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FRI. OCT. 18
Dylan Strome, CHI ($5,100 in FanDuel vs. CBJ) -- He had one assist and six shots on goal for the Chicago Blackhawks against the Edmonton Oilers on Monday. Strome has played at least 16 minutes in each of his four games this season and brings exposure to elite right wing Patrick Kane at even strength and on the first power-play unit. Strome now has 54 points in 62 games since being acquired from the Arizona Coyotes last season.
Jakob Silfverberg, ANA ($6,300 vs. CAR) -- He leads the Anaheim Ducks with six points (three goals, three assists) in seven games and has 15 SOG over the span. Silfverberg, who's playing on a line and power-play unit with valuable wing Rickard Rakell, does not have a power-play point yet, giving him an even higher fantasy ceiling once he breaks through on the man advantage.
Oscar Klefbom, EDM ($5,600 vs. DET) -- He brings exposure to elite forwards Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl, who have combined for 32 points (11 goals, 21 assists) through seven games. Klefbom had two assists against the Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday, giving him nine points (one goal, eight assists) in seven games. Klefbom can either be stacked with McDavid and Draisaitl or rostered as a standalone defenseman.
Aaron Ekblad, FLA ($4,700 vs. COL) -- He had two assists against the New Jersey Devils on Monday, giving him four assists in six games. He has a high shot volume (18 SOG) this season and played a season-high 3:52 on the power play Monday, including some usage with valuable skaters Aleksander Barkov, Jonathan Huberdeau, Mike Hoffman and Keith Yandle.
Ilya Samsonov, WSH ($8,100 vs. NYR) -- The rookie is 3-1-0 with a .933 save percentage in his first four NHL games (three starts). The 22-year-old could get another start over Braden Holtby ($7,900) on Friday against the New York Rangers, who will be on the second of back-to-back games after only playing three games in the first 15 days of the season.
SAT. OCT. 19
Alexander Kerfoot, TOR (vs. BOS) -- He has been a hit-or-miss fantasy option to this point in the season but will take on an elevated role with elite center John Tavares (broken finger) expected to be out at least two weeks. Kerfoot has big-game potential (three points vs. Montreal Canadiens on Oct. 5; 11 multipoint games last season with Colorado Avalanche) and should bring even-strength exposure to elite right wing Mitchell Marner against the Boston Bruins.
Nick Schmaltz, ARI (vs. OTT) -- He had two assists against the Nashville Predators on Thursday and has seven points (three goals, four assists) in six games. The Coyotes offense has broken through with nine goals over the past two games, making Schmaltz an intriguing choice in DFS contests against the Ottawa Senators on Saturday.
Matthew Tkachuk, CGY (at LAK) -- There's an intriguing storyline with Tkachuk going up against Los Angeles Kings' top defenseman Drew Doughty for the second time this season. But Tkachuk also has a chance to see time on the top line with elite forwards Johnny Gaudreau and Sean Monahan after the injury to valuable right wing Elias Lindholm (undisclosed). Tkachuk, who has seven points in eight games on the second line, would be a lineup lock with added exposure to that duo.
Travis Konecny, PHI (vs. DAL) -- He has seven points (three goals, four assists) in five games playing on a line with center Sean Couturier and wing Oskar Lindblom. Konecny also plays with those forwards on the second power play and has three power-play points already. Konecny did not have a point against the Edmonton Oilers on Wednesday but played a season-high 20:11. He carries high upside for a moderate price against the Dallas Stars, who have started slow and will be on the second of back-to-back games.
Ryan Ellis, NSH (vs. FLA) -- He's tied for second among NHL defensemen in scoring (nine points in seven games) behind John Carlson of the Washington Capitals (14 points in eight games) entering Friday. Since P.K. Subban was traded to the New Jersey Devils in the offseason, Ellis has outscored Predators teammates Roman Josi (six points) and Mattias Ekholm (five) early on this season and should be considered an elite defenseman option in all formats. Ellis has scored all but one of his points at even strength and covers SOG (16) and blocks (12).
Darcy Kuemper or Antti Raanta, ARI (vs. OTT) -- Kuemper has won three straight starts and has a .949 save percentage through five games and the best SV% (minimum 30 games) in the NHL (.935 in 42 games) since Jan. 1. He or Raanta will have a favorable opponent in the Senators, who are tied for the third fewest goals per game (2.33) entering Friday. Raanta, who dealt with injury in the preseason, earned the Arizona Coyotes a point in his only start this season, a road overtime loss to the Avalanche.
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