Fantasy Corner: Forward Picks for Daily Fantasy – 05/21/2022

The best forward picks for their value for daily fantasy. As the second round has gotten going and there are often only two games a night, the middle-six players are often the ones who push you closer to victory and are the difference makers. So here are a few picks for tonight’s action.

Jordan Kyrou

Jordan Kyrou scored an amazing goal to tie Game 1 against the Colorado Avalanche and force overtime. That is just the kind of hands and skill he can display. This has been a strong playoffs for him scoring five goals and an assist in eight games while playing on the third line.

Jordan Kyrou St. Louis Blues
Jordan Kyrou, St. Louis Blues (Jess Starr/The Hockey Writers)

He is one of the nine forwards of the Blues who finished the regular season with 20-plus goals and is accompanied on a line with two others. Kyrou was also over a point per game player, while one of his linemates also accomplished that feat. Offence can come from anywhere in this Blues’ lineup, and it seems to be coming from the third line that is outmatching the Avalanche’s third line at this time. Upon returning home, expect the Blues to get a little bit of a boost from the crowd and atmosphere.

Robert Thomas

Robert Thomas is the second of the Blues’ forwards that is a pick for today’s DFS. He finished the regular season with 77 points in 72 games and was second on the Blues in points. He plays alongside Kyrou, and with their passing and scoring ability, is bound to find the back of the net at least once.

Though Thomas only has three assists in these playoffs, a line change that just occurred should do him good. He had a big breakout season in 2021-22 and even scored 20 goals despite his pass-first mentality. He did have a seven-game stretch where he scored six goals, so watch for him to get hot like he was towards the end of the season again when it’s needed.

Valeri Nichushkin

Valeri Nichushkin continues to find himself being a big benefactor from playing beside two great players in Nathan MacKinnon and Mikko Rantanen. He has scored three goals and four points in six playoff games this season including a goal in Game 1 of the second round against the Blues.

Valeri Nichushkin Colorado Avalanche
Valeri Nichushkin, Colorado Avalanche (Jess Starr/The Hockey Writers)

He plays the game hard and fast and has shown the ability to finish plays. Nichushkin is also playing well over 20 minutes a night, so points are bound to stack up beside two-point per game players and driving forces of the Avalanche offence. With 52 points in 62 games this season, he is much cheaper than he should be with the potential for points he has.

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