Daily Fantasy Saturday: Backlund a Hot Flame

Stephen Dotzel


All eyes are on the NHL this weekend with the NBA celebrating their All-Star weekend and football now two weeks into their off-season. This is good news for us daily fantasy hockey players as the sites have jacked up the contests and prize pools as compared to a typical Saturday, in the hopes some of those NBA players trickle in. Whether you're an experienced player hoping to take advantage of the increased action, or a newcomer giving NHL a shot, this is a good time to re-visit some key strategies in the hopes we can use them to get to the top of the leaderboards.

If playing cash games, you will want to start by taking a look at the Vegas lines and identify the teams with the highest totals. On this slate those appear to be Toronto, Colorado, Calgary, and Washington. These teams are a good starting point for the core plays in your lineup.

As far as identifying individual players, shots and power play time are two important factors to consider. Players who shoot the puck often can quickly rack up fantasy points without actually scoring goals, though of course the more you shoot the better chance you have to just do that. As for power play units, you can quickly view each team's most recent units by utilizing tools found here at DobberHockey.com.

If you're going the tournament route for your lineups, correlation is king so you will want to make sure you stack players that are on the ice together as much as possible. You could view each team's lines using the same tools mentioned above. Using a 4-3-1 (C-W-W-D, C-W-W, D) or a 4-2-2 (C-W-W-D, C-W, W-D) lineup construction are two often used and successful strategies to employ. With a majority of the ownership likely landing on players from the four teams mentioned above, don't be afraid to think outside the box in tournaments and get away from the crowd. Correlating your goalie with one of your stacks makes a lot of sense here as well in the hopes you can pick up the win if your stack is able to score a few times.

There is a full day of hockey on tap for Saturday with games ranging from 1 p.m. EST to 10:30 p.m. EST. However, it is such a spread that only six games remain for the main slate starting at 7 p.m. EST on both DraftKings and FanDuel, but have no fear there are still plenty of options available. All players and prices used are from DraftKings but can be applied to FanDuel as well.

C – Nathan MacKinnon ($8,300)

On a slate this small there are three clear options at center and not rostering at least one in cash games could prove costly. While the Toronto duo of