Check out the best stacks to play in your GPP lineups!
Update (12:30 PM ET): With Jake Allen in net for the Blues, I am going to boost a stack that was previously borderline for me into my top 7, and that’s OTT1 featuring Tkachuk/White/C. Brown/Chabot.
Update (4:45 PM ET): Just an FYI based on the lineups that I ended up putting together. A few of the other stacks that I am using in my lineup include a MTL hybrid stack of Gallagher/Domi/Petry (can also throw in Weber), EDMPP stack with James Neal as the core play (honestly based on price more than anything), and a Chicago Core PP stack of Kane, Debrincat, Gustafsson. I still like OTT1, but something to consider now is that Ennis is probably with Tkachuk and White.
Tonight’s NHL slate features a total of 11 games and a 7:00 PM ET/4:00 PM PT roster lock.
We are a little more than a week into the season and we are all getting a better idea of how each of the 31 teams are doing. This includes chemistry, set lines, line matching tendencies, and pace. But for you DraftKings players, it’s also getting a better idea of the various bonuses that are in play this season. At the end of the day, not much changes in the sense that we’ve always had a focus in guys who shoot the puck a lot. It’s just that it’s so obvious that the majority of frequent NHL players are adjusting their lineup construction strategies.
Nevertheless, there’s a big difference in lineup construction in GPPs. In FanDuel, we are going to keep doing what we’re doing, and including at least one big stack of 3+ (can be a combination of forwards and defensemen), and possibly another stack of 2 or 3 as well. As for DraftKings, I think there’s still a lot to think about, but I do not believe it’s truly necessary to focus on stacking as hard as we once did. More often than not, I’m still including a stack of 3 or 4, but I definitely don’t think it’s as necessary to go with another big stack, or even a mini-stack. This may not last in the long run, but Ryan and I have been playing virtually every single night, and that’s pretty much the trend we’re seeing. I think it’s also important to consider contest size as well. Perhaps the bigger contests will need the big stack that hits, but if you’re playing a GPP with 150 players or less, maybe you can truly just focus on making the best lineup once you establish the stack you want to focus your lineup on.
Remember, I have reposted my Frequently Asked Questions article from last season. Be sure to read this if you’re new to playing DFS NHL, because it answers a lot of questions that I see in the chat.
Elite Fantasy NHL Content Schedule (Main Slates Only)
- 2-3 games (Cheatsheet only)
- 4 games (Cheatsheet and GPP Article)
- 5+ games (Cheatsheet, Cash Game Breakdown, and GPP Article)
Please be sure to keep track of the LINES (who plays with who) and goalie confirmations (who are the starting goalies). Here are the resources I recommend to keep an eye on any developments:
This information comes straight from writers who follow each of the NHL teams closely. If anything important ever comes up, they are surely the first to know and will know earlier than any DFS or NHL website. Following this list will make it easier for you to keep an eye on all types of changes throughout the day (e.g. line changes, goalie confirmations, and late scratches).
If a goalie gets confirmed as the starter throughout the day, this is where you’ll want to go to make sure they are locked in.
This resource is very good to check on line combinations from the previous game and the projected lines for the next game. Be aware that lines may update as they come in, so if a team holds a morning skate, there’s a good chance that the lines that are updated from the morning skate are going to be used in that night’s game.
MAIN SLATE (11 GAMES – 7:00 PM ET/4:00 PM PT lock)
*Since it makes no sense to highlight ALL viable stacks, I am generally only going to focus on the six-to-seven stacks that I like on most nights.
*Stacks are not necessarily listed in order of preference
HIGH-OWNERSHIP (“CHALK”) STACKS
- TORPP1: Auston Matthews/John Tavares/Mitch Marner/Morgan Rielly
- Possible add-on: Andreas Johnsson
- TB1: Steven Stamkos/Brayden Point/Nikita Kucherov
- Possible add-on: Victor Hedman
- STL1: Jaden Schwartz/Brayden Schenn/Vladimir Tarasenko
- Possible add-on: Alex Pietrangelo (5v5) or Vince Dunn (PP)
- While the tough matchup against the Blues didn’t exactly do the Maple Leafs attack any favors, they should be in an above-average situation tonight against the Lightning. One of these teams has scored four goals or more in six of their last seven meetings. The Leafs have been playing with a very fast pace, and the Lightning have not been locked in defensively. Nevertheless, with Tampa going with a super line that now features all three of their All-Star forwards, it’s clear that the upside for both lines is through the roof.
LOW TO MID-TIER OWNERSHIP STACKS
- NSH2: Filip Forsberg/Matt Duchene/Mikael Granlund
- Possible add-on: Roman Josi (5v5+PP1) or Ryan Ellis (5v5)
- CHI1: Patrick Kane/Jonathan Toews/Alex Nylander
- Possible add-on: Erik Gustafsson (5v5+PP1) or Duncan Keith (5v5)
- DET1: Anthony Mantha/Dylan Larkin/Tyler Bertuzzi
- Possible add-on: Filip Hronek
- VGK1: Jonathan Marchessault/William Karlsson/Reilly Smith
- Possible add-on: Shea Theodore
- Filip Forsberg’s line with Matt Duchene and Mikael Granlund has looked phenomenal to start the season. But the one thing I put a lot of weight in is that in the past meetings between these two teams, Forsberg has crushed the Capitals with six goals and five assists in just nine games. Keep in mind, the Capitals drafted Forsberg way back when and traded him for the aging Martin Erat.
- Our own Ryan Clifford did some research for yesterday’s three game slate, and he found that teams coming back to the states after starting the season in Europe have historically done WELL in their first game back. That’s extremely good news because we know how good of a fantasy option Chicago’s top line featuring Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane has been throughout the years. Add Alex Nylander who had himself a hell of a preseason, I think we might have a line that has more upside than most would predict.
- While Detroit’s top line provided a let down against the Ducks (though they did lose out on a goal that was taken back after Mantha was ruled offsides), they are in good shape to rebound against a Canadiens team that looks like an absolute defensive dumpster fire. They are terrible on the PK and giving Nate Thompson PK minutes like we’re back in 2011.
STAND-ALONE VALUE OPTIONS
*Some lineups just need value. If you’re rostering an expensive stack, you will undoubtedly need some value plays scattered throughout your lineup. Most of these plays are also cash game viable.
- Ryan Getzlaf, Ducks (C) – $4300
- Kyle Turris, Predators (C) – $3100
- Andreas Athanasiou, Red Wings (C) – $4500
- Clayton Keller, Coyotes (W) – $4400
- Tom Wilson, Capitals (W) – $3700
- Connor Brown, Senators (W) – $3100
- Conor Garland, Coyotes (W) – $2800
- Zach Aston-Reese, Penguins (W) – $3000
- Filip Hronek, Red Wings (D) – $3600
- Oliver Ekman-Larsson, Coyotes (D) – $4000
- Erik Brannstrom, Senators (D) – $3200
- Jared McCann, Penguins (C) – $4200
- Christian Dvorak, Coyotes (C) – $3300
- Alex Nylander, Blackhawks (W) – $3800
- Tom Wilson, Capitals (W) – $4300
- Ondrej Kase, Ducks (W) – $3900
- Zach Aston-Reese, Penguins (W) – $3400
- Connor Brown, Senators (W) – $4000
- Justin Schultz, Penguins (D) – $4200
- Filip Hronek, Red Wings (D) – $4200
- Ville Heinola, Jets (D) – $3800
GOALIES WITH UPSIDE
*For GPPs, I definitely recommend correlating your goalie selections with a stack, but these goalies likely have some upside if you’re solely looking for volume
- John Gibson, Ducks
- Andrei Vasilevskiy, Lightning
- Carey Price, Canadiens