4 Daily Fantasy Hockey Stacks for 10/29/19
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.
Another slate with the Boston Bruins at home, which means their top line is absolutely in play.
With no exaggeration, the Bruins' top line is the best line in the NHL. They are expensive, they score, they score multiple points, and bring legitimate slate winning potential every night. That top-line consists of Patrice Bergeron ($7,500), elite goal-scorer David Pastrnak ($9,100), and Brad Marchand ($8,700). It gets even more expensive if you want to add defender Torey Krug ($5,700), who is on the top power-play unit with them. The cheapest forward is $7,500, and there are some teams on this slate who don't even have their highest skater priced that high.
None of that matters. A 3.46 implied goal total for the Bruins tonight should have them as a top target of yours if you are building one lineup or 50 lineups. They are up against the San Jose Sharks, who are around the middle of the league when it comes to Corsi Against but are second-worst in the league in xGoals Allowed/60 (Expected Goals Allowed) and second-worst in the number of High-Danger-Scoring-Chances allowed per 60 minutes. It doesn't matter what the Sharks have done in the past few seasons, they are horrible on defense this season.
Normally, I like to target the Edmonton Oilers' top line, but an argument can be made for their second forward line tonight.
I'm always in favor of getting some exposure to Connor McDavid when he is on the slate, but there is a way to do that tonight without paying all the way up for his $8,800 price tag. The second forward line for the Oilers consists of Ryan Nugent-Hopkins ($5,600), James Neal ($5,900), and Alex Chiasson ($3,500). Truly not an expensive stack by any measure, but what is most important is the power-play roles for Nugent-Hopkins and Neal. Both of those players are on the first power-play with McDavid and Leon Draisaitl, giving them strong upside at their price points.
Essentially, you are stacking 'part' of the first power-play unit at a significantly lower price tag. You still can attack this great matchup against the Detroit Red Wings, who are the seventh-worst in the league when it comes to Corsi Against and are allowing 3.75 goals per game this season -- love the matchup and love to find a way to attack it at a lower price point.
Home favorite? Check. High implied goal total? Check? Ice-time correlation? Check.
The Nashville Predators hit on all those spots tonight with their 3.43 implied goal total against the Chicago Blackhawks, who apparently decided to not play defense this season, which is something I'm perfectly fine with. Chicago presents a great team to attack on any slate since they offer a solid floor of points from the shots they allow, along with the juicy goal-scoring opportunities. Chicago ranks in the bottom-10 for Corsi Against, xGoals Allowed/60 and in the number of High-Danger-Scoring-Chances allowed per 60 minutes. It's legitimately a perfect storm for the Predators and their offense.
The Predators' top line consists of Ryan Johansen ($5,900), Calle Jarnkrok ($4,000), and Viktor Arvidsson ($7,100), who are all on the first power-play together. The Predators certainly aren't my favorite team to stack, but this matchup is too good to pass on, especially since this stack isn't super expensive. If you want to buy into narrative street, Roman Josi ($7,000) -- who is on the first power-play unit -- is expected to sign a massive long-term extension today. He might have a little jump in his step tonight, just saying.
There is no doubt we are in for a physical game tonight with plenty of action after the whistle, but we should also be in for some scoring. Over the last 16 times these two teams have played, eight of the games have hit the over, according to KillerSports. If that is going to be the case, getting some exposure to this game seems like a good idea, and it can come on the cheaper side of things.
The second forward line for the Penguins has dealt with a ton of injuries this season, but they are getting some players back tonight, with Alex Galchenyuk ($5,300), and Nick Bjugstad ($3,000) both set to return tonight. As you can see, Bjugstad is the absolute minimum salary tonight essentially -- a free square. Patric Hornqvist ($5,800) is the other winger on that line and plays up on the top power-play unit with Galchenyuk. In an effort to pay up for the Bruins' top line, this stack makes things a whole lot easier.