February 8, 2013 | 11:58am ET
All The Tools You Need to Win $5K
By Tab Bamford, TheFourthPeriod.com
This weekend, our friends at DraftKings.com are hosting the
biggest single-day fantasy hockey event ever. Their
the Lamp Classic, which takes place on Saturday, will pay out
to the top 50 finishers; first place will take home $5,000.
DraftKings.com runs a new type of fantasy contest where you
only draft a team when you want to play. Simply sign up,
draft, and enter into a number of different contests on the
site. As with regular fantasy, the better your players perform
in real life the more points they will earn for you.
With that in mind, here are a few players to consider when
putting together a winning roster for this incredible event.
(You can send my cut to the main TFP offices when you cash
All salary figures are from DraftKings and are subject to
slight change tomorrow when you draft, as the salaries will
adjust based on performance in Friday's games.
Big Money Play: John Tavares, New York Islanders
Tavares and the Islanders host the Sabres on Saturday, which
is a good opportunity for the Isles' centre to be worth his
$7,500 salary. Buffalo has the worst team goals against
average in the NHL and are 2-4-0 on the road.
Value Play: Damien Brunner, Detroit Red Wings
With a cap number of only $2,000, Brunner has big-play
potential and has a point in seven of his last eight games
(five goals, two assists).
Sleeper I: Sam Gagner, Edmonton Oilers
Gagner (3.6) is averaging more fantasy points than David
Krejci, Saku Koivu and Ryan Getzlaf but has a modest $4,300
cap number. A trip to Detroit, who are only 3-2-0 at home,
could provide a good opportunity for him to have a strong
Sleeper II: Kyle Turris, Ottawa Senators
Turris has an assist in five of his last six games and plays a
Winnipeg team that is near the bottom of the league in team
goals against average. With a cap number of $3,900 he could be
a smart pick.
Big Money Play: Alex Semin, Carolina Hurricanes
Semin has six points (two goals, four assists) in his last six
games, and both of those goals have come with a man advantage.
The Canes are at Philly, one of the most penalized teams in
the league who also happen to be struggling on PK (76.1
percent). At $5,100 his salary isn't enormous, but his
production could be.
Value Play: Vladimir Tarasenko, St. Louis Blues
The rookie du jour in the NHL is averaging 3.8 fantasy points
to date; only four right wings that are in action on Saturday
have a higher average. In spite of his tremendous start,
Tarasenko has a modest $2,500 salary. St. Louis hosts the
red-hot Anaheim Ducks, which could lead to an up-tempo game
that could present opportunities for a big night for Tarasenko.
Sleeper: Martin Erat, Nashville Predators
The Preds travel to Minnesota to face a struggling Wild team
that is 2-5-1 in their last eight games. His $4,900 salary
makes him an intriguing play against a desperate team.
Big Money Play: Zach Parise, Minnesota Wild
Thomas Vanek and Patrick Marleau are the sexy names at this
position -- and they're the only two left wing-eligible players
averaging more fantasy points than Parise (4.8) -- but
everything I said making a case to consider Erat should only
bolster the case for Parise. Minnesota's struggling, and Parise's a gamer. At $6,200 he'll battle to put the puck in
the net all night.
Value Play: Rene Bourque, Montreal Canadiens
With a salary of $3,700 Bourque is an interesting play in the
heated Leafs-Habs rivalry game this weekend. He's averaging
2.7 fantasy points per game -- the same number as Ilya
Kovalchuk and Bobby Ryan -- and is coming off a two-assist
performance at Buffalo on Thursday night.
Sleeper: Milan Michalek, Ottawa Senators
After posting a point in each of the Sens' first six games, Michalek ($5,000) has only one point
-- an assist -- in his last
five games. The Jets set up as a good opportunity for him to
get back in the scoring column, and the Sens need him to step
up; Ottawa is 1-2-1 and have only scored seven goals in their
last four games.
Big Money Play I: Alex Pietrangelo, St. Louis Blues
The Blues have lost three in a row, but Pietrangelo has six
points (two goals, four assists) in his last six games. He's
scored in consecutive games, both powerplay goals, and will
be facing one of the worst penalty killing teams in the
league. At $5,500 he's a smart buy.
Big Money Play II: Alexander Edler, Vancouver Canucks
Edler's salary is the same as Pietrangelo -- $5,500 -- and his
fantasy point average (4.0) is just behind the Blues' blue liner (4.1). The Canucks are hot, winners of four straight,
and Edler has points in four of his last five games.
Value Play: Adam Pardy, Buffalo Sabres
Pardy is averaging more fantasy points -- 3.8 -- than reigning
Norris Trophy-winner Erik Karlsson and has a salary of only
$2,300. A trip to the Islanders could provide ample
opportunity for Pardy to continue an impressive start.
Sleeper: Kevin Klein, Nashville Predators
If Erat is an intriguing play, Klein's downright fascinating.
After registering only two points in his first eight games,
Klein has three (one goal, two assists) in his last two games.
With a salary of $3,900 his hot streak could be worth a
Big Money Play I: Carey Price, Montreal Canadiens
After posting a .928 save percentage against the Leafs last
year, Price lost the season opener against Toronto this year
2-1. He'll get a chance to exact some revenge this weekend
against a rival. With a $7,700 salary, he's worth the money.
Big Money Play II: Pekka Rinne, Nashville Predators
The former TFP cover boy has been dominant of late, allowing
three goals in his last four starts. As I've mentioned a
couple times already, he'll face a struggling Minnesota team.
At $8,800 he's expensive, but has been earning every penny
since the calendar turned to February.
Value Play: Viktor Fasth, Anaheim Ducks
If you haven't heard, Fasth is the hottest netminder in the
NHL right now. His salary is only $3,100 in spite of an
incredible 4-0-0 start with a 0.98 goals against average (yes,
that starts with a zero) and a .962 save percentage. He'll be
tested by a good St. Louis offense, but he's on fire.
Make sure you head over to
DraftKings.com to register
your team in time for this weekend's big payout. They're
offering an industry-leading 100 percent deposit bonus (up to
$600), and you can follow every game with their new gamecenter.
Good luck, and happy drafting!
Bamford is a Columnist for The
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