Daily Fantasy Hockey Cheat Sheet For 10/15/16
Daily Fantasy Hockey Cheat Sheet: October 15, 2016 DFS Tips for games on 10/15/16
October 15, 2016
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Here is my lineup for October 15th, 2016. Our first Saturday brings us 13 matchups, including the Arizona Coyotes , Vancouver Canucks and Colorado Avalanche who open up their respective 2016-17 campaigns.
Here’s my lineup for today.
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Center #1: Auston Matthews, TOR
Analysis: Buying a lottery ticket on Auston Matthews in his NHL debut hit the jackpot on Wednesday night, as Matthews became the first player in NHL history to score four goals in his first career game. Now granted Matthews probably won’t replicate his opening night effort as the Leafs face a step up in competition, going from Craig Anderson and the Sens to a former Vezina trophy winner in Tuukka Rask and the Boston Bruins, but I like Matthews’ chances to at least contribute something for a second straight game.
Center #2: Jonathan Toews, CHI
Analysis: Quite simply, the Blackhawks could still be winless going into the 2nd half of a home-and-home with the Preds, and if the Hawks are going to avoid an 0-2 or possibly even 0-3 start, they’re going to need performances from the big guns like Toews, who is almost averaging a point per game in his career against Nashville, logging 14 goals and 35 points in 44 career games.
Wing #1: Brendan Gallagher, MTL
Analysis: Gallagher registered his first 2 goals of the season on his only 2 shots of the young season against Buffalo on Thursday, while only being on the ice for just under 15 minutes. Gallagher’s 2015-16 season was cut short due to injury last season, appearing in only 53 games where he put up 40 points. Meaning he was on pace for a very good 61 points and if he can stay healthy there’s no doubting he could definitely reach that and his next step to doing so takes place against an Ottawa squad that didn’t look good in the season opener against the Leafs.
Wing #2: Kris Versteeg, CGY
Analysis: Versteeg is one of my sneaky value picks on Saturday. The Flames play a back-to-back with Edmonton on Friday and then the Canucks on Saturday. While some may say the Canucks could capitalize on a Flames squad on the rear end of a back-to-back, the Canucks may have some rust after not taking the ice so far this season. They may try to push the pace and if they get caught, it could leave the door open for Versteeg to poach a couple of points.
Wing #3: Patrik Laine, WPG
Analysis: While the 2nd overall pick from this past draft’s performance may not be as impressive as the 1st overall pick in Auston Matthews, Laine still tucked away his first goal and assist of his NHL career in an overtime win against the Hurricanes on Thursday. Laine may have his work cut out for him against a tough Wild team, but this early in the season, anything can happen as teams are still trying to find their groove.
Defenseman #1: P.K. Subban, NSH
Analysis: Subban netted his first goal of the season against the Blackhawks on Friday, and in the second game of the back-to-back, I like Subban’s chances to improve his totals. The Preds just look impressive through their first couple of games to start the season, and Subban just looks comfortable on Nashville’s top line alongside Roman Josi. At the time I’m writing this, Subban and Josi lead the Predators in time on ice meaning if that carries forward, there will be many opportunities for Subban and the Predators.
Defenseman #2: Zdeno Chara, BOS
Analysis: Now I’m not trying to make this about Auston Matthews, but let’s take a look at this, you score 4 goals in your debut and still lose? Welcome to the Maple Leafs. The Leafs haven’t been good for the last year and a half if not more, and a date with the Bruins may make things worse before they get better. Chara may not have sparkling numbers in his career against Toronto, scoring 15 goals and 41 points in 88 career games, but he did score in his last game against Toronto and had an assist with a +5 plus/minus in the season opener against Columbus and against a step-down in competition, Chara should deliver.
Goaltender: Martin Jones, SJ
Analysis: Jones may be 0-2 in his career against Columbus, but the Sharks looked great in the season opener against the Kings and Jones did as well, stopping 21 of 22 shots en route to the victory. The Sharks will be out to prove early that their trip to the cup finals was no fluke and will be out for blood against a subpar Columbus squad and Jones should be able to handle them easily.
Utility: Casey Cizikas, NYI
Analysis: Cizikas may be on the fourth line of the Isles, but at times he has shown he can play at a much-higher capacity. Cizikas helped keep the Islanders in the game against the Rangers on Thursday, with a pair of assists while taking the most faceoffs of anyone on the team with 21. Cizikas will be looking to prove the worth of his big contract he received in the offseason, and I’m willing to take a shot with the value in the hopes that he keeps producing.
Salary remaining (Out of a $50,000 budget): $0