Before getting into my DFS suggestions for today, I wanted to share my thoughts on the tragic passing of Kobe Bryant. There are few things in life that bring me more joy than sports, although Sunday certainly wasn't one of those days. While I obviously didn't know Kobe Bryant personally, there were many times when I was Kobe hitting a game-winning shot alone in my driveway. Other times I was using Kobe in a video game to lead the Lakers to another title. And when I wasn't doing either of those, I was watching SportsCenter for the fourth time in a row to catch Kobe's highlights from the night before. Lakers fan or not, which I wasn't, I'm sure many of you did the same things. And it's partly because of these memories that this news was so sad for me. Not the type of sadness from the loss of my own family member or friend, but more like the loss of a piece of my childhood. My thoughts are with Kobe's family along with the families of all the other victims from Sunday.
As for hockey, I hope everyone enjoyed some time off with the All-Star break. With many teams having been off for ten days, there hasn’t been much but a few games per day for about two weeks. I am looking forward to Saturday as nearly all teams are back in action. The main slate starting at 7 p.m. EST has 11 games so there will be no shortage of options. All players and prices used are from DraftKings but can be applied to FanDuel as well.
C – Auston Matthews ($8,300)
It may seem like a broken record, seeing Matthews listed here nearly every week, but passing him over in a home matchup against Ottawa would seem downright foolish. Over the past two months, Ottawa is allowing 3.9 goals per game on the road and the home/road splits for Matthews are impressive to say the least. At home this season Matthews has scored 27 of his 36 goals while averaging 4.64 shots per game and 21.5 DraftKings points. In 25 home games Matthews has only failed to reach double digit DraftKings points twice and has scored at least 14 points in every game dating back to December 4. Ottawa has a quick turnaround after playing Friday night so Matthews and his teammates are primed for a big night.
Stacking Options: Mitch Marner ($7,700), Zach Hyman ($5,500)