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NHL DFS Picks For December 18, 2021

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LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 09: Los Angeles Kings center Anze Kopitar (11) skates around Colorado Avalanche right wing Valeri Nichushkin (13) during the NHL regular season hockey game on Monday, March 9, 2020 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, Calif. (Photo by Ric Tapia/Icon Sportswire)

It feels inevitable that there will be a pause to the NHL season but that has yet to happen so we continue on for now! Keep your eyes peeled for updated info as players and staff are finding themselves in Covid protocols left and right.

One match that we will highlight for you today is the Ottawa Senators vs the Philadelphia Flyers. The Flyers will have Brian Elliot in net and that is not always a great sign. We are going to set you up with a base set of players that we have confidence in moving forward tonight but will also offer up some more expensive upgrades later. 

Here’s a sicko lineup For DFS Hockey 12/18/21 (using DraftKings Values)

CenterJ. Norris$5,800
WingD. Batherson$5,700
GoalieA. Forsberg$7,100

Anton Forsberg and the Sens may have a little break after today and we think they are going to go all out tonight in Philly. Forsberg will likely let in two but the firepower that is in front of him is better than most casual fans might realize.  

Josh Norris is a legitimate top line center and yet you never hear his name in the media. You will hear about our next two guys but he is the guy doing a lot of work to set them up. Take a peep at his goal totals and then look at how old he is. This kid has a bright future.

You can go with Brady Tkachuk but hits do not net you fantasy points and Drake Batherson is a nice discount with very similar upside. These two are crushing everything in their way right now. Give it another year or two and they will be contenders for one of the top ten lines in the entire league.

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We are not going to be upgrading Batherson for you as we think it is a terrific value. We will bump Norris up to Anze Kopitar though. He is just under a point per game right now and other than his last two games he was in a little bit of a skid. He will be getting back over that ever important measure sooner rather than later.

We are considering swapping out Forsberg for Jack Campbell as the Canucks luck has to run out at some point, right? We do not need to remind you of all the weapons trying to score in front of him but we will anyway. Auston Matthews is already a 20 goal scorer and honestly looks like a goal per game player. That is a silly stat. 

We love us some Darnell Nurse here at FantasyDFSExperts. The big man does it all. We especially like the matchup against the Seattle Kraken today. He has been taking a ton of shots and they are just not finding the back of the net. He needs to get back on the scoresheet ASAP.

Whether in search of more money for one of the elite studs or you just like him, we are staying on the Senators train. Swap out Norris for Tim Stuetzle or just add him outright. He does not have as many great wingers but he is a very skilled player who also sees power play time. Low risk, medium reward.

We have a huge block of bargain wingers to sort through today. Brock BoeserMichael BuntingJesse Puljujarvi, and Conor Garland deserve your attention. Mix and match how you see fit. They are all paired with incredible players and get to feed on that consistently. They bring a really high floor to your squad all around.

We did not expect to find ourselves in this position, but after taking a few of those wingers we found that we have enough to afford Leon Draisaitl and we will do that by also taking Tyler Myers. That is a little out of left field but he gets a couple shots a game and is one of the league’s best blockers. 

The weekend is officially here. Toss Twitter (@FantasyDFSX) on your to do list for the day. Get all the errands done so you can enjoy some sports later. Time to be productive before we chill! Let’s go.

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