NHL DFS Tournament Breakdown For DraftKings and FanDuel – 12/14/2021

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NHL DFS Tournament Breakdown For DraftKings and FanDuel - 12:14:2021

Today’s 14-game NHL slate is absolutely massive, one of the biggest you’ll see. We have some super decent competitions throughout the industry tonight. This is an excellent day to focus on NHL DFS. Let’s take a look at our top options.

Top Stacks – Overall

Boston 1 – DraftKings: $23,200 – FanDuel: $24,100

Brad Marchand – Patrice Bergeron – David Pastrnak

Boston 1 is a genuinely elite line that will be near the top of the heap on just about any slate. The great thing is that we tend to get an ownership discount on them as they are costly. They also come with less appeal to DFSers than lines that feature some of the more prominent individual stars in hockey, particularly at their price. Today they play at home against a Vegas team that, while offensively quite potent, has honestly struggled defensively for some time now despite being a good team overall. This is not a matchup to shy away from, and Boston 1 offers us a lot of leverage on this slate.

UPDATE

Brad Marchand is in the COVID-related absence protocol. We will have to watch and see who moves up to the top line. It may lower their potency but will reduce the price, which could benefit us in the end.

Winnipeg 1 – DraftKings: $18,400 – FanDuel: $22,200

Kyle Connor – Mark Scheifele – Andrew Copp

Andrew Copp has slid up to the top line for Winnipeg in the absence of Blake Wheeler, who is out with a knee injury. Chemistry remains to be seen, but this does not appear to be a downgrade at first glance. We are getting a bit of a discount on Copp who’s price still reflects his former position on Winnipeg’s second line. This will always be one of the top lines in hockey. Still, we get the added benefit of a bit of a price discount from some of the other elite lines, particularly on DraftKings. They also face a highly attackable Buffalo team and skate on home ice. This is the priority spend-up stack for me on the slate.

Florida 1 – DraftKings: $20,500 – FanDuel: $20,900

Sam Bennett – Jonathan Huberdeau – Sam Reinhart

Speaking of dangerous lines against bad defenses, Florida 1 at home will have to be a priority tonight against Ottawa. You get full power play 1 correlation against an Ottawa team that has struggled against the power play. You can also pair them with one of the two top defensemen on the slate in Aaron Ekblad and Mackenzie Weegar. Patric Hornqvist is also one of the best values on the slate from a points-per-dollar perspective. He skates on the power play 1 and is very cheap. He can either be tacked onto the whole stack on DraftKings or replace one of the skaters on line 1 to save some money.

Top Stacks – DraftKings Value

Vancouver 2 – DraftKings: $11,900

J.T. Miller – Brock Boeser – Tanner Pearson

It is not often that we heavily target Vancouver on a sizeable main slate. Still, we need savings here, and they are very cheap and in a good matchup. They skate on home ice against the Columbus Blue Jackets, and we get full power play one correlation. You can also pair them with a reasonably inexpensive Quinn Hughes for a PP1 stack.

Top Stacks – FanDuel Value

Pittsburgh 2 – $14,700

Jeff Carter – Jason Zucker – Dante Heinen

This one is kind of a no-brainer as Pittsburgh has been priced too cheap for a matchup with arguably the worst defensive team in the league so far this season in Montreal. They skate at home, on top of it. Not only can you play this full-line, but there are a lot of power-play 1 stack combinations you can use. Against this Montreal team that has given up the most goals against the man advantage in the NHL this year, no less. You can mix in line one skaters Sidney Crosby and Evan Rodrigues and top defenseman Kris Letang. You might leave Dante Heinen off of the line since he doesn’t skate on the power play and replace him with one of these other guys for a more robust stack.

Top Plays – Forwards

Ceiling:

Auston Matthews – DraftKings: $9,300 – FanDuel: $10,100

Connor McDavid – DraftKings: $8,900 – FanDuel: $9,800

Nathan MacKinnon – DraftKings: $9,500 – FanDuel: $10,000

Kyle Connor – DraftKings: $7,400 – FanDuel: $9,000

DraftKings Value:

Andre Burakovsky: $4,000

Jason Zucker: $3,400

Patric Hornqvist: $3,200

Noah Gregor: $2,600

FanDuel Value:

Patric Hornqvist: $4,800

Jason Zucker: $4,300

Kasperi Kapanen: $4,000

Kyle Palmieri: $3,600

Top Plays – Defenseman

Ceiling:

Dougie Hamilton – DraftKings: $7,400 – FanDuel: $6,600

Aaron Ekblad – DraftKings: $7,300 – FanDuel: $6,700

Victor Hedman – DraftKings: $7,200 – FanDuel: $6,800

Mackenzie Weegar – DraftKings: $6,200 – FanDuel: $5,300

DraftKings Value:

Mikhail Sergachev: $3,700

Tyler Myers: $3,500

Esa Lindell: $3,300

Travis Sanheim: $2,700

FanDuel Value:

Mackenzie Weegar: $5,300 (ceiling and value!)

Neal Pionk: $4,600

Ivan Provorov: $4,000

Tyler Myers: $3,900

Top Plays – Goalie

Tristan Jarry – DraftKings: $8,500 – FanDuel: $8,400

Connor Hellebuyck – DraftKings: $8,400 – FanDuel: $8,300

Andrei Vasilevskiy – DraftKings: $8,200 – FanDuel: $8,600

Cam Talbot – DraftKings: $7,800 – FanDuel: $7,300

Tournament Stack Pivots: DraftKings

We’re going to see a lot of the spend-up ownership going to Winnipeg 1. We should also see a good bit of Toronto 1, Florida 1, and Edmonton 1. We can gain some leverage by going with Boston 1 or Colorado 1 here. To get even more off the board, we can go with Minnesota 1 or Vegas 1. Ottawa 1, Detroit 1, and Buffalo 1 are reasonably viable low-owned options for value stacks. You could also look to NYR1 and 2 or NYI1.

Tournament Stack Pivots: FanDuel

Boston 1, Colorado 1, and Edmonton 1 should all go pretty low-owned here compared to other top-tier stacks. Toronto 2 and Vegas 1 are even more off-the-board contrarian options. You can also look to Ottawa 1, Minnesota 1, San Jose 2, and St. Louis 2 to get different in GPPs.

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