4 Daily Fantasy Hockey Stacks for 10/16/19
When playing NHL DFS -- much like MLB DFS -- stacking is key. Having multiple players from the same team, who correlate together, can bring your lineup upside and help you maximize potential points.
You can roster up to four players from the same team in NHL, and you should look to have players from the same forward line or power-play unit together. Shared ice time is the key, as it will maximize their ability to contribute to real-life goals with each other, ultimately leading to more fantasy points for us.
Generally, we don't see late scratches in the NHL, and the team's lines are confirmed at practice or before the game. Two of the best resources for that are LeftWingLock.com or DailyFaceOff.com. That is where you can find updated forward and power-play lines for each team.
If you don't play a ton of NHL DFS it can tough to get a clear picture of each slate, but let me tell you, this is a game you want to load up on.
The Colorado Avalanche are off to an unbelievably hot start this season and are on the road to take on a Pittsburgh Penguins lineup, which has suffered plenty of injuries but is exceeding expectations. We have an over/under set at 6.5 goals tonight -- with 73% of the money on the over -- according to oddsFire. To put things in context, this is as if the Atlanta Falcons are playing the New Orleans Saints, which means we are in for plenty of offense, so buckle up.
A 3.18 implied team total is what we have for the Avalanche tonight, who are scoring over four goals per game to start the season. Due to the injuries on the Penguins, they have plenty of value options available, so it's reasonable to get up to the Avalanche top line for a full-on game stack.
That top line for the Avalanche has 100% ice-time correlation and could be considered the best first forward line in the entire league. Those three skaters are Nathan MacKinnon ($8,600), Gabriel Landeskog ($7,100), and Mikko Rantanen ($7,900), who are all on the first power-play unit as well. All three of them are averaging 17 FanDuel points or more this season, giving you a great floor and ceiling combination.
San Jose Sharks
Through six games, the San Jose Sharks have only four points, a start basically no one saw coming.
No doubt a slow start for the Sharks, who were in the Western Conference Finals last season, and projected to be right back in the mix this season. They come in with a 3.39 implied goal total tonight, which is the highest on the slate, as they are at home against the Carolina Hurricanes, who are on the second night of a back-to-back. I've mentioned it before -- the Hurricanes love to generate shot attempts, which is great. What is also great is the fact they aren't particularly good at preventing shot attempts from opposing offenses. We are in a spot for a high-paced game with the offense flowing, which is great for fantasy points.
The second forward line looks promising for the Sharks tonight since those three skaters are all on the first power-play together and aren't overly expensive. Those skaters are Evander Kane ($6,600), Tomas Hertl ($6,200), and Kevin Labanc ($4,900), who are the second forward line and can fit into most lineups due to their reasonable prices.
The Edmonton Oilers are good?
The Oilers have played six games, have 10 points, and are atop the Pacific Division. It's been a wild few years for Oilers' fans, and if they are playing this well right now, you can't be fading a team led by Connor McDavid ($9,300). He centers the top line as you would expect from the best player in the league and is winged by a 50-goal scorer from last season, Leon Draisaitl ($8,600), who is also on the top power-play with him. That is where you want to be stacking tonight, since that is where the upside will come from, but it won't come cheaply.
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins ($5,800) and James Neal ($5,800) -- the other two forwards on the first power-play unit -- aren't too expensive, but roster construction can be difficult due to the first pairing both being over $8,000. Regardless of their prices, I almost feel the need to have a piece of McDavid when he is at home with an implied team total over 3.00.
I mentioned the San Jose Sharks above as a potential stack for tonight, but you should also be looking at this as a potential for a game-stack.
The Sharks aren't playing well right now and will likely have Martin Jones, who looks terrible, in net tonight. He has never been a solid goalie and is the 60th rated goalie in the league right now, out of 64. Yes, a small sample size, but if you've followed hockey over the past few seasons, you know this isn't anything surprising. We have already established that the Carolina Hurricanes generate plenty of offensive opportunities, and with the over/under set at 6.5 goals, we are in a great spot tonight.
If we are looking at this from a game stack perspective, the savings might need to come from the Hurricanes side of things, which means the second forward line, who don't have full correlation. Center Jordan Staal ($5,400) is on the first power-play, Andrei Svechnikov ($5,500) is on the second power-play, and Brock McGinn ($3,700) isn't on any power-play, but that is reflected in his price. A stack that lacks overall correlation should come in at lower ownership and if you jam them into a game stack, you can have leverage in tournaments.