Fake Hockey Fans, here is a look at three tiers of value plays for tonight’s Daily Joust action. We’ll be having another $1 Daily Joust tournament on Thursday, so make sure to get signed up, practice up, and give yourself a chance to take home a title and some cash on Thursday.
Yard Sale Priced
C – Charlie Coyle – 45k: The former Sahrks 1st Rounder was the key returning piece in the Brent Burns deal, and has been seeing time on the top line with Koivu and Parise. That is good enough for value for the lowest price tag available.
C – Leo Komarov – 64k: There is a lot to like about the rookie’s game, and the result is skating alongside Grabovski and Kulemin on the Leafs checking line. Komarov likely isn’t going to bulge the twine, but with his feisty physical play he produces fantasy points regardless.
LW – Simon Gagne – 64k: The veteran scorer’s best years are in the rear-view mirror no doubt, but he has been lining up with Kopitar and Brown of late. Throw in his near 8 fantasy points per game average over his past 7 games and you’ve got yourself some good value.
LW – Raffi Torres – 54k: The ultra pest is back in the lineup. With Torres’ tendencies to head to the penalty box, throw a few body checks and sacrifice his body by blocking shots he can rack up fantasy points quickly and averages 7.5 on the season.
RW – Kyle Okposo – 60k: It hasn’t been a noteworthy start to the season for the Islanders’ winger, but there is no questioning his talent. The Islanders have juggled up their lines a bit, and perhaps the shakeup might help Okposo kick his slump.
D – Zbynek Machalek – 69k: He doesn’t post many points, but the counting stats build up quick. The rearguard hits, blocks a ton of shots (8 yesterday), takes his fair share of penalties and gets pucks on net. He turns out star defense numbers any time he registers a point.
D – Jonas Brdin – 45k: The Wild will look to build on their OT win Saturday by heading into Calgary and the rookie is due. He skates on the top defense pairing with Ryan Suter and sees PP time, that opportunity alone is worth the price tag.
Clearance Rack Discounts
C – Brad Boyes – 82k: Former 40 goal scorers don’t usually find themselves in this price range, but Boyes’ offensive production has dropped considerably in recent years. However, the chance to flank John Tavares certainly increases his value.
C – Tyler Bozak – 90k: Centering the Leafs top line has helped Bozak post back to back impressive fantasy games, and he is an offensive catalyst between van Riemsdyk and Kessel. Look for the trio to keep it going, and the lowest priced Bozak to keep up the production.
LW – Shane Doan – 94k: Captain Coyote does 2 things really well, fire the puck and throw the body. When Doan scores or gets himself in penalty trouble, and he does both frequently, he is a fantasy star. Look for him to kick his funk tonight.
LW – Josh Bailey – 80k: Fresh back from injury, Bailey fired 7 shots on goal Saturday, and with 4 years in the NHL already and only 23, Bailey could breakthrough in a big way. Bailey might have to work his way up the depth chart a bit, but his 7 shots are an indication he is healthy and able.
RW – Martin Havlat – 76k: With a single point in his last 7 games, Havlat, like the rest of the Sharks is stuck in a funk. Look for them all to get it going against the Jackets, who are on the wrong end of a back to back. Havlat has excellent value at this price.
RW- Jakub Voracek – 87k: With points in 4 straight, and 46 fantasy points in those contests, Voracek has kicked his slump. He is talented and eats up important minutes for the Flyers. Although not as cheap as a week ago, he should still out perform his price tag.
D – Cody Franson – 80k: Averaging just under 9.5 fantasy points over his last 7 games, Franson is climbing up the Leafs depth chart. He has seen time on the Leafs top PP unit and has registered a point in 3 straight, and he isn’t afraid to throw a hit or block a shot.
D – Brent Burns – 78k: A converted forward, Burns has high offensive upside, and always plays a physical game. The 7 year veteran, is just returning from an injury and has exceptional value at his current price, which will rise rapidly as he gets more games in.
C – Joe Thornton – 134k & Patrick Marleau – 139k: The Sharks get the Blue Jackets on the right side of a back to back, and just when Pat and Joe return to a reasonable price. The duo has essentially hit a wall offensively, but the cure should be their matchup tonight.
C – Anze Kopitar – 120k: Kopitar hasn’t flown out of the gates, but he has been fairly consistent, and with the Blues giving up goals in bunches the price tag is right now the Kings’ star center. He pads his point totals with an all around game too, so he is safer than some.
LW – James van Riemdsyk – 122k: The Leafs brought in JVR this off season to bulk up their forwards, and the former Flyer is red hot since landing on the top line with Bozak and Kessel. It has been a nice run for van Riemdsyk, who has averaged just under 13 fantasy points a game over his past 10 contests.
LW – Zach Parise – 143k: Without a point in 2 straight, Parise has still managed to post 22 fantasy points in that stretch, which shows just how good he is. It is unlikely he posts a 3rd pointless game, and there is nothing scary about the matchup.
RW – Claude Giroux – 108k: The price keeps dropping for the superstar who pushed for the Art Ross last season, and Giroux is overdue for a huge game. Giroux averaged almost twice as many fantasy points last season, compared to this season’s average, so he is a great buy low candidate.
RW – Chris Stewart – 102k: Coming off of a huge 3 point game, look for Stewart to keep the momentum going as he tries to get back to his power forward self. He has been good for 10 fantasy points a game on the season, and already has 5 goals, so his price might still be a little low.
D – Dan Boyle – 107k: Like all the above mentioned Sharks, Boyle has slowed down, but he is a huge part of their offense and again, due for a big game as well. Boyle can be risky because he doesn’t hit much, or block many shots, but he gets the puck on net and is capable of putting up a multi-point game every night.
D – Dion Phaneuf – 108k: When Phaneuf registers a point he is a fantasy star, because of all the other categories he contributes in. The Leafs’ Captain logs big minutes, throws all kinds of pucks on net, his own body on opponents and travels to the penalty box frequently.