2 Daily Fantasy Hockey Stacks for 11/18/19
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.
Generally, we don't see late scratches in the NHL, and the team's lines are confirmed at practice or before the game. Two of the best resources for that are LeftWingLock.com or DailyFaceOff.com. That is where you can find updated forward and power-play lines for each team.
With only two games on the slate, it can be a very tough decision to fade the 'obvious' team on the slate.
That team tonight is the Washington Capitals, who have the highest implied total on the slate of 3.65 -- over 0.50 higher than the second team. That is massive on a normal-sized slate, but is strikingly clear on a small slate. Generally, the Capitals are a good team to stack, since they can pour in the goals quickly. That level of production is too much to pass up tonight and I won't be doing it. They are facing off against the Anaheim Ducks, who are in the bottom-10 in the league for Corsi Against, xGA/60 (Expected Goals per 60 minutes), and High-Danger-Scoring-Chances allowed. The Ducks are bad and we'd be targeting them on a 10-game slate or a two-game slate.
The Capitals have recently changed up their top-two lines, which now has Alex Ovechkin ($8,800), Evgeny Kuznetsov ($7,900), and Tom Wilson ($4,800) on the top line. The changes are fine, but with T.J. Oshie ($6,900) dropping to the second-forward line, we lose the full correlation. Wilson is on the second power-play unit, but he brings a decent amount of salary relief tonight.
The Arizona Coyotes aren't a super interesting offensive team, but they are necessary tonight.
We have no value on this two-game slate, so we have to look towards the Yotes and their 3.12 implied team total tonight at home versus the Los Angeles Kings. This season, Arizona ranks 21st in Corsi For, but the Kings rank eighth-worst in Corsi Against. While I wouldn't normally look towards the Coyotes on a normal slate, they are in a spot to have extra offensive opportunities tonight due to their matchup, which is something we want to capture.
For some reason, the Coyotes have dropped Phil Kessel ($6,600) to the third-forward line, but is still on the first power-play unit. The power-play is the spot to target, since they fit into roster construction nicely tonight. Carl Soderberg ($4,000), Conor Garland ($4,400), Nick Schmaltz ($5,400), and defender Jakob Chychrun ($4,000) are on that first power-play unit. As you can see, their prices are very friendly if you are looking to stack the Capitals tonight.