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 to use in tournament play, 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”
Dougie Hamilton – BOS D – One of the strategies I try to use when building an NHL lineup is to go cheap on a defenseman so I can load up on stud forwards. Dougie Fresh as I like to call him has had a nice start to his rookie campaign, logging 3 assists in just 4 games played, to go along with 11 shots on goal, the most of any defenseman on his team. He’s seeing significant time on the power play unit, and he’s paired with the veteran Dennis Seidenberg. Also, Adam McQuaid, another defenseman for Boston has been rule out for tonight’s game, so Dougie could see even more ice-time than usual.
Zach Kassian – VAN RW – After only scoring 3 goals and 4 assists in 27 games last year as a rookie, Kassian already has 3 goals in just 5 games this year. Perhaps that has something to do with skating on the top line with the extremely talented Sedin twins? Anyway, Kassian is still extremely cheap, and while I never like picking forwards against an elite goaltender like Quick, it’s impossible to ignore Kassian’s upside at his price. He’s also racked up 12 penalty minutes to go with 11 shot on goal, so it’s not like he can’t help your team if he doesn’t score.
Roman Josi – NSH D – Another cheap defenseman, Roman has yet to register a point on the young season. I think that changes tonight as Nashville takes on a Phoenix team that has given up the most goals per game in the league, and is trotting out a goalie tonight that has never made a start in the NHL. Roman is seeing 25 minutes per game of ice time, and is paired with one of the most talented defenseman in the game, Shea Weber. He plays on the top power play unit as well. On a related note, I like some of Nashville’s top scorers to break out today, like Mike Fisher, Martin Erat, and Shea Weber. Don’t use Patric Hornqvist though, as he is out tonight.