Yahoo DFS Hockey: Sunday Playoff Picks
Yahoo DFS Hockey: Sunday Playoff Picks

This article is part of our Yahoo DFS Hockey series.

With four of eight series wrapped up, this Sunday slate features just two games. Vegas and Toronto can both clinch the series at home, while the Sharks and Bruins look to live to fight another day. The first puck will drop at 3:00 P.M. ET. Here are some players to help guide your daily fantasy lineups.

GOALIE

Frederik Andersen, TOR vs. BOS ($26): After Game 5's win, it's clear Andersen is capable of bringing Toronto its first playoff series win in 15 years. He's been cool, calm and collected in the blue paint en route to a .925 save percentage and 2.62 GAA in the postseason, and Toronto simply looks like it has more jump than Boston right now.

GOALIE TO AVOID

Martin Jones, SJ at VGK ($23): Jones helped the Sharks steal Game 5 and stay alive, but I don't trust him for a repeat performance. He was brutal in two road games this series, allowing a combined eight goals and posting an .830 save percentage. Look for Vegas to end the Sharks season for the second straight year.

CENTER

Joe Thornton, SJ at VGK ($18): The injuries are piling up for Jumbo, and it's possible this could be his last NHL game. If that's the case, I don't think he's going down without a fight. Frankly, he's been rocking lately with points in eight straight games, and he comes in at an intriguing price tag.

CENTER TO AVOID

John Tavares, TOR vs. BOS ($29): Tavares has not brought the firepower this postseason, as he's recorded 0.8 fantasy points or less in three of five games so far. That kind of inconsistency is troubling for a top-six center, so I'm staying away from him, especially when Auston Matthews ($32) has been far more dependable at a marginally higher cost.

WINGS

Max Pacioretty, VGK vs. SJ ($20): Pacioretty's mediocre regular-season performance has transformed into a dominant postseason, with four goals and 10 points through five games. Furthermore, he's shooting like crazy with 24 shots on net over that span, so it's surprising he can still be locked down for a $20 bargain.

Kasperi Kapanen, TOR vs. BOS ($14): Kapanen's working next to Auston Matthews now, and he was able to post a goal and an assist in Game 5. He'll also be able to leech off of Matthews' production while working on the power play. And it's hard to find upside this encouraging at $14.

WINGS TO AVOID

Timo Meier, SJ at VGK ($19): Meier was able to notch an assist in Game 5, but he hasn't been able to break through to his regular-season level yet. He's recorded just seven points in 20 postseason games, which is a far stretch from the .846 points per game he averaged during the regular season. The price doesn't match the production.

William Nylander, TOR vs. BOS ($17): Coach Mike Babcock designated Nylander as the third-line center with Nazem Kadri suspended, and the results have been unsavory. Nylander is pointless since being moved to the middle, as it's clearly not a natural position for him. He's still marked as a wing in the fantasy realm, but Nylander's one to steer clear of.

DEFENSEMEN

Morgan Rielly, TOR vs. BOS ($21): Rielly was one of the league's top defenseman with 20 goals and 72 points, but he started the postseason with two straight pointless outings. Since then, he's gotten back into form with four helpers and 13 shots on goal over the last three contests.

Nate Schmidt, VGK vs. SJ ($17): In two home postseason games, Schmidt has registered three apples and five blocked shots. The Golden Knights have picked up seven power-play and two shorthanded goals, and Schmidt had a hand in one of each. Those extra fantasy points make him an appealing option in a limited slate.

DEFENSEMEN TO AVOID

Brent Burns, SJ at VGK ($28): Burns posted a career-high 83 points this season, but he has struggled to mark the scoresheet in the first round with zero points and a minus-3 rating over the last three games. Part of his downfall has been the Golden Knights' strong postseason penalty kill, at an 82.5 percent rate. But no matter what the root of his struggles are, Burns comes in at too steep of a price.

Charlie McAvoy, BOS at TOR ($18): McAvoy had a solid two-point outing in Game 4, but he's been held pointless in the other four games. He simply has struggled against the Maple Leafs in the postseason dating back to last year, as he's only managed three points in 12 playoff games versus Toronto. Although he comes at a discount, the upside isn't there for me.

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