The NHL has entered Phase 4 in the hub cities (Toronto and Edmonton), we've got preseason games running and the real contests kick off this Saturday, so it's a good time to take a look at DFS strategies and teams/players to watch. The pricing in this article will correspond to Saturday's Yahoo DFS offering, though the strategies will apply across the board.
Stacking Top Lines
It's not enough to simply target top players like Connor McDavid ($35), Sidney Crosby ($34) or Aleksander Barkov ($25), as they're often cost prohibitive and leave you with less salary room further down the lineup. In order to fully capitalize on these elite players and double (or triple) down on their point totals, it helps to stack them with their linemates, who come in at a significant discount. Adding wingers like Zack Kassian ($10), Conor Sheary ($12) or Evgenii Dadonov ($15) allows you to pick up added points from the studs.
Avoid the Top Goalie Favorite
Everybody wants to pick the winner, which is why the netminders on the most favored teams will have the highest ownership and price tags. That's why a guy like Mike Smith ($33) costs more than Vezina Trophy candidate Connor Hellebuyck ($32), as the Oilers are -160 to win Saturday's matchup with Chicago. By going with a player like David Rittich ($23) against Winnipeg, you get a goalie who is still favored to win and figures to have lower ownership than the options at the top of the list.