Daily Fantasy Saturday: Take the Sure Thing in McDavid

Stephen Dotzel

2021-05-08

Well friends, we've reached the final Saturday of the regular season (excluding the one Vancouver-Edmonton make-up game on the schedule). When the season kicked off four months ago, I wasn't too sure this day would come, especially on time, but the league was able to pull it off. How they managed certain situations is certainly up for debate, but that's a topic for someone else.

From a fantasy perspective, this final Saturday slate might be the toughest of the entire year, as there are several factors in play. First off, there are 14 games scheduled (12 games at 7 pm ET or later), which makes it one of the largest of the season. Similar to last week's big one, my plan of attack will be to rule out a few spots right off the bat which will help narrow down the targets.

Secondly, six of the games on Saturday are the second leg of a back-to-back from Friday. This makes Saturday's slate difficult to break down until well after Friday's conclusions. Teams could make line changes mid game, players could get injured, and Saturday's starting goalies could be held under wraps. All of these things could affect the direction of Saturday's slate. It will certainly be a time you'll want to stay on top of the news throughout the day. Following my "DFS-NHL" Twitter list @SteveDotzel can be a big help here.

Finally, with many of the playoff races already decided some teams who are already locked in may decide to rest some key players. Others who have been eliminated might simply lack the motivation they'd otherwise have. While the latter isn't something you'll probably be able to take into account, the former is another thing that can be tracked by news throughout the day and during warmups.

With lots to get to, here's how I'm handling this tough 12 game slate. All prices are from DraftKings, but players and strategies can be applied to FanDuel as well. 

Top Options

EDM – Connor McDavid ($9,200), Leon Draisaitl ($8,200)

I'll take the layup here to start. McDavid is just on another level right now, even for his standards. He has two points or more in nine of the last ten games, and three or more in seven of those nine. Simply incredible. During that span he's averaged a staggering 24.4 DraftKings points per game. Sitting just four points shy of 100 for the season, McDavid should have plenty of motivation to keep his foot on the gas despite Edmonton all but being assured of the second spot in the North.

Despite Thursday's win, Vancouver is still averaging 4.5 goals allowed per game over their last six. You can play McDavid solo as he can create enough on his own, but can always stack Draisaitl or Tyson Barrie ($6,200) with him if you have the space as well. Jesse Puljujarvi ($4,900) is another option and also consider Ryan Nugent-Hopkins ($5,900) who is a good way to diversify your McDavid lineups as very few will go tha