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Friday 24th Mar 2017

With eleven games on the slate for tonight, the NHL saw fit to give us some heavyweight matchups with Columbus heading into Washington to face the Capitals in this Metro Division battle, while a struggling Lightning team is up in Boston to fight for their dwindling playoff lives after dropping three in a row, the same as Boston. The second place Penguins are in Ottawa, and red hot Calgary is headed to Nashville for a game with big playoff implications, as these teams each currently hold a wildcard spot. But with every Los Angeles loss, those two wildcard spots become more secure. But let’s get to the DFS picks now.

Nicklas Backstrom ($6800, Washington Capitals): No matter the opponent, I will continue to roll Backstrom out there in DFS lineups. With 11 assists in Washington's last five games, it’s almost written in stone that this silent assassin will score three points. While linemate Alex Ovechkin gets all the attention with his booming shot and T.J. Oshie has put up his first ever 30-goal season, Nicklas just keeps handing out those dimes that count. Even against a tough customer in Columbus, Backstrom is still the straw stirring the drink in D.C.

Leon Draisaitl ($6200, Edmonton Oilers): Yes, I am using Leon again, and will use him until the well runs dry. While Backstrom has been doling out helpers like Magic Johnson recently, Draisaitl also has been dropping dimes of late with eight in his last four games, along with one goal. Edmonton is at a slight disadvantage, as they’re playing a second game in a row after heading to Anaheim Wednesday night. But Edmonton is at an advantage being that they are playing the worst team in the NHL tonight in Denver, as the lethargic Avalanche cannot stop anyone from scoring a goal. Colorado is also 24th on the penalty kill, which is bad enough when you include their 9.5 minutes spent in the box each game.

You can reach me @PolkaPat to talk hockey or anything, anytime.

With 12 games on the slate for tonight, we will have our choices in DFS, and a couple of heavyweight battles are in the mix including St. Louis in San Jose. Two of the hottest teams in the NHL are squaring off in Canada’s capital city, with the Blackhawks 8-2-0 in their last ten facing the Senators, who are 7-2-1 in their last ten games. The one I’ll be watching is the Boston Bruins out in Edmonton. Boston has been quite hot of late with a 7-3 record over their last ten while Edmonton needs to right the ship with their 4-5-1 record over the same time frame. But let’s cover my DFS picks for tonight.

Mitch Marner ($5900, Toronto Maple Leafs): Tampa Bay trails the Leafs by one game, so tonight’s matchup holds plenty of sway in the Atlantic Division. Toronto may be struggling of late, but Marner is not, with points in five straight games and six points over those five with two goals and four helpers. Scoring goals isn’t the Leafs problem; it’s keeping them out of the net, which makes tonight feel like a high-scoring affair.

Artemi Panarin ($6200, Chicago Blackhawks): With goals in three straight, Panarin and line mates Patrick Kane and Artem Anisimov have really hit pay dirt of late, and the Hawks record shows it. There has been no sophomore slump for Panarin, unlike many of his sophomore classmates. In a great matchup with Ottawa tonight, it’s often special teams that make the difference and Artemi plays not only on the Hawks top line, but also their top power play unit. He's already chipped in seven power play markers this year.

Bargain Basement

Joshua Ho-Sang ($3800, New York Islanders): Already earning his keep in the NHL offensively, Ho-Sang has points in his last three games with a goal and an assist in each of the last two. One of the Islanders top prospects, he now just needs to tighten up the defensive reigns and his game will be perfect (sarcasm). He has a long way to go but is finally getting the chance to play with the big boys, and he's not disappointing. Use Ho-Sang with confidence at home versus a Winnipeg team known for its own defensive woes.

With an even ten games on the Thursday night docket, there should be zero trouble finding a game or two for your viewing pleasure, or your DFS pleasure. There are some heavyweight matchups as well, and this makes me thankful for NHL League Pass. Washington is visiting San Jose in a possible Stanley Cup Finals preview. Anaheim is visiting Chicago in a possible Western Conference Finals preview. The good thing for me personally is that the Hawks may be tired on Friday night when they head to the Joe Louis Arena for the last time ever, and I’ll be there. But enough about me, let’s discuss a couple of hot players.

Patrick Kane ($8000, Chicago Blackhawks): Never the cheapest option in DFS, but with that price comes the consistency we all desire in such games. Chicago is 9-1 over their last ten games while Kane has been blistering hot with nine goals and ten points in his last five games. Anaheim is in town tonight, and the Ducks are 5-5 in their last ten games. Ryan Getzlaf has been very hot of late, and Anaheim will need him since they’re 19th in Goals For so far this season and Chicago is no pushover at home with a 22-8-4 record at the United Center.

Nazem Kadri ($6300, Toronto Maple Leafs): With goals in his last two games, Kadri is sporadically putting together a career season. Now with 27 goals on the year, the injection of rookie phenomes has improved the offensive efforts of all top three lines. Kadri is already seven goals over his previous career high and one point away from 50. Philadelphia comes to town tonight, and the Flyers are 5-4-1 in their last ten and ranked 23rd in Goals Against.

You can always talk hockey with me @PolkaPat.

You know how in baseball, when Chili Davis always is able to hit Nolan Ryan, we say Davis has "Nolan's number"? Similarly, if Chili went hitless against the Express, we said Noley was due? Well, going into last week, Kevin Na and Ollie Schniederjans had made 11 cuts in 11 tries between them this year. 

That is until last week, when I plucked both names from the lower end of the price heap hoping the pair would simply keep it going. Well, the course was due as both missed the cut, dooming my team to mediocrity.

This week, The Bay Hill Club and Lodge in Orlando is the home to The Palmer fete. Ideally, the hot hands stay hot. And, don't forget you can duke it out against me and cut your chops playing $3 DraftKings Weekly Hybrid PGA.

Henrik Stenson ($11,500): Coming off a strong finish at Valspar, Stenson basically goes to his home course at a time when he is averaging 81.3 points per week.

Brandt Snedeker ($9000): Snedeker has finished five tourneys this season and placed tenth at the WBC-Mexico Championships a couple of weeks back. 

Jamie Lovemark ($7500): Lovemark is a big hitter, and he should fare well on the 7400 yard course in Orlando.

Charl Schwartzel ($7400): Schwartzel finished a hot sixth at the Valspar last week, so again, willing to try the hot hand and spread the risk among a lot of good players. 

Sean O'Hair ($7300): O'Hair had to withdraw from Valspar with a sore neck, but he is seven-for-seven this season making the cut, and has made it at the Palmer five straight times. I will be checking his status today, but as for now, he is a play.

Webb Simpson ($7100): Simpson is five-for-six making cuts, and finished Valspar one over for a 41st place tie. And, well, as a lower priced play, all I am asking is he play through the weekend, right?

Do remember to keep fantasy open and regulated and fair for all by writing your local lawmakers and tell them of your love of playing and desire to keep on playing. Visit the FSTA site for more information (and thanks).

Feel free to comment with your thoughts, and remember you can also hit me up @lawrmichaels

Another rugged week of PGA DFS, largely thanks to Kyung-tae Kim and his +22 score that included 21 bogies and three doubles. What is so puzzling--and true about golf--is Kim was five-for-five making the weekend cut before last week's big time meltdown.

So, to Copperhead at the Innisbrook Resort, in Palm Harbor, Florida we travel this week, so let's take a look at who might be tearing it up on the links. Don't forget you can duke it out against me and cut your chops playing $3 DraftKings Weekly Hybrid PGA.

Henrik Stenson ($11,700): Henrik had to pull out last week due to illness, but aside from that he has been red-hot, averaging 81.6 points per week, making the cut in the three contests not entitled Valspar.

Kevin Na ($8700): Na has been moving up the ranks with his fifth cut made of the season out of five tries, averaging 80.1 points a tourney.

Jason Kokrak ($7600): Kokrak has finished the weekend in his past two tourneys, and finished tied for 14th at Copperhead in 2014, and tied for 7th in 2015, making him an interesting mid-range play.

Byeong Hun An ($7400): Again, going with what appears to be a hot hand in An, who has finished all five tourneys in which he has played this season, averaging 75.7 points per contest.

Lee McCoy ($7300): The somewhat newly turned pro has had a layoff thanks to a broken wrist, but is back on familiar ground after his last play was the Shriners Open last November. Still, the youngin' makes an interesting play in Florida.

Ollie Schniederjans ($7100): With the best name on the tour, Schniederjans is a cut making machine who has finished what he started six times in a row. I guess for these hot players, either they will keep on, or the streak will catch up with them, a la Kim. Let's hope that waits till next week.

Do remember to keep fantasy open and regulated and fair for all by writing your local lawmakers and tell them of your love of playing and desire to keep on playing. Visit the FSTA site for more information (and thanks).

Feel free to comment with your thoughts, and remember you can also hit me up @lawrmichaels

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