The Starting 5 |FanDuel & DraftKings NHL DFS Expert Lineup Picks for Wednesday, October 12, 2016.
It’s that time of the year…
We see eight teams drop the puck for real tonight, starting with the Leafs travelling to Ottawa in the battle of Ontario. St. Louis and Chicago go toe to toe as the Blackhawks look to avenge last year’s playoff loss. Canadian teams continue their inter-province theme as we see Edmonton host Calgary in the battle of Alberta, and finally, the Kings travel to San Jose to wrap up the night.
The Starting Five breaks down five options that I feel are terrific cash game plays for tonight’s action. Let’s get to it…
- G Craig Anderson, OTT
A lot has been made here in Toronto about the additions the Leafs have made, adding Auston Matthews and Mitch Marner to their top 6 – but they’ll have to prove it at the NHL level. They both have very bright futures, but I expect Leafs coach Mike Babcock to make sure that they both are playing responsible two-way hockey – which could very well take it’s toll on their offensive production. All this said, this is a match-up play. Anderson and the Sens are the largest favourites as of 7:00am this morning – and I like his chances very much of picking up a win at home. He is relatively cheap – and on a night with no clear favourites, I expect the Sens to have a renewed focus on good, strong, defensive hockey to start the 2016-17 campaign.
- D Erik Karlsson, OTT
Everything the Sens do runs through Karlsson. He is in my opinion, the elite offensive defencemen in the game (tied for 4th in points in 2015-16), and worth every penny when the Sens have a nice match-up, like they do tonight. He logs major minutes on the back-end (it is not uncommon for him to play over 30 in a night), and is a force in every statistical category (outside of blocked shots). With a great match-up against the Leafs, he is a rock solid option that can give you high powered scoring from a defencemen slot on your roster.
- C Connor McDavid, EDM
He’ll be chalky, but so what? McDavid had a fantastic rookie campaign when he was on the ice last year, racking up 48 points in 45 games – and he looks poised to break out this year in his second season. In case you missed – or just didn’t pay attention to the World Cup of Hockey, he was one of the tournament’s most dynamic players, leading Team North America to a 2-1 record, including a highly entertaining overtime win against hockey powerhouse Sweden. The Oilers host the Flames tonight in a battle between two teams that struggle to keep pucks out of their own net. At the same time, both teams can light the lamp with the best of them. To put it bluntly, I would be shocked if McDavid doesn’t get at least one point tonight – he’s in a great spot, isn’t too expensive and is a great play tonight.
- W Mike Hoffman, OTT
If you are looking for a value play on the front-end, there’s a lot to like about Hoffman. He was at his best last year when playing with fellow winger Mark Stone and C Kyle Turris, and it looks as if the trio is back together tonight. Ottawa tends to play with two viable scoring lines up front, and their PP lines can be a little bit of a mess at times, but regardless – look for Hoffman to play minutes in the high teens tonight against a Leafs team that is still a work in progress. He won’t break the bank, shoots the puck at an elite clip – and is a strong play tonight for the Sens at home.
- W Richard Panik, CHI
If you are looking for a deep value play, Panik has plenty of intrigue as he has cracked the top 6 to start the year for the high powered Blackhawks. With a cheap price of $3,300 on FD and $3,800 on DK, he is in a great spot to start the year playing alongside C Jonathan Toews and W Marian Hossa for the Blackhawks. He won’t be likely to see PP1 time, but he should be able to crack the second PP unit. Regardless, at his price, you are getting a key cog in the Blackhawks attack – which is never a bad thing. To get salary relief in the process? Sign me up.