Daily Fantasy Hockey Cheat Sheet For 10/26/16
Daily Fantasy Hockey Cheat Sheet: October 26, 2016 DFS Tips for games on 10/26/16
October 26, 2016
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Here is my lineup for October 26th, 2016. Following a killer slate of 11 games, we are whittled down to just 4 on Wednesday, however there’s still lots to like about the matchups on Wednesday.
Here’s my lineup for today.
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Center #1: Connor McDavid, EDM
Opponent: vs. WAS
Analysis: Okay, so maybe I have a bit of a DFS man-crush on McDavid, but how could you not?! He has 9 points, including 4 goals in his first 5 games of the season and has averaged at least 6 fantasy points in each of the games he has scored in. Yes, the Oilers are in tough facing the Caps on Wednesday, however 5 of McDavid’s 9 points have come at home and let’s face it, McDavid is a once in a generation type of talent, and I’m thinking he shows why against one of the best goalies in the league in Washington’s Braden Holtby.
Center #2: Brock Nelson, NYI
Opponent: vs. Mon
Analysis: Nelson has been one of the bright spots on an otherwise average start for the Isles, who many had high hopes for coming into the season. Before New York’s 6-3 victory over the Wild that Nelson went 0-fer in, he had a point in each of the first 5 games. Now I’m not sure the Isles will be able to get much past Habs’ goaltender Carey Price, but at the price point, I went with Nelson as I didn’t like what else was on the board.
Wing #1: Alexander Ovechkin, WAS
Opponent: @ EDM
Analysis: Ovie has finally started to look like the Ovie we’ve all come to know as he has potted a goal in his last 3 games. Now the Caps head West to take on the Oilers and their surprisingly hot start. By no means do I think Cam Talbot is a world-beater, but he has looked good in his first few starts this season, and Ovie and the Caps will prove to be a real test. I have this game going down as a 5-4 or 6-5 kind of affair, and if that proves to be the case, I’m not sure how Ovechkin doesn’t affect the scoring in some way.
Wing #2: Viktor Arvidsson, NSH
Opponent: @ ANA
Analysis: With how much I spent on 2 of my first 3 picks, I had to find value elsewhere, which is what I think I did with Arvidsson. Arvidsson has found himself on the top line with James Neal and Ryan Johansen for the Preds and it has paid big dividends for Nashville as Arvidsson has 3 goals and an assist, including a pair of goals in his last game, and points in back-to-back contests. As far as Wednesday goes, I like Arvidsson’s chances to get another against a Ducks team that hasn’t looked great to start the year.
Wing #3: Paul Byron, MTL
Opponent: @ NYI
Analysis: Byron has been held off the scoresheet in his 2 appearances vs. Metropolitan teams this season, however the Habs’ matchup with the Islanders on Wednesday just screams like the type of game that a guy like Byron should score in. I’m guessing this game will be a chippy affair as the Isles are out to show they’re better than the first 6 game sample size they’ve put out, and Montreal wants to keep their momentum going. Plus I don’t have much faith in any of the Islanders’ goaltenders, so I figure why not take a flyer on Byron, who had back-to-back point nights before being tied up by the Penguins.
Defenseman #1: Shea Weber, MTL
Opponent: @ NYI
Analysis: I’m starting to become a fan of Weber’s after he appears to have finally figured it out for his new team. Weber has racked up 5 points in his last 3 games, where he has recorded a point in each, including a goal and an assist against the Flyers in Montreal’s last outing. Weber has logged 21.5 fantasy points over the last 3 games and I like his chances to make it 4 straight with a strong performance by the Canadiens as a whole on Wednesday.
Defenseman #2: Cam Fowler, ANA
Opponent: vs. NSH
Analysis: While the Ducks haven’t had much going for them as a whole, they do have some bright pieces like Fowler, who’s logged 3 goals and 5 points so far this season. Now scoring against Nashville and tender Pekka Rinne is always going to be tough, however if there’s anyone on the Anaheim bench that can pot one against Rinne, it’s Fowler who has a cannon at the end of his stick, and with the upside he brings to the table, he’s worth a look at this price.
Goaltender: Henrik Lundqvist, NYR
Opponent: vs. BOS
Analysis: Not sure how you can go with anyone else other than King Henrik on Wednesday. Boston is travelling, on the 2nd half of a back-to-back, after getting shelled 5-0 by the Wild at home on Tuesday night. I wouldn’t put it past Boston to have back-to-back sluggish performances, especially against Lundqvist, who has 23 wins in 37 career games against Boston with 6 shutouts, making the shutout bonus a definite possibility on Wednesday.
Utility: Brandon Pirri, NYR
Opponent: vs. BOS
Analysis: This is merely a product of not having a ton of cash left to spend, but going with the best option at the price point given. Pirri has points in back-to-back games and 7 fantasy points in his last 2 games which could pay dividends even if we get a couple from the utility spot as I’m pretty confident with the rest of the lineup.
Salary Remaining (Out of a $50,000 budget): $300