4 Daily Fantasy Hockey Stacks for 1/14/20
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 have a super-high implied team total tonight, and you shouldn't be fading them.
That implied goal total is sitting up 3.89, which is insanely high. In all honesty, we don't often see a goal total near 4.00, but we have one here, so we want to jump on it. Even with 11 games on tonight's slate, we should see decent ownership on the Leafs' top power-play unit. That unit consists of Auston Matthews ($8,600), John Tavares ($7,700), Mitchell Marner ($7,900), and William Nylander ($6,000).
Matthews and Marner are on the first forward line together, while Tavares and Nylander are on the second forward line. Stacking all four would bring the most potential upside, but doing so is clearly a very expensive option on this slate. If you are rolling out one lineup tonight, try to grab a few of these players. If you are going with multiple lineups, I would try to set one aside to build specifically with all four of them to capture their tournament-winning upside.
Winnipeg comes in with a very solid 3.42 implied total and should be considered in all formats.
The Jets are at home to host the Vancouver Canucks and have an implied goal total that is nearly 0.50 lower compared to the Maple Leafs'. If that means the Jets are going to be lower-owned, you should try to be over-weight versus the field in ownership. The Canucks come in with a 58.57 Corsi Against (Shot Attempts Allowed), the seventh-worst in the league, and 10.91 High-Danger-Scoring-Chances Allowed per 60 minutes, the ninth-worst in the league. Vancouver gives up a lot of shot attempts, and many of them come close to the net -- the best spot for goal-scoring opportunities.
The Jets' first forward line has full ice-time correlation, meaning they are all on the first power-play unit. Shared ice time is a key factor when looking for potential upside, since they can add multiple points via one goal. That line is Mark Scheifele ($7,400), Patrik Laine ($7,400), and Kyle Connor ($6,500), who come in with 15 points and 36 shots in their last five games.
Tampa Bay Lightning
With nine wins in their last 10 games, the Tampa Bay Lightning are back doing what we know they are capable of.
It was a rough start to the season for Tampa Bay, but they are back near the top of their division and looking like the record-setting team we saw last campaign. It was really only a matter of time until they got moving in the right direction, and we are seeing it show up in terms of fantasy points.
Nikita Kucherov ($8,200) comes in with eight real-world points in his last five games along with 13 shots. His line-mate, Brayden Point ($7,000), also has eight points in his last five games. They are both on the first power-play unit together with Steven Stamkos ($8,400) and Alex Killorn ($5,500). They are very similar to the Maple Leafs tonight -- Tampa has a 3.66 implied goal total -- in terms of what their lines bring for stacking. The power-play is split up, and you can take your pick of the forward lines, but stacking the four from the power play will bring the most upside.
The Chicago Blackhawks aren't a good team, but they are in a good spot today.
Chicago is on the road to take on the Ottawa Senators, a team we've targeted all season -- so we're not stopping now. The Sens are among the worst in the league when it comes to Corsi Against, expected goals against, and the number of High-Danger-Scoring-Chances Allowed per 60 minutes. So we should look to Chicago and their 3.18 implied team total. Also, it helps that some of their options are a bit cheaper, which comes in handy with the Maple Leafs and Lightning being so expensive.
The first power-play unit has Patrick Kane ($8,200) and Jonathan Toews ($6,400), who are the Blackhawks' most expensive players. That is actually not where I want to be looking for a stacking option. The other two forwards on the power-play unit are Alex DeBrincat ($6,000) and Kirby Dach ($3,200). They are on the third forward line together and are much cheaper overall, along with defender Adam Boqvist ($3,500), who is on the power play. Going with those guys may help you dodge ownership as well as saving you money all while giving you good upside.