Daily Fantasy Saturday: Load Up On Habs

Stephen Dotzel

2019-12-14


In last week’s article Daily Fantasy Saturday: Cashing in With Cash Games, I discussed a few things I look for when targeting players for cash games such as Vegas lines, power-play units, and shots. Using these items can help you narrow down a sometimes-overwhelming amount of options on a given slate.

Another thing I like to do, similarly to tournaments, is review the previous day’s lineups to see what players carried the most ownership. Typically, players are high owned for a reason, either they are a good value or have a high projection for that slate. You can easily view ownership percentages on DraftKings by going to your contest history on a desktop and clicking on “results” for the contest you want to review. From there simply click “Export Lineups to CSV” and an Excel file will open which includes every lineup entered in that contest along with every player used and what ownership percentage that player carried.

I like to review these percentages to see if there were players that carried high ownership that I did not consider or if there were players that I used that had very little ownership. If a player was high owned but I did not consider playing them, I try to think through what others saw or what I may have looked past that put them on that player but not me. If I had a player that did not have much ownership, I go back and review why I liked that player compared to the field. If you do this enough, you can start to get a feel on how most lineups come together on a slate.

Let’s take a look at last Saturday’s (12/07/19) Single Entry $25 Double Up Tournament on DraftKings. Here’s a list of every player that was owned in 15% or more of lineups:

C: Evgeni Malkin (60%), Kyle Turris (36%), Aleksander Barkov (23%)

W: David Pastrnak (33%), Nikita Kucherov (23%), Jake Guentzel (18%),