NHL DFS DraftKings Snipes – Saturday October 20th, 2018
Each post will provide a quick recap of players discussed in previous articles. Success is the clear goal, but it is important to understand our misses as well. See if we can find those trends that work, and areas we can improve.
Below is a recap of Thursday’s DraftKings Snipes action that we talked about.
Tyler Seguin – 5 shots on goal and 2 blocks
Jason Spezza – 1 goal on 4 shots
Aleksander Barkov – 1 assist and 4 shots on goal. 25:26 time on ice.
Alexander Radulov – Participated in Friday morning skate and was hopeful to play, but was a late scratch.
Jakub Vrana – 1 goal and 1 assist.
Matthew Tkachuk – 1 goal on 2 shots. 1 blocked shot in 18:14 time on ice.
John Klingberg – 27:18 time on ice and 3 shots on goal
Dmitry Orlov – 4 shots on goal and 2 blocked shots.
Ben Bishop – 2 goals against and 33 saves
NHL DFS DraftKings Snipes – Centers
Aleksander Barkov Panthers ($6,900)
Dipping back into the Barkov well tonight against the lowly Red Wings. He had a decent game last night in a big win against the former Stanley Cup champs in Washington. Barkov spent 25+ minutes on the ice and had an assist and four shots on net. The coaches put a lot of trust in him centering the top line, while also getting the nod as the first center on the power play. With all the young talent on this team, the Panthers are on the up and up. The emergence of Barkov is one of the reasons why.
Logan Couture Sharks ($6,600)
There may be a lot of exposure to the Sharks tonight because they are the heavy favorites to win against the Islanders tonight. This is why I’m thinking it may be wise to differentiate by rostering the second line instead of the top line. Couture is actually the higher priced option at center compared to Joe Pavelski who plays on the top line. But let’s stick with the higher expense here based on the savings for Couture’s partners who we will discuss in the Wingers section.
Couture finished the other night with 14.5 fantasy points on a hat trick against the Sabres. He has four goals and two assists on the season and will look to continue those scoring ways. His minutes are up this year, and gets to run winger on the first power play unit with Evander Kane and Pavelski. The Sharks will want to be more aggressive in this match up tonight because the Isles shut them out earlier this month. Offensively, the Sharks will be one of the harder teams to keep off the board.
NHL DFS DraftKings Snipes – Wingers
Artemi Panarin Blue Jackets ($7,100)
We saw the revenge narrative play out the other night in Chicago as the Coyotes (baby Hawks) dominated the action. Niklas Hjalmarsson, Vinnie Hinostroza, Jordan Oesterle, Richard Panik, and Antti Raanta all shined in their return. Now it’s the Bread Man’s turn to take it out on his former squad for letting him get away.
Some may have thought that the Bread Man would suffer being moved off of a line with Patrick Kane, but that has not been the case at all. Panarin had his best season last year with a career high in assists (55) and points (82). He has three goals and six assists on the year while averaging 5.1 FPPG.
Evgeni Dadonov Panthers ($6,400)
It has been an interesting career for Dadonov to say the least. He came into the league in 2009/10 and played three seasons. After little to no success, he was up and down between the NHL and AHL. After 2011/12 season, Dadonov spent six years improving his game. Last season he became a full-time player and showed major improvements with career highs in nearly every category. He had 28 goals and 37 assists.
Dadonov has gained a nice rapport with his line mate Barkov. So much so that Dadonov is now part of that first power play unit. This looks like a great spot to stack pieces of the Panthers first line, which can score in bunches. The Red Wings rank 30th in the NHL against opposing left wingers.
I have decided to lump these two together as they should be part of the stack with Logan Couture. Meier on the season has three goals and two assists and Hertl has two goals and two assists. This line has experienced success this season and will look to continue that trend against the Islanders. You could consider stacking the Sharks top line, but it would break the bank as Evander Kane is $7,200. Kane has been a stud to start the season and would not be a terrible play, but might be heavily owned tonight.
NHL DFS DraftKings Snipes – Defense and Goalies
Zach Werenski Blue Jackets ($5,700)
Not a revenge narrative for Werenski, but the Hawks have proven to be defensively challenged. Even with Corey Crawford back, it is hard to imagine even the best goalies staying strong for as long as they are being forced to. Werenski’s points and assists were both down last year, but his goals improved from 11 to 16. Obviously in a DraftKings lineup, we are seeking goals first, so it would be wise to pick up those offensive-minded defenseman. He already has a goal and two assists on the season with 18 shots and nearly 25 minutes of ice time per game. On the power play, Werenski is the one defender that gets the first shift with four offensive skaters.
Maxime LaJoie Senators ($5,500)
Who’s ready for a lame pun!? Maxime has a been a LaJoie to watch thus far. Hope you’ll still consider reading on after that! Lajoie has been one of the best surprises and hottest starts in the young season with four goals and three assists. This is huge for DFS purposes as defenders don’t generally get you as many points as those centers or wingers. The Sens will be looking for guys to step up in the absence of stud rookie Brady Tkachuk who is out for the time being. Lajoie plays on the second power play unit. If you think the hot streak for LaJoie is over, then you may want to consider a pivot to the slightly cheaper Thomas Chabot ($5,200), who plays on the first power play unit.
Andrei Vasilevskiy Lightning ($8,100)
Feels like any night Vasilevskiy is confirmed, we have to consider playing him. He comes into the night $300 cheaper than the options ahead of him. Minnesota won last night in Dallas, which was impressive but will now be on the second night of a back to back. We will see if they can sustain the pressure that Tampa Bay offers offensively and beat one of the more impressive goalies in the NHL. Vasilevskiy has a 3-1 record with an impressive .954 SV% and a 1.48 GAA.
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