Today’s NHL Slate Breakdown goes over Wedneday’s six (6) game main slate, which will lock at 7:00 PM ET/4:00 PM PT.
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Positional Cash Game Rankings
- Connor McDavid, Oilers (DK: $9100, FD: $9300) // winner of the 3-way death match between he, Matthews, and MacKinnon due to recent play AND the fact that he has destroyed the Jets this season (2+ points in ALL eight previous games)
- Nathan MacKinnon, Avalanche (DK: $9000, FD: $9200) // I think my stance of MacKinnon > Matthews is probably in the minority given the matchup, but VGK hasn’t been as “locked-in” defensively lately, and if he’s hard matched with VGK2, it’ll be their first game back with Reilly Smith after a 3-game absence, which… isn’t much, but enough to make me like Mac a lot since the pace should be there and vengeance, after two tough losses to the Blues, should be in order.
- John Tavares, Leafs (DK: $6900, FD: $6900) // before I even discuss Matthews, I have to rank JT higher. He has quietly outplayed Matthews in this recent stretch of games, and hasn’t been shy about shooting the puck, either
- Auston Matthews, Leafs (DK: $9200, FD: $8900) // not going to fault anyone who plays Matthews; he still shoots the puck like crazy and usually gets there, but I like MTL’s defense, and while AM34 usually does work against any defense, I just prefer the other options a little more.
- Chandler Stephenson, Golden Knights (DK: $4700, FD: $4500) // given the matchup and salaries, if I want exposure to VGK1, the only guy i’ll consider is Stephenson whose offensive game has stepped up tremendously as of late
- Mason Appleton, Jets (DK: $3300, FD: $3400) // with Kyle Connor getting Nik Ehlers’ role on the 2nd power-play unit (to be specific, the “all the scoring chances are centered on that guy role”), Appleton is back on the top unit, and in a great spot considering he’s on the top six as well.
- Kirill Kaprizov, Wild (DK: $6900, FD: $6600) // six goals in his last five games with goals in each game; obviously playing well, but i’ve always been a proponent of riding guys with goal streaks because they are naturally in a great position fantasy wise because their shot volume is going to be higher than the average replacement player since they tend to do what they can to continue to goal streak (unless they score early, which is what we want anyway)
- Alexander Barabanov, Sharks (DK: $2500, FD: $3000) // made quite the impression in his first game with the Sharks, getting time with Hertl/Kane and PP2 minutes; his min price on both sites helps any lineup immensely
- Cole Caufield, Canadiens (DK: $3700, FD: $3000) // highly touted prospect already tied for the 2nd most mins among forwards in his first game AND got PP1 time? yeah, sign me up; given the likelihood that we are going to try to get some expensive names into our lineup, I definitely like the thought of playing two cheap wingers with upside such as Appleton/Barbabanov/Caufield.
- Jesse Puljujarvi, Oilers (DK: $4300, FD: $3800) // very efficient minutes with McDavid, which is important, because at this point, we can’t depend on ANY quality PP minutes
- Andre Burakovsky, Avalanche (DK: $5800, FD: $4500) // if Rantanen isn’t back with the team, I like Burakovsky as a way to get MacKinnon exposure if you don’t roster him; he’s very affordable and has Rantanen upside
- Evander Kane, Sharks (DK: $6600, FD: $7100) // this play feels VERY “chasy”, but tough to deny his fantasy appeal given his high shot volume, high mins, PP1 time, and the fact he played extremely well against the same team on Monday
- Trevor Moore, Kings (DK: $3200, FD: $3500) // boring play, but if you asked me of the player that has surprised me the most on the Kings roster this season (I’m a Kings fan), it’s Trevor Moore… he has been solid, has good game sense, and also generates a lot of high-danger chances
- Timo Meier, Sharks (DK: $5200, FD: $4400) // prefer to use him on FD; 2nd PP unit will continue to revolve around his entries, but always a threat to shoot in any situation
- Michael Bunting, Coyotes (DK: $4400, FD: $3300) // Coyotes forwards have been a dumpster fire in DFS, but to be able to roster Bunting at $3300 on the top line and top PP is pretty enticing considering he definitely knows how to score
- Jakob Chychrun, Coyotes (DK: $6400, FD: $5300) // Chychrun would probably be a Norris candidate if he played for the Maple Leafs OR played on a competent power-play unit; his 16 goals leads all defensemen, and really just shows a) how good of a shot he has and b) how NOT shy he is about shooting the puck
- Neal Pionk, Jets (DK: $4100, FD: $4500) // as much as I don’t like the outlook for the Jets without Ehlers and after an atrocious performance on Monday, you’d be silly to think they don’t rebound to some capacity; Pionk has FINALLY been promoted to the top power-play unit, and when you consider he is already someone who isn’t shy about shooting the puck or blocking a shot, you know he’s going to be towards the top of my D rankings.
- Shea Theodore, Golden Knights (DK: $6200, FD: $6800) // not many defensemen are as aggressive as Theodore when he’s healthy and locked-in; which has helped him put together a string of seven games where he has accumulated 10 points and 27 SOG.
- Alex Goligoski, Coyotes (DK: $3600, FD: $3800) // I consider him a cheaper way to get exposure to Chychrun, but it is also like drinking RC Cola when when you can buy Coke or Pepsi
- Jake Walman, Blues (DK: $3000, FD: Pass) // DK only in cash
Cash Game Core Four
DraftKings: Connor McDavid, Nathan MacKinnon, Mason Appleton, Alexander Barabanov
FanDuel: Connor McDavid, Kirill Kaprizov, Mason Appleton, Jakob Chychrun (can go MacKinnon OR Burakovsky for exposure if Rantanen sits out)
Before I go through my favorite stacks of the day, let’s take a close look at the updated Pace of Play chart, which will include the overall pace (Corsi For and Corsi Against Per 60 Minutes) and as an added bonus, the high-danger “Pace of Play” (High Danger Corsi For + High Danger Corsi Against Per 60 Minutes). This will take a close look at the pace of play over the last two weeks. I’ve highlighted the specific game matchups in different colors so it’s easy to spot each matchup. *Note, Vancouver/Ottawa is not on the main slate (thank God)
*Stacks are listed in order from perceived chalk to least chalk
EDM1: Jesse Puljujarvi/Connor McDavid/Dominik Kahun
Possible add-on: Darnell Nurse or Tyson Barrie // playing this stack over the PP stack will get lower ownership numbers
COL1: Andre Burakovsky/Nathan MacKinnon/Gabriel Landeksog
Possible add-on: Cale Makar
WPGPP1: Mason Appleton/Blake Wheeler/Mark Scheifele/Paul Stastny/Neal Pionk
LA1: Dustin Brown/Anze Kopitar/Alex Iafallo
Possible add-on: Adrian Kempe (PP1) or Drew Doughty
SJ2: Alexander Barabanov/Tomas Hertl/Evander Kane
Possible add-on: Brent Burns or Erik Karlsson
LA2: Trevor Moore/Blake Lizotte/Adrian Kempe
Possible add-on: Sean Walker
- Cam Talbot, Wild (DK: $8200, FD: $8300)
Adin HillDarcy Kuemper, Coyotes (DK: $7500$7700, FD: $7200)