These NHL Players Will Help You Win Your DraftKings Contests Tonight (February 9th)

We are officially in the dog days of hockey right now, but with all of the recent high scoring games, and significant NHL coach firings (like Boston’s coach getting canned hours before the Patriots’ Super Bowl victory parade) there’s certainly still lots of entertainment these days!

Tonight we have a busy Thursday with 11 games on the slate, so 22 teams will do battle against each other. We will see the Blues vs Maple Leafs, Kings vs Panthers, Sharks vs Bruins, Ducks vs Sabres, Predators vs Rangers, Islanders vs Flyers, Red Wings vs Capitals, Canucks vs Blue Jackets, Stars vs Senators, Penguins vs Avalanche, and Canadiens vs Coyotes. I think most of these games should be quite entertaining overall, but I’m most excited about the Stars vs Senators game from a fantasy perspective since both teams tend to give up lots of goals, and both teams can certainly score lots of goals too. A 6-5 final wouldn’t surprise me in the least.

If you are trying to decide which players to select tonight for your NHL daily fantasy sports contests on DraftKings, you have come to the right place. Below I list my favorite player for each position tonight based on the most fantasy points I feel can be earned at a salary that offers good value, and suggest other good player selections that fit that same criteria too. I include all player’s salaries for tonight as well.

Good luck everyone, may your lineups be hot, your fantasy points be high, and your earnings be amazing!

1. Goalie: My Pick – Braden Holtby ($8,500) – He is absolutely on fire right now with 8 wins in a row if you count the All Star games he shone in. He is coming off a 9.6 fantasy point shutout game of the Hurricanes, and could very well shut out the Red Wings tonight at home.

Other good options to consider: Henrik Lundqvist ($8,100), Robin Lehner ($7,500), and Sergei Bobrovsky ($8,300).

2. Defense: My Pick – Kris Letang ($6,000) – I like one of the top dmen in the league at this price compared to a Burns or a Karlsson at $8.5K and $7K respectively. Colorado are giving up 3.3 goals per game which is last in the league, they are 29th in shots against, and 29th in save percentage. The Penguins can score with the best of them and despite the Avalanche having a shut out last game, I don’t see positive results this time around in the mile high city with Crosby and company in town. Letang’s fantasy points have ranged from 5 to 6 over the past three games and his salary has remained flat so I like him as a high end value player tonight.

Other good options to consider: Seth Jones ($5,300), Matt Niskanen ($4,700), and Morgan Rielly ($4,200).

3. Center: My Pick – Patrice Bergeron ($6,500) – He had a bad start to the season, but is on fire now with 3 goals and 5 assists in his last 5 games, and went off last game vs Toronto for 10.5 fantasy points with a three point effort.

Other good options to consider: Tyler Seguin ($7,700), Evgeny Kuznetsov ($5,600), and Tyler Bozak ($4,700).

4. Winger: My Pick – Mitch Marner ($6,100) – The rookie of the month for January is going gang busters these days with a fantasy point range of 4 to 8.5 over his past 5 games. He scored last week vs St.Louis in Missouri, and I expect another strong outing tonight in Toronto.

Other good options to consider: Mike Hoffman ($5,700), Jamie Benn ($7,200), Evander Kane ($5,300), Brad Marchand ($7,100), J.T. Miller ($5,200), and Michael Grabner ($5,100).

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How To Thrive Like a Pro in DFS

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Regularly building lineups and entering daily fantasy sports (DFS) contests is a challenging endeavor, even for the most elite users. I’ve been playing DFS for over 5 years now, but I still have hardships from time to time. Sort of like last night how Anze Kopitar of the Los Angeles Kings was a late scratch because of an unknown illness and unfortunately I owned and deployed him in a few contests. So did another 10% of users too. I usually do a quick Twitter search for each player in my lineups just before contests lock, but I didn’t yesterday and unfortunately got burned.

So how do you successfully compete in daily fantasy sports to be profitable or at least break even over a long period of time? I have some suggestions below for you to be a better DFS user, I hope they help you improve whether that’s on DraftKings, FanDuel, or another site that you may play on.

  1. Use fantasy sports tools and analytics – All too often DFS users are stuck in their same routine whether they are winning or losing. If you are regularly winning your contests and your bankroll is healthy then you are certainly doing something right, but if you are on the opposite end of the spectrum and losing consistently then switch up your rigid research process, and look at using DFS tools if you aren’t already. You can typically use a good service for $1 per day or less, so consider making that investment to win more often, and save on research time. Most DFS pros pay for DFS tools to get better contest results, and you should too to level the playing field and minimize their competitive advantages as much as possible.
  2. Compete in sports you know – There are certainly some DFS pros who compete in most every sport by primarily relying on their number and stats skills to build lineups. That can work, but I would recommend that you only make bets on sports that you actually know, watch, and are passionate about. The more information and feel you get for a sport, the better you will (in theory) regularly perform playing in that sport’s DFS contests.
  3. Manage your bankroll – A lot of DFS analysts will say that bankroll management is very important, and that you shouldn’t bet more than 10% of your account balance on any given day. That advice is fine if you’re a DFS pro or semi-pro, but even better advice for the average user is to make smaller deposits, and maybe only bet $5 or less for every day of play. I still tend to mostly make small deposits of $10 so it keeps me focused on making smart bets otherwise I know I will have to make another deposit soon, something which I don’t like to do. If you deposit say $100 each time, then the tenancy is to make larger bets, and all sorts of sloppy things can creep into your lineup building and betting strategy when you want to go big or go home. DFS is a marathon not a sprint, you got to keep yourself in the game, give yourself ample opportunities to win more than you bet, and hopefully hit it big in a GPP contest or two eventually to have a sweet cash out event. Bank accounts love seeing DFS money!
  4. Understand which percentage of lineups get paid – You want to give yourself the best possible odds to stay cash flow positive, and minimize your deposits. I recommend playing in head to head contests against users who don’t have lots of experience in DFS, pick your opponents wisely. Top 50% contests are good too, especially ones that have hundreds or thousands of lineups, the bigger the better I find for top 50% contest success. Giving yourself a 50/50 shot of cashing in is ideal, but the sizable GPP’s are so tempting since the big prize money is highly desirable. You should be betting at least 75%-80% of your money in “safe” contests where your odds of winning are 50%, these are often called cash games. The rest can be bet in other contests such as GPP’s where your percentage to win some kind of prize money is typically around 20%.
  5. Don’t get too emotional – Betting by nature is an emotional activity. Money is hard earned and we don’t want to part with it unless we are getting some tangible value back. There is of course the entertainment value that we get from playing DFS, but our main goal is to win and be profitable. DFS pros don’t win every day, but they accept those losses and try to learn from them and play smarter the next day. If you play DFS with too much emotion you may find yourself doubling down to recoup losses fast, but this is almost always a bad idea. I’ve done it a few times, but I finally realize that strategy doesn’t work, and so I just consistently play around the same amount of money every day regardless of my wins or losses the previous night. Again, DFS is a marathon, not a sprint.
  6. Take advantage of non full contests – I went into a $1 NHL GPP contest yesterday which ultimately filled up, but I also got into a $4 NHL GPP last minute as the maximum number of lineups allowed was 8,823, but only 7,460 lineups actually got entered. The contest was almost 1,400 lineups short which increased the odds to win prize money by roughly 10%. Take advantage of these rare opportunities when you can, the DFS pros sure do.

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DraftKings Hockey: These NHL Players Will Help You Win Your Contests Tonight For November 22nd

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The NHL season is slowly heating up now, it is giving fans lots of viewing entertainment, and fantasy poolies tons of enjoyment or pain depending on their team’s player injuries and performance.

Tonight we have just 5 games on the slate with the Blues vs Bruins, Hurricanes vs Maple Leafs, Senators vs Canadiens, Flyers vs Panthers, and Islanders vs Ducks. I think most of these games should be good overall, but I’m most excited about the Flyers vs Panthers from a fantasy perspective since both teams can rack up the goals. I would advise against taking a goalie in this game since it could be a 5-4 final, unless Roberto Luongo plays solid which is entirely possible.

If you are trying to decide which players to select tonight for your NHL daily fantasy sports contests on DraftKings, you have come to the right place. Below I list my favorite player for each position tonight based on the most fantasy points I feel can be earned at a salary that offers good value, and suggest other good player selections that fit that same criteria too. I include all player’s salaries for tonight as well.

Good luck everyone, may your lineups be hot, your fantasy points be high, and your earnings be amazing!

1. Goalie: My Pick – Carey Price ($8,400) – It’s hard not to pick Price since he is clearly the best goalie in the world, and has stellar numbers with a record of 11-0-1, 1.6 GAA, .950 SV%, and 7.5 FPPG. If you want money in the bank go with Carey.

Other good options to consider: Cam Ward ($7,300), Jake Allen ($7,600), and Frederik Andersen ($7,700).

2. Defense: My Pick – Shea Weber ($7,100) – Has been brilliant so far this season with 7 goals and 8 assists in 19 games, and 4.4 FPPG. Is coming off a 9.5 FPTS night on Saturday vs Toronto with 2 assists, 3 shots on goal, and 8 shot blocks, wow! Don Cherry said a few years ago that if Shea played in Canada he would be winning Norris trophies, and now that he’s in Montreal that may be finally coming to fruition.

Other good options to consider: Radko Gudas ($4,000), Morgan Rielly ($4,800), and Keith Yandle ($5,100).

3. Center: My Pick – Nazem Kadri ($5,400) – I don’t like many of the center options for tonight, but I’m going with Kadri since his price tag isn’t too bad, and he has performed quite well at home this season. He consistently puts up 4 or 5 shots per night, and has 13 points in 18 games this season overall, 7 of those points being goals.

Other good options to consider: Brock Nelson ($4,800), Ryan Kesler ($6,100), and Victor Rask ($5,900).

4. Winger: My Pick – James van Riemsdyk ($6,000) – It seems a bit crazy to go with another Maple Leafs player, but JVR has been on fire at home lately with 10 points in his last 5 games at the ACC, and in those games had a tilt with 9.5 FPTS, and another with a massive 14.5 when he scored a hat trick vs Nashville just last week. He’s almost a point per game player, and has 4.3 fantasy points per game.

Other good options to consider: Vladimir Tarasenko ($7,600), Rickard Rakell ($6,300), and Mitch Marner ($6,300).

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DraftKings Hockey: These NHL Players Will Help You Win Your Contests Tonight For November 3rd

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The NHL season is nicely underway now, and there is no shortage of story lines to pay attention to including: Montreal being off to the best start in their illustrious franchise’s history, rookie Auston Matthews scoring 4 goals in his first ever game which is a new modern day NHL record, Dubnyk having three shut outs in a row, the Penguins picking up right where they left off after winning the Stanley Cup last season, and there are many others too.

Tonight we have 12 games on the slate with the Flyers vs Islanders, Maple Leafs vs Sabres, Oilers vs Rangers, Jets vs Capitals, Devils vs Panthers, Bruins vs Lightning, Canucks vs Senators, Blues vs Stars, Avalanche vs Blackhawks, Predators vs Coyotes, Penguins vs Kings, and the Flames vs Sharks. I think all of these games should be great, but I’m most excited about the Flames vs Sharks since I think there will be a bunch of goals, and be quite entertaining.

If you are trying to decide which players to select tonight for your NHL daily fantasy sports contests on DraftKings, you have come to the right place. Below I list my favorite player for each position tonight based on the most fantasy points I feel can be earned at a salary that offers good value, and suggest other good player selections that fit that criteria too. I include all player’s salaries for tonight as well.

Good luck everyone, may your lineups be hot, your fantasy points be high, and your earnings be amazing!

1. Goalie: My Pick – Braden Holtby ($8,300) – He has been dominant the past two games allowing just three goals combined for the wins, has a combined save percentage of .956, and had 9.6 and 6.2 fantasy points in each of the games. His opponent tonight is the Winnipeg Jets who are 9th in the league with 31.3 shots/game, but are only 23rd in goals scored with just 2.4.

Other good options to consider: Lundquist ($8,300), Schneider ($7,700), and Crawford ($8,200).

2. Defense: My Pick – Ryan McDonagh ($5,500) – He has points in 8 straight games, and with Yandle out of town and Boyle retired he gets loads of PP time now, and lots of puck touches. He’s always good for shots and blocked shots and I don’t think his point streak will end tonight vs Edmonton at home.

Other good options to consider: Boychuk ($5,200), Martinez ($4,600), and Gudas ($3,400).

3. Center: My Pick – Artem Anisimov ($5,800) – Is also on an 8 game point streak, and has 13 points during that torrid span including 7 goals. He currently is tied for the league lead in scoring and being on a line with P.Kane and Panarin he likely won’t slow down anytime soon.

Other good options to consider: Giroux ($6,900), Duchene ($6,500), and Richardson ($3,800).

4. Winger: My Pick – Chris Kreider ($6,700) – He currently has 1.5 PPG this season with 9 points in 6 games. 4 out of 6 of those games he has 2 points. He’s averaging 6.3 FPPG which is 1.2 fantasy points higher on average than the 2nd highest winger available for tonight. He is starting to become what the Rangers hoped he would become when they drafted him 19th overall in 2009.

Other good options to consider: Marchessault ($5,800), Nylander ($5,900), and Johansson ($4,700).

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