Saturday Night Special: Daily Fantasy Picks December 16

Chris Wassel

2017-12-16

Penguins players are worth loading up on for Saturday's action because of a match against Arizona.

Top Budget Plays

Centers

Victor Rask $3400 – The center is a decent play at the least. However, playing against the Columbus Blue Jackets may set up very good as the center will draw depth Columbus match-ups which are below Corsi relative. He is going to get decent opportunities. Columbus will still be heavily favored, but Rask again makes a contrarian punt play. Most forget he has been better of late while hitting or exceeding value in four of his last five outings.

Wingers

Jakub Vrana $3500 – Keep in mind that Vrana is taking full advantage of the increased opportunities due to his above-average shot. He has two goals in the last two games which brought him up to ten on the season. The forward is on pace for 25+ goals. Washington has a good match-up against an Anaheim team that gives up ample opportunities and allows the seventh most points to wingers. Vrana gets top six ice time and now is on the second power play unit. His price along with Chiasson is rather good value.

Defensemen

Markus Nutivaara $3000 –There may be better plays like David Savard even, but Nutivaara could be a nice punt play for a very low price. His floor may be low (shots and blocked shots combined). Risk always exists with value plays, but Columbus has potential even on the man advantage despite their woeful early season performance (around 10% on the road). It is a night where taking advantage of match-ups is vital.

Goalies

Craig Anderson $7500 – This is a dangerous GPP play, but this is an Ottawa team that allows lots of shots on net (more than 32 per 60 overall). The Senators have been a sieve defensively and Anderson has been subpar all year. Something has been off. However, the last two starts have been better for the Ottawa goalie and he has outdoor game experience. The expectation is to see a few more shots on goal from each side. There may be some sloppiness. It is risky but could be a decent value play on Saturday.                           

Since we saved some money on the budget plays let’s look at the few of the pricey options that are worth paying up for today.

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