DFS Sunday: Rangers and Panthers Rebound

Brad Hayward


I was asked to write a special Sunday DFS column, as it will certainly be the last day of this season with three games, and your loving Dobber editors didn't want daily bettors to wander around aimlessly. LOL. OK, to be totally fair, this is my sixth article, and my having bet on my own advice paid out three of the first five times! Not awful. 

Per my usual routine, I'll stack from one team then choose one or more "value" players, a goalkeeper who might either win, or at least face 40+ shots, and then I'll fill out the roster with a bargain.   

STACK: This isn't as hard as it seems. Take a breath. DFS Thursday writer Steve Dotzel picked them to break out just one game too early. The FLORIDA PANTHERS aren't a team that can be silenced forever, and their PP projects to look different on Sunday – Aaron Ekblad ($5300) back and Claude Giroux ($4900) on the left wall, where he's prospered his entire career. Add an underpriced Aleksander Barkov ($7500) and expect to take the "over" in this tilt, and side bet 10+ combined power plays.  

VALUE PICK: From another team that doesn't figure to be swept, the Breadman Artemi Panarin ($5900) simply must wake up his top line. Add Adam Fox ($6400), another missing-in-action man through two games, as the Rags tally twice on power plays.  

GOALIE: Mike Smith ($7600), playing at home is better than his 2-2 record (2.25 GAA), and looks to rebound from two awful 1st-period starts in Calgary. Imagine the Oilers with an actual early lead. 

FILL THE ROSTER with Ryan Nugent-Hopkins ($4400) and Darnell Nurse ($4700) from Edmonton, and NYR Alexis Lafreniere ($2900), who is way undervalued.  

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ALWAYS GIVE EXTRA OPTIONS!  So, I'm playing the lineup above, but my remorseful conscience says that changing out Barkov for Connor McDavid ($9500) and then RNH for Anton Lundell ($2700) still fits into my DraftKings format. The Battle of Alberta hasn't lacked for offense!

Games are at 1:30, 3:30, and 8:00 (Eastern), even a break in there – maybe – to grill for the family.