After a very light Monday schedule, the NHL is back with a bang Tuesday with 11 games scheduled. With more games on the docket, there are more players up for grabs, and there is a higher potential to snag some amazing bargains. However, there is also the chance for overpayment, and that is something you will want to avoid at all costs.
With a salary cap of $50,000, every dollar counts, so here are some studs and duds to consider so that you get the most bang for your buck.
Ryan Johansen, Columbus Blue Jackets ($5,900)
Center Ryan Johansen is having a career year for the Columbus Blue Jackets and is proving that last year's success wasn't a fluke.
The Blue Jackets' top pivot has six goals and nine points in his last 10 games, and he has increased his fantasy points per game average by 0.60. Johansen is a great bargain at $5,900, and adding him will allow you to pick up quality points while still having funds to spend in other areas.
Anze Kopitar, Los Angeles Kings ($5,400)
Center Anze Kopitar has 12 points in his last 10 games and has returned to the level of play he exhibited last season. The Los Angeles Kings' top center has 38 points on the season but is starting to trend in the right direction. He will only cost $5,400 against your cap, and that makes him an ideal pickup for the second center slot.
John Klingberg, Dallas Stars ($5,000)
John Klingberg is one of the hottest defenders in the NHL, yet he has a bargain cap hit of $5,000. The Dallas Stars' rookie blueliner has five goals and 11 points in his last 10 games, and he is averaging 4.2 fantasy points per game during that stretch. The Stars defender has been a money player lately, and he's an absolute stud for only $5K.
Alex Galchenyuk, Montreal Canadiens ($5,200)
Alex Galchenyuk is a skilled center who is really starting to blossom this season for the Montreal Canadiens.
On Tuesday, the Canadiens will take on the Buffalo Sabres, and to put Galchenyuk in your lineup, it will only cost $5,200. For that price, you will pick up a scorer whose tallied five goals and seven points in his last 10 games and 34 points this season.
Roberto Luongo, Florida Panthers ($7,000)
Most players try to save money in the goaltending category, and usually, spending $7,000 on a goalie like Roberto Luongo would be great; however, in this situation, you should stay clear of Bobby Luo.
The Florida Panthers' starting netminder is 3-5-1 with a 3.00 goals-against average and a .898 save percentage over his last 10 starts, and he hasn't been his usual self.
Phil Kessel, Toronto Maple Leafs ($7,500)
Right winger Phil Kessel is a very talented player, but for $7,500, he is a huge dud. The Toronto Maple Leafs' top scorer has a meager four points over his last 10 games, and he's only averaging 3.2 points per game for fantasy players.
He also just scored his first even-strength goal in what seems like forever, and that's something to keep in mind for a player you are drafting for offense.
If you are going to be dedicating 15 percent of your salary cap to one player, make sure it is one that will produce on a nightly basis.
Steven Stamkos, Tampa Bay Lightning ($7,300)
Center Steven Stamkos is a talented hockey player, but for Tuesday's action, he is a dud for fantasy hockey purposes. Stammer's fantasy points per game is down half a point over the last 10 games when compared to his season average, and it wouldn't make sense to spend $7,300 on a player heading into a matchup against a top defense like the St. Louis Blues.
There are better ways to spend your money, and this is a situation in which gambling on a top player isn't a good idea.
DraftKings stats and details per official site.