Daily Fantasy Saturday: You Won’t Be Left Blue with St. Louis or Columbus

Stephen Dotzel

2021-02-20

In true 2020-21 fashion, right as we were about to get all 31 franchises on the ice at once for a stretch of the season, something comes along to throw a wrench into things. This time around it wasn't COVID, but Mother Nature instead. Before going any further I'd like to express my sympathies to all those affected by the winter storms and power outages. Hopefully better days are ahead for many.

As far as hockey, the postponement of several Dallas Stars games does cost us a matchup on Saturday; however, the schedule gods were kind this week as there remains 12 games over the course of the day. This includes eight on the main fantasy slate as well as the first of two outdoor games at Lake Tahoe, which will air at 3 p.m. EST. DraftKings has been offering more single-game fantasy contests (showdowns) this year, so if you're going to be tuning in to the Lake Tahoe game and want a little something extra to root for, you could give those contests a look.

As for the main slate, plenty to get to so let's get to it. Here are some suggestions on how I'm handling tonight's action for tournaments. All players and prices are from DraftKings Main Slate (7 p.m. EST).

Top Options

The teams we typically look to target players against such as Ottawa, Detroit, and Vancouver all find themselves off this slate. The bad news with that is we will obviously have to look elsewhere for plays but the good news is that so will everyone else. As a result, the ownership on this night should be very spread out, and I'm not even factoring it into my lineup decisions.

STL – David Perron (6,600), Ryan O'Reilly ($5,900), Justin Faulk ($5,400), Jordan Kyrou ($4,700)

Martin Jones and the Sharks are struggling to keep pucks out of the net in a major way. Jones's 0.882 SV% is among the worst in the league and the Sharks as a team have allowed more goals per game than everyone besides Ottawa and Vancouver. With Jones likely in net again Saturday, it makes for a great opportunity to stack the Blues. St. Louis doesn't make things easy in the stacking department though, mainly because of the near even split with their power play units in regards to both time and talent.

Neither of the Blues' top lines are fully correlated with each other, but if forced to choose I prefer the O'Reilly-Perron line in tonight's contest and I'd add on Faulk who skates with this duo often at both even strength and the power play. Ivan Barbashev had to leave the game Thursday and will miss this one as well and in his absence both Kyrou and Brayden Schenn ($6,000) saw some time with O'Reilly and Perron. I'd expect Kyrou to be the one starting there Saturday, so adding him to the stack makes a lot of sense as well.

CBJ –