3 Daily Fantasy Hockey Stacks for 8/12/20
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.
The Colorado Avalanche hold the highest implied goal total on the slate and have one of the best power-play stacks in the entire league.
That goal total is sitting at 3.09 as the Avalanche are set to take on the Arizona Coyotes in Game 1 of the first round. As you might expect, the Avalanche are also the largest favorite -- -180 -- on the slate and that should make them one of the chalkier teams in action today. Paying up for their top power-play stack is no easy task a full slate of games and will be even tougher with only four games today.
But with those higher salaries, you are getting a ceiling of fantasy points not many stacks on this slate can match. That top power-play consists of Nathan MacKinnon ($8,700), Mikko Rantanen ($7,400), Gabriel Landeskog ($6,900), Nazem Kadri ($5,600), and defender Cale Makar ($5,600). Ultimately, it doesn't matter which of the players you choose to stack -- they are all great options -- it only comes down to what salaries fit into your lineups.
The Philadelphia Flyers are the top seed in the Eastern Conference and one of the favorites to win the Stanley Cup.
The Flyers are a strong team top to bottom and have some value options you may want to consider, as they can help with roster construction overall today. Claude Giroux ($7,300) and Sean Couturier ($7,400) lead the way for the Flyers on the first forward line and the first power-play unit, which should make them popular options on the slate. Alongside them on the first forward line is winger Joel Farabee, who is only ($3,300). He isn't on the first power-play with Giroux and Couturier but sees time on the second power-play.
The three lack full ice-time correlation, but since they are all on power-play units, the upside is there for them. On top of that, Farabee's salary is very favorable, and with those savings, you should look to pay up for another stack.
The Washington Capitals are always a team worth stacking due to their immense goal-scoring ability.
We know the Capitals are led by Alex Ovechkin ($8,400), who brings hat-trick potential in almost any matchup. The question becomes who should you stack alongside him to maximize your potential fantasy points?
Ovi is on the first forward line and plays on both power-play units. This is something nearly no one else in the NHL does, but he's one of the best goal-scorers of all-time, so it makes sense. This opens up the possibility for you to stack either power-play unit since you'll be getting exposure to Ovechkin no matter which unit you pick.
The first power-play is more expensive with T.J. Oshie ($6,700), Nicklas Backstrom ($6,300), and Evgeny Kuznetsov ($7,100). They are on the top two forward lines and thus, have a higher potential ceiling of points due to their larger roles. But the second power-play with Jakub Vrana ($4,800), Ilya Kovalchuk ($4,700), and Tom Wilson ($4,700) is far more affordable and can allow you to pay for a stack from another team.