Evening NHL DFS Picks
Stadium Series Edition
With a classic Habs vs Leafs game, and another edition of the #StadiumSeries, having just four games on the evening schedule ain’t so bad. We have a strong roster with a ton of money left, $1800 to be exact. Let’s see who I selected from a condensed set of options.
- My roster
Stadium Series – I figured based on 90% of previous outdoor games that this will be a low scoring affair as well. With that being said, I limited myself to just one player from each side.
In a game of such epic proportions, you expect the young players to be a little shell-shocked to start off, so I went with the veterans in the Stadium Series.
Jarome Iginla was my selection from the home-town Avalanche. The veteran sniper has been filling the net regularly for the past three weeks and if there is a goal to be had early-on, or really late Iggy will do it.
Pavel Datsyuk always stars under the lights, and skating in the Stadium Series is blinding. I personally cannot wait to watch the 2016 version of the greatest rivalry of my life-time. It’s always special when the Red Wings and Avalanche get together and tonight will be something really special. A real sight to see.
I think the Canadiens line of Alex Galchenyuk, Lars Eller and Sven Andrighetto will be have too much speed and skill for the talent ravaged Maple Leafs. But if I went with Galchenyuk and Andrighetto over Jarome Iginla and Max Pacioretty the amount of cap room left over would be ridiculous. I decided to try to max out the cap as much as I could while focusing on the favourites in each matchup.
Pacioretty plays with Plekanec and Gallagher on the Habs top line, but the aforementioned trio displays more natural, high-paced chemistry. Pacioretty and Gallagher’s individual talent compared to the rest of the pool, and a date with the Leafs made them the choice.
Calgary’s Johnny Gaudreau has the puck on a string at the moment, and often finds more twine.
The Kings should dominate the Sabres, and I expect the horses to pull the carriage. Kopitar hasn’t missed a beat since comng off an injury and Doughty is just too solid at both ends of the rink.
Mike Condon was a great discount and since our big-ticket choice Jonathan Quick will be riding the pine we stuck it out with the Montreal netminder.
Early DFS NHL Picks
My early DFS NHL Picks for the day. There is another contest with four great evening games coming up. This one highlights the five awesome afternoon games we have the pleasure of watching this Saturday.
The Superstars: Filip Forsberg is on fire, Sidney Crosby could ground the Jets, and Roberto Luongo has a great matchup and is heating up.
Star Power: Jaden Schwartz has been money since returning from a season-long injury, Dallas Star (pun intended) John Klingberg is a heck of a value at $5800. Need I say anything about Gostisbehere?
Role Players: Boston’s Kevin Hayes pretty regularly contributes. Victor Arvidsson of the Predators was demoted to the third line recently, but has come up with double digit fantasy points in his last two contests. I’m going to take the chance on him again and hope he keeps me afloat with an average performance at worst.
X-Factor: Since I couldn’t afford Tyler Seguin, Valeri Nikuschkin will have to do. He is riding shotgun with Jamie Benn and Seguin and has 2 assists in his last two games.
The plan is for the big guns to have BIG games, while my X-Factor comes through in the clutch. Let’s see how this edition of my DFS NHL picks fares on this bright Saturday afternoon.
Here’s another installment of my winning (hopefully) daily fantasy hockey lineup. This week we are going to take a look at one of the lesser-known ways to play daily fantasy sports. An old friend perhaps, the point-spread.
In a point-spread contest, athletes are ranked by a spread rather than an appointed salary. There may or may not be a point cap, similar to a salary cap. The top players will be ranked below 0, and the “cheapest” players will be your positives. IE: Sidney Crosby is the NHL’s most valuable skater at -13.8, while injured rookie Lucas Lessio is a +7.7. The spreads are based off their FPPG production.
- My Lineup
I went with the small spread mentality. Don’t start too deep in the hole right out of the gate, and maximize your values. A well-balanced philosophy combined with boom-or-bust picks was my best chance to wrangle this one in.
So obviously my team is Montreal Canadiens dependent. Goaltender Ben Scrivens has played his best hockey of late, riding a three-game winning streak into Buffalo so I had to take him at -0.5 (a great discount for goaltenders). The line of Alex Galchenyuk–Tomas Plekanec-Brendan Gallagher is one of the hottest in the NHL, so I went with Galchenyuk. The least productive of the bunch, which is why I’m banking on a break-out.
With that line so hot, captain Max Pacioretty is due for a return to the spot light. He started getting some chances toward the end of their previous game, and a young team like the Sabres may be just what the doctor ordered. Pacioretty was too expensive for this owner and his aforementioned philosophy, so we went with his setup man, David Desharnais. While we know he won’t contribute in multi-categories, if he can get 2 assists, a couple of shots on goal and maybe even one across the goal line, it will have been worth the gamble.
My joker, perhaps the X-factor…Jaden Schwartz,.The uber-talented young Blues forward is returning from a fractured ankle he suffered in October…49 games ago. He will find his place next to his two former linemates Jori Lehtera and Vlad Tarasenko in a line that could produce instant fireworks.
Marian Gaborik returns to MSG with his rolling LA Kings, so I’ll take the chance that the veteran plays a solid game against the team that traded him because he wasn’t effective enough for them.
The only big ticket item we have is Penguins Defenseman Kris Letang. His -9.8 price tag, or shall I say spread, didn’t scare us away. A matchup with the lowly Hurricanes could be a tasty treat for the red-hot blueliner. His FPPG totals are just too ridiculous to even consider not playing him in with this matchup.
Alexei Emelin has been looking like a stud on his own blueline over the last few contests and his muli-category ability makes him very appealing. Not to mention Jeff Petry is out with an injury so Emelin‘s playing time will go up.
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