In my opinion, Evgeny Kuznetsov has been one of the best-kept secrets in fantasy hockey.
After last night’s monster performance, which I was fortunate enough to witness in person at Rexall Place, it is safe to say that young Kuznetsov is no longer a secret. The 23-year-old had a career-high 5-points, scoring a hat trick and adding two assists.
I can now tell you firsthand that Evgeny Kuznetsov possesses all the tools to be a dominant fantasy hockey force in all formats. The thing that impressed me most about Kuznetsov’s game was the speed at which he was able to perform such highly-skilled plays. As disappointing as it was to see my beloved Edmonton Oilers lose in my first live game of the season, the game script actually went pretty close to what I was expecting.
Everybody in the hockey world knows that the Edmonton Oilers have improved dramatically. However, defense is still the organization’s Achilles heel. That is why the Edmonton Oilers still lose high-scoring contests, such as last night’s 7-4 loss to Washington.
Kuznetsov is currently playing on the Capitals’ top line with Alex Ovechkin and T.J. Oshie. This trio has been dynamic, and I expect that to continue all season long.
At a salary of just $5900 on FanDuel, the world’s most popular daily fantasy sports site, Kuznetsov was able to produce a staggering 21.3 fantasy points for his fantasy owners last night. The surprising part is that Kuznetsov was only used in 7.7% of the entries for the contest in which I participated.
To put it in simple terms: Evgeny Kuznetsov is a must-start in all fantasy formats, but especially in daily fantasy hockey contests because he is an affordable option that also allows you to reap some rewards from the best fantasy hockey player of the decade: Alex Ovechkin.
It’s likely that Kuznetsov’s current $5900 FanDuel price tag will skyrocket after last night’s performance, but as long as he remains on the top line with Ovi, he will continue to be a premium DFS option.
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