NHL DFS Tournament Breakdown For DraftKings and FanDuel – 12/11/2021

NHL DFS Tournament Breakdown For DraftKings and FanDuel - 12:11:2021

We have a vast 11-game NHL slate today with a bewildering number of possibilities. Let’s waste no time and take a look at some top options.

Top Stacks – Overall

Washington 1 – DraftKings: $22,600 – FanDuel: $21,600

Alex Ovechkin – Evgeny Kuznetsov – Tom Wilson

Washington’s top line is always on the board as one of the best stacks whenever they’re on the slate. Today they get the added benefit of a great matchup against a sub-par defensive team in Buffalo. We should see considerable ownership on FanDuel, but it may actually stay in check on DraftKings due to prohibitive pricing.

Toronto 1 – DraftKings: $16,900 – FanDuel: $19,300

Auston Matthews – Michael Bunting – Ondrej Kase

The shuffling of Toronto’s top line has undoubtedly put a dent in Auston Matthews’ fantasy value since he has weaker linemates. However, it also lowers the price of the line, and Matthews can carry whoever he skates with. This could be considered a value stack on DraftKings.

On top of it, Ondrej Kase moving to the top line is a significant improvement over Wayne Simmonds, and Kase skates on the top power play unit with Matthews. I’d also consider running a power play stack and including William Nylander, John Tavares, or Morgan Rielly with Matthews while possibly leaving off Bunting. Toronto gets a nice matchup against Chicago tonight and is a top priority for DFS.

Toronto 2 – DraftKings: $18,000 – FanDuel: $20,800

John Tavares – William Nylander – Alexander Kerfoot

The Maple Leafs are in a good spot here at home against the Blackhawks. Their top two lines are relatively balanced, with Tavares and Nylander skating on line 2. This is why I mentioned the power play stack regarding line 1. Kerfoot is a player that you could leave off this line as he is not very viable for DFS and does not skate on the power play. I may be more likely to run a Tavares/Nylander two-man or include Kase or Matthews for a PP1 stack.

Top Stacks – Value

St. Louis 1 – DraftKings: $14,600 – FanDuel: $16,600

Brandon Saad – Ryan O’Reilly – Jordan Kyrou

St. Louis 2 – DraftKings: $14,100 – FanDuel: $17,600

Pavel Buchnevich – Ivan Barbashev – Vladimir Tarasenko

The top two lines for St. Louis continue to be underpriced, and they get the matchup of all matchups tonight against Montreal, the number one team in the league in goals against. They are also second in expected goals against. This is a smash spot, and I’ll be firing these guys up in my DFS lineups. I love pairing them with top-value defenseman Colton Parayko on FanDuel as well.

Top Plays – Defenseman


Dougie Hamilton – DraftKings: $7,900 – FanDuel: $7,000

Kris Letang – DraftKings: $7,300 – FanDuel: $7,100

Jakob Chychrun – DraftKings: $6,900 – FanDuel: $5,000

Darnell Nurse – DraftKings: $6,700 – FanDuel: $6,300

DraftKings Value:

Jake Muzzin: $3,500

David Savard: $3,300

Adam Larsson: $3,100

Calvin de Haan: $2,800

FanDuel Value:

Jakob Chychrun: $5,000 (ceiling and value!)

Colton Parayko: $4,700

Ivan Provorov: $4,400

Jake Muzzin: $3,800

Top Plays – Goalie

Charlie Lindgren: DraftKings: $8,300 – FanDuel: $7,600

Ilya Sorokin: DraftKings: $8,000 – FanDuel: $8,200

Cam Talbot: DraftKings: $7,900 – FanDuel: $8,300

Jacob Markstrom: DraftKings: $7,900 – FanDuel: $7,500

Tournament Stack Pivots: DraftKings

Washington 1 is the top stack of the day, yet they are not projected for a ton of ownership. If you want to get even lower ownership on some very high success probability stacks, take a look at BOS1, CGY1, and MIN1. Other options include DAL1, ANH1, CHI1, and SJ1.

Tournament Stack Pivots: FanDuel

On FanDuel, much of the spend-up ownership is going to Washington 1. This makes stacks like BOS1, TOR2, DAL1, CAR1, and MIN1 low-owned. I’d also consider SJ1 and CHI1 in GPPs.

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