FanDuel NHL: Sunday Targets
FanDuel NHL: Sunday Targets

This article is part of our FanDuel NHL series.

Sunday's NHL slate is a small one, with only three games on tap after 7:00 PM Eastern time. Below, you'll find an overview of the matchups and suggested options for crafting an effective lineup.

SLATE PREVIEW

Five of the six teams in action are finishing back-to-back sets, with only the Sharks coming in fresh after last playing Thursday. They'll need that advantage as they look to improve on their 1-4-0 record against the Flames. There figures to be no shortage of scoring in the Penguins-Jets game, though Winnipeg walked away with a 4-1 win in Pittsburgh on Tuesday. The Golden Knights will likely be this slate's most popular picks against a Kings team that's given up 21 goals through four games.

GOALIES

Laurent Brossoit ($7,100) of the Jets gets his crack at the Penguins after Connor Hellebuyck turned aside 37 of 38 shots against them earlier this season. Brossoit's attempt to match that effort is aided by Pittsburgh's long list of notable injuries up front — Evgeni Malkin (lower body), Alex Galchenyuk (lower body), Nick Bjugstad (lower body) and Bryan Rust (hand).

With backup Malcolm Subban battling an undisclosed injury, don't be surprised to see Golden Knights workhorse Marc-Andre Fleury ($8,800) start for the second time in as many nights.

Calgary's Cam Talbot ($7,900) is looking to put a rough season behind him, but his career 2.60 GAA and .915 save percentage suggest he could be up to the task. He'll make his Flames debut against the Sharks after watching David Rittich start the team's first five games.

VALUE PLAYS/ONE-OFFS

Patrick Marleau ($4,400) exceeded even the most optimistic expectations in his return to the Sharks, potting two goals on six shots in his season debut. The veteran winger will be motivated to match that effort in his home debut, so grab Marleau before his price climbs.

Ilya Kovalchuk ($4,700) struggled in his return to the NHL last season, but the five-time 80-point scorer seems to have rediscovered his offensive game in his second year with the Kings. He has six points through four games and likely won't be this cheap much longer given his pedigree.

Andrew Copp ($3,600) continues to fill in for Bryan Little (concussion) as the second-line center. He gives you cheap exposure to Winnipeg's top-six forward group and can be used in combination with some of the team's pricier forwards to stack.

Sidney Crosby ($8,700) is a good option to head your lineup if you choose to employ some of the affordable options above. He's opened the season on a five-game point streak that's included three goals and five assists.

FORWARD LINE STACKS

Jets vs. Penguins

Mark Scheifele (C - $7,700), Blake Wheeler (W - $7,500), Patrik Laine (W - $7,900)

This is a recommended line for the second time in as many nights, but there's little reason not to go right back to it against a Pittsburgh team that's likely starting backup Tristan Jarry after rolling out Matt Murray on Saturday. Laine has 10 points through six games, Scheifele has nine points and Wheeler has six.

Golden Knights at Kings

Paul Stastny (C - $4,800), Mark Stone (W - $7,500), Max Pacioretty (W - $6,500)

This line's coming off a five-point night and takes on a Kings team that's had trouble keeping the puck out of its net. Stastny got off to a slow start but he just got the monkey off his back with his first goal of the season and averaged .84 points per game played last season. Stone already has three goals and eight points through five games, and Pacioretty has five points despite scoring only once on 18 shots thus far.

Flames at Sharks

Sean Monahan (C - $7,200), Johnny Gaudreau (W - $7,700), Elias Lindholm (W - $5,700)

The Sharks have been outscored 21–10 so far this season, so Calgary's top players are primed for success here. This trio combined for 259 points last season and is on pace for similar production in 2019-20. Monahan has four points (two goals, two assists) through five games. Gaudreau has seven points (three goals, four assists) and Lindholm has three (two goals, one assist), but the latter is due to pick up the pace coming off a 78-point campaign.

DEFENSEMEN

Brent Burns ($7,500) is the most expensive blueliner in this slate for a reason. He's picked up a goal and an assist in each of his past two games and has 21 shots through five games. The bearded blueliner exceeded a point-per-game pace last season and could well do so again.

Drew Doughty ($6,100) is among the league's best blueliners on both ends, and he's proving it in the early going, with three goals and two assists through four games.

Sticking on Los Angeles' blue line, Sean Walker ($3,600) has two goals and two assists already, and he's put four pucks on net in each of the last two games.

With three assists and 18 shots through five games, Justin Schultz ($4,200) of the Penguins has produced enough offense to make plenty of forwards jealous.

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Sasha Yodashkin
Sasha has been contributing NFL, NHL, NBA, MLB and Tennis content to RotoWire since 2015, with an emphasis on DFS. He is a huge New York sports fan who has been playing fantasy sports since middle school.
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