Daily Fantasy Hockey Tips
August 23, 2014 | Neil Parker
Here are five daily fantasy hockey tips.
Although, most any strategy can work if you select the right players. These are some solid guidelines to help maximize your potential to score fantasy points. Remember the best lineups don’t win beauty contests, they post oodles of fake points.
Daily Fantasy Hockey Tips
Know your contest and its settings
You need to approach your lineups according to the contest you’re entering and the site you’re playing on. If counting stats such as hits and blocked shots are included, you may find additional value in particular defensemen, for example. If you’re playing in a 5000 team guaranteed prize pool contest where only the top 500 teams get paid, you may want to consider more high-risk, high-reward players than you would in a 50/50 contest.
Pay attention to details. It is how you win and lose after all.
Know the susceptible teams each night. A road team playing on the wrong end of back-to-back games should be a favorable matchup to a home team on three days rest, who are also in the midst of a nine-game homestand. Teams who struggle killing penalties are prime matchups to exploit. Teams that give up plenty of shots, or consistently lose the Corsi battle should be picked on. Look at injury reports. Target teams with depleted bluelines, who are relying on their third-string goaltender, or have just lost their best offensive player.
Take the time to look for weaknesses to exploit. It will give you an edge on the competition.
Start with your goalie
Starting the right goalie will rarely win your contest. However, the wrong one will always lose it. There are all kinds of approaches to selecting your goaltender. You can target an upset candidate, or a tendy who will likely face a lot of rubber, to save cap room. The alternative is selecting a high-end option you expect to allow very few goals, get the win and potentially shutout the opponent. Regardless of your strategy, begin with your goaltender. You can build your team around your goaltender, but you want to avoid narrowing your goaltender selection to a price range.
Force your hand with a final forward or defenseman. Their floor is much higher.
Cheap first line forwards
Be on the look out for players moving up their team’s depth chart, specifically to the top line or top power play unit. These players can come in many forms. Early in the season, look for offseason additions who might get a boost in value and be underpriced. Rookies can also present excellent early season value, Artemi Panarin’s price and start last season serve as a perfect example. Patrick Laine might fit this year. This is all about ice time, opportunity and cap hit.
Think about a garbage time all-star quarterback/wide receiver combo. Get double the points, for half the price.
Power play quarterbacks
Don’t be afraid to spend on a star defenseman, especially when the schedule is thin. Finding defenseman capable of producing twice their salary will win a lot of 50/50 contests. A power play quarterback is significantly more valuable than a third line center when there are only a few games on the docket. On nights with more games scheduled, you should target cheaper defensemen with exploitable power play matchups. Defensemen who get plenty of minutes with the man advantage have a higher floor.
Defense is highly volatile. If you have any doubt about spending up, don’t do it.
Focus on beating the salary cap. It is your biggest enemy.
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