Are you new to NHL Daily Fantasy? Each day we will make sure to recap the important factors you need to know for winning NHL daily fantasy. Every site has different scoring systems however most award points for the following categories. Goals, Powerplay Goals, Assists, Powerplay assists, +/- and shots on goal. In future articles we will expand on the scoring system and how to find value in players, and how to become a winning NHL player.
Wojtek Wolski, Washington, LW/RW – Wolski has earned his way to the top line, partnering up with Backstrom and Ovechkin. He can’t relied upon for consistent plus/minus anymore, but he’s now with two studs that can put up plenty of goal/assist opportunities. It’s a classic situation of a cheap player potentially taking advantage of stellar linemates.
Raphael Diaz, Montreal, D – Not a huge player last year, Diaz put up a ton of points during two years of Swiss league play. He’s playing well as of late, and was recently promoted to top pairing for the power play. Ride the hot hand, which may last longer than some people think.
Don’t bail on (most) struggling goalies – It’s no secret that the biggest question mark so far is who to play between the pipes. With so many usually-strong netminders getting off to slow starts, it feels more like a crapshoot at this point. Don’t be fooled though, it’s still worth it to pay for guys like Lunquist, Quick, Kiprusoff, because they can turn it around in one night. They have proven records and also aren’t in danger of losing their spots. I’d be more wary of players like Holtby (WAS) and Dubnyk (EDM). Not only are they struggling, it’s no secret their spots could be given away at any time. If you want a cheap goalie, pay for the matchup, not the player.
Joffrey Lupul, Toronto, LW – Joffrey Lupul is the reason to play daily fantasy hockey. When he plays, he puts up points. But half the time he’s injured and can never guarantee you a full season of numbers. Case in point: Fractured forearm from a teammate’s shot on Wednesday night, out at least 6 weeks. Daily fantasy = you don’t have to worry about a risky pick on a talented but oft-injured player! You can even stay in Toronto for more talent…
James van Riemsdyk, Tyler Bozak, Toronto, RW, C – van Riemsdyk is looking like a stud in his new uniform, and his impact is certainly helping his teammates as well. Bozak put together a decent season last year and is now clicking with his new linemate, making the usually ornery Toronto faithful happy for the time being. The price for J.V.R. will be more expensive than Bozak, but both are quality options while they continue clicking.
Regular season numbers count, not real-life playoff failures – A prime example of this is the San Jose Sharks. Perennial favorites to get to the Cup, they fail at doing so every year. They’re looked at this way because of the talent on their roster and the numbers they put up. Just because they don’t show up on the big stage in reality doesn’t mean they don’t light up the scoresheet from a daily fantasy perspective. Thornton, Marleau, Couture, Pavelski, Boyle, and Niemi are all uber-talented and on fire. They’ll continue to put up numbers, at least until playoff hockey starts.
Kevin Shattenkirk, St. Louis, D – No longer a secret to most, Shattenkirk is still cheaper than the top blue-liners. He played great last year in all categories and has started off this year even better, and on a great team to boot. Nothing to dislike here, he’s the guy to look at as a potential defensemen every night he takes the ice.