Daily Fantasy Saturday: Malkin a High-Level Option

Stephen Dotzel


A ten-game slate is on tap for Saturday and while fantasy will be my main focus, there are surely some great real-life matchups out there as well with six games featuring both teams currently in a playoff spot. The benefit to us with so many perceived close matchups is that ownership for tournaments should be low across the board. Outside of Ovechkin, which I’ll touch on below, I don’t perceive any line to be much more than 10% owned. That means if you could find the right spot you can really separate yourself from the field. The main slate starts at 7 p.m. EST and all players and prices used are from DraftKings but can be applied to FanDuel as well.

C – Evgeni Malkin ($7,700)

The Penguins are in the midst of a tough three game road stretch against Washington, Tampa Bay, and Florida – all of which are currently in playoff positions. They’ve split the first two games but will look to take two of the three against a Florida team who is coming off a 7-2 loss on Thursday. Despite Sidney Crosby being back in the lineup for a few weeks now, Malkin continues to produce at a high level. In 11 games since January 7, Malkin has put up 17 points (6g-11a) and has averaged 15 DraftKings points per game. Florida isn’t known for their defense as they rank in the bottom third of the league in both shots and goals allowed per game. The chances will be there for Malkin and the Penguins and we’ve recently seen what could happen when Florida doesn’t get top-notch goaltending.

Stacking Options: Bryan Rust ($6,900), Patric Hornqvist ($5,800)

C – Elias Pettersson ($6,600)

Vancouver has some pretty drastic home/road splits and their scoring reflects that. On the road the team is just 13-15-2 and average 2.83 goals per game. However, at home, where they find themselves Saturday, the Canucks are 17-5-3 and average 3.64 goals per game. Pettersson missed Thursday’s game, so be sure to verify he is in the lineup Saturday, but reports from the team’s bea