NHL Plays will highlight the best and the most underrated daily fantasy options among forwards, defensemen and goaltenders.
Please note, these players were chosen early in the day, so make sure to check NBCSports Edge’s player news for any lineup changes, injuries and potential changes in the crease for starting goaltenders.
Additionally, it is worth reminding everyone that FanDuel allows you to roster nine players (2C, 2W, 2D, 2UTIL, 1G) with a salary cap of $55,000, while DraftKings has a cap of $50,000 for nine players (2C, 3W, 2D, 1G, 1UTIL). Yahoo has a $200 cap for nine players (2C, 3W, 2D, 2G).
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There are 11 games in the NHL on Saturday.
Sidney Crosby (Pittsburgh) – C – $8,000 (FanDuel), $7,800 (Draft Kings), $34 (Yahoo)
Crosby has been on quite a run since March 1 with 31 points in 22 games, tied for fourth in the NHL since that date with Mark Stone, despite playing three less games. Crosby has 10 goals and 21 assists during the streak and has 17 goals and 49 points in 42 games this season.
Vincent Trocheck (Carolina) – C – $6,500 (FanDuel), $7,300 (Draft Kings), $26 (Yahoo)
Trocheck saw his 13-game points streak come to an end on April 12, but then had a goal and an assist in his next game to get back on track. The talented center got off to a slow start but his recent outstanding play has him at 17 goals and 36 points in only 33 games.
Kyle Connor (Winnipeg) – W – $6,700 (FanDuel), $7,700 (DraftKings), $27 (Yahoo)
Connor is having a nice season 21 goals and 43 points in 44 games for the Jets this season. After slumping with only two goals in 11 games, Connor has three in his last three including a two-goal, one assist night against Toronto Thursday.
Jake Guentzel (Pittsburgh) – W – $7,500 (FanDuel), $7,500 (DraftKings), $29 (Yahoo)
Guentzel saw his six-game points streak end on Thursday as Carter Hart had a rare strong game and held the Penguins to just one goal on 32 shots. But Guentzel has been terrific this season with 20 goals and 45 points in 43 games as he is headed towards his second-best scoring season despite the reduced 56-game schedule. Guentzel plays with Crosby and grabbing the third member of the line, Bryan Rust, won’t hurt in DFS action.
Jason Robertson (Dallas) – W – $4,800 (FanDuel), $5,700 (DraftKings), $20 (Yahoo)
Robertson has played so well of late, he is now in the conversation for the best rookie award in the NHL, the Calder Trophy. Robertson has 12 goals and 30 points in 37 games for the Stars with four goals and six points in his last five games. He is seeing first line time with Roope Hintz and Joe Pavelski and with a season-ending injury to Alexander Radulov, Robertson should stay there.
Bargain Bin: Jared McCann (Pittsburgh) – C/W – $4,400 (FanDuel), $5,600 (Draft Kings), $20 (Yahoo), Josh Norris (Ottawa) – C – $3,200 (FanDuel), $4,900 (DraftKings), $17 (Yahoo) Viktor Arvidsson (Nashville) – W – $5,600 (FanDuel) $5,500 (DraftKings), $18 (Yahoo), Ross Colton (Tampa Bay) – C/W – $3,300 (FanDuel), $3,600 (Draft Kings), $17 (Yahoo), Adam Erne (Detroit) – W – $3,700 (FanDuel), $3,200 (Draft Kings), $18 (Yahoo)
Dougie Hamilton (Carolina) – $6,400 (FanDuel), $7,400 (DraftKings), $27 (Yahoo)
Hamilton is having a fabulous season with six goals and 34 points in 42 games after a 40-point season last year in 47 games. He recently had a 14-game scoring streak that ended on March 30 and still has managed three goals and four assists in the eight games since his streak ended. He is one of the top offensive defensemen in the NHL.
Kris Letang (Pittsburgh) – $6,300 (FanDuel), $6,000 (DraftKings), $23 (Yahoo)
When healthy, Letang is still one of the top offensive defensemen in the NHL. This season he remains healthy, just like last season, and has seven goals and 35 points in 42 games, tied for fourth best among defensemen in points. Playing with Crosby doesn’t hurt.
Adam Fox (New York Rangers) – $6,100 (FanDuel), $6,800 (Draft Kings), $27 (Yahoo)
Fox has been on an absolute tear and leads all blueliners with 40 points, one better than Victor Hedman. Even more amazing is that he has 30 points since March 1, the sixth-best in the NHL since that date. That includes all forwards and he has one more point than the great Connor McDavid although McDavid has played only 19 times since then, to Fox’s 23.
Erik Karlsson (San Jose) – $4,700 (FanDuel), $5,000 (DraftKings), $18 (Yahoo), Vince Dunn (St. Louis) $4,200 (FanDuel), $4,000 (Draft Kings), $18 (Yahoo), Brandon Montour (Florida) – $3,900 (FanDuel), $3,600 (DraftKings), $15 (Yahoo)
Andrei Vasilevskiy (Tampa Bay) – $8,400 (FanDuel), $7,800 (DraftKings), $39 (Yahoo)
You can rarely go wrong taking Vasilevskiy who is 26-6-1 with a 2.00 GAA and a .932 save percentage this season. He has won five of his last six and leads the league in wins. He is the favorite for the Vezina which goes to the best netminder in the NHL and that is what he is, the best in the league.
Igor Shesterkin (New York Rangers) – $8,300 (FanDuel), $8,100 (DraftKings), $35 (Yahoo)
Shesterkin loves playing the Devils, at least of late as he has two straight shutouts this week, stopping 16 shots on Thursday and 27 Tuesday. In addition, in his previous game against New Jersey on March 4, he stopped 32-of-33 before getting injured late in the game. He is 12-9-3 with a 2.25 GAA and a .925 save percentage in 23 starts this season.