FanDuel NHL Lineup Advice: Thursday (11/9)
We have a seven-game slate tonight, so there are some good options all across the board. Lots of offense to be had tonight, along with some very favorable starting goalies. Look to load up on some stacks, and don’t be afraid to take risks.
Brayden Schenn (STL): $6,500 vs. ARI
Schenn heads up the first forward line and the first power-play unit for the Blues and is off to a very strong start this season. He has 18 points in 16 games and is playing on what could be the second most dangerous offensive line in the league. He is averaging over 2.5 shots per game, and anytime you can fit a full Blues stack in your lineup, you don’t want to pass that up. They are averaging over three goals a game, and have a very favorable matchup tonight, versus Arizona who have given up 68 goals so far this season, worst in the league. Schenn is the first part of a Blues stack we will be looking at today.
Bo Horvat (VAN): $5,900 @ ANH
Horvat is a rising young center in the NHL and is seeing a ton of playing time right now. He is on the top forward line and the top power-play unit, so there are plenty of chances for him to rack up some points. He is averaging over 2.5 shots per game and has scored 13 points in 15 games this season. He is the first part of a Vancouver stack we are looking at, and since they aren’t expensive at all, they allow us to get in some other high-priced skaters. He should also come in at a bit lower ownership since they are playing in a late West Coast game.
Vladimir Tarasenko (STL): $8,300 vs. ARI
Tarasenko is one of the best goal scorers in the league, and anytime you have the salary to roster him you shouldn’t pass him up. He has multi-goal upside nearly every night, and now that we have him on a stack, the point potential is massive. He has seven points over his last four games, and 19 total points on the season, all while averaging over four shots per game. They are feeding him the puck and letting him do his magic. He plays on the first forward line and the first power-play unit, so ice time is maximized with the other players on this stack.
Jaden Schwartz (STL): $7,200 vs. ARI
Schwartz is another member of this St. Louis stack we are looking at today, and he is also off to a good start this season. He has 21 points through 16 games, averaging over two shots per game, along with chipping in a few blocked shots. He is also on the first forward line and the first power-play unit with Tarasenko and Schenn, so the double dipping on points is huge here. With all three of them on the ice at the same time, if they score a goal, most likely this stack will benefit.
Sven Baertschi (VAN): $4,500 @ ANH
Baertschi certainly isn’t a household name when it comes to the NHL, but he has plenty of fantasy value. He plays on the first forward line and the first power-play unit with the other Vancouver players, and this is where he can shine in DFS. He’s not going to blow you away with his pure offensive ability, but when used in a stack, you can get exposure to other players and he will simply see the benefit from it. He has 11 points in 15 games this season while averaging a bit under two shots per game.
Ondrej Palat (TB): $5,100 @ LA
Palat makes a nice one-off today since he is relatively cheap and gives you some exposure to the Lightning offense. He plays on the second forward line and the second power-play unit, so there will be a good amount of ice time for him to be able to put up points. We all know the Lightning have a great offense, and even with it being focused at the top of the lineup, they still can get balanced production from other lines. He has nine points in 16 games this season, averaging just under two shots per game, and also chipping in nearly one blocked shot per game.
Alex Pietrangelo (STL): $6,100 vs. ARI
Pietrangelo is a workhorse when it comes to defense, seeing nearly 25 minutes per game. This guy is on the ice for nearly half the game and putting up stats all over the place. He has 15 points in 16 games, averaging over three shots per game, and has almost two blocked shots per game. Unbelievable production from him, and with him being on the top defensive pair, and the top power-play unit, he will see plenty of shared ice time with the other Blues players, and thus round out this stack nicely.
Ben Hutton (VAN): $3,600 @ ANH
Hutton is really cheap and is the last part of the Vancouver stack we are looking at today. This is somewhat of a punt play since he only has three points on the season, but he will see the ice plenty. He is on the top defensive pairing, and the top power-play unit, so if he and the rest of the stack get some goals, he could essentially fall into an assist. He blocks about one shot per game and is averaging two shots per game. Decent production, and we just need a single assist from him to crush value.
Charlie Lindgren (MON): $7,700 vs. MIN
Lindgren is seeing the start yet again with Carey Price being out with an injury, so we get a bit of savings at goalie. He only has two games under his belt this season, and he has two wins. Yes, that rate won’t stay the same forever, but the Canadiens have started to turn things around, and they are playing better defensively, and with the savings he brings, we can fit in two full stacks into the same lineup. He is a -144 favorite at home against Minnesota, who is playing on the second night of a back-to-back.