Ramblings: Varlamov Back on Track, Joseph Hat Trick, Thompson Wins Again (Apr 2)

Ian Gooding


I mentioned this on Twitter earlier, but you'll want to subscribe to the new DFS tools on Frozen Tools if you haven't already. Order now and get $20 off! I used the Featured Optimized Lineups tool to give me a start in constructing a DFS lineup for Thursday. That lineup was good enough to turn my remaining $4 balance at DraftKings into a $30 prize.

In case you're wondering how I won, I've also been picking up tips from Steve Dotzel by editing and posting his articles without actually playing much daily fantasy. If you regularly play any kind of DFS, you should also be reading his articles, which you can find here. They appear early Saturday morning, so check back shortly if today's article isn't on the site yet. This week, he explains the difference between using the optimizer on Frozen Tools and stacking lineups.

Steve's strategy mainly focuses on four-player and three-player stacks of players from the same team, while mixing in a goalie and a cheap power-play plug with the remaining slots. Although I didn't follow that strategy to a tee, the lineup I used is below. Keep in mind that these aren't necessarily the best options on each team – just what seemed to best fit my budget along with a few players recommended by the Frozen Tools DFS Customizer.

Major stack: Toronto (Auston Matthews, Mitch Marner, William Nylander, Mark Giordano)

Minor stack: Pittsburgh (Evgeni Malkin, Bryan Rust)

Remaining players: Ville Heinola, Jake DeBrusk

Goalie: Semyon Varlamov

All of these players with the exception of Heinola recorded a point. He was recommended because he had been hot with points in each of his previous four games. I was lucky enough to benefit from the Leafs' seven-goal game and to a lesser extent, the Bruins' eight-goal outburst. A win from Varlamov over the Blue Jackets didn't hurt either. Same with Malkin's overtime goal assisted by Rust.

Speaking of Varlamov, his season appears to be getting back on track. And because Ilya Sorokin is sidelined, you don't have to worry about starts right now. Varlamov now has three consecuti