The Triple Deke will be a daily piece written by myself and my co-writer Kassim Kamani (@Kamani31) on an alternating basis. Each day we will give you two of our favorite plays in three different pricing tiers; High, Medium, and Low as well as a goalie play. For the season opener, we will be bringing you two articles. I will be looking at the DraftKings plays and Kassim will be our Fanduel expert. Hopefully throughout the year we can help you all win some money. So without further ado, let’s get The Triple Deke started!
High Dollar Plays
W – Alex Ovechkin WSH ($8,000 DK)
Ovechkin and the Capitals will be heading to Buffalo tonight to play a Sabres team that is hobbling defensively. They currently have just two starting defenseman in their lineup and are allowing shots at an alarming rate. Ovechkin is one of the top shot producers in the league and has found success throughout his career against the Sabres. In 42 games he has 42 points and is averaging an absurd 5.7 shots/game. I expect many to fade him tonight with his high price tag and the other star talent going tonight for much cheaper.
W – Filip Forsberg NSH ($6,800 DK)
If you know me at all you know that I love finding those strange stats that don’t make any sense, but continue year after year to strengthen its proof it’s not a coincidence. Such is the case with Filip Forsberg and Tuesday’s. In his six-year career, Forsberg is averaging 0.73 points/game. However, on Tuesday’s that number increases to an incredible 0.95 points/game. So far this season, Forsberg has registered 43% of his points on Tuesday’s despite only playing in three of them. He will certainly be low owned going on the road to face a solid defensive Columbus team. He’s currently slated to skate with newly acquired Kyle Turris who can only help with Forsberg’s offensive production.
Mid Dollar Plays
W – Max Pacioretty MTL ($6,300 DK)
Mentioned in previous Triple Deke articles, the Montreal offense started off the season at a terrible pace which led to many of their players seeing lower salaries. However, over the past two weeks, Montreal has had one of the more potent offenses in the league. Pacioretty is leading the way with at least a point in five consecutive games and squares off against a Vegas team on a back to back with a 4th string goaltender. He is averaging close to five shots a game in his past ten providing a phenomenal floor to his already high ceiling.
D – Justin Faulk CAR ($4,900 DK)
Faulk was a disappointment last time out amassing just 1.5 DK points against a terrible Coyotes team. But I’m going back to him again tonight as he’ll look to bounce back against a high flying Florida team whose games are routinely approaching the double digit goal mark. They allow the most shots against in the league, take the fourth most, and have allowed the 3rd most fantasy points to opposing defensemen this season. We all know about Faulk’s offensive potential and it will be on tap tonight.
Low Dollar Plays
C – Mathew Barzal NYI ($4,300 DK)
It’s not because Barzal registered five points in his last outing that has me targeting him tonight. It’s what he has been able to do prior that game that is just as impressive. Barzal is currently on a seven game point streak, including points in eight of his previous nine. In New York’s 14 games this season, Barzal has registered under 2.0 DK points only once and is still priced at just 4.3K. Tonight he faces an Edmonton team that has been one of the biggest disappointments of the year so far.
D – Matt Benning EDM ($3,100 DK)
Continuing on with the Edmonton/New York game, Benning has been increasing his role in the Edmonton offense more and more as the season progresses. He is seeing close to 20 minutes of ice time per game, and has registered at least four shots/blocked shots in six consecutive games. During those games he was also able to register a goal and an assist bringing his average DK points in the six contests to 3.8. At just 3.1K, Benning is exceeding his GPP value as his floor over the past two weeks.
G – John Gibson ANA ($7,300 DK)
On a night where it seems there are no solid options at goaltender, paying down for a goalie at home and projected to earn a W seems like the way to go. Gibson has played well at home this season with a .920sv%, compared to a .900sv% on the road. The Ducks have been plagued with injuries throughout the season and are starting to finally see some of their pieces return. They’ll face a Kings team who has been surprisingly strong offensively to start the season, so Gibson will be a GPP play only.
About the Author:
Jonathan has always loved finding those interesting sports stats and sharing them with those around him. When he came across DFS back in 2010 he was instantly hooked realizing his vast sports stat knowledge could pay off. After playing a variety of DFS sports, the NHL is where he found his greatest success. Jonathan focuses most of his time as a cash game player, but does enjoy the occasional GPP.