A vital part of being a successful DraftKings DFS hockey player is being able to assemble a strong cash game or Double-Up team. I like to try to start with the goaltender because it helps to dictate your monetary average and direction you want to go with the rest of your team as you build it with the system you have set in place.
One of the more important parts of my personal system is looking at the matchups in Goals For and Goals Allowed. Then I go a step further and break it down by the Home/Away splits stats and trying to take advantage of any disparity there.
Sometimes refining a part of your system can be critical to DFS strategy. DraftKings doesn’t use plus-minus, so you are always going in on offense. Your main categories are Goals, Assists, Blocked Shots, and Shots on Goal. Penalty minutes aren’t counted as points, so a penalty hurts because you can’t score from the sin bin.
On tonight’s six-game slate I focused on only a few teams, using a few “stacks” in Pittsburgh, San Jose and Dallas.
G: M. Andre-Fleury, Penguins – $8,100
Against a ragged Coyotes team, I want Fleury in net tonight with a strong Pittsburgh offense against a terrible defense. With a 2.39 Goals Against Average and 0.920 save percentage, Fleury is strong at home and will likely secure a win at home tonight.
D: K. Letang, Penguins – $ 6,900
Running the power play and stacked with Crosby tonight, nobody plays better at home than Letang. And against a Coyotes team that is 29th in the league in defense, there is no one else I want in. Penguins likely win big tonight.
D: M. Vlasic, San Jose – $5,200
Vlasic is the next best play if you can’t afford Brent Burns, as Vlasic plays an average of 20 plus minutes a game and logs plenty of special teams time. With 8 goals and 29 helpers, look for the Sharks to pounce on a Montreal team that struggles away from home.
W: P. Marleau, San Jose – $5,700
Marleau is a stealthy player who gets plenty of time on the first power play unit and will see a lot of that against a Montreal team that averages 4.2 penalties per game. A 3.0 Fantasy Points per game (FPPG) average, Marleau and the second line should get on the board tonight at home.
W: M. Zuccarello, Rangers – $6,000
The Rangers are much better at home and will face a Columbus team that has found its scoring game but is still struggling defensively. The Rangers have shut down every team that has stepped foot into the Garden in the new year and tonight will be no different. Zuccarello is likely to lead the Rangers’ offense again tonight.
W: T. Hertl, San Jose – $5,300
For the money, Hertl is a no-brainer, playing on the first line with Pavelski and Thorton. That line will wreak havoc on Montreal tonight. Hertl is likely to continue his torrid point streak and hit the board. With 155 shots this year, Hertl has fit in nicely as a young player skating along side soon to be Hall of Famers.
C: S. Crosby, Pittsburgh – $7,800
“Sid the Kid” is dangerous at home at tonight he will continue to do so against an Arizona team that can’t wait to get home after a long road trip. Crosby faces an Arizona penalty kill that is 25th, and is just as bad at even strength. I smell a blowout in Pittsburgh tonight as the dynamic trio of Crosby, Malkin and Letang have their way at home.
C: J. Spezza, Dallas – $6,000
Dallas has looked better on defense as of late and tonight I want exposure to Dallas with Spezza and the second line. Spezza has been hot lately, and with him playing on the power play with Seguin, his ceiling is always unlimited, especially tonight. Exposure to Dallas tonight is a must, whatever line you use a skater from.
Utility: S. Stamkos, Tampa Bay – $7,800
He has been on fire lately and I will continue to ride him till he proves otherwise. With 25 goals and 31 assists, Stamkos has been a beast on the ice the past few games. In Toronto tonight, against a rebuilding team that ranks 24th in goals allowed, Tampa Bay will run up some goals as the Maple Leafs start scheduled their tee times in advance.