DFS Picks: October 6, 2017

TOP PICKS
POS Name FanDuel $ DraftKings $
C Steven Stamkos $8400 $7500
W Nikita Kucherov $7900 $7200
W Vladislav Namestnikov $4100 $4900
D Seth Jones $4800 $5100
D Nick Leddy $4600 $4800
G Ben Bishop $8800 $8400
Tampa’s top line is simply too much… Only 23, Jones can be expected to take another big leap forward this season, and a 50+ point season would make him a top-tier fantasy rearguard on a nightly basis… Running the point on a power play featuring John Tavares should mean more strong production from Leddy; he won’t get much competition for time on the first power-play unit… In a world where Roberto Luongo costs $8500 (FanDuel) to get pelted by the Stars, Bishop is a veritable bargain at $8800.
VALUE PICKS
POS Name FanDuel $ DraftKings $
C Mathew Barzal $5600 $5100
W Yanni Gourde $3000 $3500
W Sonny Milano $3300 $4300
D Jack Johnson $3900 $3600
D Mikhail Sergachev $3500 $3200
G Thomas Greiss $8000 $7200
Speed kills. Look for Barzal to be difficult to contain… Gourde is an exciting part of Tampa’s underrated third line… Top-line winger Milano has been clicking with Nick Foligno and Oliver Bjorkstrand… It will be sink or swim for Sergachev on the Lightning blue line, and he’s likely going to plenty of opportunities to show his potential during a nine-game “tryout” that will determine whether or not he’s sent back to juniors to play for the Windsor Spitfires… There aren’t any bargains to be had in goal – at least not at tonight – but Greiss could be a solid play going against the Blue Jackets’ mix-and-match offense.
RISKY PICKS
POS Name FanDuel $ DraftKings $
C Aleksander Barkov $6700 $6200
W Jordan Eberle $6300 $5800
W Artemi Panarin $6900 $7000
D Victor Hedman $6400 $5800
D Keith Yandle $5400 $4500
G Roberto Luongo $8500 $7000
Avoid Barkov when you can have Stamkos or Tavares instead… Will Eberle and Panarin both have flat debuts?… The risk with Hedman isn’t his ability but his price; if last season’s 72-point performance was an aberration and he reverts back to the 50-point range, it will take awhile for his DFS price to reflect his true value… Yandle’s PPG averages have been dropping steadily, and his plus/minus rating could soon evoke memories of his time in Phoenix (-55 combined in 2013-14 and 2014-15)… Luongo is a very risky (and expensive) play on the road against the potent Tampa offense.