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FanDuel NHL: Thursday Value Plays

Rob Geriak

Geriak covers hockey for RotoWire. He previously was the DFS Content Director at DraftShot and appeared on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio for Scout Fantasy Sports.

The Thursday NHL slate is always packed and full of players to consider for DFS. With a lot of high-priced talent to roster, consider some of these value options when building your FanDuel lineups…

Goalie

Craig Anderson, OTT vs PITT ($7,800):
Anderson has won two of his last three starts and is significantly underpriced in a home matchup with the Penguins. For how dangerous the Penguins are, they have struggled on the road with an average 2.38 goals per game. Ottawa has averaged 3.27 goals per game at home, suggesting that Anderson should get some offensive support tonight en route to a victory.

Center

Derick Brassard, OTT vs PIT ($4,900):
The Penguins struggles defensively have been well documented, especially against the center position. Ottawa returns home after the two-game series played in Sweden and they look a lot different coming back. With the addition of Duchene, Ryan returning from injury, and some line shuffling this team looks a lot better on paper. Brassard has points in each of his last three game and is centering the first line and top power-play unit for Ottawa.

Phillip Danault, MTL vs ARI ($4,700): Danault skates on the top line with Max Pacioretty and Andrew Shaw, as well as seeing time on the second power-play unit. With two goals and eight assists on the season, he's not an elite point producer but is in a good spot at a very cheap salary against a Coyotes team that is allowing a ton of production to centers.

Wing

Sven Baertschi, VAN vs VGK ($4,200):
Baertschi and the Canucks host the Golden Knights, who are starting to come back down to earth after a hot start. Baertschi has two goals in his last three games, attributing to his six goals to go along with six assists this season. He’s a nice value play on the Canucks’ top line with Brock Boeser and Bo Horvat, as well as skating on the second power-play unit.

Andrew Shaw, MTL vs ARI ($3,800): I mentioned Shaw when discussing Danault and the two make for a cheap stack to consider. Shaw has four goals and five assists in 19 games and is seeing time on the power play, as he has two goals and one assist with the man advantage. In a good matchup against a bad Coyotes team defensively, expect Shaw to be popular but productive.

Alex Iafallo, LA vs BOS ($4,000): The Kings host the Bruins, who play their second road game in as many nights Thursday. Iafallo has benefited from seeing time on the Kings’ top line for most of the season with Anze Kopitar and a resurgent Dustin Brown. He saw a major uptick in minutes in the Kings’ last game with over 21 minutes of ice time. Between his time at even strength and on the second power-play unit, he’s averaging around 17 minutes this year.

Defense

Oscar Klefbom, EDM vs STL ($5,600):
In what can be a major problem for the rest of the league, the Oilers looked great Tuesday, playing arguably their best game of the year. Klefbom was a major factor with a shorthanded goal, an assist, three shots and a blocked shot. With his solid floor, Klefbom is a great value on the blue line with immense upside due to his offensive abilities.

Jaccob Slavin, CAR at NYI ($4,100): Slavin has now scored double-digit fantasy points in four of his last six games. Although he only has two points over that stretch, Slavin offers a solid floor with his ability to get shots to the net and block shots. He’s recently been moved onto the second power-play unit and sees a good amount of ice time as a legit shutdown defender. He also has enough offensive skill to be a threat with the puck.

The author(s) of this article may play in daily fantasy contests including – but not limited to – games that they have provided recommendations or advice on in this article. In the course of playing in these games using their personal accounts, it's possible that they will use players in their lineups or other strategies that differ from the recommendations they have provided above. The recommendations in this article do not necessarily reflect the views of RotoWire. Rob Geriak plays in daily fantasy contests using the following accounts: FanDuel: yikettyyack, DraftKings: robgeriak.