4 Daily Fantasy Hockey Stacks for 11/5/19
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.
Toronto Maple Leafs
The Toronto Maple Leafs are at home with a massive implied goal total, so time to go back to one of the best offenses in the league.
There are some reports stating that John Tavares ($7,400) is set to return to the lineup tonight, which would be a big boost to their offense. If he is ready to play, he will almost certainly be back on the top power-play unit, along with the first forward line. Their team total is at 3.82, which could push even higher once the official Tavares news drops. They are facing off against the Los Angeles Kings, who lead the league in Corsi For -- actually shocking -- while the Maple Leafs are the third-highest in the league. We are in for a very, very fast-paced game tonight with plenty of scoring opportunities.
Tavares should be alongside Mitchell Marner ($7,800) and Trevor Moore ($3,400). Marner is on the first power-play with Tavares and Auston Matthews ($8.600), which, as usual, is one of the highest upside stacks on any given slate. Moore is on the second power-play unit, which means you lose full-correlation, but still have upside elsewhere.
New York Islanders
The New York Islanders are riding a nine-game winning streak, but can they keep it going versus one of the worst teams in the league?
There is no doubt the Senators are still one of the worst teams in the league, so regardless of the Islanders' nine-game win streak, we'd still be targeting them. We can find the Senators near the bottom of the league in the areas we normally look at: Corsi Against, xGoals Against, and the number of High-Danger-Scoring-Chances per 60 minutes. It's been mentioned before, but I'll say it again: the Islanders are an easy team to stack since they have no skaters over $7K.
From a roster construction standpoint, they don't make things difficult on your salary space. On top of that, their top forward line has full correlation on their top power-play, making this stack all the more valuable. That line consists of Mathew Barzal ($6,600), Anders Lee ($6,700), and Josh Bailey ($5,600). You can add rising young defender Devon Toews ($4,400) -- who went to my alma mater -- and offers a very solid floor of points.
The Winnipeg Jets have a chance to be the top overall stack on the night.
A 3.42 implied team total is high for the Jets and it's 0.40 behind the Maple Leafs. Even with being a bit behind Toronto, the Jets' top power-play unit can outscore any other unit tonight, so let's jump in.
They are playing the New Jersey Devils, who are lacking in nearly every area defensively, which is shown best by this graph. When looking at their goals against by their Goals From High Danger Shots Against, they are one of the two worst teams in the league. The Devils are giving up a lot of goals per game, and it's likely that those goals are coming from the most valuable areas on the ice. It's not as if they are giving up a ton of goals on shots far from the net -- these are prime goals on shots from the opposing offense.
This is a dangerous mix to have as a team, but one we want to attack tonight. The Jets finally have the first forward line I personally want to see, which is Mark Scheifele ($7,500), Blake Wheeler ($7,000), and Kyle Connor ($6,600), who are on the first power-play together. As you can see, you need to break out the checkbook to get this stack into your lineup, but it's worth it knowing they have 12 points and 48 shots on goal between the three in their last five games.
Vegas Golden Knights
I'm intrigued by the Vegas Golden Knights as a stack tonight, who should be lower owned.
We have an 11-game slate tonight, and we should see ownership spread out after we get away from the top few teams, which means a road team like Vegas won't be too highly owned. That lower ownership can be a game-changer in tournaments, and I think the Golden Knights bring that possibility tonight.
A 3.17 implied goal total is pretty strong and hitting the over on that shouldn't be too hard since they are up against the Columbus Blue Jackets, who are in the bottom-10 when it comes to Corsi Against. We also have an over/under sitting at 6.0 for this game, so there's an outside chance we have offense going back and forth, given the fact Vegas -- and Marc-Andre Fleury in net -- haven't looked amazing to start the season.
As always, I look towards the second forward line for Vegas, who also make up the second power-play unit. Those players are Paul Stastny ($5,100), Max Pacioretty ($7,100), and Mark Stone ($8,100), who have 10 points and 42 shots between them in their last five games.