NHL DFS Primer | Tuesday, May 4th, 2021 on DraftKings
Looking for help building line-ups for NHL DFS on DraftKings or FanDuel tonight? Let’s take a look at some of the best plays on the board for tonight’s action!
Tuesday gives us a short five game slate with five pretty lopsided games, making this an interesting slate to tackle. You could make a strong case for any of the five big favourites to go stacking with them with Edmonton PP1 leading the way as they take on the Canucks again tonight after McDavid and company filled up the scoresheet on Monday night. I don’t think you need me to spend too much time on the best stacks from the favourites tonight, but I will touch on which ones I like the best, and sprinkle in a few ideas for some lower owned options to compliment the big boys with in MME formats – so let’s get to it and look at some ways to approach building NHL line-ups on DraftKings for May 4th!
What stacks do I think will see the highest ownership levels?
- EDM PP1/EDM1
- CAR1 + Hamilton (optional)
- PIT1/PIT PP1
After what they did last night, McDavid and company are in the fade at your own risk category in a plus match-up against a Vancouver team that is playing out the string at this point in time. They’ll be hard to get away from tonight – though if you do opt for a fade or underweight position here and they do have a quiet night, you could find yourself sitting pretty.
From there, I think that the next three teams will probably see similar ownership levels – but each of them will likely be lower than the big guns for the Oilers. I think from a game theory standpoint, it could make some sense to focus builds with them as core exposure in MME formats – opting to target them instead of Edmonton – but that certainly comes with risk…and significant risk at that. For me, I would order the stacks in terms of likelihood to have a big night in the same order mentioned above.
Who are a couple of lesser owned stacks in good spots tonight?
- I liked the Isles last night, and I think again they have the potential to fly under the radar despite being -230 favourites against the Sabres tonight. They don’t quite have the firepower that the big four above do – but that doesn’t mean that they don’t boast two great lines in their top six, and both are worth considering trying to push an edge with, going with over-weight positions on them. For me, based on price point, I like the Nelson-Beauvillier-Bailey line, which should be moderately owned at best. For the Barzal-Eberle line, I don’t see much point in including Komorov – you could probably opt for just a two man stack if you wanted to go down that path. On the back-end, Dobson and Mayfield are worth mixing into your builds as punts, or near punts with upside.
- I don’t hate the idea of sprinkling in some PIT2 exposure here. The Flyers ran it up against Pittsburgh last night, and while I wouldn’t blame anyone who wants to use them as a contrarian stacking option tonight, I prefer going back to the well with the Pens, sprinkling in some PIT2 exposure on the small slate, which puts some more contrarian stacks back in play after yesterday’s 14 gamer all but eliminated the need to go too deep down the depth chart for stacking options. Malkin drew back into the line-up last night, and while the line wasn’t too impactful, I don’t mind the idea of using some Malkin-Zucker-Kapanen in MME formats tonight in a plus match-up in a game that should be high scoring.
This article focuses mainly on stacking – if you want to see my favourite one-off plays, please look out for the NHL Daily Cheat Sheet that will be out a little later on this afternoon!