddenly being inactive. The Bengals have been torched for 143.0 rushing yards per game, worst in the AFC, and they have yielded 12 rushing touchdowns, which is also the worst in the AFC. Ingram should be in line for a big game.

WIDE RECEIVERS

Kelvin Benjamin, Carolina ($4900 vs ATL): Benjamin has been a bright spot for the Panthers in an otherwise dismal past five or six weeks. The Falcons are dead-last against the pass, allowing 280.8 yards per game through the air, as well as 31 pass plays of 20 or more yards. Benjamin will find the end zone at least once with 80-plus receiving yards.

Julian Edelman, New England ($4850 at IND): Edelman will be a huge part of the New England offense, possibly racking up double-digit catches in this one. As mentioned above, Indy ranks 27th in the NFL against the pass, so Brady and Edelman will hook up frequently.

TIGHT END

Rob Gronkowski, New England ($5800 at IND): Normally you won’t want to spend big dollars at the tight end position, unless the matchup is ultra-favorable. The Patriots are going to pass for big-time yardage against the Colts, and Gronk will obviously be a huge part of their success. If he has less than seven receptions, 70 yards and a score, I’d be surprise. Indianapolis has struggled against the tight end all season, and there is no way they hold down one of the best in the league.