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.”
Zack Kassian – VAN RW – Well, you know what they say, “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” We recommended Kassian last time and he did not disappoint with a goal, two shots on goal and a +1. As long as he’s still skating on the top line with the Sedin twins and priced extremely cheap, I’m taking him each and every time he’s on the ice, and I don’t see any reason why you shouldn’t as well. Oh, and as you can see above, Zack is not shy about dropping the gloves, so he can help you by racking up a few penalty minutes as well.
Nail Yakupov – EDM RW – Another rookie winger off to a hot start, Yakupov plays on the second line for the upswing Edmonton Oilers. He was drafted 1st overall by the Edmonton and has three goals in his first five games. The Oilers selected Taylor Hall 1st overall in 2010, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins 1st overall in 2011, and if their success means anything, then Yakupov is well on his way to being a highly productive forward in the NHL. He’s also seeing significant time on Edmonton’s second power-play unit, and he’s still priced at a significant discount on most sites. The Oilers travel to Phoenix, and while they burned us last time with their rookie goalie posting a shutout, I don’t think they manage it again with veteran journeyman Jason Labarbera in net.
Dave Bolland – CHI C – I think I would be remiss not to recommend a Blackhawk, as they are arguably one of the hottest teams in the league, and they have yet to lose a game. They were one of the highest scoring teams last year, and so far this year that has not changed. They face Minnesota who is on a back to back after a hard-fought win against the Blue Jackets on a late goal. The Wild are also starting their backup goalie, Josh Harding. Bolland plays on the 2nd line with Patrick Sharp and Patrick Kane, two guys who could play on any top line for any team in the NHL. Bolland also sees significant time on the power-play unit, and is off to a hot start himself with three goals, an assist, and six penalty minutes in six games.
Some cheap defencemen: Nick Leddy, Jason Garrison (on sites where his price has dropped), Raphael Diaz (check if P.K. Subban is playing today, and he’s also a good play if his price has dropped).