Saturday Night Special – Daily Fantasy Picks – December 23

Chris Wassel


Top Budget Plays



Kevin Hayes $3400 – The center is a decent play at the least. However, playing against the Toronto team where Toronto depth match-ups which are below Corsi relative, he is going to get decent opportunities. New York will not be that heavily favored, but Hayes again makes a good punt play. Most forget he has been better of late while hitting or exceeding value in four of his last five outings. He has points in that time span as well.




Tyler Ennis $3100 – Keep in mind that this hinges on Nino Niederreiter being out on Saturday. He was injured either blocking a shot or falling awkwardly on Friday night against Florida. Ennis was the forward moved up into the top-six in his place. He figures to be that guy on Saturday and would be a nice GPP punt play. There are several options including Anthony Duclair, Loui Eriksson, and Kevin Labanc. Labanc has found his way into good power play time and has been a spark to San Jose’s special teams.





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 11% at home). It is a night where taking advantage of match-ups is vital. One of the Arizona defensemen could be a play because of low price or even New Jersey’s.




Mike Condon $7100 – This is a dangerous GPP play but this is an Ottawa team that allows lots of shots on net (more than 34 per 60 overall). The Senators have been a sieve defensively and Condon has been subpar all year. Something has been off with both goalies. However, the price is low enough to try and risk this because of high save potential. The expectation is to again 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. Cam Talbot