The NHL comes at us tonight with a 4 game slate and with the lack of actions in some of the other leagues, it’s likely that this (along with the NBA) will be how you get your DFS fix. The NHL is typically the most forgotten out of the 4 major professional sporting leagues which is unfortunate because Hockey itself might be one of the most entertaining sports to watch. Of course this is just my opinion, but regardless of whether or not you agree is irrelevant; the fact remains that you can still make money off the NHL and tonight we’ll help you do it in DFS. Hockey shines on nights like these so check out who we’re targeting for our contests tonight!
David Pastrnak (BOS) – Pastrnak is going to be one of your most expensive options at wing but he’s worth it. I like this start for a few reasons. Firstly, the only other player more expensive than him at this position on FD happens to play for the same team (Brad Marchand) and this could cut into Pasternak’s ownership a little bit. This is a good thing because Marchand’s projections aren’t nearly as flattering. On DK, this is a little different with Pastrnak priced at the top. I’d definitely consider this as a start on FD since he’s likely to produce more than Marchand for $500 less. We’re expecting Pastrnak to provide anywhere from 2.0-2.3x his cost and has potential against a goal tender in Craig Anderson who may be playing a little over his head to start the season. The Sabers are a 3-0 squad but are weak against the power play so if the Bruins get into a man advantage situation, this could be a really good time for Pasternak to rack up some fantasy points. This is a safe start in cash games and I’d also recommend this as a GPP start depending on the platform you use; his ownership may increase on DK slightly. Pastrnak has gotten the start in a very high percentage of our optimized lineups on both platforms.
Johnathan Marchessault (VGK) – This start is a little sneaky but we believe the value is there. With Mark Stone out, Marchessault will likely see an increased amount of ice time and has loads of potential. This is a much better start on DK where he is only priced at $4900 but is expected to produce 2.3x that amount in fantasy points. Because of this, he has made it into 92% of our lineups while we are projecting his ownership to be nowhere near that. This is a decent start on FD as well but his inclusion rate in our lineups drops to just 22% due to his production no longer outweighing his cost. In other words, FD has adjusted. The wheels haven’t quite began to turn for the Golden Nights yet this season however similar to Boston, they’re up against a goal tender playing above his true skill level. I’m looking for the Knights to put up a fight tonight and for Marchessault to be a big part of that. If he’s a boom, he could be a big reason for cashing in GPP. Play with caution in cash games, his value is comes from both fantasy production and a lack of ownership.
John Tavares (TOR) – Now the chalky play in this game will surely be Auston Matthews but I’m going to pivot give out out somebody who is $1200 less on FD, but can boom twice as much. Starting anybody on the Leaf’s probably makes sense but nobody is going to give you the value that Tavares does at his price. Tavares on average takes about 4 shots per game but on one of heaviest attacking offenses in the NHL, On any given night his shots could be doubled creating massive upside. The Sharks have gotten off to a hot start but have trouble generating shots themselves and will likely be playing this game on their own end of the ice. Tavares is similar to Pastrnak in the sense that most fantasy investment will likely go towards his more expensive teammate but again, this will mean the ownership on Tavares will go down making him an intriguing GPP play. Extremely safe for cash. We’re projecting a return in fantasy production nearing 2.24x his cost which is right on par with Matthews. If your looking for as good stack on tonight’s slate, look no further. This could be a duo that contributes to the bulk of your fantasy lineups production.