Daily Fantasy Saturday: Norris Inexpensive And Has Opportunity
The dust has finally settled from a trade deadline that saw several contenders attempt to bolster their rosters for the final few weeks of the season and a run at the Stanley Cup. One of the consequences of these deals is the impact they have on fantasy as we wait to see where players fit and how they perform in their new roles. While it will likely take a few weeks to get a real idea of how these moves will work out, we don't have that luxury in daily fantasy and have to use recent news and small samples to make decisions. This will be on display with a few of the suggestions below. There is an eight-game slate on tap for Saturday with games starting at 7 p.m. EST. All players and prices used are from DraftKings but can be applied to Fanduel as well.
C – Auston Matthews ($8,100)
Of the standout options at center on the slate – Matthews, MacKinnon, and the Edmonton duo of McDavid and Draisaitl – Matthews is the preferred option in cash games. His home exploits have been well documented in this column over the course of the year, and his 30 goals on home ice lead the NHL. In 13 games there in 2020 Matthews has 16 points and averages 5.5 shots per game. Put these together and you get an average DraftKings performance of 21.6 points. This game figures to be played at a high place as Toronto has seen 24 goals scored in their past three games while Vancouver has seen 26. Vegas lists this game with the highest total on the slate and you could see why. There should be plenty of opportunities to put the puck in the back of the net and nobody can do that better at Scotiabank Arena than Matthews.
C – Josh Norris ($3,400)
If you're not familiar with Josh Norris, you can check out his Dobber Prospects page. The young center has been tearing up the AHL and with Ottawa trading Jean-Gabriel Pageau to the Islanders, Norris may get to stick with the Senators for the remainder of the season. He has slotted in on the team's top line alongside Brady Tkachuk and Bobby Ryan as well as the top power-play unit. Norris has yet to record a point in two games but with 58 points in Belleville in just 52 games, it should only be a matter of time for him to get on the scoresheet. The good news for Norris is that Ottawa takes on the lowly Detroit Red Wings Saturday night, so he may very well feel like he's back in the AHL. DraftKings has Norris priced like a third- or fourth- line center at just $3,400 but this mix of talent, opportunity, and price is too good to pass up.
W – J.T. Miller ($5,600)
As previously mentioned, the Vancouver at Toronto game sets up as a scoring bonanza given the way each of these teams have been playing as of late, so the Vancouver side also needs some love. After all, they did just hang a nine spot on Boston last Saturday. Since acquiring Tyler Toffoli last week, Vancouver has scored 18 goals in four games. The line of Elias Pettersson, Toffoli, and Miller have accounted for eight of those and makes for a great stack for tournaments with a majority of the ownership likely falling on the Toronto side. If singling out one player, while the new addition of Toffoli has taken the headlines, Miller has continued his great play and has eight points in those four games compared to Toffoli's six and now has a significantly cheaper price tag than Toffoli. Miller has averaged north of 20 DraftKings points in this stretch and has a very good chance to reach that number again tonight.
W – Taylor Hall ($6,600)
It is now or never for the Arizona Coyotes as they continue their descent down the Pacific Division standings and now find themselves on the outside of the playoffs looking in. In a game the team must win, expect a full effort from the Coyotes Saturday night. While the offense continues to be a problem and pretty much eliminates all forwards from cash consideration, taking a chance on someone like Hall in tournaments could be a worthy gamble. Ownership should be low and Hall has 30 DraftKings points upside as he has shown multiple times this season. Since the calendar turned to 2020 Hall has 21 points in 24 games and his salary, which was as high as $8,000 earlier this month, has come down to a more reasonable range. This makes him and his linemates very affordable to stack or plug in as one-offs.
W – Andreas Athanasiou ($4,900)
After being traded from Detroit at the deadline, Athanasiou went on to score a goal and add an assist in his Edmonton debut Tuesday night. He departed Wednesday's game early due to a lower-body injury but reports out of practice Friday are that he is good to go for Saturday's game against Winnipeg. It has been a season to forget to this point for Athanasiou who after a breakout 30 goal season last year, was only able to tally nine this year before being shipped to the Oilers. However, most are familiar with the current state of Detroit so a change of scenery, and skating alongside Connor McDavid, could be exactly what Athanasiou needs to recapture the scoring touch from a year ago. With a role on the second power play unit in addition to his new center in McDavid, there is too much potential here to ignore for under $5K.
D – Ryan Ellis ($5,500)
Since returning from an injury sustained at the New Year's Day Winter Classic, Ellis has recorded a goal and five assists in four games while adding 13 shots and six blocks. Altogether, Ellis has averaged more than 17 DraftKings points across the four contests in helping Nashville to three straight wins. Two of those points came on the power play where Ellis skates with the second unit. His teammate Roman Josi is typically the top play at the position but Ellis can be had at a $1,700 price discount and has out-produced Josi since his return.
Goalies (Be sure to confirm goalies at Goalie Post before rostering)
Darcy Kuemper ($8,100)
Tristan Jarry ($8,000)
Jordan Binnington ($8,300)
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