2 Daily Fantasy Hockey Stacks for 8/4/20
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.
After a 3-0 defeat in Game 1 of the Play-In Series, the Canucks find themselves in a near must-win situation to avoid going to an elimination game. Despite being shutout on the scoreboard, a deeper look at some stats can show this game should've been much closer. While in 5 v 5 situations during Game 1, the Wild held +4 Corsi Differential (49 to 45) over the Canucks. Only four shot attempts separated the two teams, but that wasn't the result we saw on the scoreboard.
Call it their first game back after the time off, call it a bit of bad luck, call it whatever you want. The Canucks played a much better game than people realize, and stacking them on this slate is not only affordable but also provides plenty of upside.
The stack you should consider is the second forward line for the Canucks, who are all on the first power-play unit together. This gives them full ice-time correlation, allowing maximum upside for fantasy points.
Those three players are Elias Pettersson ($6,800), J.T. Miller ($6,800), and Tyler Toffoli ($5,500). A moderately-priced stack which should give you the flexibility to add a full second stack to the same lineup. With all three players on the power-play, the potential upside they bring can vault you to the top of the leaderboards. If you have the roster spot open, look to add defender Quinn Hughes ($5,300) to the power-play stack.
The win was a bit of a surprise since they were without their top-line center Mark Scheifele ($7,000) and winger Patrik Laine ($7,300), two of their best players. It appears that Scheifele is unlikely to play in this game or for the rest of the series, while Laine has a chance to play tonight. We'll go with the assumption they are both out, but if Laine is able to play, he should be considered as a top option.
In yesterday's game, we saw the top line consist of Kyle Connor ($7,000), Blake Wheeler ($6,800), and Andrew Copp ($3,500). They were all on the first power-play together and are yet another stack with full ice-time correlation. This stack should be in a good spot to generate some offense since the Jets held a +6 Corsi Differential through the first two games while in 5 v 5 situations.
Considering the other options on the slate, and the fact we see the Jets as +135 underdogs, according to FanDuel Sportsbook, they shouldn't be a popular option -- making them that much more enticing for tournaments.