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Yahoo DFS Hockey: Sunday Picks

Sasha Yodashkin

Sasha Yodashkin writes about fantasy sports for RotoWire.

Sunday's nine-game NHL slate begins at 12:00 PM Eastern time, so make sure to set your lineups bright and early. Read on to see which players to target and which to avoid in this slate.

GOALIE

Braden Holtby, WAS vs. DET ($28):
Holtby continues to be remarkably affordable given his success for a contending Capitals team. He's 8-2-2 in his past 12 appearances, and now boasts a 28-10-2 record as he searches for a fourth straight 40-win campaign. Don't expect a subpar Red Wings team that ranks 26th with 2.60 goals per game to put s stop to Holtby's winning ways.

GOALIE TO AVOID

Carter Hutton, STL vs. PIT ($35):
Hutton continues to defy expectations with his excellent play, though he has shown some chinks in the armor lately by getting the early hook twice in his past seven starts. That downside is definitely in play here against a Penguins team that's scored 27 goals while going 4-1-1 in its past six games.

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CENTER

Erik Haula, VGK vs. PHI ($18):
Haula's been the focal point of Vegas' power play, as he leads the team in both goals (eight) and points (14) in extra-man situations. Look for that success to continue against a putrid Philadelphia penalty kill that ranks at third-worst at 74.1 percent.

CENTER TO AVOID

Mika Zibanejad, NYR at WPG ($18):
Zibanejad has made up for a minus-12 rating with 16 goals and 30 points in 46 games. Adding to that offensive production will be extremely difficult here, however, as Jets netminder Connor Hellebuyck owns a sparkling 2.13 GAA and .928 save percentage at home. Winnipeg's fifth-ranked offense is likely to make a further dent in that rating, though.

WINGS

Alexander Radulov, DAL vs. VAN ($24):
Radulov's four-game point streak has him up to 53 points, which is more than $29 linemates Jamie Benn (52) and Tyler Seguin (51). One of the league's most dominant lines is unlikely to be stopped by a Canucks club that's allowing 3.22 goals per game (fifth-most in the NHL), and Radulov is the best value play out of the trio given his comparable production and much lower price.

Colin Wilson, COL at BUF ($10): Wilson hasn't done much recently, but he's been promoted to Colorado's top line with Nathan MacKinnon (shoulder) sidelined. That increase in role is enough to justify a look at the minimum price against a Sabres team that's been outscored 3.28 to 2.30 in the average game this season. With three 15-goal seasons under his belt, the 28-year-old Wilson has the skills to capitalize on this situation.

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WINGS TO AVOID

Taylor Hall, NJ at BOS ($30):
Hall has been hot of late with a 12-game point streak, but that success has also raised his price. Even considering Hall's current form, living up to a $30 valuation will be very difficult against a Bruins team that's allowing a league-low 2.35 goals per game.

Carl Hagelin, PIT at STL ($17): Hagelin's average of 3.8 fantasy points per game is the lowest among all wingers that cost more than $14. Improving that subpar mark will be difficult against Hutton (1.70 GAA, .944 save percentage) and a Blues team that's 19-11-0 at home.

DEFENSEMEN

Colin Miller, VGK vs. PHI ($14):
Miller's 12 power-play points have him second on the Golden Knights behind Haula, and the skilled blueliner can be had for just $14 despite playing at a point-per-game pace over the past nine. Philadelphia's penalty killing struggles make this a great time to deploy the affordable yet effective defenseman.

Mark Giordano, CGY at NYI ($19): Giordano's in the midst of another excellent all-around campaign, with nine goals, 25 points and a plus-8 rating along with averages of over 2.5 shots and just under 2.0 blocks per game. His well-rounded stat line gives Giordano a high floor while facing a league-worst Islanders defense that's surrendering 3.68 goals per game gives him a terrific ceiling as well.

DEFENSEMEN TO AVOID

Stephen Johns, DAL vs. VAN ($18):
Even in this favorable matchup, $18 is too much to pay for Johns. He's averaging just 5.1 fantasy points per game and has finished below that mediocre mark six times in his past eight games. Unsurprisingly, he's only gotten on the scoresheet twice over that span.

Vince Dunn, STL vs. PIT ($16): Dunn did have a three-assist game Thursday, but those are the only points he's accrued just four other points in the past 18 games. The young blueliner subsequently played just 12:30 Friday, and accruing value will be tough against the defending champs now that they're finally hitting a groove.

The author(s) of this article may play in daily fantasy contests including – but not limited to – games that they have provided recommendations or advice on in this article. In the course of playing in these games using their personal accounts, it's possible that they will use players in their lineups or other strategies that differ from the recommendations they have provided above. The recommendations in this article do not necessarily reflect the views of RotoWire. Sasha Yodashkin plays in daily fantasy contests using the following accounts: FanDuel: Youngsash, DraftKings: Yashdogg,Yahoo: Sasha, Fanball: Yashdogg.