Anything can happen tonight in fantasy DFS hockey with two round robin games, two play-in series tied and a team on the verge of being eliminated. Can the Jets keep their high hopes alive? Will Columbus fire a cannonball through the Maple Leaf? We saw today, the Coyotes tear apart the Predators. Did you stick to our advice and go with Taylor Hall? He had a big day with a goal and an assist. Together with Phil Kessel and Christian Dvorak, that line put up two goals and two assists for DFS gold. Clayton Keller may have moved off the line but if you stuck with us he scored a goal on his own and it was a beautiful one. Stay tuned to see who we are putting our money on to advance to the next round.
For our free sleeper tonight, look no further than Philadelphia Flyers second line center, Kevin Hayes ($4,700). When the Flyers beat the Boston Bruins on Sunday, it was their depth that scored all the points. Sure, you could pay out for Flyers’ first line center Sean Couturier ($6,100) but take that savings and use it towards one of our other rising stars who you can find behind the paywall ($14.95 per week is our entry level fee).
Center DFS Picks For August 6, 2020
One more center for you tonight. Joel Erikkson Ek ($3,900) of the Minnesota Wild has been looking great. Specifically, watch him on the penalty kill. He is tenacious and never gives up. Nobody is going to predict that he is going to score a shorthanded goal but he is looking to make his mark on these playoffs and help get his team past the favored Vancouver Canucks. You’ve gotta love the upside on Ek at $3,900.
Winger DFS Picks For August 6, 2020
The stoppage of play in March may have benefitted no one more than Vladimir Tarasenko ($6,100). He suffered a shoulder injury last October and has had almost a full year to recover. One of the St. Louis Blues most formidable weapons, expect him to show why he deserves top line and top power play time with the leagues reigning champions. He’s somewhat pricey at $6,100 but then again, compare his goal output to others and then consider price.
Looking for another right wing goal scorer? He may be second line at even strength but the Columbus Blue Jackets trust Oliver Bjorkstrand ($6,300) on their top power play line. The young gun scored 20 goals in a shortened season and is hoping to put some more on his playoff resume. We are putting our trust in him too.
Defencemen DFS Picks For August 6, 2020
Continuing with who you want when a team has more men on the ice than the other, Neal Pionk ($4,800) has picked up where old stalwart Dustin Byfuglien left off. He put 25 pucks behind defending teams goalies in the regular season. The Calgary Flames have a couple instigators like Matthew Tkachuk on their side who are likely to warm up the penalty box at some point. Be ready to take that opportunity. Price-wise he falls in right in the middle of where good D-men tend to come in at so he’s not an extravagance tonight and he’s been over-performing all year in DFS.
For the last defender of the day, it does not matter what ratio of players are out there. Alex Pietrangelo ($6,300) is the captain of the St. Louis Blues and you can count on him to lead the charge and leave everything out there. Coach Craig Berube puts Pietrangelo out for over 21 minutes a game. Expect him to use every second to try and win. If you go with somebody like Pionk, you’ve hopefully got the budget to splurge on Pietrangelo at $6,300 because he’s just that good.
Goaltending DFS Picks For August 6, 2020
The goalie that we are feeling tonight is Leaf’s netminder Freddie Andersen ($8,100). He is consistently a top five goalie in the league but somehow flies under the radar because he does not get nominated for the Vezina behind the likes of Connor Helleybuyck and Andre Vasilevsky. He is more than capable by himself and has an all-star cast in front of him who will light the lamp the other way.
DFS Hockey Picks To Avoid For August 6, 2020
I propose to avoid the entire Vegas Golden Knights team tonight. Going up against Jordan Binnington with some injured stars and putting Lehner in net behind them does not have me opening my wallet. Robin Lehner is a solid goalie and did well for the Islanders last year but does the 35 year old still have what it takes in the playoffs? Take the risk if you want, it could pay off big but I am waiting a little longer on them to prove themselves before I am all in.
There you have it, folks. Get your picks in, turn the tv on and let the boys on the ice do the rest. See you tomorrow.
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