Daily Fantasy Hockey: Team G Tips

We are in the early stages of the NHL season and now is the best time to start playing DFS if you’re new to the game. The sample sizes are small, the teams are still developing their chemistry, but when you start at the beginning, it helps to speed up the learning curve.

If you enjoy playing DFS but aren’t familiar with the sport of hockey or the NHL, that doesn’t mean you can’t succeed in daily fantasy hockey. It is a game of skill and there are strategies and processes that beginners can use to be successful, even while learning the nuances of the sport and becoming familiar with the NHL.

Team G Tips

Team Goalie

When you are choosing which Team G (goalie) to use, make sure you know whether the number one goalie or the backup is starting that night. The Canadiens’ Team G salary will be higher when Carey Price is starting than when Mike Condon is between the pipes, but they will still be one of the higher-priced Team Gs every night. The Canadiens are a good defensive team and as a unit they allow fewer goals, but I feel I receive more for my money when Price is in there then when Mr. Condon is starting. It doesn’t mean you shouldn’t start the Canadiens’ Team G when Price has the night off, but it is something to look at when making your ultimate decision.

Another thing to consider when choosing your Team G is the scoring settings and matchups. Everybody loves that “no brainer” matchup when a great goalie is facing a futile offensive unit made up of minor league “snipers”, but on most nights that ideal scenario doesn’t exist. Plus, if it ever does, there is a good chance that your competitors know it too. The scoring for goalies used by FantasyDraft gives more points for allowing fewer goals, exactly like defenses in daily fantasy football are scored, but they also give one point per save.  For example, earlier this week the Ottawa Senators goalies’ scored 12 more points than the Boston Bruins’ goalies because they made more saves, despite allowing more goals.

When a high-powered offense comes to town, it is almost guaranteed that the goalie will make a lot of saves, which means a lot of points. A tough matchup will lower their price while providing an opportunity for a huge scoring night.  I am not suggesting that you start the goalies facing the best offenses every night. Do your research and if you identify a top Team G unit in what appears to be a bad matchup, there is a chance that making this selection could be the easiest way to win your contest.

Chris Mitchell

Chris Mitchell

Chris Mitchell has been playing Fantasy sports for over twenty years. He contributed to RotoWire.com in their early days before contributing as a writer and doing Fantasy sports Podcasts for Seamheads.com. Three seasons ago he brought his writing and his Fantasy sports Podcast to RotoExperts.com and the Fantasy Sports Television network and this past season he wrote a weekly Fantasy sports column for BaseballAmerica.com. He also writes about Minor League prospects for RotoExperts. Chris has no more access to the site than the typical user. Follow him at Twitter @CJMiitch73.

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