Auston Matthews (FDraft: $15,400 DK: $7,900 FD: $7,900): Matthews and the Maple Leafs will host the Flames tonight, and Toronto sports the highest team total on this short, four-game slate. Head coach Mike Babcock has done a lot of tweaking with the Leafs lines lately, but Matthews will once again be the top line center and see a decent share of power play time. He’s had a bit of a bumpy second year, missing a few games with a back injury, but he’s still tallied 26 points in 24 games, including points in four of his last five games. His 78 shots on goal are tied for the team lead and gets an appealing matchup tonight with Calgary in town, a team that ranks 30th in the NHL in terms of 5v5 shots against/60 minutes on the road. On the penalty kill, they rank 29th in that same category and 28th in penalty kill percentage. Overall, it’s led to the Flames surrendering 3.26 goals per game, which ranks 24th. Opposing goaltender Mike Smith has seen his goals against average recently balloon to 2.79 after allowing five goals in three of his last five games. Matthews is worth his high price tag in a game that should have a lot of pace and plenty of scoring chances.
Jesse Puljujarvi (FDraft: $6,900 DK: $3,600 FD: $4,100): On the other end of the salary spectrum, we have Jesse Puljujarvi. Puljujarvi comes in at a very cheap price tag, but he offers a lot of value since being put with Connor McDavid on Edmonton’s top line. The 19-year-old and former fourth overall pick has a lot of talent, and with three goals in his last five contests, including 11 shots on goal in his last two, he may have found a groove playing on the wing of one of the league’s best players. The Flyers just recently broke a 10-game losing streak, and they offer a nice matchup for the Oilers tonight, ranking 19th in terms of 5v5 shots for percentage and on the road they rank 22nd in terms of shots against/60 minutes. Puljujarvi is a great fit tonight either as part of a stack with McDavid or as cheap exposure to that line at even strength if you want to spend salary elsewhere.
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