Just like with other sports, matchups are the key to finding DFS success in hockey, but identifying the best matchups isn't always as simple as picking against the weakest opponents. Below you'll find some other factors to consider when crafting the perfect lineup.
Players are often looked at holistically, with their season scoring averages displayed right next to their names, but taking home/road splits into account can often reveal stark contrasts in production. For example, Blake Wheeler scored 60 points in 41 appearances at Bell MTS Place last year. The only players to score 120 points or more since the 2001-02 season are Joe Thornton, Jaromir Jagr and Sidney Crosby (once each). Wheeler produced at a 120-point season pace in home contests and wasn't even the most expensive skater in action on most days, making him a consistently great value. On the flip side, owners who paid up for Wheeler on the road were often left wanting more – his 31 points in 40 road contests translated to less than a 64-point, 82-game pace. That number would rank outside the top 50 last season, placing Wheeler just below the likes of Yanni Gourde and Teuvo Teravainen. Those are good players, but not guys you can count on to carry your lineup.
One of the most reliable ways to find strong bargain options is by looking at linemates. When an injury or coaching decision moves a player from a bottom-six role to the second line or