Thursday NHL DFS Breakdown: Line Stacks & Strategy
Thursday NHL DFS Breakdown: Line Stacks & Strategy

This article is part of our NHL DFS Breakdown series.

The purpose of this article will be to give you a variety of options and strategy thoughts for the daily slate in the NHL for both FanDuel and DraftKings.
To begin, you see and hear a lot about Cash vs GPP plays in Daily Fantasy Sports, but I typically don't believe in Cash vs GPP players. If a player is good, I believe he's usable in any format.

I do believe in different Cash vs GPP lineup construction though.

In GPP Tournaments, I think you should have at least one full line stack, potentially two full stacks (or at least two forwards plus a corresponding defenseman). However, in cash-game lineups, you are probably much better off limiting your team-by-team exposure to two players maximum, with an exception of potentially using three players from the same team on smaller slates.

My favorite way to approach cash-game lineups is to choose my top player of the night and use his lower priced linemate. For example, Toronto center Auston Matthews is a great play almost nightly, but instead of pairing him with Patrick Marleau, use the cheaper wing linemate – Kasperi Kapanen – this way you still get exposure to two-thirds of a top Toronto line, but you save cap space to get more firepower elsewhere in your lineup.

Use this strategy by choosing one or two players from the lines below and mixing up your cash-game rosters, instead of full-line stacks as you would in your GPP lineups.

I tend to

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Russ Prentice
Fantasy baseball, football, basketball, golf and hockey fanatic for 25 years. Awarded "Hockey Writer of the Year" by FSWA in 2018. Has played high-stakes games at NFBC/NFFC over 12 years, highlighted by a runner up finish in the 2012 NFFC Primetime event, multiple NFBC Main Event league championships, and a Top 10 finish in the NFBC RotoWire Online Championship. DFS player since 2013, focusing on NFL and NHL.
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