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FantasyDraft NHL: Sunday Values

Chris Morgan

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After a busy Saturday, the NHL is chilling a bit Sunday. There are only three games on the docket, but that still means you can play daily fantasy hockey. Your pickings are slim, but there are still some options that are better than others.

GOALIE

Boston Bruins, BOS at VGK ($15,500):
The Bruins played Saturday, but they started Anton Khudobin, which means Tuukka Rask is in net Sunday. He's off to a slow start to the season, but Rask hasn't had a save percentage worse than .915 in his last eight NHL seasons. Boston only allowed 26.8 shots on net per contest last year, and if they play like that they should keep Vegas in check.

CENTER

Jeff Carter, LOS vs. NYI ($12,100):
Carter isn't off to the greatest start, but you need not worry. He potted 32 goals on 250 shots last season, and he's notched at least 218 shots on net in his last four campaigns. Last year, the Islanders allowed an average of 31.9 shots on net per game, which was fifth-most in the NHL. They are also on the road for the second night of a back-to-back for this one.

David Krejci, BOS at VGK ($12,000): Krejci tallied three assists in the opener, and he added one more Saturday. The center has had at least 14 power-play points in his last two seasons, and it's hard to have too much trust in the penalty kill of an expansion team. Vegas has allowed 33.5 shots on goal per game, and they are getting by thanks to an unsustainably-high .925 team save percentage.

WING

Jakob Silfverberg, ANA vs. BUF ($11,800):
Silfverberg doesn't have a goal yet, but that's inevitably going to change. After all, he's tallied 17 shots on net through five games. That's not surprising because he's had at least 215 shots on goal in his last two seasons (and at least 20 goals as well). The Sabres were terrible at preventing shots last year, as they gave up the most in the league per game (34.3). They will also be on the second night of a back-to-back.

Tanner Pearson, LOS vs. NYI ($10,600): Pearson started 58.3 percent of his shifts in the offensive zone last season, and he also played 2:24 per game on the power play. He also had a career-high 24 goals and 44 points. The Islanders are on the road, and on a back-to-back, and last year they gave up 2.95 goals and 33.3 shots on net per contest.

Jake DeBrusk, BOS at VGK ($8,500): DeBrusk was drafted 14th overall in 2014, and the 20-year-old rookie is already a second-line player. He had two points Saturday, and he now has four points in four games. On top of that, he's getting playing time on the power play, which certainly helps his fantasy potential. At this price, it's worth seeing if DeBrusk's good start will continue.

DEFENSEMEN

Brandon Montour, ANA vs. BUF ($7,300):
With Sami Vatanen out, Montour has averaged 19:34 per game, and he's played 2:49 a night on the power play. The Sabres gave up 3.00 goals and 34.9 shots on net per contest on the road last season, the latter of which was the most in the league. Montour also blocked seven shots in his last game, so he has the potential to help on that end of the ice as well.

Brandon Carlo, BOS at VGK ($6,200): You may not think about Carlo much, but the 20-year-old played more than 20 minutes per night last season, and he's averaging right around that this year. He doesn't have a goal yet this season, but he has two assists. Carlo also blocked 115 shots last year. The Golden Knights are an expansion team, even if they have played well, and that still makes this a good matchup. Carlo's cheap price also makes him enticing.

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