Welcome to another year of hockey coverage at The Fantasy Fix. Below is a small cheat sheet to help you build your winning lineup! Couple of things you should know:

A-- Research for the first two months of the season is going to be based on (mostly) numbers from last season, so there will be growing pains

B-- Make sure to always check out dailyfaceoff.com for line combinations and starting goalies. I’ll do my best to update this post during the day.

C--Players will be listed in order of production per salary (pp$), a fancy stat I wish I could take credit for.

D-- Please feel free to give me your opinion on the cheat sheet and what you think I should add/remove. Be as nice/mean as you wish.

Let’s have another amazing NHL season!

Legend

FanDuel

FD

Players recommended for Fanduel

DraftKings

DK

Players recommended for DraftKings

Cash Game

C$

Players recommended for cash games

Guaranteed Prize Pool

GPP

Players recommended for GPPs

Updated plays from this morning will be marked with an (**)

Goalies

Player Name

Opponent

Description

FD/DK

C$/GPP

Martin Jones

Vs.BUF

Highest win probability of the night. SJ likes to be #NotGood at home, but the Sharks are a safe bet at home (hopefully)

FD

C$

Corey Crawford

Vs.MIN

Crawford has been lights out so far this season. He’s actually cheaper than Jones on DK! Easy cash game option if you don’t go with Jones.

Both

C$

Jimmy

Howard**

@ARI

I started with Hellebuyck here and i’m slowly moving away from that play to Howard. He’s been hot and ARI can’t score goals.

DK

Both

Roberto Luongo

Vs.STL

Pure GPP play here. STL is a great team, but they just don’t have the same firepower on the road.

DK

GPP

Note: Pekka Rinne is a much better goalie at home. Do what you want with that information.

Wingers

Player Name

Opponent

Description

FD/DK

C$/GPP

Joe Pavelski

Vs.BUF

He’s not cheap to roster, but he’s the best offensive option for SJ tonight.

Both

C$

Nikita Kucherov

Vs.PIT

TB has the highest team total of the night. Considering PIT played yesterday, excellent chance Niemi gets the start. If that happens, load up on TBL players.

DK

C$

Brandon Saad**

Vs.MIN

CHI has had no problems scoring goals this season, and Saad is a big part of that. He’s the hottest player in Chi-town.

** Vegas cash line is moving away from CHI. Despite that, still like Saad here, but not ahead of Forsberg

FD

Both

Kevin Labanc

Vs.BUF

He’s seeing some PP minutes, but on the second unit. Regardless, he’s a salary relief option with some upside

Both

Both

Filip Forsberg**

Vs.DAL

The Preds are in an excellent position. The game total is set a 6. One problem--try stacking a line that also plays on the PP. NSH is a mess for DFS, so go with Forsberg as a single bullet

**Forsberg is expected to skate on the top line with Johansen, so that give him a boost in the rankings

DK

C$

Centres

Player Name

Opponent

Description

FD/DK

C$/GPP

Steven Stamkos

Vs.PIT

The Tampa Bay captain has been pretty good so far this season. He’s expensive, so you’ll have to pick between Pavelski and him.

DK

C$

Joe Thornton

Vs.BUF

I don’t like using Jumbo Joe in DFS because of his shot volume. However, he’s a steal on both DK & FD. At worst, he’s an option in GPPs

Both

C$>GPP

Jonathan Toews

Vs.MIN

If you’re going with Saad, don’t forget about Toews. He’s been hot too this season and his price tag is still reasonable

Both

Both

Ryan Johansen**

Vs.DAL

I like RyJo, but like Forsberg, you have to use him as a single bullet because his wingers 5-on-5 are nothing great

**Lines in NSH have been updated. A mini-stack of RyJo-Forsberg is optimal

DK

Both

Jack Eichel

@SJ

Here’s a nice contrarian play. If Martin Jones is going to shit the bed, Eichel will be the reason why. As a stack or a single bullet, he’s a GPP boom-or-bust play.

FD

GPP

Defenceman

Note: If you played Will Butcher yesterday, well done.

Player Name

Opponent

Description

FD/DK

C$/GPP

Brent Burns

Vs.BUF

Burns is always an option when his team plays. You can’t use him on DK, but on FD he has a nice price, so go for it.

FD

Both

Jan Ruttu

vs.MIN

Every hear of him? He’s been pretty solid this season, averaging 14.1 FPPG on FD. His price tag-- $3500. Easy bargain bin play

Both

C$

Samuel Girard**

Vs.PIT

I had Sergachev here at first, but with Josi out for tonight and Girard expected to get some top PP time, bump this kid to the top of the punt list!

DK

C$

P.K. Subban**

Vs.DAL

If Roman Josi is out again, Subban becomes a top-3 play. He’s a tad expensive on DK, but he’s $6100 on FD! You know what--just plug him in already and call it a day.

**Still like Subban here, but you could go with Girard and Victor Hedman and get better value.

FD

GPP>C$