Daily Fantasy: Weekend NFL, NHL picks
There are 11 evening games in the National Hockey League Saturday, Dec. 13. We'll also take a look at the NFL Week 15 Daily Fantasy picks to get you ready for Sunday and beyond.
(FanWars.com salaries in parentheses) (all times ET)
Johnny Manziel, Cleveland ($7500 vs CIN): Manziel will be making his first career NFL start Sunday. The good news for Johnny Football is that he will face a Cincinnati Bengals defense which ranks in the bottom third not only in pass defense, but rush defense, too. He is a dual threat, and he should not only put up a decent amount of yards through the air, but also with his feet.
Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh ($14550 at ATL): The Falcons are terrible against the pass, ranking dead-last in the league by giving up 287.8 yards per game with 18 passing scores. They have also allowed 13 pass plays of 40 or more yards, and their secondary is very dinged up. SS William Moore left last week's game with an injury, and he is a question mark. Even with him, they have been bad, but without him the Falcons might even be worse.
Mark Ingram, New Orleans ($9650 at CHI): Ingram has a favorable matchup Monday night in Chicago, facing a Bears rushing defense which has allowed 112.3 yards per game with nine rushing touchdowns. He comes with a mid-level price, but a 100-yard game and a score is a good possibility.
Chris Johnson, N.Y. Jets ($6100 at TEN): Johnson will likely be showered with plenty of boos Sunday, as he returns to LP Field in Nashville where he starred for six years. He will likely play with a little extra incentive, and at this price level a player with a chip on his shoulder is very attractive to DFS owners.
Latavius Murray, Oakland ($4650 at KC): A few weeks ago Murray burst onto the Fantasy scene with 112 rushing yards, including a 90-yard touchdown. He had two scores in that game. Last weekend, Murray saw 25 total touches, rushing for 76 yards on 23 carries while also adding a pair of receptions. He is primed and ready to see starter-type touches at a cut-rate price. His inclusion will save you plenty of salary to spend elsewhere.
Mike Evans, Tampa Bay ($11700 at CAR): For whatever reason, Evans continues to have a low Daily Fantasy salary, despite the fact he is putting up big-time stats, especially in the touchdown department. Sure, his yardage has dropped off, but he has three touchdowns in the past three weeks, and eight scores over the past six outings. All he does is score, and he has been targeted at least nine times in six straight.
Kenny Stills, New Orleans ($9250 at CHI): The Bears are terrible against the pass, allowing 265.5 yards per game while yielding an NFL-high 30 passing touchdowns this season. The Bears have also been dinged for 51 pass plays of 20 or more yards, and 12 plays of 40 or more yards. Both marks are second-most in the league.
Greg Olsen, Carolina ($11200 vs TB): While some Panthers might be hurt by the unfortunate injury to QB Cam Newton after his car accident early this week, Olsen might actually benefit. New QB Derek Anderson will need a reliable safety valve option, and that means Olsen should continue to see a ton of targets. He has been targeted 31 times over the past three weeks, reeling in 20 balls for 192 yards and a score.
GOALTENDERS (for Saturday)
Antti Niemi, San Jose ($19750 at NSH): Niemi is a great play heading into Saturday's game, as he has won each of his past four outings. Over the past nine games he has allowed three or fewer goals in seven outings. He has also made 28 or more saves in three of the past four, helping Daily Fantasy owners.
CENTERS (for Saturday)
Filip Forsberg, RW, Nashville ($11750 at SJ): Forsberg checks in with a mid-level salary, but he has elite-level production lately. Forsberg is good for two goals with six points and a plus-4 rating over the past four outings, turning in multi-point performances in three of those games.
Brandon Sutter, Pittsburgh ($8200 at CLB): Sutter is expected to slide up to a top-six forward job Saturday night with C Sidney Crosby (illness) on the shelf. At a low-end salary, Sutter is worth a roll of the dice, especially since he is expected to see time on the man advantage. C-LW Nick Spaling ($6550) is also worth a look, as he too will scoot up.
WINGS (for Saturday)
Dustin Byfuglien, Winnipeg ($14400 vs ANA): Some DFS providers might even still allow Byfuglien as a rearguard, making him extra valuable. He has four goals and seven points with a plus-4 rating over the past six games. Lately he has reverted back to his rearguard ways, too, blocking five shots over the past two games. He is particularly useful in leagues which reward hits, too, posting 17 over the past five games.
Joffrey Lupul, Toronto ($8400 vs DET): Lupul is good for four goals with eight points and a plus-6 rating over the past six games, going scoreless just once. He also has three minor penalties during the span, and like Byfuglien he is useful in leagues rewarding hits. He has 21 hits over the past seven outings.
DEFENSEMEN (for Saturday)
Victor Hedman, Tampa Bay ($9400 at WAS): Hedman can contribute in so many different categories. In 12 games he has three goals with 10 assists and 18 penalty minutes while turning in a plus-6 rating. He also has at least one blocked shot in nine of his 12 outings, making him a cheap option with a ton of upside.
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