Daily Fantasy Saturday: Don’t Forget About Kane

Stephen Dotzel

2020-07-31

We've made it. After months, that has seemed like years, meaningful hockey returns on Saturday. COVID-19 may still be impacting our lives on a daily basis, but at least for now one of our favorite outlets to which we can escape the issues around us (and easily social distance!) is back. In addition to the games themselves returning, the daily fantasy contests have followed.

I thought perhaps both Draft Kings and FanDuel would welcome the NHL back with huge contests and prize pools. After all they were running tournaments with five-figure payouts for video games just a few weeks ago. However, that is not really the case. Both sites basically have their standard contest structures. But after months of no contests at all, I won't complain too much.

If you're familiar with daily fantasy and getting back in the swing of things, or if you're new to the game and giving it a shot for the first time, hopefully I can help you out. During more "normal" times we have a pretty good idea of what teams and players are playing well, and who are not. In addition, team lines are usually fairly consistent day-to-day, and we can know who to expect to be skating with whom. However, with this month's long layoff coupled with a not-so-transparent injury policy, things are much more uncertain than usual.

Strategy wise for daily fantasy, I typically like to stack my lineups with several players from the same team and lines. But until we have a few games to see how teams look, I am going to focus more on players who simply have a strong history of shooting the puck and less on making sure all my players are correlated with one another. I will still probably have a fair number of mini-stacks comprising of two players, just not as many three- or four-man ones as usual. I think it's safe to assume we will see coaches shuffling lines frequently as teams try to find a combination that clicks. The lack of prep time leading up to the playoffs along with the short five-game series could mean quick adjustments on the fly for many teams. This is why I'm not too worried about fully stacking, but that doesn't mean it's not a viable strategy because if you can nail the right line that puts up a few goals you will put yourself in fantastic shape.

There are five games on the slate Saturday scattered all throughout the day. I will run through a few players I will be including in my lineups. All prices are from Draft Kings but can be applied to FanDuel as well.

Patrick Kane ($7,300)

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