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Daily Fantasy Hockey Cheat Sheet For 10/27/16

Daily Fantasy Hockey Cheat Sheet: October 27, 2016 DFS Tips for games on 10/27/16

October 27, 2016

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Here is my lineup for October 27th, 2016. Back in business as Thursday’s schedule features 9 games, including a marquee matchup and potential Eastern conference final at the Bell Center as the Habs take on the Lightning.

Here’s my lineup for today.

Daily Fantasy Hockey Cheat Sheet For 10/27/16

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Center #1: Auston Matthews, TOR

Opponent: vs. FLA

Salary: $7,000

Analysis: Florida, like Toronto, is a bit of an enigma as they can score goals with the best of them, but can look like a block of swiss cheese from time to time, and that’s not good against a young team with the likes of Auston Matthews on the other end. Matthews became the first player to get to 10 points this season and he did it in only 6 games. Toronto has scored 3 of more goals in 5 of their 6 games this season, so while I expect Florida to leave with a W, I still like Matthews’ chances to get on the score sheet.

Center #2: Claude Giroux, PHI

Opponent: vs. ARI

Salary: $6,700

Analysis: I was tempted to go with Sidney Crosby here, especially after his performance in his first game back. However, I decided to save some money and go with Giroux who pretty much has the same amount of upside as Crosby, and has the better matchup against the Coyotes and starter Louis Domingue, who has yet to win a game this season, and rightfully so with a .851 save % and a GAA north of 5. Look for Giroux to build on his superb 6-game point streak by netting his 1st goal of the season on Thursday.

Wing #1: Max Pacioretty, MTL

Opponent: vs. TB

Salary: $6,800

Analysis: Now Montreal may not be in the ideal spot, playing a solid Lightning team in the 2nd half of a back-to-back, but at least they are on home ice when they’re doing it. Tampa Bay is another team, like Florida and Toronto, who keep finding themselves in these high-scoring matchups and I think Thursday will be no different. Look for Montreal to come out firing behind their captain, who notches his 5th game with a point in his last 6.

Wing #2: Jonathan Marchessault, FLA

Opponent: @ TOR

Salary: $5,100

Analysis: Marchessault just keeps on making it easier and easier for me to pick him when he’s on the board. The guy is on fire, with points in 5 of his 6 games this season, racking up a total of 8 points including 3 goals. I like his chances to improve those totals against a Leafs squad that can’t keep the puck out of their net to save their lives, especially considering Marchessault’s linemates in Jaromia Jagr and Aleksander Barkov.

Wing #3: Matt Moulson, BUF

Opponent: vs. MIN

Salary: $4,000

Analysis: This may come off as a strange pick, but Moulson was my 2nd last spot to fill and I was trying to make the most out of the money that I had left. However Moulson may not be the worst pick in the world. Minnesota has some solid goaltending, but Buffalo is a better team on home ice than they are on the road. Add in the fact that Minny could be treating this as a lookahead game with a matchup against Dallas on the horizon on Saturday, and I like Buffalo’s chances to steal one and get some production from Moulson in the process.

Defenseman #1: Oliver Ekman-Larsson, PHX

Opponent: @ PHI

Salary: $6,100

Analysis: As badly as I want Brent Burns when he’s on the board, I’m just simply not up for paying over $8k when I have other positions I need to fill. So why not take OEL, who has a ton of upside in his own right and has 4 goals in 6 games this season, being one of the lone bright spots in an otherwise disappointing and frustrating start to the Coyotes 2016-17 campaign. Philly’s goaltending isn’t setting the world on fire, and while I expect the Flyers to win the game, I think OEL could make things interesting for the Coyotes.

Defenseman #2: Michael Matheson, FLA

Opponent: @ TOR

Salary: $3,700

Analysis: Matheson is a sneaky pick on most nights as he’s flying under the radar while still putting out some solid production for the Panthers blue line. He has 4 points including a pair of goals and once again, the Maple Leafs, as young as they are, just can’t keep opposing teams from hanging crooked numbers on the scoreboard every night, which is where Matheson could come into play here. I’m not sure many other fantasy owners even know who he is, so we may be able to benefit from that as one of the more obscure options on the board.

Goaltender: Jake Allen, STL

Opponent: vs. DET

Salary: $7,700

Analysis: Taking Allen makes me feel a bit nauseous as the last time I backed him was the night against the Flames where I went from thinking Allen could get a shutout, to why did I pick him after seeing the Flames and Blues trade leads back and forth in a shootout. And after seeing the way Carter Hutton filled in for Allen, I had little confidence in the Blues. However, this Red Wings team has trouble defensively, especially away from home, so if Allen can find his comfort zone on home ice, I like his chances to come out with at least a win on Thursday night.

Utility: Paul Byron, MTL

Opponent: vs. TB

Salary: $2,800

Analysis: Quite simply, I figured it worked once, so why not take a flyer again on Byron. He notched a goal for me on Wednesday, and with the price point he is at combined with the money I have remaining as my last pick, Byron became an easy choice for a Habs team that is flat out rolling right now.

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

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