For those of you who are asking, we only release two cheat sheets per week per our deal with DraftKings. However, there seems to be a large appetite for more cheat sheets, so I could be releasing one everyday in the future. Sit tight.
Tonight’s featured DraftKings contest has a $3 entry fee or FREE if you are a new user. The top 4,625 finishers will split a prize pool of $60,000 with first place taking him $4,000! Do you have what it takes to turn $3 into $4,000!
Are you new to DraftKings or Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS)? Here’s a quick lesson on how to build your lineup an play! You have $50,000 in Salary space, to build a team that consists of 2C, 3W, 2D, 1G and 1 Util. Below you will find how skaters and goalies scoring works!
• Players will accumulate points as follows:
- Goal = +3 PTS
- Assist = +2 PTS
- Shot on Goal = +0.5 PTS
- Blocked Shot = +0.5 PTS
- Short Handed Point Bonus (Goal/Assist) = +1 PTS
- Shootout Goal = +0.2 PTS
- Hat Trick Bonus = +1.5 PTS
• Goalies only will accumulate points as follows:
- Win = +3 PTS
- Save = +0.2 PTS
- Goal Against = -1 PTS
- Shutout Bonus = +2 PTS
• Goalie Scoring Notes:
- Goalies WILL receive points for all stats they accrue, including goals and assists.
- The Goalie Shutout Bonus is credited to goalies if they complete the entire game with 0 goals allowed in regulation + overtime. Shootout goals will not prevent a shutout. Goalie must complete the entire game to get credit for a shutout.
Below I’ve listed my top DFS plays at each position as well as my ideal DraftKings lineup for tonight.
Ryan Getzlaf – vs. ARI ($7,000)
The Ducks are off to a rough start to the season having scored just one goal in two games. Tonight they will face the Coyotes, who are 2-0 to start the year. I’m not going to let those first two games scare my from Getzlaf vs. Mike Smith. Getzlaf had two goals and two assists with 13 shots in five games vs. Arizona last season.
Nathan MacKinnon – vs. BOS ($6,400)
After a 2014-15 season that you could classify as a ’sophomore slump’ MacKinnon is off to a red-hot start to begin his third NHL season. MacKinnon has one goal, four assists and seven shots in two games and he should be able to continue that tonight vs. a struggling Boston team with Jonas Gustavsson in net.
Kyle Turris – @ CBJ ($5,900)
The Senators top line of Turris, Hoffman and Stone has been great to start the season. Turns has three goals and one assist in three games and will face Sergei Bobrovsky who has had a forgettable start to the year.
Cheap Options: Boone Jenner – vs. OTT ($4,000), Artem Anisimov – @ PHI ($3,500)
Patrick Kane – @ PHI ($7,600)
Until DraftKings increases Artemi Panarin’s salary, I’m going to continue to push the Kane-Panarin stack. Kane has three goals, three assists and 17 shots on goal in the first three games of the season and will face an average Flyers team and Michal Neuvirth coming off of a shutout…so I’m saying, he won’t get a shutout again.
Gabriel Landeskog – vs. BOS ($6,100)
Like MacKinnon, Landeskog has had a blistering start to the season, registering three goals and two assists in two games. Crazy stat? He has three goals on three shots, a 100 percent shooting percentage. That obviously won’t continue but he is a fantasy asset who does it all and I love the Avs tonight vs. Gustavsson and the B’s.
Mark Stone ($5,600) and/or Mike Hoffman ($5,000)
Stone has four points (1G / 3A) and Hoffman has three assists through the first three games of the season. They’re one of the best trios in the NHL and with Goalie Bob and the Blue Jackets off to a sputtering start, it might be a great time to cash in on this stack.
Cheap Options: Artemi Panarin – @ PHI ($3,700), Jiri Sekac – vs. ARI ($2,500)
Erik Karlsson – @ CBJ ($6,800)
The NHL’s premiere offensive-defenseman has three assists and four shots in three games, so that first goal of the season shouldn’t be far away. It could come tonight because of all of the reasons I already stated about the Blue Jackets.
Sami Vatanen – vs. ARI ($4,900)
Do I believe in the Coyotes? Nope. Anaheim should win this game and Vatanen is the defenseman to own on this blueline. He has the Ducks’ lone goal this season and he is the anchor on their top power-play unit. Arizona had the second worst penalty kill last year, expect the Ducks to take advantage of that.
Erik Johnson – vs. BOS ($4,300)
Johnson is off to a nice start to the year, registering a goal in each of his first two games to go along with an assist and five shots. The Avalanche should beat up on the Bruins and Johnson is the blueliner to own since he is a little cheaper than Tyson Barrie.
Cheap Options: Brent Seabrook – @ PHI ($3,900), Francois Beauchemin – vs. BOS ($3,500)
Corey Crawford – @ PHI ($7,500)
Crawford has allowed five goals on 63 shots (.921 SV%) in his first two games. He has a strong matchup tonight against a Flyers team who has scored just four goals in three games. Crawford is the safest bet for a win tonight, in my opinion.
Anton Khudobin – vs. ARI ($6,300)
Khudobin was arguably the best goalie in the preseason, posting a 2-0-0 record with a 0.86 GAA and .970 SV%. The Ducks may have only scored once through two games, but they’ve also only given up three goals. Their a strong defensive team, so Khudobin should be a strong, cheap option tonight.
Cheap Option: Mike Smith – @ ANA ($5,800)