Kid is smiling because his Blue Jackets are playing great hockey.
Another short slate of NHL games is on the docket tonight, which means you really have to hit on not just who will score, which team will win, but you also have to focus on which players are likely to be on the ice for a goal for or a goal against. Remember, FanDuel
penalizes you one point for each -1.
If you played the lineup I posted on Twitter last night, you should have cashed in any format. I won a handful of 3-person, 5-person and 10-person leagues, in addition to cashing in on all 50/50s I entered.
This lineup on FanDuel
locks at 7:00pm East / 4:00pm West.
What is Daily Gaming?
In case you had not noticed, “daily gaming” has made giant strides in the fantasy sports world over the past two years. Daily games in fantasy hockey allow you the opportunity to pick a new team of your favorite players each night. Depending on the type of game you play, you could earn thousands of dollars in any given contest. The best part about this is that, in the majority of U.S. states, it is all legal so you do not have to go around talking about how you risked “jelly beans”.
Once you have registered
for an account at FanDuel and have deposited $10 using PayPal (and I know that you have spent $10 on worse habits such as buying a case, yes, a case of Schlitz), all you need to do is choose a $1, $2 or $535 matchup in the draft lobby, pick your roster while staying under the $55,000 salary cap, and then sit back and enjoy watching your stats compile all night! I promise that it is a great and fun way to enjoy the NHL action on any given night and a simple way to win some quick cash if you know what you are doing (or if you follow my advice).
My 3/22/2013 NHL Lineup
Now that we have covered the basics, below is the lineup that I will use tonight in a $109 game and a handful of 50/50 games to ensure some payout, which has been my strategy over the past two and a half weeks. More often than not, I have finished inside the top 25 in these 50/50 games and while the payout is small, it somewhat hedges your cash in your head-to-head matchup if you happen to face a shark in any given day. Just to be clear, I play in 50 player 50/50 games as it is much easier, in my opinion, to finish in the top 25 than it is to finish in the top 50% of a smaller 50/50 game. That said, I do roll out the cash for the larger payout 50/50s if I feel great about my squad.
On with the lineup:
LW: Chris Kunitz ($8,800)
LW: Vinny Prospal ($5,800)
RW: Troy Brouwer ($5,100)
RW: Johan Franzen ($6,000)
C: Sidney Crosby ($9,900)
C: Peter Holland ($3,700)
D: Fedor Tyutin ($4,200)
D: Matt Niskanen ($4,100)
G: Tomas Vokoun ($7,400)
Salary remaining: $0.
In case you have not been paying attention, the Columbus Blue Jackets have been playing fantastic hockey and their defense is a main reason why they have had recent success (seven wins in last ten games with the three losses coming in either a shootout or OT). Not surprisingly, Sergei Bobrovsky is the highest priced goaltender on FanDuel tonight. I would love to play him, but if you have been following me, I like to skimp on my goalies and use the cash for my skaters. The moneyline on the Columbus / Calgary game has the Blue Jackets at -138, but I believe the line moves, especially considering the heavy money from the sharps on the Blue Jackets at -138. Before the puck drops, I would not be surprised to see them favored at a -150 moneyline.
Another game the intrigues me is the Pittsburgh / New York Islander game. At -151 right now, the sharps are all over the game and I would absolutely hammer the over 5. The Penguins have taken 2 of 3 in the series this season, but put up 6 goals against the Isles on March 10. I see no let down in the Penguin first line (Kunitz-Crosby-Dupuis). I would have started Dupuis over Franzen, but you can only play four players from one team on FanDuel.
As I set this lineup well before the games are played in any given night, please make sure you check my Twitter timeline close to the first puck drop
to see if I have made any swaps. As always, the one item that I have not yet nailed down as of this posting is which netminder I want in my lineup.
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No matter how well you are doing in this shortened 2012-2013 fantasy hockey season thus far, it is never too late to head over to FanDuel
, draft a new team for tonight’s NHL action and enjoy watching the games!
A 23-year fantasy sports veteran and a California and New York licensed corporate attorney by day, I am the managing editor/senior writer/general counsel of FantasyTrade411.com. I am also a member of the Fantasy Sports Writers Association. Please feel free to contact me at any time on twitter @TheTonyM with your fantasy sports questions. Be sure to listen to my podcast “Sports Counseling with the Doc and Slim” with my radio partner, Michael Clifford (aka @SlimCliffy) on the Fantasy Trade 411 Radio Network.