Hi, it’s Sam Duchesneau or @GronkDFS on Twitter once again! We have a massive 12 game slate tonight on the 1st Saturday of the season! Last night was a success for DPA members as I recommended them to lock VAN2 in all formats and they managed to break the slate!

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PIT1 Cash Stack: Guentzel – Carter – Heinen

Fanduel: $17,200 (31% of salary) / DraftKings: $14,700 (29% of salary)

It might come as a surprise to some, but I believe PIT1 is a far better stack than the chalky TOR1. First and foremost, this line has been excellent to start the season and they are reasonably priced. The injury to Bryan Rust gives us a value play in Danton Heinen ($2500 on DK/$4000 on FD). Chicago is an awful defensive team and I will certainly attack them all season long. PIT1 doesn’t have a big enough sample size yet but after watching 2 games, they are generated a lot of HDC and scoring chances. As for their matchup, they will be matching up against CHI3 for 70% of the game but they’ll end up facing CHI1 for most of the game. CHI1 owns a ridiculously awful 33SCA, 13HDCA, and a 2.88xGA. While this is the best stack of the night on paper, they should still be under-owned as their vegas total is only 3.2 goals.

Other viable stacks: TOR1 (Ritchie, Tavares, and Marner); VAN2 (Miller, Petterson, and Hoglander); EDM1 (Draisatl, McDavid, and Puljujarvi)

SEA1 GPP Stack: Schwartz – McCcan – Eberle

Fanduel: $14,700 (27% of salary) / DraftKings: $14,600 (29% of salary)

I had solid hopes for this line and they have not disappointed yet. I like this line because they are fully correlated at 5v5 and on PP1 which gives them the full game upside. I’m also interested in this line because they’re all reasonably priced and as a stack, they are quite cheap. Finally, I looked at the numbers and they will be matching up against CBJ2 for 75% of the game as they own a laughable 33SCA, 11HDCA, and a 2.7xGA. It’s a very sneaky stack that will come under-owned mainly due to their too low total of 2.8 goals.

Other viable stacks: WPG1 (Connor, Scheifele, and Wheeler); CBJ1 (Laine, Texier, and Voracek); NYR1 (Kreider, Zibanejad, and Lafreniere)

Favorite plays


Connor McDavid | $9000 (FD) | $8700 (DK)

While this is not the absolute best matchup for McDavid, you can’t fade him (in Cash). There isn’t a single stud on this slate with the kind of floor McDavid provides and his elite upside. Fun fact, even though Calgary isn’t that bad defensively, McDavid annihilated them last season with multiple 3 points games and one 5 points game! Fade at your own risk.

Jeff Carter | $5900 (FD) | $5400 (DK)

Carter was so good with the Penguins last season despite a small number of games. He came back this season with the same rhythm with 3 points in 2 games! Awesome play tonight.

Honorable Mentions: Draisatl (Winger on DK), Aho, Zibanejad, Tavares, Scheifele, Petterson, Horvat, Trocheck, McCann, Rodrigues, Eriksson Ek, Roslovic, and Texier


Jake Guentzel | $7300 (FD) | $6800 (DK)

I want full exposure to PIT1 today in cash and in GPP. Guentzel is the stud from PIT1 and a must tonight.

Nick Ritchie | $4300 (FD) | $3300 (DK)

Ritchie hasn’t quite done anything yet but the same could be said about TOR1. Their matchup is extremely good and he is playing on TOR1 with Tavares and Marner. I’ll take the value and move on to the defenseman position.

Honorable Mentions: Kucherov, Panarin, Marner, Kaprizov, Connor, Miller, Ehlers, Nylander, RNH, Wheeler, Bjorkstrand, Hyman, Teravainen, Necas, Garland, Laine, Lafreniere, Kakko, Kreider, Eberle, Schwartz, Hoglander, Puljujarvi, Voracek, Kapanen, Bunting, Zuccarello, Heinen, Kotkaniemi, Copp, Donskoi, Nyquist, and Dahlen (DK only)


Zach Werenski | $4900 (FD) | $6400 (DK)

Werenski is beyond too cheap on FD compared to DK. On DK, he is overpriced though. I like both sides of the CBJ vs SEA game and I expect Werenski to be a part of the offense.

Matt Dumba | $4400 (FD) | $4100 (DK)

Dumba plays solid minutes and despite being cheap, he can manage to get the shot bonus or block shot bonus here and there. Very solid for his price.

Honorable Mentions: Hedman, Makar, Hughes, Fox, Rielly, Barrie, Nurse, Chabot, Petry, Giordano, Pionk, Burns (FD), Karlsson, Morrisey, Marino, and Brodin


Jeremy Swayman | $7800 (FD) | $8200 (DK)

I genuinely do not love a single goalie today but I do believe the Bruins manage to win in their season opener at home. Whoever wins this game, should be a low-scoring one.

Frederik Andersen | $7700 (FD) | $7300 (DK)

This is more GPP as I do expect goals from both sides but Nashville can be a weak offense at times and Carolina is clearly the better team on paper.

Honorable Mentions: Campbell, and Jarry


I like a lot of offense players today while I found myself not liking many goaltenders and defensemen. I’ll start my night with a lot of PIT1 in all formats alongside TOR1, and EDM1. As for GPP (playable in cash too), I am all over SEA1, WPG1, VAN2 (Petterson line), CBJ1, CBJ2, SEA2. Then, I’ll have a few shares of TB1, TOR2, NYR1, and PIT2. Good luck fellas!

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