NHL DFS Picks, Stacks and Spots to Target
Arizona at St. Louis (-230)
Let us just lead with this off the bat. If this spot isn’t obvious it may be time to retire from NHL DFS. The Arizona Coyotes are allowing nearly 4 goals against per game, while they are only “supposed” to be allowing 3.4 goals per game. Both of these numbers help demonstrate they are still a bottom-5 defensive club and someone DFS players should continue to pick on. They have probably been getting it worse than they deserve but this combined with the top-loaded Schwartz-Schenn-Tarasenko line makes the Blues the place to start your DFS conversations. Tarasenko is a must have in cash games, while Pietrangelo is our #1 defenseman if you want to pay up. If you run optimal stacks across 50 teams, Tarasenko hits more than 50% of them. The only thing to consider for tournaments is ownership. Tarasenko could be owned by more than 30% of gamers tonight, which means other spots will go overlooked. The Tarasenko line is a tough fade if you are risk-averse but I think you can make the argument that with a single lineup fading is the right move versus battling with other Tarasenko owners for a min cash. If you do decide to play Tarasenko, there are multiple cheap options that are viable which we will get into below. Speaking of cheap, the Blues 2nd line consists of Steen-Sobotka-Stastny. The S3 line projects for 0.87 goals and ranks 12th outright in our stacks at a cheap price. They should carry more modest ownership and are priced down, making them an attractive pivot. Carter Hutton should win this game 2/3rds of the time but does not seem as safe as Jake Allen.
Arizona is more or less a fade, as targeting teams at St. Louis is fruitless more often than not.