Shane’s Slap Shots 1/31/17

Welcome to the first edition of Shane’s Slap Shots. In this article I will list some of my favorite cheap plays for the day- AKA long shots. Based on the “long shot” factor, there will not be many, if any, stats to back up these plays. They are mostly based on price and my gut and I do not understand the meaning of the word “safe”, so while I think these players have a solid chance at reaching, or exceeding, value they should not be considered cash plays. I am a GPP kind of guy and so are these plays!

Always make sure and verify before lock that these players are still slotted where they were upon writing of this article since a lot of these players will be recent call ups, injury fill ins, or guys changing lines.

Fantasy Draft pricing and positions have been used for this article but, while the position eligibility may change, these guys are pretty similarly priced across all sites.

Wingers

Matt Nieto – Colorado Avalanche – $5700

Nieto was waived by the San Jose Sharks a little over three weeks ago and was claimed by the struggling Avalanche the very next day. He is currently projected on the 2nd line skating with Gabriel Landeskog and Matt Duchene. After tallying only 2 points, both assists, in 16 games for the Sharks this season, he has already generated 3 points in only 8 games with the Aves including 2 goals in his last 5 games.2 goals in his last 5 games. I will continue to have interest in Nieto as long as he is this cheap and skating with Landeskog and Duchene.

Matt Calvert – Columbus Blue Jackets – $6100

This one is really, really simple. Calvert is projected to skate with Brandon Dubinsky and Cam Atkinson on the Blue Jackets 2nd line. I will have a ton of interest in anyone skating with Atkinson at a price tag this cheap.

Kyle Clifford – Los Angeles Kings – $6000

Clifford has not had what anyone would call a good fantasy season so far, scoring only 10 points in 42 games this year, but he has begun to turn things around lately generating 4 of those points have come in the past 6 games. To make things even sweeter, he is projected to skate on the 2nd line with Tanner Pearson and Jeff Carter. Oh yeah… The Kings are playing the Coyotes tonight! Sign me up!

Miles Wood – New Jersey Devils – $7000

The Devils obviously like Miles and I am in complete agreement. Wood’s has looked really good in his rookie year, scoring 7 goals and 4 assists in 31 games so far and he has generated 4 points in the last 5 games including a 2 goal performance. He is also on the Devils top power play unit making him an even more appealing option.

Centers

Erik Haula – Minnesota Wild – $7400

Haula is projected to center a line with Zach Parise and Jason Pominville which puts him in a great position to generate a point in tonight’s matchup versus the Oilers. He has been very hot of late generating 3 goals and an assist in his last 4 games.

Melker Karlsson – San Jose Sharks – $6100

Karlsson has only generated 13 points in 43 games so far this season but has scored 2 points in last 4 and 3 in last 6. He has received a major boost by skating on the top line with Joe Thornton and Joe Pavelski and is in a great spot to reach value tonight.

Andrew Copp – Winnipeg Jets – $6500

Andrew Copp was bumped up to the 2nd line last game and had the benefit of skating with Mark Scheifele and Blake Wheeler. We talked him up on the show that day and he came through by delivering a goal and an assist. He currently has a goal in 3 straight games and 4 of his last 5. As an added bonus he has seen 19.1% of power play time in the past 3 games including 24.1% in the last game. He is not shown as skating on the power play on the most popular NHL informational sites which is a bonus for us!

 

Defense

Karl Stollery – New Jersey Devils – $5400

Stollery has only played 8 games so far but has generated 3 assists in those games. He is currently slotted on top power play unit which makes him a great player to pair with Miles Wood to get nice correlation on the Devils power play against a Red Wings team currently ranked 19th on the penalty kill.