2 Daily Fantasy Hockey Stacks for 8/5/20
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.
Let's jump in and look at some stacks to target for goals and plenty of fantasy points.
While the Stars are known as a strong defensive team, the Avalanche are a very strong offensive team, and with only three games on the slate, you can look to stack them. During the regular season, the Avalanche held a 59.22 Corsi For (Shot Attempts Created) Per 60 minutes in 5 v 5 situations, which was the seventh-highest in the league. They also held a 2.94 Goals For per 60 minutes in 5 v 5 situations, which was the second-highest in the league. It's not an exaggeration to say the Avalanche have the best offense among the six teams on this three-game slate.
The Avalanche hold an implied goal total sitting at 2.95, but with how some of these games in the bubble have been playing so far, seeing it hit the over wouldn't be a surprise. If that is going to be the case, you should look to target the Avalanche top power-play, who carries plenty of upside.
That unit is led by Nathan MacKinnon ($8,600), Mikko Rantanen ($7,700), Gabriel Landeskog ($7,000), Andre Burakovsky ($4,500), and defensemen Cale Makar ($5,700). Clearly, this is an expensive stack, no matter which four players you decide to roster. MacKinnon, Rantanen, and Burakovsky are all on the first forward line together, giving them full ice-time correlation.
Through the first two games of the series, we have seen a total of 19 goals -- which is insane and brings us immense fantasy potential to capture. Both teams in this matchup can score plenty of goals, clearly, and they both have no idea how to play defense. This sets up a situation for a potential game stack, which has shown to be viable in the first two games.
If you are looking to go the game stack route, paying up for Connor McDavid ($9,000) or Leon Draisaitl ($8,400) from the Oilers would be the ideal scenario, but that means you'd have to find some savings with the Blackhawks due to their expensive salaries.
Finding value on the Blackhawks is relatively easy, and it can be as simple as stacking their second forward line with Patrick Kane ($8,400), who is the only expensive option and on the first power-play. Alongside him, we see Dylan Strome ($4,500) and Alexander Nylander ($3,800), who are on the second power-play unit together. If you add defender Adam Boqvist ($3,600), you get a three-man stack from the second power-play, while Kane gets you exposure to the first unit.