Daily Fantasy Hockey Stacks for 8/24/20
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 top line for the Avalanche consists of Nathan MacKinnon ($8,800), Gabriel Landeskog ($6,900), and Mikko Rantanen ($7,800), who are the best three-man stack you will find on this slate. That's just a fact -- they have the most skill and present immense fantasy upside, but they come at a very high cost. Ultimately, the questions to ask are: can you afford to pay for them on a two-game slate with limited value options, and, at the same time, can you afford to fade the best players on a two-game slate?
If you are rolling out one lineup, getting some exposure to this top line would be the ideal scenario due to their scoring upside. But, if you are mass multi-entering, you can look to limit your exposure to them for some leverage. If you need the salary savings or you are trying to differentiate your stack, look to add defender Cale Makar ($5,400) or goalie Pavel Francouz ($7,800).
In Game 1, both the Avalanche and Stars were able to generate a significant volume of offensive chances, which should be expected for Game 2 tonight. You can also look to this spot for a game stack, in order to capture the scoring on both sides.
Both the Flyers and Islanders are known for their defense ahead of their offense, which could limit the offensive upside in this matchup. The Flyers have the second-highest implied goal total (2.81) on the slate, so you can still look to stack them -- just don't go overboard. I explained this a bit more on The Daily Deke, so give it a listen if you want some extra context.
Essentially, stacking the Flyers is a fine option, but given the matchup, there is no need for a full four-man skater stack. You can look to have Sean Couturier ($7,100), Jakub Voracek ($7,300), and goalie Carter Hart ($8,600). Alternatively, you could grab some savings and go with Kevin Hayes ($5,300), Travis Konecny ($5,200), and Shayne Gostisbehere ($3,500). The Flyers are still the number one seed in the Eastern Conference, the moneyline favorites at -120, and hold the second-highest implied goal total on the slate. Just don't go crazy with stacking them.