2 Daily Fantasy Hockey Stacks for 10/28/19
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.
With only two games on a slate it can be tough to fade the clear teams to stack, since if they do what they're projected to do, you're almost dead in the water. That is essentially what we have with Vancouver tonight -- who has a 3.42 implied goal total -- which is not only the highest on the slate, but the highest by nearly half a goal. The Canucks have changed up their forward lines recently and the second line is the one you want to be targeting. That line consists of Elias Pettersson ($6,600), Brock Boeser ($7,100), and J.T. Miller ($5,700).
These three players are all on the first power-play unit together, giving us 100% ice-time correlation, providing the maximum potential upside. If you want to finish the four-man stack for the power-play, consider adding defender Quinn Hughes ($4,400), who has four points in his last three games and brings a bit of a cheaper price tag to the stack.
The Buffalo Sabres are the other home favorite with an implied goal total over 3.00 tonight, meaning it's time to load them up in stacks.
Over their last two games, the Sabres have played the Detroit Red Wings and the New York Rangers, two of the worst teams in the league. Tonight, things are a bit different as they take on the Arizona Coyotes, who are top-10 when it comes to Corsi Against aka the number of shot attempts they allow per game. The Sabres are in first place in the Atlantic Division to start the season and are averaging 3.5 goals per game but no doubt face a tougher test tonight. The Sabres will be facing Darcy Kuemper tonight, who is absolutely a good goalie but has still allowed two or more goals in four straight games.
For me, the second forward line of the Sabres is the spot to look for a stack. Between the savings and shooting for a lower-owned stack, they are among the best options tonight. Why will they be lower owned? They have no power-play correlation, which will limit their upside. Regardless, Jeff Skinner ($7,500), Marcus Johansson ($4,800), and Vladimir Sobotka ($3,500) offer the needed salary relief on this two-game slate. It can be very tough on a two-game slate to have two top lines in the same lineup, which puts the Sabres and their cheaper second line in play tonight.