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NHL DFS Picks For November 17, 2021

Alex Ovechkin DFS
PITTSBURGH, PA - MARCH 07: Washington Capitals Left Wing Alex Ovechkin (8) celebrates with the bench after Washington Capitals Right Wing T.J. Oshie (77) (not pictured) scored a goal during the third period in the NHL game between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Washington Capitals on March 7, 2020, at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, PA. (Photo by Jeanine Leech/Icon Sportswire)

Our $2,500 pick yesterday only got one shot on goal. We are not taking that as a bad thing though because in his NHL debut, this defenseman played over 18 minutes and almost three of them were on the power play. That is right, not the penalty kill, the power play. “Expect the Blues to give him his chances to shine.” When we are right, we are right. Figure out who it is if you would like or just subscribe and find out when we pick him again next game!

We are starting with the Colorado Avalanche’s lethal matchup against the Vancouver Canucks. The Canucks are tumbling down the standings and they face a surging Avalanche that put up 13 goals in the last two games and that was without Nathan MacKinnon. Other injuries have led to some weird lines, but we have you covered. This will be a fun one.

Here’s a stormy lineup For DFS Hockey 11/17/21 (using DraftKings Values)

CenterM. Rantanen$8,300
WingL. O’Connor$3,900
GoalieD. Kuemper$8,100

Mikko Rantanen is usually a right winger. With the injuries to MacKinnon and more recently J.T. Compher, the Avs have decided to slide Mikko into the center slot. He still gets to play with Landeskog who is elite in his own right. If we could afford both we would but instead we are going after…

Logan O’Connor. We honestly are not even sure who this guy is, but he has two goals in his last two games and is on the same line as those other two legends we just mentioned. What an opportunity. In our quick research, this dude was undrafted but caught the attention of Colorado brass while playing for the University of Denver. Keep it up, kid.

Darcy Kuemper had his fortunes change greatly in the offseason when he was unloaded from the Arizona Coyotes. He kept that team afloat and now has killer weapons to protect him. Do not worry about the mediocre record so far, they are figuring their stuff out. Sidenote: We have been light on extra goalie info recently, but will be getting you more options tomorrow when we get back to the full slate of games. 

Here Is What You Get If You Sign Up For $99 For Six Months
• Another $2,500 pick, but this guy is a veteran with rising time on ice
• Take two of these three defensive picks and you will have a sick foundation for your team
• We have highlighted some guys who are way below career shooting percentage and should be opening up the floodgates soon 

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We will get to the cheap dude who affords you this monster of a man, but boy are we happy to take the Russian machine that never breaks. Alexander Ovechkin is still on another level when it comes to goal scoring. Sure, Leon Draisaitl is somehow another tier above that, but Ovi is lighting the lamp on a nearly nightly basis. Full steam ahead for the Capitals captain.

Our daily defense deal is best two of three. We will start with the biggest risk. Quinn Hughes is still pushing nearly a point per game on a garbage team. Most of them are assists which is why you may not have noticed him yet this season but he is out there continuing to be productive. Devon Toews is finally back from IR and has gone bananas immediately. We stashed him in one of our fantasy leagues this year and it was well worth the wait and the IR spot. Dmitry Orlov is not someone you take because you expect them to end up on the scoresheet that night. He does get a consistent number of blocks and gets at least a shot a game. Occasionally that shot turns into a rebound and an assist! 

We have always maintained that the mainstream hockey media has been way too nice to the Seattle Kraken’s front office and their management of the expansion draft and free agency period after. That said, they do have some nice pieces here and there and they should not be completely avoided. Check out Alex Wennberg and Ryan Donato. Donato is the budget man of the day. His time on ice is going up and he is getting shots. This is not a fourth line of grinders, this is a skilled set of players, two of whom are now second power play. Wennberg on the other hand is the top line center and primary pivot on power play one and may or may not be on a five game point streak. 

You have one more choice to make tonight for your utility spot. Are you considering Dustin Brownand Dominik Kubalik? Brown is averaging over three shots per game and his shooting percentage is way below his average. That is unsustainable in the best sort of way. Expect goals to start coming his way. Kubalik is also a goal scorer and his line with Toews and Khaira have been heating up recently. Kubaliks percentage is also lower than it should be, so expect that to right itself sooner rather than later.

Happy hump day. The good times keep rolling and an amazing season of hockey continues to bring us all the joy. So many storylines, so many pure moments. If we have updates, we post them on Twitter (@FantasyDFSX). Catch you on the flip side.

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