New York Islanders: Daily Fantasy Advice October 4
By Matt O'Leary
With the New York Islanders season opener, we’re going to take a look at Daily Fantasy options from this team in order to make you some money.
With fantasy sports, gambling, and everything else becoming more mainstream I think it’s time Eyes on Isles gets in on the action. Every week, I’m going to give you some daily fantasy sports advice when it comes to the New York Islanders.
Each week we’ll talk about players on the Islanders you should avoid and players that provide good value that could crack your lineup. I’ll be using DraftKings values for each of the players that I talk about.
If you’re unfamiliar with how daily fantasy works you get $50,000 in salary cap space to build a team consisting of two centers, three wingers, two defensemen, a goalie, and a utility piece.
Here are some Islanders that you should get in on, and some others you should avoid.
Mathew Barzal (C) $5,600
I am all in on Mathew Barzal this year. In four preseason games, he put up six points (1 goal, 5 assists). Barzal usually starts off the year hot. Just last year, he had seven points in the first six games last year.
He finished the season with 62 points last year, but expect him to return to a point per game player. At that rate, he should be able to put up at least a point tonight.
Jordan Eberle (RW) $4,800
If you’re looking to fill out your roster, Eberle is someone I’d be all over at $4,800. In his last 13 games played, playoffs and the regular season, he has eight goals. Starting the year out playing alongside Mat Barzal should also be beneficial.
Devon Toews (D) $3,000
In Toews’ last 10 games he put up six points which is an average of 7.0 fantasy points per game. He put up a respectable 18 points in 48 games, averaging just under 18 minutes per game.
When you take into consideration that Toews will be on the ice a ton more, and have a year of development under his belt you have to like his chances of producing from the jump.
Anders Lee (LW) $6,000
Anders Lee has been the leader in goals for the Islanders over the past two years. Last year was with 28, the previous year was 40. Until Lee proves it, I don’t feel comfortable putting a $6,000 guy into the lineup who is as streaky as Lee. I’d avoid him tonight at that cost.
Michael Dal Colle (LW) $3,300
It looks like MDC might be playing on the second line with Brock Nelson and Josh Bailey. DO NOT get sucked in thinking Dal Colle’s production is going to increase because of it. Dal Colle is best suited as a third liner, in a top-six role I don’t think he suddenly starts putting up points.
Johnny Boychuk (D) $3,500
It looks like Johnny Boychuk is playing tonight but that doesn’t mean that you should hop on this bandwagon. From a fantasy perspective, he only produced 6.6 FPPG and at $3,500 there isn’t much value in this selection.
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