December 31, 2017 NHL DFS Lineup Picks for DraftKings & FanDuel
For the 12/31 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. You can also use these as you consider plays 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.
12/31/17 NHL DFS Tournaments:
DraftKings Sniper $3 buy-in, $5k Guaranteed
DraftKings Two-Man Advantage: $8 buy-in, $20k Guaranteed
DraftKings Line Change: $33 buy-in, $8k Guaranteed
FanDuel Breakaway: $3 buy-in, $17k Guaranteed
FanDuel Goal: $25 buy-in, $6k Guaranteed
FanDuel Save: $1 buy-in, $2K Guaranteed
Players Ruled Out:
Mark Scheifele (shoulder)
Martin Hanzal (undisclosed)
Corey Crawford (upper body)
Injury News To Monitor:
Logan Couture (concussion)
Matt Murray (upper body)
Marc Methot (knee)
Anthony Mantha (groin)
Best NHL DFS Picks for December 31, 2017
NHL DFS Centers
Sean Monahan vs. CHI (6.1k DraftKings, 7.3k FanDuel)
Sean Monahan’s salary has dipped a bit due to his recent struggles so he could be the perfect pickup for this New Years Eve matchup. Monahan leads the Calgary Flames with 17 goals and he’s sniped seven of them on the powerplay. He’s dished out two assists and has fired nine shots on net in the last five games. Monahan’s potted six game-winning goals.
J.T Compher vs. NYI (3.9k DraftKings, 3.8k FanDuel)
One shot. That’s all that J.T. Compher needed to tally a goal against the Toronto Maple Leafs last game. He’s collected three points in the last five contests. Compher’s been great on special teams, recording three powerplay goals and two shorthanded snipes. Four of his seven goals have come in the month of December. He is a very cheap addition for your lineup as well.
Joe Thornton @ DAL (4.9k DraftKings, 4.9k FanDuel)
Jumbo Joe leads the San Jose Sharks in points with seven goals and 19 assists. He’s recorded five goals and nine helpers when the Sharks had the man advantage. Joe Thornton’s collected four points in the last three games. Three of his seven goals have come away from the Shark Tank. Thornton is on the first line and is on the first powerplay unit.
Others to consider: Blake Wheeler, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Frans Nielsen
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NHL DFS Wingers
Milan Lucic vs. WIN (5.2k DraftKings, 6.3k FanDuel)
Milan Lucic gets the garbage goals and he’s a great bargain addition to your DFS squad. He’s produced three goals and three assists on the powerplay this season. He’s tallied one goal, one helper and fourteen shots in the last four games. The Jets have some injury problems, so Lucic should be able to take advantage. Lucic has tallied five goals in the month of December.
Gustav Nyquist vs. PIT (4.6k DraftKings, 4.6k FanDuel)
The Pittsburgh Penguins seem to have a revolving door in the crease and Gustav Nyquist should be able to take advantage. The Red Wings winger is on the first line and he’s potted 10 goals this season. He’s tallied two goals and one assist in the last five games. Nyquist will be a cheap add and always as the potential to explode for a big game. New Years Eve could be the night for #14.
Devin Shore vs. SAJ (3.6k DraftKings, 3.6k FanDuel)
Anytime you play with Jaime Benn and Tyler Seguin you always have the potential to put up points. Shore is on the first line and will see some time on the powerplay. He has a very affordable salary which will allow you to start a star center or goalie. The Ontario native has potted two of his three goals at home this season.
Others to consider: Gabriel Landeskog, Brandon Saad, Jordan Eberle
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NHL DFS Defensemen
Duncan Keith @ CGY (5.1k DraftKings, 5.2k FanDuel)
Duncan Keith hasn’t scored a goal this year but he’s recorded 19 assists. Keith’s collected four helpers in the last five games. The Olympian has dished out six assists on the powerplay and two of them have come on the PP in the last two contests. Keith’s produced 11 of his helpers on the road. He’s fired 14 shots on net in the last five games.
Tyler Myers @ EDM (4.5k DraftKings, 4.5k FanDuel)
Dustin Byfuglien went down with an injury and Tyler Myer’s ice time has seen an increase i ice time. He’s potted three goals on the powerplay and even has a shorthanded goal on his resume. Myers’ has sniped five goals this year and dished out 14 helpers this season. The 27-year-old has tallied three multi-point games this year. Myers has recorded two game-winning goal this year.
Olli Maatta @ DET (4.2k DraftKings, 3.9k FanDuel)
The Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman are riddled with injury and Olli Matta should get more powerplay time and ice time. He’s potted three goals and 12 assists this year. He’s dished out four assists on the powerplay this season. The Penguins are going to rely on Maatta to solidify their back-end.
Others to consider: Mike Green, Mark Giordano, Erik Johnson
NHL DFS Goalies
Matt Murray vs. DET (8.4k DraftKings, 8.8k FanDuel)
Matt Murray is back between the pipes for the Pittsburgh Penguins. He’s 14-10-1 in the last five contests and a 2.94 goals against average. He’s 3-2-0- in the last five contests and has made over 29 saves in the three of those games. Murray hasn’t squared off with the Red Wings yet but Detroit has struggled only winning 14 games this year.
Mike Smith vs. CHI (8.1K DraftKings, 7.8k FanDuel)
Mike Smith has struggled in the month of December but some New Years Eve hockey could be the cure. Smith’s collected 14 wins this year and two of them have been shutouts. He’s produced a 2.56 GAA and a .920 save percentage. In the last five games, he hasn’t given up more than three goals and made 40 saves in one of those contests.
Others to Consider: Martin Jones, Jaroslav Halak, Cam Talbot