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Daily Fantasy Hockey Cheat Sheet For 10/20/16

Daily Fantasy Hockey Cheat Sheet: October 20, 2016 DFS Tips for games on 10/20/16

October 20, 2016

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Here is my lineup for October 20th, 2016. 11 games on the schedule tonight, including Toronto in the 2nd half of a back-to-back following a massive collapse in Winnipeg last night.  I think we can do the opposite tonight and come out strong and finish on the winning end.

Here’s my lineup for tonight.

Daily Fantasy Hockey Cheat Sheet For 10/20/16

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Center #1: Anze Kopitar, LA

Opponent: @ DAL

Salary: $6,200

Analysis: Okay, so the Kings have looked like hot garbage this whole season to date, with Jonathan Quick going down to injury and the Kings having yet to win a game. However, Kopitar does have a point in each of his first 3 games, and Dallas has allowed 9 goals in their first 3 games, including 6 against Colorado, which I haven’t forgotten about since it cost me a lot of money. Look for Kopitar to log a couple of points in what is definitely a winnable game for the Kings.

Center #2: Victor Rask, CAR

Opponent: @ CGY

Salary: $5,100

Analysis: There is an undeniable amount of value with Rask on Thursday. We are getting a top-line center against a team that is a block of swiss cheese defensively for just over $5,000. Calgary hasn’t been able to stop anyone, allowing a league-high 17 goals in 4 games. While Carolina may be tired from all these road games to start the season, the value here for Rask against a shaky Calgary bunch is too good to pass up.

Wing #1: Vladimir Tarasenko, STL

Opponent: @ EDM

Salary: $7,400

Analysis: While the Oilers may have the most young, exciting team in all of hockey, Tarasenko is one of the most young, exciting players in his own right. Tarasenko already has 4 goals and 6 points in just 4 games this season, converting on 21.1% of his shots while averaging 5 shots on goal per game. Tarasenko has always had the reputation of being a streaky player and against an Edmonton group that gives up a lot of goals, I think Tarasenko has potential to add to his totals.

Wing #2: Mitch Marner, TOR

Opponent: @ MIN

Salary: $4,900

Analysis: Okay, call me crazy. But I think there’s a possibility for a bounce-back performance from the Leafs after completely pooping the bed on Wednesday. I mean they’ve scored 4 goals in each of their first 3 games to start the year and I’m sure Mike Babcock ripped into his guys, however one Leaf who has been putting forth a solid effort through the first 3 games, is Mitch Marner who is trying to avoid going to the AHL. He has a point in each of his last 2 games, not to mention 4 blocked shots, proving that he is capable of being a two-way forward. Here’s to hoping Marner continues some of that magic and carries it over to the 2nd half of the back-to-back.

Wing #3: Charlie Coyle, MIN

Opponent: vs. TOR

Salary: $4,600

Analysis: Now for the other side of that coin. Minnesota gets to feast on a Leafs squad that will undoubtedly be tired after the travel from Winnipeg and will be giving Jhonas Enroth his first start as a Leaf in relief of Frederik Andersen who got the start on Wendesday. Of any of the top line forwards for Minnesota, Coyle has the lowest price tag, which is why I’m backing him in what could turn out to be a high-scoring matchup.

Defenseman #1: Kris Russell, EDM

Opponent: vs. STL

Salary: $4,200

Analysis: Now although Edmonton has given up a boatload of goals, it hasn’t been for a lack of trying, especially from Russell who now has 14 blocked shots through the first 3 games, including a whopping 8 blocks on Tuesday against Carolina. Not to mention Russell already has 3 points after mustering up 19 through the entire 2015-16 season. St. Louis will be on their A-game offensively which leaves the door open for a lot of counters and a lot of blocked shots for Russell on Edmonton’s top defensive pairing.

Defenseman #2: Shea Weber, MTL

Opponent: vs. ARZ

Salary: $6,000

Analysis: Weber has logged at least 24 minutes of ice time in each of his first 3 games with his new team, and it’s paying some dividends as the Habs are about to get Carey Price back between the pipes. Until then, we can rely on Weber who is a solid option at the point, considering he already has a pair of assists and can also block shots with the best of them. I like Weber’s chances to get on the scoresheet tonight, to go along with a couple blocked shots to get us some value from our defense.

Goaltender: Tuukka Rask, BOS

Opponent: vs. NJ

Salary: $7,900

Analysis: Hey, if I’m getting Rask for under $8k, I’m all over it. Rask has a .939 save percentage and a 2.02 GAA through his first 2 games this season and if you add that in with the fact that the Devils struggle to score, with a league-low 5 goals through the first 3 games, and I like Rask’s chances to get the shutout bonus.

Utility: Valtteri Filppula, TB

Opponent: vs. COL

Salary: $3,600

Analysis: There’s not much else to say besides Filppula was my last pick and was the best option at the price point I had, considering I don’t have faith in Colorado’s goaltending and the fact that Filppula has a point in each of his first 3 games including 2 goals. This Tampa Bay offense is dynamic and has the potential to explode on any given night so I figure I’ll take my chances with Filppula against a suspect Avalanche goaltender, regardless of who starts.

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

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