Single Game Strategy | Wednesday 5.16.2018 | FanDuel NHL

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The Western Conference Finals are headed back to Las Vegas with the series tied up at one game apiece. Vegas has been dominant at home, but Winnipeg has been equally dominant on the road throughout the playoffs. Both teams have lethal top lines that can easily score multiple goals in any given game. It is from these lines that we will establish a pool to draw our 6 players from for tonight’s Single Game action on FanDuel.

Without any further ado, let’s dive right in!

Top Tier Studs

Jonathan Marchessault | Vegas Golden Knights | $10,800 (Captain)

Marchessault has been on a mission to prove to the league (and especially the Florida Panthers) that they made a major boo-boo by letting him walk in the expansion draft. JM has averaged an absolutely savage 25 FD PPG over his last four games, with four goals and 3 assists during that span. Marchessault shares top line duties with William Karlsson and Reilly Smith, and also gets plenty of opportunity on the Knights 1st Power Play unit with those same two guys (don’t be afraid to stack here). With a home game tonight, and Vegas favored to win at (-140), I’m all over Marchy tonight.

The Quebec native has 6 playoff goals to this point

Blake Wheeler | Winnipeg Jets | $11,200

Wheels has really found himself since beginning his tenure as Captain of the Winnipeg Jets. As the top offensive player on a quality team like the Jets (and maybe on the slate), Wheeler will always be involved in scoring situations (PP1), and also get heavy minutes on the Jets top line. You could go Schiefele here as well ($11,500), but due to the savings and similar talent, I’m looking for another 25+ point night from #26.

Bargain Hunting

Kyle Connor | Winnipeg Jets | $8,400

How is Connor’s price sub $8.5k? I can’t really make sense of it, but hey, its fine by me! Connor made his presence felt again on Monday night scoring the Jets only goal on the power play in Winnipeg’s 3-1 loss to the Knights. The Jets top line winger (and PP2 winger) has scored 19+ FDP in 3 of his last 5 contests, and is clearly a candidate to do so again tonight at a very amicable price. Connor’s tag will probably stay this cheap for the remainder of the Stanley Cup playoffs, and I for one, will make sure to pencil him in at every opportunity.

Connor Scored Winnipeg’s Only Goal in Game 2

Reilly Smith | Vegas Golden Knights | $9,700

Reilly Smith has been a part of the action all season for Vegas. The Knights right winger has amassed least 16 FDP in 5 of his last 8 games, and will share first line duties with William Karlsson and Jonathan Marchessault at even strength and on the power play. In a game where Vegas has to defend home ice, give me some more of that Golden Knight first line.

Defenders

Nate Schmidt | Vegas Golden Knights | $7,600

Today is just another day where I wish I could afford Dustin Byfuglien. But since there just isn’t enough money to pay up for defense in these single game slates, give me more VGK1 and the offensive minded defenseman, Nate Schmidt. Schmiddy gets power play time and has proven on several occasions that he can contribute on both sides of the ice with shots on goal (SOG) and blocked shots (BS). At $7,600 the juice is definitely worth the squeeze.

Schmidt possesses major upside with two 26+ FDP performances in the playoffs

Tyler Myers | Winnipeg Jets | $7,200

Myers and Schmidt together constitute our two cheap plays for the day. Both of these guys will see power play time, so we can have our share of upside to go with our studs at the top of the roster. Standing at 6’8″, Myers has a wicked shot, so lets just hope he can get it on net and perhaps use some of his huge frame to deflect some Vegas attempts and get us the 10 points we need to feel good about our choice.

David Meyer is our resident FanDuel NHL expert. Despite providing his own opinions and advice, David nor the DailyPlayAction are responsible for losses accrued by DPA members. Additionally, please always remember to check the starting lines and the starting goalie prior to locking in your players.