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Daily Fantasy Hockey Cheat Sheet For 10/18/16

Daily Fantasy Hockey Cheat Sheet: October 18, 2016 DFS Tips for games on 10/18/16

October 18, 2016

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Here is my lineup for October 18th, 2016. A full slate of 12 games including 4 teams playing in the second half of a back-to-back. Tonight should be interesting as we try to put together a winning lineup.

Here’s my lineup for tonight.

Daily Fantasy Hockey Cheat Sheet For 10/18/16

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Center #1: Connor McDavid, EDM

Opponent: vs. CAR

Salary: $8,500

Analysis: I’m not concerned about price this early in the season for McDavid as the kid is an absolute stud and has multi-point or even multi-goal potential on any given night. He recorded 3 goals, 3 assists for a total of 19 fantasy points in the first 2 games for Edmonton before a surprising 0-fer against the Sabres. However I’m sure that was just a random blip and McDavid gets down to business here against a Hurricanes team that has allowed 9 goals in their first 2 games.

Center #2: Alex Galchenyuk, MTL

Opponent: vs. PIT

Salary: $5,800

Analysis: Paying under $6k for a top line center is a gift on any night, but I’ll take it here. He’s averaging around 17 minutes per game while racking up a pair of assists. Sure, the Habs aren’t world beaters and Pittsburgh has been solid as of late, but Pittsburgh is coming from Pittsburgh last night into Montreal on a back-to-back so I’m thinking fatigue has the potential to settle in, leaving the door open for Galchenyuk to rack up some points.

Wing #1: Milan Lucic, EDM

Opponent: vs. CAR

Salary: $5,800

Analysis: I took McDavid so why not take one of his linemates? Lucic has proven to be worth the money the Oilers spent on him in the offseason, as he has done a good job sticking up for captain Connor McDavid while putting up decent numbers out of the gate, logging a goal and a pair of assists in his last 2 games, putting up a combined 10 points in the process. I like Lucic’s odds of improving his totals against a Canes squad that’s allowed 9 goals in their first 2 games.

Wing #2: Alex Killorn, TB

Opponent: vs. FLA

Salary: $4,400

Analysis: Tuesday’s matchup between the Panthers and Lightning should be a dandy, considering we have a pair of undefeated teams that sit atop the Atlantic division this early in the season. Florida has only allowed 2 goals in their first 2 games, however both of those were with Roberto Luongo between the pipes. James Reimer gets his first start for the Florida Panthers on Tuesday night. Reimer has only won 3 of his 9 starts against the Bolts in his career, with a GAA near 3, which doesn’t have me too confident that he will be able to keep the puck out of the net, leaving the door open for Killorn.

Wing #3: Jonathan Marchessault, FLA

Opponent: @ TB

Salary: $4,000

Analysis: Awesome value on Marchessault on Tuesday night. He’s getting first-line minutes alongside Aleksander Barkov and Jaromir Jagr, and it’s paying off with a pair of goals and a pair of assists in his first 2 games for the Panthers. I’m high on the Panthers this year as they’re out to prove that their playoff appearance was no fluke and I think they have potential to get it done on Tuesday behind a strong effort from Marchessault.

Defenseman #1: Mark Giordano, CAL

Opponent: vs. BUF

Salary: $6,700

Analysis: With high price options such as Brent Burns and Erik Karlsson being out of my rent district, I decided to downgrade my upside and get a comparable player at my first defenseman slot. Giordano only has a single assist to show for the season so far, however he has blocked 11 shots and taken 6 of his own, which we do get points for so he’s worth the look. Plus I think Giordano is due for a big game, and I want to have him when it happens.

Defenseman #2: Kris Russell, EDM

Opponent: vs. CAR

Salary: $3,900

Analysis: I am loving the value I’m getting with Russell in the early part of the season. Sure, Russell doesn’t bring a whole lot to the table offensively but he does get at least 20 minutes of ice time per game, blocks a lot of shots and gets after it defensively.  So a cheap option which hides a lot of value? Yes please, all over that.

Goaltender: Phillip Grubauer, WAS

Opponent: vs. COL

Salary: $7,600

Analysis: This pick makes me a tad bit queasy, but for how much cash I had left, I felt Grubauer was the best option. Grubauer was serviceable as a backup, posting an 8-9-1 record with a 2.32 GAA last season. Caps coach Barry Trotz has made it pretty clear that he’s confident in Washington’s chances at making the playoffs again, and he wants Vezina trophy winner Braden Holtby as fresh as possible for the postseason, leaving some starts on the table for Grubauer like this one against a tired Avalanche team that has to play two of the best teams in the East on back to back nights, despite winning against Pittsburgh last night, I like Grubauer’s chances to give us a solid outing here.

Utility: Zack Kassian, EDM

Opponent: vs. CAR

Salary: $3,200

Analysis: Not much statistical analysis here. Again, the Canes have allowed 9 goals in their first 2 games, while Kassian is looking to make an impact for his new club, trying to prove that he is worth the second chance despite having his troubles in the past. Kassian has scored and logged an assist in his first 3 games this season, so for a lottery ticket at the utility slot, Kassian was the player I felt most comfortable taking considering how much cash I had left.

Salary Remaining (Out of a $50,000 budget): $100

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