The Sandman’s Grab Bag: NHL Sleepers is an NHL daily fantasy strategy article finding value in guys you never would expect. An important element of NHL daily fantasy strategy is finding value, so we’ll be highlighting three sleepers every day that come in at a discount, so you can stack your lineup with studs.
These are guys off the traditional radar. As Shakespeare once said, “To sleep, perchance to dominate thy fantasy hockey league.”
Vladimir Tarasenko – STL RW – Another day, another rookie, when it will end? Well, not until their price goes up or they cool off. Tarasenko trails only Cory Conacher in rookie scoring, with four goals and four assists in his first six games for a very good St. Louis Blues team. No one expects him to keep up this sort of production for the whole year, but all we’re looking for is one more game from the red hot Russian. With the Blues traveling to Columbus to face off with our favorite punching bag, the Blue Jackets, we think he’s got a good shot at stretching his points streak to four games.
Travis Zajac – NJD C – He’s not a rookie, I swear. It’s not too often I get to recommend one of my Devils but Zajac’s price, in relation to his opportunity, makes him a fine play in a home match up with divisional foes, the New York Islanders. The Devils usually win these match-ups and Zajac has already scored one goal against the Islanders this season. He’s averaging a ridiculous 22 and a half minutes of ice time per game, heavy minutes on the power-play, and best of all he’s skating on the top line with prolific goal scorer Ilya Kovalchuk. His price is low because last year he only played 15 games due to injury, but let’s not forget he’s only a few years removed from back-to-back 60+ point seasons.
Mike Kostka – TOR D – Back to a rookie, but again, we’ve got price and opportunity. Unlike his name, he won’t cost ya, as he’s priced at the minimum on most sites, and he’s averaging 25 and a half minutes of ice time per game! Not to mention over four and a half minutes of ice time on the top power play unit. He does have three assists on the year as well, all of them coming on the power-play unit. What’s encouraging is that the Leafs are facing the Capitals, a team that has been one of the worst at killing off penalties thus far this year. Oh, and the Capitals are also allowing the 2nd most goals per game in the league. He’s also paired with highly-skilled veteran Dion Phaneuf who can help show him the ropes. Lastly, he’s already blocked ten shots, so if you’re on a site that rewards for blocked shots, he can help you in that category too.
Bonus cheap forwards: Nazem Kadri, Troy Brouwer, Jiri Hudler
Bonus cheap defencemen: Dougie “Fresh” Hamilton,
Wade Redden, John Erskine
UPDATE: Wade Redden is OUT with the flu
Here are some of the games that are worth checking out on various sites:
I am loving FanThrowdown, as they have something for everybody. They have lots of free games if you just want to get your feet wet, and also lots of heads up and 50/50′s games.
Draft Day has a ton of heads up games and 50/50′s. They have a $500 gpp with a $22 buy in called the Manic Moose, if you like those games. Also there’s a $300 gpp with a $5.50 buy in called the Mad Beaver.
Over on Draft Kings you definitely want to check out their nightly freeroll. It provides a great way to learn the game without any risk involved. I also like the NHL Dollar on Draft Kings.
Finally, Fantazzle has a hockey freeroll that is worth checking out tonight.