4 Daily Fantasy Hockey Stacks for 11/14/19
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.
Tampa Bay Lightning
It hasn't been the same start we saw last season from the Lightning, but it's time to put all that aside and embrace the fantastic matchup they have tonight versus the New York Rangers. We should be expecting a good bit of ownership on the Lightning tonight since their implied goal total is nearly 0.5 goals higher than the next team, so keep that in mind. The Rangers come in as one of the weakest defensive teams in the entire league and find themselves near the bottom, or the actual bottom, of the league when it comes to Corsi Against, xGA/60 (Expected Goals Against), and High-Danger-Scoring-Chances allowed.
The Rangers' defense is an elixir for any struggling offense, so we want to be trusting Tampa Bay's top power-play unit to pour in some goals. That top power-play unit is very expensive, but with an eight-game slate tonight, we have the value around. Nikita Kucherov ($8,100), Steven Stamkos ($7,900), Brayden Point ($7,200), Alex Killorn ($4,300), and Victor Hedman ($6,200) are the five players on the first power-play. Killorn is the clear value option in this stack, but he is on the third forward line.
The road Jets have an implied total sitting at 2.92, which is very, very interesting tonight. We also see the Jets as +140 road dogs, making this a potentially undervalued spot and one which should be overlooked. This is a stack at lower ownership that could legitimately win you a tournament -- let's jump in.
The Panthers are likely to have Sergei Bobrovsky in net tonight, and he has not been good this season. He is allowing over three goals per game, has a save percentage under .900, and has allowed two goals or more in 14 of his 15 games. If the goalie is this bad, why are the Jets this big of an underdog?
That is the question I keep coming back to, and it makes me want to stack the Jets, since the masses shouldn't be on them tonight. Kyle Connor ($6,500), Mark Scheifele ($7,400), Nikolaj Ehlers ($4,900), and Josh Morrissey ($4,700) are on the first power-play together, which is where you want to stack. They all have double-digit shots in their last five games, with all but Ehlers having three or more points in their last five games.
Los Angeles Kings
This is the first time all season I'm writing about the Los Angeles Kings, and it could be the last.
The Kings aren't a good team, but they are up against the Detroit Red Wings tonight, who also aren't a good team. Just as I said the other day about the Anaheim Ducks, we should consider the Kings as a viable stack tonight due to their matchup. It also helps that the Kings' first forward line -- which is also their first power-play unit -- isn't too expensive, which also helps with roster construction. The Kings actually find themselves as the fourth-best team in the league in Corsi For, giving them a solid floor of points, but they haven't been able to convert that much, as they have the fifth-fewest goals scored in the entire league.
Anze Kopitar ($7,800) is clearly the best player on the team, so any stack should include him. Dustin Brown ($5,600) is averaging over 2.5 shots on goal per game and has four points in his last five games. Alex Iafallo ($3,900) offers some savings being under $4K. Drew Doughty ($5,800) is as consistent as they come on defense, averaging over two shots and two blocked shots per game.
From a stacking and roster construction standpoint, the Arizona Coyotes make a ton of sense tonight.
With Arizona's most-expensive player being Phil Kessel at only $6,600, you can look to them for savings if you are trying to pay up for the other stack. Kessel is on the top forward line and the top power-play unit alongside Nick Schmaltz ($5,000), Derek Stepan ($4,600), and Jakob Chychrun ($3,900). With three of the four players being $5K or cheaper, you can actually stack whoever you want tonight. When I say whoever, I mean I went through some mock builds of lineups and there is nearly $2K leftover after paying up for the Lightning and having a goalie in there.