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3 years ago

5 Principles of Picking a Team in DFS Hockey

Hello, my fellow DFS players! It’s good to have principles in life. They often act as a moral compass when you are in doubt.

In DFS, it’s even more important to follow principles, because not following them might prove to be disastrous for your budding career as a DFS player. Therefore, today we are going to talk about five basic principles you should follow when picking your team in DFS hockey. Without further ado, let’s jump right into the thick of things!

Principle 1. Stacking

Stacking is the cornerstone of DFS hockey. It is important to pick players in bundles because forwards from the same line of the same team accumulate fantasy points for goals, assists, and + rating.

To understand why stacking is of paramount importance, let’s do some quick math. Even a single goal involving all three forwards and scored in 5x5 situations gives you 14.5 fantasy points (5 for a goal, 6 for two assists, and 3 for +1 rating for each of the three forwards; half a point is for a shot on goal). Considering how at times winning in DFS is a matter of tenths of a point, it is a pretty big edge, right?

Of course, you have to choose wisely and select the lines which are expected to be productive on a given night. However, this depends on a multitude of factors which are going to be covered in future write-ups.

Below is the image representing a typical stack of three forwards.

Stacking Calgary line paid off for the player

Principle 2. Try to avoid goalies from opposing teams

Every fantasy point matters. Every player who brings these fantasy points matters, including the goaltenders. At FanTeam, goalies get points for each save, for shutouts, assists, and wins (either in regulation, in OT or in shootouts). However, each goal allowed by the goalie deducts one point from the total. This means that it does not make any sense to pick goalies from teams facing off against teams the skaters from which we have already picked up because we hope that these skaters contribute to a lot of goals.

Principle 3. No skaters from opposing teams

This principle is a lot like the previous one, although the devil is in the details, as they say. You should avoid picking skaters from teams facing each other on a given night because you want to maximize the total amount of fantasy points. If you ignore this principle, the jaded +/- rating may not allow you to sit atop the leaderboard when it’s all said and done. For instance, one goal allowed deducts 3 points from your total. Remember the point I’ve made about how every fraction of a point matters? Yep.

Principle 4. Productive defensemen

Scoring system at FanTeam is designed in a way that makes defensemen very valuable as they are given more points for goals and assists than forwards. It kind of makes sense because it’s not their primary responsibility to score goals and earn assists, hence this scoring system.

Brent Burns is a good point-productive option most nights due to his offensive style

Given that, it is of utmost importance to have at least one D-man who is very productive (ideally there should be two, but it’s not always possible due to the salary cap). You would want to have D-men from a team’s top 4 and who also appear on the ice in extra skater situations.

Principle 5. Good 'value' plays

FanTeam’s scoring system is very balanced out in the sense that it is nearly impossible to pick the best guys because they are often very expensive. Therefore, you are definitely going to need to get creative and select players who are cheap but may bring plenty of value for what they are worth. In DFS lingo, such players are called ‘value plays’.

There you have it. Of course, there are many things involved when it comes to DFS hockey, but sticking to these five principles will ensure your future success in daily fantasy hockey.



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