Daily Fantasy Saturday: Don’t Sleep on Chicago

Stephen Dotzel

2021-12-04

Can you believe that by this time next week almost every team will be a third of the way through their season already? Who are your biggest surprises and disappointments thus far? Personally, playing daily fantasy as compared to season-long fantasy, you sometimes lose sight of the big picture stuff, so it's nice to zoom out every once and awhile and look around.

My biggest surprise team wise would have to be the Ducks. I can't say I had much hopes for Anaheim this season but the fact they're currently in a playoff spot and ahead of teams like Vegas and Colorado is just not something I, or anyone, saw coming. Individually, how about Andrew Mangiapane? Having 16 goals, tied for third in the league entering Friday, with barely any top line or power play minutes is truly impressive.

On the disappointing end of the spectrum, it has to be the Islanders who are in the basement of the Eastern Conference despite being my pre-season representative for the Stanley Cup. As for players, Jeff Petry comes to mind. After four consecutive 40 points seasons and no Shea Weber in the mix for Montreal, I thought Petry would have no trouble extending that streak to five seasons. But with just a measly two points in 25 games, that seems unlikely now. There is still plenty of time for teams and players to turn things around but as Yogi Berra once said, "It's getting late early."

Shifting gears back to DFS, we've got a nine-game slate in store for Saturday with a nice mix of high profiles and some under the radar options. All prices are from DraftKings but plays can be applied to any site.

Primary Stacks

Colorado – If you've been stacking against Ottawa lately, you've probably been doing fairly well. Before picking up a 3-2 win on Thursday, they had allowed 27 goals in five games, which is one of the worst stretches we'll see for any team this season. The Avalanche are only getting healthier with the return of Nathan MacKinnon ($8,900) to the lineup who now has had two games to shake the rust off. It's an expensive stack but his line mates of Mikko Rantanen ($8,600) and Gabriel Landeskog ($7,300) are the preferred options. To try and save a little salary, you can leave one off for a defenseman such as Devon Toews ($5,600) or Samuel Girard ($4,200).

Chicago – Most people are going to be on the Rangers side of this game, who are fine plays on their own, but don't sleep on the Blackhawks here. New York has allowed the fifth-most scoring chances in the league this season, but can get by thanks to superb goaltending from Igor Shesterkin and his 2.15 goals against average. However, when they don't have Igor in net to protect them and that goaltender is Alexandar Georgiev instead, that number skyrockets to 4.08 goals allo