December 23, 2017 NHL DFS Lineup Picks for DraftKings & FanDuel
For the 12/23 NHL DFS slate tonight, and for the rest of the season, we’ll be writing up the centers, wingers, defensemen, and goalies we’re considering for our Cash and GPP lineups on DraftKings and FanDuel. We’ll also use this info when building lineups at Draft.
Please note the advice below is relevant for daily fantasy purposes. A player or team might be better or worse from a fantasy perspective than in real life due to the matchup, price, and lots of other factors. This is important to consider when constructing a roster.
12/23/17 NHL DFS Tournaments:
Holiday Shootout: $40 buy-in, $40k Guaranteed (DraftKings)
Two-Man Advantage: $8 buy-in, $25k Guaranteed (DraftKings)
Sniper: $3 buy-in, $10k Guaranteed (DraftKings)
Breakaway: $4 buy-in, $25k Guaranteed (FanDuel)
Goal: $33 buy-in, $12k Guaranteed (FanDuel)
Crossbar: $7 buy-in, $4.4k Guaranteed (FanDuel)
Players Ruled Out:
Devan Dubnyk (lower body)
Shea Weber (foot)
Logan Couture (concussion)
Dustin Byfuglien (lower body)
Injury News To Monitor:
Jesper Bratt (foot)
Dion Phaneuf (personal)
Justin Schultz (lower body)
Auston Matthews (upper body)
Best NHL DFS Picks for December 23, 2017
NHL DFS Centers
Derick Brassard @ FLA (4.7k DraftKings, 5.3k FanDuel)
Derick Brassard will be a great pick-up for tonight because he is facing a Florida Panthers team that struggles on defense. For his part, Brassard is on fire. The Panthers are second-worst in the league in goals allowed per game at 3.50. He’s scored in two straight games and tallied three goals and two assists in the last five games. The Senators’ center has recorded three goals and one assist on the power play this year.
Leon Draisaitl vs. MTL (5.1k DraftKings, 6.4k FanDuel)
The Edmonton Oilers started off slow, but Leon Draisaitl is a major part of their turnaround. He’s tallied eight goals and 18 assists this season. Draisaitl’s produced four helpers, 14 shots on net in the last five games. He’ll be a great pickup for tonight because the Canadiens will be on the second night of a back-to-back.
Tyler Bozak @ NYR (4k DraftKings, 4.5k FanDuel)
Tyler Bozak’s been great as of late for Toronto, recording five points in the last two games. Last time against the Rangers, Bozak was able to put one past the goaltender. The eight-year vet has tallied one goal and five assists when the Maple Leafs were on the power play. He’s produced seven goals this season for Toronto.
Others to consider: Sidney Crosby, Mikko Koivu, Radek Faksa
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NHL DFS Wingers
Sebastian Aho vs. BUF (4.9k DraftKings, 5.5k FanDuel)
Sebastian Aho is a must-have in your lineup for your NHL DFS lineup because he’s been awesome for the Sabres this year. Aho’s tallied one goal and two assists against the Sabres in two contests this season. He’s totaled seven goals and 16 assists this season, plus four goals on the power play. The Sabres will be on the second night of a back-to-back and should have some tired legs.
Patric Hornqvist vs. ANA (6k DraftKings, 5.7k FanDuel)
There are some elite pests, but Patric Hornqvist ranks above the best. He makes people go crazy and produces points. Hornqvist has tallied 12 goals and 10 assists this year and has been awesome on the power play, recording seven goals and four assists. The Penguins are scoring 2.89 goals a game, but they can explode at any moment.
David Perron vs. WSH (5.2k DraftKings, 6.3k FanDuel)
The Vegas Golden Knights are the story of the NHL, and David Perron’s been racking up the points. He tallied three assists last game, and Perron’s produced seven points in the last five games. The Quebec native has seven goals and 20 helpers on the season, and six of his points have come when the Knights had the man advantage.
Others to consider: Kevin Fiala, Mark Stone, T.J. Oshie
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NHL DFS Defensemen
Jared Spurgeon @ TBL (4.5k DraftKings, 4.5k FanDuel)
Jared Spurgeon’s been quietly producing for the Minnesota Wild this year. He hasn’t tallied a point in the last five games, so he’s due for a breakout game. Spurgeon’s tallied three goals and 12 assists this season. He’s produced one goal and four assists on the power play this year. Spurgeon’s totaled 46 shots and 56 blocks on the year.
Alex Goligoski vs. PHI (3.4k DraftKings, 3.6k FanDuel)
The Arizona Coyotes are rebuilding, but Alex Goligoski has proven to be a good NHL defenseman for them. He’s tallied three goals and 12 assists this season so far. Goligoski’s dished out three helpers when the Coyotes have the man advantage. In the last five games, he’s fired eight shots on net and recorded two assists.
P.K. Subban @ DAL (5.5k DraftKings, 7.8k FanDuel)
P.K. Subban is one of the most polarizing players in the NHL, but he’s dominating right now. He’s scored three goals and dished out three assists in the last five contests. Subban is a quarterback on the power play and has produced two goals and nine assists in that spot. He’s a great pick for tonight because in two games against the Stars, Subban has a goal and an assist.
Others to consider: Tyson Barrie, Drew Doughty, Brent Burns
NHL DFS Goalies
Cam Talbot vs. MTL (7.4k DraftKings, 8.1k FanDuel)
Cam Talbot is a must-have in your DFS Saturday night lineup. He’s 5-0-0 in his last five contests and hasn’t given up more than three goals in those games. The Edmonton Oilers will be facing a Montreal team that’s on the second night of a back-to-back. Talbot is 3-0-0 in the month of December with a 2.33 goals against-average and .920 save percentage
Jonathan Quick vs SAJ (8.2K DraftKings, 9.1k FanDuel)
The two-time Vezina Trophy nominee has been awesome this year with a record of 17-8-1 with a 2.23 goals against average and a .929 save percentage. In his last five games, the 31-year-old is 3-2-0 with a .944 save percentage. Quick’s made at least 30 saves in his last two games, both resulting in a win for Kings.
Others to consider: Henrik Lundqvist, Marc-Andre Fleury, Matt Murray