IT’S FINALLY HERE! The NHL season is upon us, and I for one am extremely excited. With the NHL season comes NHL DFS, and there is money to be won here. First a little intro about me, my name is Kassim Kamani (@Kamani31) and I live in Vancouver Canada (Go Canucks!!). I have been watching hockey since I can remember and have been playing DFS for about 2 years now.
The Triple Deke will be a daily piece written by myself and my co-writer Jonathan Scharf (@McKinley_412) on an alternating basis. Each day we will give you two of our favourite (yes that’s how you spell it in Canada) plays in 3 different pricing tiers, High, Medium, and Low as well as a goalie play. For the season opener, we will be bringing you two articles, Jonathan will be looking after the Draftking plays and I will be looking at the Fanduel plays. Hopefully throughout the year we can help you guys win some money. So without further ado, let’s get the Triple Deke started.
High Dollar Plays
C: Auston Matthews – Toronto Maple Leafs ($8200 FD)
Matthews and the Maple Leafs travel into Anaheim to face the Ducks. Matthews last season had 8 more goals on the road than he did at home and the trend has continued this year. So far on the season, Matthews has 5 goals in 5 road games and 4 goals in 7 home games. I like Matthews to continue his road dominance against the injured Ducks who just lost Getzlaf again last game. Matthews is usable in all formats today.
W: Phil Kessel – Pittsburgh Penguins ($8100 FD)
Kessel has been playing some really good hockey lately as he is on a 4 game point streak and has averaged 5 shots on goal during that streak. Today Kessel and the Penguins are facing off against the Edmonton Oilers, and both teams have been struggling to score lately. I like Pittsburgh in this matchup as the Penguins carry the top road pp in the league and the Oilers have the worst home PK. I like the Penguins to get a couple of PP goals this game, and think Kessel will be able to get some points. I like him more as a GPP play, but you can use him in cash as well.
Mid Dollar Plays
W: Brandon Saad – Chicago Blackhawks ($6200 FD)
After coming out of the gate on fire, Saad has really slowed down over the last few games. Saad only has 1 point in his last 6 games and his shot totals have also declined. The Blackhawks overall over their last few games have been struggling to score which has prompted some line changes. Saad will now find himself playing alongside Nick Schmaltz and Patrick Kane and I think this could give him a boost. He is playing against the Flyers today who just gave Arizona their first win of the season. Saad is a GPP play only for today, but I think he has a good opportunity to bust out of his slump.
D: Oscar Klefbom – Edmonton Oilers ($5400 FD)
Klefbom was one of the players for the Oilers who was expected to take another step forward after setting career highs in numbers last year. So far this year he has only collected two assists, however he has done a good job of producing with his peripheral stats. He has been averaging over 25 mins a game over the last 5 games and in those games he has averaged over 3 shots and 3 blocks a game. Klefbom is too talented offensively to be only at 2 assists, and I think will be a part of the offence for the Oilers today. Due to his peripheral stats, Klefbom is usable in Cash but also makes for a good GPP play today.
Low Dollar Plays
D: Tim Heed – San Jose Sharks ($4200 FD)
Heed is not a household name, but the rookie is off to a pretty good start to his young career. Heed so far has 6 points in 9 games this year and is improving each game he plays. His current play has been rewarded as Heed has found himself on the top powerplay unit for the Sharks. Anytime you can get defensemen that is under $5000 playing on a powerplay with the talent he gets to play with, he should always be under consideration. Heed is a GPP play only today as he is facing off against Rinne and the Predators, however I do like his potential and with his cheap price should be able to reach value and then some.
W: Jake Virtanen – Vancouver Canucks ($3600 FD)
My low owned GPP play for the day is going to go to Jake Virtanen of the Canucks. Virtanen skates alongside the Sedin twins during even strength situations. Although they are no longer the top offensive guys for the Canucks, the Sedin twins are still capable and they usually improve the winger that plays with them. Virtanen has seen his production increase since he was put them, and now that they don’t face the other team’s defensive lines, they are facing weaker competition. For $3600 Virtanen makes for a nice punt against the Devils who give up the 11th most goals per game.
G: Fredrick Andersen – Toronto Maple Leafs ($8200 FD)
Andersen is going to be facing the Anaheim Ducks today and I think is going to have a strong game. The Ducks just lost Getzlaf since he got hit with a puck in the face and I just don’t like the Ducks offense without him. I realize that the Leafs struggle preventing goals, however I think this is a good spot for them. Andersen has been much better on the road where he is allowing almost 2 less goals per game. He makes for a real good GPP play today.
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