Projections are a great starting point for every DFS sport, even the highest-variance sports, such as NHL. In his Projections Primer, Alex “Awesemo” Baker has said “the safest route to go with projections is to use mine because they are proven by the money I invest and the return I have earned; as one of the foundations of my process, you can be sure that they are good enough to make money at any level” and that is certainly the case in NHL DFS. For cash games, sorting by the value column in our projections can help you get an idea of which players project to out-perform their price tag. If you’re ready to up your NHL DFS game, uploading Awesemo’s NHL Projections to Fantasy Cruncher is a great way to quickly get a feel for the slate (even if you don’t play mass-multi entry contests), as you can generate hundreds of lineups in seconds to see which players are popping up as the best values that you need to lock in cash games and which players are going under the radar in tournaments.
As is the case in every sport, a lot of the time you’ll see all the studs at the top of the list. Nathan MacKinnon is one of the biggest names in the league, but in our projections for the opening night slate, he’s sandwiched between a handful of other big names, while his price on DraftKings is at $8,500 (highest on the slate). His 1.68 value rating indicates that while he’s a top raw-point play, he may get passed up by DFSers more so than usual because of the other guys around him grading out a little better value-wise.
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