Squad Up Daily NHL Fantasy Dose: Fire up the Faksa machine

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Here is a look at the Squad Up daily NHL fantasy picture for Tuesday, Jan. 10 (all advanced statistics courtesy of Corsica.Hockey and apply to 5v5 situations):

Bargain Plays

  • C Radek Faksa (28K), Stars (at Ducks): The Stars will be playing their second game in as many nights, but Faksa is fresh off a three-assist performance. His 3.34 iSCF60 (individual scoring chances for per 60 minutes) are the second-most on the team among players with at least 400 5v5 minutes. At 28K, the former first-round pick is worth taking a shot on.
  • RW Anthony Mantha (33K), Red Wings (at Blackhawks): Mantha isn't blessed with a particularly great matchup, but at 6-foot-5 with great foot speed, he is a mismatch for just about every defenseman. He has seven goals and five assists in his last 12 games. His skill set is eerily similar to that of Rick Nash when he was in his heyday.
  • D Michael Del Zotto (25K), Flyers (at Sabres): Del Zotto's offense has dried up over his last 10 games, picking up just a single point. However, he still maintains value in Squad Up because he has taken 49 shots, blocked 52 and thrown 89 hits in just 25 games this season.

Dynamic Duos

  • C Ryan Kesler (56K) & Jakob Silfverberg (50K), Ducks (vs. Stars): The Stars goaltending duo of "Kari Lehtonen goals" and "Antti-saves Niemi" is frankly, terrible. Niemi will likely draw the start after Lehtonen was pulled on Monday. Kesler is having one the best offensive seasons in his career and will continue to play big minutes with Ryan Getzlaf out.
  • C Ryan O'Reilly (66K) & RW Kyle Okposo (57K), Sabres (vs. Flyers): The Flyers have struggled lately, and goaltender Steve Mason is a big reason why. His save percentage is just .860 in his last six games. O'Reilly and Okposo have combined for six points in their last two games.
  • C Ryan Johansen (68K) & LW Filip Forsberg (63K), Predators (vs. Canucks): Ryan Miller has been red-hot lately, but it is bound to wear off soon. Vancouver is one of the worst road teams in the NHL, with a record of 5-13-1. They allow the third-most SCA60 (scoring chances against per 60 minutes) away from home.

Goalie Breakdown

  • TARGET & BARGAIN - Tuukka Rask (75K), Bruins (at Blues): Rask is also having a magnificent season. What is perhaps most impressive are his road numbers: 12-4-3 with a .937 SV% and a 1.77 GAA.
  • FADE - Ryan Miller (87K), Canucks (at Predators): Miller has been hot lately, but it's tough to invest 87K in him when the two previously mentioned options are cheaper and also better. Vancouver's road woes need to be factored in as well.
  • CONTRARIAN - Cam Talbot (99K), Oilers (vs. Sharks): Bobrovsky, Rask and Martin Jones will likely make up most of the goalie ownership. Talbot comes at 99K, but he has lived up to the bill over the past two weeks, posting a 1.96 GAA and a .934 SV%.

Top Fades

  • C Tyler Seguin (78K), Stars (at Ducks): One of the hottest goalies in the NHL right now is John Gibson. In the last two weeks his SV% is .936 and his GAA is 1.95. Seguin has the ability to produce every night, but on a star-studded slate it's best to avoid him on the second night of a back-to-back. Playing without his partner in crime, Jamie Benn, doesn't help either.
  • RW Vladimir Tarasenko (75K), Blues (vs. Bruins): Remember Rask's road numbers? Yeah, you're better off forking up 75K on a star who won't be facing a brick wall between the pipes.
  • LW Jeff Skinner (55K), Hurricanes (vs. Blue Jackets): Skinner has just two points in his last eight games. He and the Canes are faced with a daunting task going up against the Jackets.

Contrarian Options

  • C Leon Draisaitl (54K), Oilers (vs. Sharks): Most users will spend up for Connor McDavid if they have interest in an Oilers center. Draisaitl is listed as a center, but is actually playing the wing with McDavid right now.
  • RW Corey Perry (70K), Ducks (vs. Stars): Perry has just seven goals on the season and is playing without his longtime linemate Getzlaf, who is currently injured. Perry is still getting a healthy amount of scoring chances and is bound to start burying them. There is no better team to get it going against than the Stars.
  • D Brent Burns (71K), Sharks (at Oilers): Burns is so much more expensive than the next defenseman and has to face the red-hot Cam Talbot, so he will likely be faded. Users need to remember that Burns doesn't just look like a beast, but he is one. He leads the NHL in shots, is a point-per-game player and fills every category.