Top Budget Plays
Riley Nash $3400 – The center is a decent play at the least. However, playing against Carolina and their improving penalty kill is not the most optimal on the surface. At the same time, Nash has points in four of his last six games. It is sometimes tough to say “chase the points” but the forward is playing well. His shot output is a bit erratic at times but with Danton Heinen and David Backes pacing the line, Nash is enjoying the ride. Points are needed to hit value.
Anthony Duclair $3100 – This is one of the riskiest plays all year. No one is saying this will work perfectly but Duclair wants out of Arizona but will have to show he can play to get his wish. He did score in his last game, but his shot output is still troublesome. Too many games where he is just does not get quality shots on net. When one sees a lot of 0s, 1s, and 2s, that is ominous. Hopefully, the speed he has shown in flashes lately is seen again.
Patrik Nemeth $3500 –There may be better plays like Jaccob Slavin or Cody Ceci even, but Nemeth could be a nice punt play for a low price. His floor is high (shots and blocked shots combined). Risk always exists with value plays, but Minnesota has been shooting more of late and Colorado will give up opportunities as good as they get. Nemeth is blocks machine in particular averaging 5+ blocks over the last seven contests.
Antti Raanta $7000 – This is a dangerous GPP play but this is an Arizona team that allows lots of shots on net (more than 34 per 60 overall). The goalie has played well for the most part this year and faces his former team for the first time. His .915 save percentage on the Coyotes is average adjusted to around a .923 anywhere else. The New York Rangers have problems generating shots at times but again Arizona is so accommodating at home.
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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