The 2021 NHL season is now over a month old, and it’s been unpredictable and entertaining. Like many sports, the easiest way to maximize your ceiling is through stacking, and that couldn’t be any truer in NHL DFS. For reference, each goal averages 1.7 assists. In this article I’ll help you find the best stacks and NHL DFS picks for DraftKings and FanDuel fantasy hockey lineups using Awesemo’s Top Stack Tool.
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Top Stack: NYI1
As the fourth-most expensive line on each site we are getting what we pay for with the Islanders top line. Also, with some uncertainty around the Toronto top line and a good size NHL DFS slate with eight games, we will likely need highly correlated lines.
After using Josh Bailey on the top line for a few weeks, Barry Trotz has went back to the old version of Islanders top line. The line of Mathew Barzal, Anders Lee and Jordan Eberle have nearly 1,200 minutes of ice time over the past few seasons, with all kinds of success. Maybe most impressively is their high-danger chances number, at nearly 70% at all strengths.
The Sabres are a slower-paced team struggling to keep possession of the puck, with negative metrics across the board. That should correlate well to opportunities for a line that is fully correlated and has always put up numbers far above league average. On a slate this size, ownership is still not a big concern considering Toronto will carry a lot of it. Their slightly negative leverage on DraftKings doesn’t give me any pause in this spot.
Awesemo’s Top 2 Stack Percentage: 12.2%
Awesemo’s Ownership Projection: 11.05%
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Under-Owned Stack: COL1
There were a lot of candidates for this spot with Toronto likely sucking up a lot of ownership. With under 10% projected ownership on both sites (5.1% on DraftKings), this is any easy leverage spot with Colorado’s first line.
Nathan MacKinnon has had a mediocre year by his standards with just 18 points in 13 games, but this play is much more about game theory in NHL DFS. With such low ownership projected, it will be very simple to swap them in for the Maple Leafs top line and create a line with a third the ownership and similar projection.
There is some question if Gabriel Landeskog will find his way back up to the top line for Andre Burakovsky at some point. If he does, it could lead to even lower ownership for a full stack, with many people building lines early. Also, just for our mind’s sake, it’s nice to have a late-night hammer in your back pocket.
Awesemo’s Top 2 Stack Percentage: 11.75%
Awesemo’s Ownership Projection: 7.1%
*Editor’s Note: Keep an eye out for line changes and updates.
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