Daily Fantasy Saturday: Kraken Attack

Stephen Dotzel


With no Edmonton to pay up for, Toronto in a somewhat tough matchup, and a few other top teams such as Florida and Tampa Bay excluded from this Saturday slate, we've got the chance to get a little weird and play (and in my case write about) a few teams that normally might not make the cut. I enjoy slates like these so I hope that excitement translates to some DFS tournament success. Let's get right into some spots I'm targeting on this ten-game slate. All prices are from DraftKings but plays can be applied to any site.

Primary Stacks
Colorado – At a quick glance this might not look like the first place to target tonight, however my hope is that is what the field will think as well and the Avalanche could fly a bit under the radar. While Columbus teams of the past were more known for their defense, the 2021 version of the Blue Jackets are currently allowing the second-most shots per game which should help give a Colorado stack a little higher floor than normal. Even better news for the Avalanche is that they will be back to near full strength as Mikko Rantanen ($7,700) is set to return to the lineup and likely slot back in to the top line alongside Nathan MacKinnon ($8,700) and Gabriel Landeskog ($6,700). MacKinnon and Rantanen are my preferred options but I'd make sure to extend out to Landeskog for a few lineups. A cheaper add-on to the stack would be one of the Colorado defensemen such as Bowen Byram ($4,400), Devon Toews ($4,500), or Samuel Girard ($2,900) who all worthy plays.

Seattle – Anybody playing the Coyotes this year is instantly fantasy relevant to start with and when Arizona is on a back-to-back like they will be Saturday, that relevance only increases. It appears the Coyotes will either be going with Karel Vejmelka in net for what will be the second night in a row or Scott Wedgewood who they just claimed off waivers from New Jersey on Thursday. Either way, this is a spot to attack for the Kraken. I think most people are going to play Jordan Eberle ($4,800) here coming off his hat trick on Thursday and I wouldn't fault anyone who does, but I'm going to focus in on Yanni Gourde ($5,100) who is seeing top power-play time but has yet to really have that big game in a Seattle uniform. He has gone scoreless in four straight, but this feels like the spot to end that streak. I'm going to stack him with Calle Jarnkrok ($2,900) and Mark Giordano ($5,800) for a very affordable power-play one stack in a great matchup. Jarnkrok carries some major risk as he's yet to record even one point in six games, but this is a play on opportunity more than anything and you don't need much with his near minimum price tag.

New York Islanders – Speaking of ignoring early season struggles in favor of opportunity, hello