This article will identify the best line-stacking combos to use for fantasy hockey purposes every night. Considering that at least one player on a forward line will often get an assist on a goal when his line mate scores, stacking players from the same line can prove very fruitful for fantasy purposes. Use these targets to help identify some of your best options every night.
High Priced First lines
Tyler Seguin ($8400) – Jamie Benn ($8100) – Valeri Nichushkin ($4000)
With only three games on the slate I think simply going with quality players and ignoring the “matchups” so to speak isn’t a bad idea. This line has been extremely quiet lately recording just one point between them over the last two games. However, while a matchup with the Devils might not seem like an optimal place for a breakout (New Jersey is 6th best in goals against) the Stars are need of a win tonight (badly) and their top line simply doesn’t stay off the score sheet for long, with Benn and Seguin only twice during the year enduring pointless streaks of longer than two games. Patrick Sharp is out and so I like the fact the Stars two studs will be paired with talented young winger Valeri Nichushkin, who makes this line a lot more affordable for DFS. I’d look to them today if you need a big line on a short slate who could outperform their matchup so to speak and put up a big night for fantasy.
Also check out: the Oilers line of McDavid-Eberle-Yakapov as mentioned in the NHL cheat Sheet.
Travis Zajac ($3700) – Kyle Palmieri ($5200) – Sergey Kalinin ($2500) or Joseph Blandisi ($3600)
While I do think the Stars will bounce back tonight I still think they make for a good target for fantasy purposes in general right now and like the Devils skaters tonight for that reason. While trade and injuries have hurt the Devils depth at forward the line of Zajac and Palmieri have still produced some decent nights together and both men have seen their ice time increase to near the 20-minute mark over the past couple of weeks. The Stars have allowed three or more goals in each of their last four games and sport only the 22nd best penalty-kill in the league. While Sergey Kalinin makes for a good cheap option and should skate with Zajac/Palmieri at even strength using Joseph Balndisi with the two aforementioned players isn’t a horrible idea either as he’ll likely see time with them on the man advantage. Either way I like targeting this line today if you’re looking fro a cheaper stack as Dallas is giving up some big fantasy games of late.
Leon Draisaitl ($4600) – Taylor Hall ($6500) – Patrick Maroon ($2900)
With everyone and their mother likely playing Connor McDavid tonight I think using the Oilers other great young duo in your stacks makes a lot of sense. After a mid season cold stretch Taylor Hall has looked a lot better in recent outings accumulating 15 SOG in his last three games and finally scored last night against the Flyers. This could be the beginning a late season renaissance for the Hall/Draisaitl pairing who was so effective earlier in the year. The winger these two played the most with last night was Patrick Maroon who is newly acquired from Anaheim and looked pretty effective yesterday while recording a goal of his own and 3 SOG. Maroon wont see time on the power-play with these two but given his cheapness in price makes him an interesting punt play on wing. All in all, don’t be shocked if this line continues its good play against the Blue Jackets and posts another big night, they should be much lower owned than the Oilers other scoring line led by McDavid.
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