NHL Rookie - Lesson 04 - Using Player Cards to Build Lineups

This questions is asked quite often: Can you build lineups strictly off the player cards provided by DraftKings? The answer is yes, you actually can. Enough information exists on these cards to make it plausible. At the very minimum, the player cards help you with ideas for a lineup. Visually, you can see what a player does over a time period and much more. Let’s dig a little deeper into this.

At A Glance

When you are looking for numbers quickly, the “At A Glance” tab offers fast numbers for the DFS player that may not have the time to go into deeper detail. The normal stats quickly go into the last game, the last ten games, and then the season. It gives you a snapshot of what is going on with the player in terms of goals and assists, special teams points, and even face-off wins and losses. If that was not enough, time on ice is used, along with shots on goal, and shooting percentage.

Crosby Player Card

 

There is a lot to digest just on one tab of a graphic. As an example, say we read a hypothetical Player A’s player card. We’ll be able to get answers to questions such as, did Player A score last game? How many shots on goal did he take? What was his ice time? So on and so forth. Again, this does not go into that much detail, but for daily lineups, it gives you an idea of the vital categories. When one is making decisions for nine players, this is quite useful.

Next, we’ll look at the row which displays the 10-game snapshot. This gives you about a three week window (sometimes less, sometimes more) of how the player is performing overall. Say Player A had 14 points in that time period, including seven goals and seven assists. That is downright on fire!  When a player averages over five daily fantasy points a game for a period that long, now that is league leading potential.

Finally, we’ll review the last row, which is the season totals. Using our same example from before, this could tell us Player A is essentially a top-five point producer, who shoots at around a 15% average on the season, while his last ten games show that percentage is almost 7% higher. He does average around three shots a game on the year. His power play points are right around 0.4 per contest. These are all useful takeaways that can be found in the “At A Glance” tab.

Splits

Home and away game splits are useful for general compare and contrasts purposes. You will be able to see how a player’s stats differ when he is at home versus on the road. Usually, skaters don’t have a significant drop whether they are at home or on the road. However, this category on the player card can be helpful when selecting your goalies, as home and away game splits can be more drastic.

There are minor, mostly subtle differences from the stats in general for skaters. Things such as ice time, face-offs, shots on goal, etc. can differ slightly. This category simply helps you be a bit less bullish for road games.

10-Game Logs

The 10-Game Log is pretty self-explanatory. It takes the numbers you have seen over the first couple tabs and gives you a game log of the last 10 games. This helps youspot trends in price, points, and value. After all, this is all about quick information.

Crosby Player Card 1

 

The biggest thing you can pick up on in the 10-Game Log is the big price shifts and time-on-ice patterns. Looking at recent trends of a player’s price compared to production can be very useful when selecting your fantasy lineups. If you notice a player has been playing more and more minutes per game, and their price hasn’t increased with their production, this can be a valuable player selection.

Matchup

The final tab gives you the opposition ranks of the team the player is up against. With this, you get everything from shots allowed per game, down to penalty kill percentage, goals allowed per game, etc. The latest player news is also on the bottom throughout all of these tabs.

There are also ranks for the categories, and last but not least, goalie save percentage. Can the team your guy is playing stop enough shots to maybe neutralize my player? It is an excellent question.

 

These tabs should give you a good framework on potential players but should not be considered the only criteria in selecting a player. There are always other trends to consider. Just keep that in mind.