We only have two games in the NHL today. DFS goes on, nonetheless, and there is still money to be made. I can’t stress enough the importance of getting different with our lineups on these tiny NHL DFS slates. Playing very low-owned defenders, stacks, and forward one-offs and/or straying from 4-3 and 3-3 stack constructions tends to be a good idea if we want to cash in on small slates like this. We can also be more apt to play forwards and defensemen against our goalie. All the more with a two-gamer. Let’s look at some of the top options for DFS today.
Top Stacks – Overall
Pittsburgh 1 – DraftKings: $18,400 – FanDuel: $23,200
Sidney Crosby – Jake Guentzel – Bryan Rust
With Jake Guentzel healthy again, we can expect to see big things out of Sidney Crosby and Pittsburgh’s top line. We will likely see them closer to the top of our options on a nightly basis, but they will particularly stand out here on a two-game slate without a ton of options. There’s nothing particularly remarkable about the matchup. Still, they skate on home ice, offer full power play one correlation, and they can be paired with top defenseman Kris Letang for a fantastic four-man PP1 stack. I’ll be firing up this four-man in GPPs and looking to get different elsewhere in my lineups.
Toronto 1 – DraftKings: $18,900 – FanDuel: $21,700
Auston Matthews – Mitchell Marner – Michael Bunting
There is some uncertainty about how the lineup will look for Toronto. Still, the current news is that Auston Matthews is likely to be back in action tonight. This should mean a top line of Matthews/Marner/Bunting. Even if Matthews does not suit up and John Tavares slides up to line one, it should be our second-best option tonight. They’ll be at home facing an Edmonton team that has been relatively attackable offensively. The Oilers will also be without Connor McDavid due to COVID-19 protocols. You can pair them with Jake Muzzin for a top-value defenseman or Morgan Rielly for upside if you can afford him.
Top Stack – Value
St. Louis 1 – DraftKings: $12,600 – FanDuel: $16,900
David Perron – Ryan O’Reilly – Brandon Saad
In a tough road matchup, St. Louis goes up against a stingy Pittsburgh squad. There’s nothing good about the situation here, but we only have four teams to choose from, and we need to find some value somewhere. Without digging into the thin third and fourth line territory, we can get St. Louis’ top line here at a low price, particularly on DraftKings at just $12,600. Colton Parayko is one of the best choices we have today at defenseman, and he is a natural pairing with the stack.
Top Plays – Forwards
Auston Matthews – DraftKings: $8,300 – FanDuel: $10,100
Leon Draisaitl – DraftKings: $7,700 – FanDuel: $10,300
Sidney Crosby – DraftKings: $7,400 – FanDuel: $8,200
Jake Guentzel – DraftKings: $6,000 – FanDuel: $8,900
David Perron: $4,600
Jesse Puljujarvi: $4,300
Alexander Kerfoot: $2,700
Jason Spezza: $2,600
David Perron: $6,300
Bryan Rust: $6,100
Kasperi Kapanen: $4,100
Kailer Yamamoto: $3,300
Top Plays – Defenseman
Darnell Nurse – DraftKings: $6,100 – FanDuel: $6,200
Morgan Rielly – DraftKings: $5,900 – FanDuel: $7,000
Kris Letang – DraftKings: $5,500 – FanDuel: $6,900
Colton Parayko – DraftKings: $4,900 – FanDuel: $5,000
Kris Letang: $5,500 (ceiling and value!)
Evan Bouchard: $4,600
Jake Muzzin: $3,100
Cody Ceci: $2,500
Colton Parayko: $5,000 (ceiling and value!)
Tyson Barrie: $5,000
Jake Muzzin: $3,800
Rasmus Sandin: $3,500
Top Plays – Goalie
Jack Campbell: DraftKings: $8,100 – FanDuel: $8,600
Casey DeSmith: DraftKings: $7,800 – FanDuel: $8,300
Tournament Stack Pivots
There isn’t a lot in this department, considering the size of this slate. We should generally see Edmonton be the lower-owned team here. Pittsburgh and Toronto will be chalk options, and people will look to St. Louis for value. I’d consider ownership in my stack less as my differentiation point. Roster construction and/or seeking out a couple lower-owned plays at defenseman or as one-offs may be the best way to seek leverage here.
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