Friday night we have a nice 6-game slate. On a full slate, ownership is usually distributed while on a medium sized slate we are more likely to find congested ownership on a couple popular plays. The challenge will be sorting through that along with the potential upside to determine which stacks to target and which teams to fade. Onto our NHL DFS Picks, Stacks and Targets for 10/20.
Vancouver at Buffalo (-155)
Two of the teams with the worst records in the NHL square off tonight in Buffalo. Vancouver was showing some improvements defensively before getting absolutely trounced last night in Boston and now go back-to-back on the road to face a Sabres team that has been poor defensively but capable of finding the back of the net. The Sabres find themselves atop our stack rankings lead by the Eichel-Kane combination who also is joined by Jason Pominville. Eichel and Kane are 2 of the highest shot volume players making them fantasy relevant in most matchups and particularly so tonight. Still on the Sabres side their 2nd line duo of Ryan O’Reilly and Kyle Okposo project well but not so much 3rd wheel Justin Bailey. On the Buffalo side we’ll stick with those core forwards, defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen and Chad Johnson remains a correlated GPP goalie play but not a primary target.
Vancouver has intrigue driven by discount pricing — Bo Horvat, Sven Baertschi and Brock Boeser is a young and offensively talented line that costs under $12,000 to full stack. Similarly the highly correlated duo of Daniel and Henrik Sedin are so cheap that in a matchup against one of the worst defensive clubs in hockey you have to consider them despite the back-to-back. On a medium sized slate you probably don’t have to get too cute in net but Jacob Markstrom could provide you leverage against 50% of the DFS field if he’s able to stand on his head and shut down Buffalo. To round out our Vancouver discussion I’ll just say that we continue to think Michael Del Goato is underpriced for the opportunity he is getting on this team.