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Daily Fantasy Hockey Cheat Sheet For 10/12/16

Daily Fantasy Hockey Cheat Sheet: October 12, 2016 DFS Tips for games on 10/12/16

October 12, 2016

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Here is my lineup for October 12th, 2016. We kick off the 2016-17 NHL season with a condensed 4-game schedule, however each game has some rivalry feels to it. From the battle of Ontario in Ottawa, to a west coast battle between the Kings and Sharks in San Jose.

Here’s my lineup for today.

Daily Fantasy Hockey Cheat Sheet For 10/12/16

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Center #1: Connor McDavid, EDM

Salary: $7,500

Analysis: McDavid is now the youngest captain of any team in NHL history, and one of two things will happen in his first game as team leader. McDavid will either fold like a cheap lawn chair, or step up and have a massive game and I’m predicting the latter. In 3 career games against the Calgary Flames, who the Oilers kick off their season against on Wednesday, McDavid has 2 goals and an assist. Not to mention McDavid was held off the scoresheet in the last meeting, so those stats are realistically in two games. Now the Flames have stepped up their talent between the pipes, adding former Blues tender Brian Elliott, however I’m thinking there’s a possibility for some early chemistry issues and Edmonton will want to christen their new home arena with a win, and that’s exactly what they do here.

Center #2: Auston Matthews, TOR

Salary: $5,400

Analysis: This is a leap of faith if I’ve ever taken one, but Matthews is the first little bit of hope for the Leafs since this rebuild started. Now let’s remember that Matthews has yet to play an NHL game. However his experience from being on team North America in the world cup of hockey gave him a taste of the NHL style of play which is much different than the style of play Matthews first experienced playing for Zurich in Switzerland. These rivalry games between the Leafs and Sens are always tough, so look for Matthews to have a solid first outing to start his NHL career.

Wing #1: Johnny Gaudreau, CGY

Salary: $6,900

Analysis: The Flames managed to lock up Johnny Hockey for another 6 years as Gaudreau has been one of the brightest young stars the Flames have had in quite some time. Gaudreau enters his 3rd season fresh off of a 2015-16 campaign that saw him break the 30-goal plateau for the first time in his career, and will no doubt be looking to replicate more of the same this season, and I’m thinking Gaudreau will open his account in 2016 with a solid night against the Oilers. Gaudreau has 6 goals in 10 career games against Edmonton, including 2 goals in the last meeting between these two teams. The main reason I’m backing Gaudreau is because Edmonton’s goalie situation has always been suspect, and in a game that could go either way, Gaudreau could be the difference for Calgary.

Wing #2: James Van Riemsdyk, TOR

Salary: $5,700

Analysis: JVR may not have had the 2015-16 he would’ve liked, scoring 14 goals and 15 assists in an injury-plagued 40 game season. However, like I said before with Matthews, these types of rivalry games wake everyone up, it’s something that every gets up for, and I think we get a decent performance out of JVR who will be itching to get back on track, and considering he has averaged almost 1 point per game against Ottawa in his career, I think there’s some underlying value here.

Wing #3: Jesse Puljujarvi, EDM

Salary: $3,900

Analysis: This is another lottery pick as it’s hard to gauge what we will get from Puljujarvi. He’s looked none the worse for wear since coming off of offseason knee surgery, and even though there’s no real statistical background to support Puljujarvi here. I’m backing him strictly based on potential as he has some insane playmaking ability, and being on a line with former number 1 overall Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, can never hurt.

Defenseman #1: Jake Gardiner, TOR

Salary: $3,900

Analysis: My defensive pairing today is going to be based strictly on value and potential. I’ve always been high on Jake Gardiner as a player, even though he hasn’t done much in terms of producing on the scoresheet. I would’ve liked Erik Karlsson in this spot, not going to lie, but Karlsson’s price tag was way too steep for my liking so I’ll back Gardiner with the theory that he will want to shake off his critics early and again, these Ottawa-Toronto matchups are always barn burners.

Defenseman #2: Dennis Wideman, CGY

Salary: $3,800

Analysis: Wideman is another player who had an injury-plagued season in 2015-16, registering only 2 goals and 19 points in 51 games. However Wideman appears to be healthy going into this one, and the only reason why I’m taking a flyer on Wideman is because Edmonton doesn’t really have a reliable option between the pipes, and I think Wideman could be the beneficiary of at least a point from the matchup against the Oilers on Wednesday.

Goaltender: Jake Allen, STL

Salary: $7,800

Analysis: Normal logic would say don’t go against the Blackhawks at home. But St. Luis has to be full of confidence knowing that they knocked off this same Blackhawks team just a couple months ago in the playoffs. I think St. Louis can steal one behind Allen, who will be looking to prove that he should have been the guy for St. Louis in the postseason last year, and will be playing with that huge chip on his shoulder.

Utility: William Nylander, TOR

Salary: $4,400

Analysis: Nylander made the most of his 22 appearances for the Buds last season, logging 6 goals and 13 points in that span, including a goal against these same Senators that the Leafs face on Wednesday to open the season. Nylander will want to prove that he belongs with the big club this season, and he may well be on his way to proving that if he can get on the scoresheet here.

Salary Remaining (out of a $50,000 budget): $700

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