Fantasy Corner: Daily Fantasy Defenseman Picks – 05/24/2022

There haven’t been many defensemen worth their salt in daily fantasy between the two series going on Tuesday. That makes filling out your lineup a headache, but it can also mean more room for higher-priced forwards. This betting guide will navigate some of the better value defensemen available for Tuesday’s contests.

Adam Fox, New York Rangers

Adam Fox is the most expensive defenseman across pretty much every platform out there, and he’s totally worth it to pay up for. His salary is still pretty modest, and his contributions have been pretty solid. Throughout the postseason, Fox has three goals and eight assists and had an assist in Sunday’s Game 3.

Adam Fox New York Rangers
Adam Fox, New York Rangers (Amy Irvin / The Hockey Writers)

Even though he’s at the top of the heap as far as salaries go, he’s a must-have in the lineup. Along with his potential to score points, he’s a lock to get multiple shots and a number of blocks. Fox has blocked 13 shots over his last four playoff games, including five in Game 3. Spend the salary on Fox, because there are plenty of cheap options at lower prices that are all essentially the same player.

Brendan Smith, Carolina Hurricanes

He isn’t the highest-profile player on the Carolina Hurricanes, but Brendan Smith has been the steadiest against the New York Rangers in the second round. Smith has a goal and two assists across the two games and is still available on every platform for a staggeringly low price.

Smith doesn’t rack up the minutes like some of his teammates, but he’s made the most of his opportunity against New York. The goal he scored in Game 2 was shorthanded, and he’s picking his spots pretty well in the offense right now. On a day when only four teams are playing and nearly every defenseman has been a dud, Smith is worth a flier at a cheap price.

Tyson Barrie, Edmonton Oilers

Tyson Barrie hasn’t scored a point in his last four games, and his price has dropped because of it. However, he had five shots on goal and three blocked shots in Game 3 and has been steadily involved for the Oilers in the postseason. He had a goal and two assists in the first round but really does his damage in DFS by firing shots on goal and blocking shots.

Tyson Barrie Edmonton Oilers
Tyson Barrie, Edmonton Oilers (Photo by Jonathan Kozub/NHLI via Getty Images)

He’s had decent outings in three of his last five games and has blocked. He’s blocked 11 shots over the last six games this postseason and has 14 shots on goal over his last five playoff games. At the bargain pricing, and playing on a sizzling Edmonton team, the potential is there for him to put up a big number at a good salary.

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