DraftKings Fantasy Hockey Cheat Sheet: April 16th

Updated: April 16, 2016 at 1:28 pm by Brock Seguin








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Here’s a quick explanation 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 line stacks, defensemen and goalies as well as a few sample DraftKings lineup for tonight


Evgeny Kuznetsov – vs. PHI – $6,600

Kuznetsov saw just under 16 minutes of ice-time in Game 1, but he played very well and led the Capitals with seven shots on goal. He isn’t afraid to shoot and with Sean Couturier now sidelined, Kuznetsov should draw a good matchup with the majority of the focus being on the Ovechkin line.

Jason Spezza – vs. MIN – $6,200

Spezza was arguably the Stars’ best player in game one, posting one goal, one assist and six shots on goal. He could have had a few more goals the way he was shooting the puck. The Stars were all over Minnesota on Thursday and that is likely to continue tonight—take advantage of Spezza, who has been playing great hockey for weeks.

Derek Stepan – @ PIT – $6,500

Stepan came into the playoffs as the hottest Rangers forward and continued in game one, scoring two goals on seven shots in the Rangers loss. They’ll need another big effort from Stepan in game two if they’re going to tie the series up heading back to New York.


Mats Zuccarello – @ PIT – $6,000

Behind Stepan, Zuccarello is the next most reliable Rangers forward. He had one assist and two shots in game one and if you are fading the Penguins in game two, Stepan-Zuccarello make for a reasonably priced stack option.

Justin Williams – vs. PHI – $5,200

Williams has earned a reputation as a clutch forward come playoff time and if you don’t want to go the Backstrom-Ovechkin route, Kuznetsov-Williams is not a bad option at all. He had four shots in game one, making a combined 11 shots between the two of them.

Patrick Eaves – vs. MIN – $3,900

Eaves is a great value option at $3,900—he plays alongside Spezza and had one goal, one assist and five shots on goal in game one. The Stars have a bunch of great forwards to choose from, but none of them has the value upside that Eaves does. He plays in the top-6 as well as on the top-power-play, there’s a lot to like for under $4,000.


John Carlson – vs. PHI – $5,800

Carlson scored the first goal of the series with four shots and three blocks for 6.5 DraftKings points in game one. Carlson is in the second-tier of DraftKings’ priced defensemen and is a solid option in game two.

Jake Muzzin – vs. SJS – $5,700

Muzzin had the exact same stat line as Carlson in game one—scored a goal with four shot, three blocked shots and 6.5 fantasy points. He played nearly 26 minutes and will be relied on to do so in game two as the Kings look to get even.

Trevor Daley – vs. NYR – $4,400

There will be a lot of people on the likes of Crosby, Hornqvist and Letang, but Daley offers great value at $4,400. He had one assist, four shots and one blocked shot (4.5 FP) in game one and will be relied on heavily in game two—he played nearly 25 minutes on Wednesday.


Braden Holtby – vs. PHI – $8,500

Holtby was not very busy in game one, but played very well, stopping all 19 shots that he faced in a 2-0 shutout win. The shutout earned him 8.5 FP and the Capitals should be able to take game two as well, making Holtby as safe of a playoff bet as you will find tonight.

Jonathan Quick – vs. SJS – $8,200

Quick allowed four goals on 23 shots in the Kings game one loss to the Sharks. It was a rough loss, but Quick played well and made some absolutely massive saves. Look for the Kings to tighten things up defensively in game two and should be able to knot the series up 1-1.

Kari Lehtonen – vs. MIN – $7,500

All year long I’ve knocked the Stars for being bad defensively, but their team defence in game one was outstanding. Lehtonen didn’t face a tonne of quality chances, but did turn aside all 22 shots that he faced for a game one shutout and 9.4 FP.