3 Daily Fantasy Hockey Stacks for 8/6/20
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.
Considering the options on this team, it might be natural to assume you want to stack the first power-play unit. There is nothing wrong with doing that, but the second power-play is a bit more interesting. What some people may not know is that Alex Ovechkin ($8,600) is actually double-shifting and playing on both power-play units. So by starting with him, you get exposure to both power-play lines, and the massive upside Ovi brings on his own.
But the key part of the second power-play is the fact we have full ice-time correlation with the skaters. Evgeny Kuznetsov ($7,100) and Tom Wilson ($4,700) are on the first forward line with Ovechkin as well as the second power-play. The first power-play has skaters from three different forward lines, which is lacking full correlation.
You can look to defender Nick Jensen ($3,700) for the second power-play stack since he isn't overly expensive. This is a fantastic stack to target and one that offers plenty of upside for tournaments.
The Calgary Flames come in as the largest favorites on the slate, and they are a natural team to target for stacking.
At -170, the Flames are heavy favorites in a potential series-clinching game for them, as they are up 2-1 on the Winnipeg Jets. The top forward line for the Flames will continue to be their best option for stacking since they are all on the first power-play together. John Gaudreau ($7,900) has three points in the three games in this series, Sean Monahan ($6,800) has four points in the three games, and Elias Lindholm ($5,600) has three points in three games.
Their top line and top power-play are producing exactly as you would want them to, and that should continue today, considering the Jets have taken 15 penalties through three games. Giving extra opportunities to a strong line that is already producing probably won't end well for the Jets' defense, but it will be great for your lineups.
Toronto Maple Leafs
The Toronto Maple Leafs are on the slate, and it'd be silly to not mention them.
Through the first two games against the Columbus Blue Jackets, the Maple Leafs hold a combined +17 Corsi For (Shot Attempts Created) differential. They have been one of the strongest offensive teams over the past few seasons, and you should continue to target them in tournaments.
Their top power-play unit is one of the most skilled -- but also most expensive -- options on this or any NHL slate. That unit consists of Auston Matthews ($8,800), John Tavares ($7,600), Mitchell Marner ($7,400), William Nylander ($6,400), and defender Tyson Barrie ($4,600). As you can see, this stack will require you to find savings elsewhere since they are all high-priced options.
The four forwards are split evenly over the first two forward lines, which gets you exposure to all of their top scoring options. It's no easy task to jam them all in a lineup, but the multi-goal upside they have can win you a tournament.