4 Daily Fantasy Hockey Stacks for 10/24/19
When playing NHL DFS -- much like MLB DFS -- stacking is key. Having multiple players from the same team, who correlate together, can give 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.
The Buffalo Sabres are looking amazing to start the season and have seemingly taken the next step despite having a new head coach.
Through 10 games, the Sabres have 17 points and are atop the Atlantic Division. Their promising young core is led by first-line center Jack Eichel ($8,400), who has 14 points in 10 games and is second on the team in expected goals (xGoals). Eichel is flanked by Sam Reinhart ($6,000) and Victor Olofsson ($6,500), who are all on the first power-play as well. You can add defender Rasmus Dahlin ($5,700) to the stack to round out the power-play unit. The Sabres have a 3.36 implied goal total tonight, as they are on the road to take on the New York Rangers, who essentially have no defense.
The Rangers are dead last in the league when it comes to Corsi Against and the number of High-Danger-Scoring-Chances allowed per 60 minutes. They allow an insane amount of shot attempts every game, and those attempts often lead to goals. It's the ideal scenario to attack, and you should be strongly considering the Sabres tonight.
Home favorite? Check. High implied goal total? Check. Line correlation? Check. Let's look at the Nashville Predators.
In all honesty, the Predators aren't a team I target too often in DFS, since they don't play a style of hockey that is super conducive for fantasy points. They have multiple lines who can all contribute to scoring, but for the most part, no one group is the clear best option. The Predators also have a very solid defense, so they generally don't need to create a ton of offense. To put it simply, if they get the lead in a game, their defense and goalie are solid, so they can say, "Okay, we don't need to push the pace. Let's just control the game."
Even with that said, they should be on your list of teams tonight.
They come in as -170 home favorites with a 3.32 implied goal total, and their first forward line is together on the first power-play. They check all the boxes, which is why you should look towards Ryan Johansen ($5,600), Calle Jarnkrok ($3,800), and Viktor Arvidsson ($7,300), who as you can see, aren't too expensive. It can get a bit more expensive if you add defender Roman Josi ($6,600), who is a complete stud and one of the safest options in DFS.
It'd be silly to not consider them as a top option tonight since they are up against the Minnesota Wild, who are looking like one of the worst teams in the league this season, allowing a 57.23 Corsi Against (eighth-worst) with three of their four forward lines rated 25th or worse.
Despite only have three wins in seven games, the Philadelphia Flyers are looking good and in a prime spot tonight.
They are facing off against the Chicago Blackhawks in a game where the over/under is set at 6.5 goals, meaning we are ready for plenty of scoring. This game could easily turn into a very back and forth contest, which would require each team to keep their foot on the gas and continue to generate offensive pressure. That is what we want to see, and we want to get some exposure on the Flyers' side tonight.
I mentioned that they only have three wins in seven games, but if we take a look at some of their underlying stats, we should be able to get a better idea of their offense. If you look at this chart, you can see they are the best in the league in Corsi% and have an xGoal of 2.89. This essentially is a 'buy-low' opportunity, as they have the overall offensive pressure we want -- it's just not showing up on the scoreboard yet. A bit unlucky, if you will. This is good when facing a team like the Blackhawks, who are in the bottom-five for both Corsi Against and the number of High-Danger-Scoring-Chances allowed per 60 minutes.
The first forward line has full ice-time correlation and are on the first power-play unit together. That line is Claude Giroux ($7,500), James van Riemsdyk ($5,500), and Jakub Voracek ($6,600). They are decently expensive stack, but their matchup is great, and their offense if primed to breakout.
The Washington Capitals are simply doing their thing again this season, scoring goals and providing plenty of fantasy value.
The Caps are on the road to take on the Calgary Flames, where the over/under is set at 6.0, which might be too low. These teams come in 9th and 10th for goals allowed per 60 minutes, along with both being in the top half of the league in shot attempts created. When I say this game could easily be 5-4, I truly mean it and love the idea of doing a game stack here to soak up all the offense.
Defender John Carlson ($7,100) is leading the entire league in points right now, so you should look to lock him in. He is on the first power-play with the usual cast of characters for the Capitals, which includes Alex Ovechkin ($8,600), Nicklas Backstrom ($6,400), and T.J. Oshie ($6,600).