Daily Fantasy Hockey Cheat Sheet For 10/13/16
Daily Fantasy Hockey Cheat Sheet: October 13, 2016 DFS Tips for games on 10/13/16
October 13, 2016
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Here is my lineup for October 13th, 2016. Night #2 of the NHL season starts with 17 teams kicking off their 2016-17 regular seasons schedules. I had a winning lineup last night, let’s try to make it 2 for 2.
Here’s my lineup for today.
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Center #1: Evgeni Malkin, PIt
Analysis: Geno looks to finally have a healthy season for the first time since 2012, which was the last season where he played in at least 70 games. The reason I’m backing Malkin on Thursday is not because of his 1-point plus per game against Washington in his career, it’s simply because with captain Sidney Crosby out for the next couple of weeks with a concussion, if Pittsburgh wants to win games the scoring has to come from somewhere, which has never been a problem for Malkin. However I will concede it will be a tough task as Caps goalie Braden Holtby stood on his head last season en route to the Vezina trophy last season.
Center #2: Alex Galchenyuk, MTL
Analysis: I know there’s been a long period of time between Montreal’s last game and now, but Galchenyuk did score twice and add an assist in the Habs’ season finale last season. Now Galchenyuk anchors Montreal’s top line between captain Max Pacioretty and Brendan Gallagher, leaving the door wide open for some points and the chance to start the season with a bang.
Wing #1: Jason Pominville, MIN
Analysis: My group of wingers tonight it’s strictly due to my tight budget that was spent on my centers and goaltender. However there is some value with Pominville, as he did score in 3 of the last 4 playoff games against the Stars last season, so there’s potential for some carry over, not to mention Minnesota’s opponent Thursday, the St. Louis Blues, are coming off a hard fought victory in Chicago on Wednesday night, so I’m hoping that Pominville can capitalize on some fatigue on the Blues part, even if it is early in the season.
Wing #2: Jimmy Vesey, NYR
Analysis: The Jimmy Vesey saga finally came to an end when the Rangers signed him this past offseason. The surprise however, is that Vesey will be on the top line alongside Derek Stepan and Mats Zuccarello which is definitely a risk for New York, but it wouldn’t shock anyone I don’t think if Vesey performed. The kid had 104 points in 70 games in college! I took a shot with a rookie making his debut last night in Auston Matthews, and I’m pretty sure that paid off, so I’ll take my chances with Vesey here.
Wing #3: Vladimir Tarasenko, STL
Analysis: Like I said earlier, St. Louis is going to be the first team this year to play a back-to-back as they move from Chicago last night to taking on the Wild at home on Thursday. Tarasenko got off to a flying start to his 2016-17 season, scoring twice and adding an assist against the Blackhawks. Tarasenko also led the team with 5 shots in that game. Corey Crawford is a major step up from Devan Dubnyk or whoever Minnesota throws between the pipes, so I’m thinking there’s some potential for Tarasenko to add to his total in back-to-back nights.
Defenseman #1: Aaron Ekblad, FLA
Analysis: The Panthers making the playoffs last season was no joke, as this young team has all the makings of a sleeper team this season and an unsuspecting pick to make it back to the postseason. Ekblad was a major part of that, and for the little money I had left, picking Ekblad near the end seems like some decent value. In 6 career games against the New Jersey Devils, the same Devils that the Panthers kick off their season against, Ekblad has a goal and 3 assists. I’m thinking long-term that 2016-17 will be the year that Ekblad finally surpasses the 40 or even 50-point plateau, and Thursday is where I think it will start against a New Jersey team that it among the league’s average, while the Panthers will be out to prove that it wasn’t a fluke that they were in the postseason last year.
Defenseman #2: Shea Weber, MTL
Analysis: The only real reason why I’m backing Weber is because A. I don’t trust the Sabres as far as I can throw them, B. Buffalo’s goaltending situation is suspect and has been for quite some time and C. I would think you’d want to endear yourself to your new fans by having a solid first game under your new banner. Weber has 6 points in 12 career games against Buffalo, and I think he could add to that total against a Sabres squad that will really be hurting without Jack Eichel.
Goaltender: Henrik Lundqvist, NYR
Analysis: This early in the season, I’m willing to spend the money on a goalie because it’s the most vulnerable position and unless you have a crystal ball, there’s no way to really gauge what will happen in the first week which is why I’m backing a proven commodity in Lundqvist. Lundqvist and the Rangers take on the Islanders in the battle for the Big Apple on Thursday, and in his career against the Isles, Lundqvist has 29 wins in 52 starts to go along with a sparkling 2.22 GAA and .922 save percentage.
Utility: Matt Calvery, CBJ
Analysis: Okay I know this pick is coming out of left field, but it was all I had left and there’s some value and upside to Calvert. The Blue Jackets were out of it early last season, but in the last week of the season, Calvert scored in each of the Jackets’ last 3 games. Hopefully that carries over against a Boston team with Tuukka Rask in goal. Rask is good, but he has had his fair share of struggles in the past and I’m think Calvert could benefit if Rask happens to show signs of rust.
Salary remaining (Out of a $50,000 budget): $100