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Introducing Daily Joust for Daily Fantasy Hockey

by chewy 20. October 2011 15:18 recently kicked off their fantasy hockey offering.  By the looks of things, it's bound to be a success.  Between the live scoring features, original take on the goalie position, and a top notch user interface, many daily players should be flocking to the site this season.  Daily Joust also has a unique point scoring system that you need to get a grasp on in order to build the optimal roster.  So for those new to the site / sport, here's your 101 strategy on building a winning roster for Daily Joust hockey.



You have 9 roster spots to fill and $1 million in cap to spend.  That averages out to about $110k a player to spread out across your goalie, defense, and three forward positions.  But all positions are not created equally. 




Always start by selecting your goalie squad.  Daily Joust is unique in that you need not concern yourself with who is getting the start in net, as you're selecting a team, not a player.  Obviously there is a difference in quality between most starters and their respective backups, so you'll still want to stay somewhat informed before making your pick.  However, you won't get completely burned when Miller gets his off-night of rest.  In terms of scoring, the goalie position is potentially the most lucrative, and therefore, the most expensive.  Breaking it down by what you can expect based on performance:


  • Great win (shutout): 50 pts
  • Good win: 30 pts
  • Avg loss: 1 pt
  • Bad game: -8 pts


As you'll see in a moment, you can't reasonably expect a forward to earn you 30 to 50 points the way a solid goalie effort will, but you'll pay for that privilege.  Goalie salaries range from about $110k to $265k, with the decent options starting around $220k.  As you can see, you have no choice but to spend some money at this position.  The prices are based on the rankings of the goalies and don't really take into consideration the weakness of the opponent.  This is where you can cash in.  Focus on the opponent here.  Anyone playing the likes of Winnepeg, Ottawa, Columbus or Calgary should catch your attention in the early going. 




Once your crease is settled, hold your nose and fill up the necessary spots with defense.  While I'm a huge fan of the position in the real game of hockey, there's just no love to be had in the fantasy world.  Forwards and defensemen are rewarded with equal weight for their stats, and as a rule, defensemen score at half the pace of forwards.  Best bet here is to scrape together a couple of value players with some chance of registering points, while saving as much cap as possible for your offense.  The one thing to note for this position is the hits and blocked shots.  You can sometimes find consistent producers in these categories, even if the goals and assists are sporadic.   Here's what you can expect most nights:


  • Great game: 25 pts
  • Avg game: 15 pts
  • Poor game: -3 pts


Defensemen salaries start at $45k and go all the way up to $177.  If you're spending the money at the upper end of that spectrum, you're not winning.   Players at the $45 tend to be inactive, so pay attention if you're scraping the very bottom of the barrel.  The reasonable options start around $70k.  You can find some solid options lingering around $100k.  You'll rarely find me topping $110k at this position.





Assuming you've followed my advice, you've probably invested under $300k to this point, leaving you to spend about $115k per forward.  Here's what you can expect from these guys:


  • Great Game: 40+ pts
  • Avg Game: 20 pts
  • Poor game: 5 pts


As with the defense, your options technically start at $45k, but you won't find much worth exploring until you get to the $60k territory.  At that point, try and snag one or two sleepers lingering between $60-$70k.  Right now, youngsters like Alex Burmistrov and Cody Hodgson can be had for this price.  Doing this will allow you to splurge on a superstar or two.  There are a handful of players who produced on an almost nightly basis last season (Stamkos, Daniel Sedin, Perry…).  Despite the crazy cap hit, it's worth grabbing one for the near-guarantee in points.  This season, I'll be playing Claude Giroux and/or Stamkos every chance I get.  If/when Crosby returns, you can add him into that category as well.





Now that you've got the basic strategy in hand, here are a few guys that stand out as good value picks given the current cap hits:


  • James van Riemsdyk (PHI) - JVR is on the verge of a major breakout season.  He's lingering the moderate price range for now ($123k).  Expect that to climb as his stats do the same.
  • Evgeni Malkin (PIT) - Yes, he's hurt, which is the only thing to explain his $130k cap hit.  The moment he returns, use him in your lineup until the inevitable price correction.
  • Ryan Kesler (VAN) - Perhaps the injury factor explains this one, too.  Kesler is a fantasy stud, delivering goals, assists, hits, +/-, and every else that counts.  He just played his first game of the season and sits at $123k.
  • Derek Stepan (NYR) - Yes, it's true, he hasn't registered a point yet.  Be patient.  At $71k, this sophomore is due for a huge game and can't come much cheaper.
  • Clarke MacArthur (TOR) - MacArthur has just 1 point, having missed a couple of games with a suspension.  He's certainly worth more than his $74k salary would lead you to believe.
  • Kyle Okposo (NYI) - Expect Okposo to starting putting up some numbers at some point this season.  $74k is low.
  • Alexander Burmistrov (WIN) - $58k is silly for this budding star



NOTE: Tonight, Daily Joust is running a free contest worth $500.  Sign up and use refer code "LANDSHARKHOCKEY".



Fast Starts - Who's for Real?

by chewy 14. October 2011 08:22

We're a week into the NHL season and we've gotten the first glimpse at who is off to a great start.  The question to ponder is whether we should trust this as a sign of a great season to come, or in some cases, is this just a fluke?   As we look into the early studs, you'll need to consider whether to run with them in the next few weeks as you set your rosters on Draftstreet.




David Legwand (NAS) - Legwand racked up 2 goals and 3 assists in the first two games of the season.  He's shown this kind of promise since he was drafted 2nd overall in 1998.  He's never been able to put keep up the scoring with any kind of consistency, so it's unlikely that he'll finally find that gear at age 31.  He's already overpriced at $11k.


Phil Kessel (TOR) - Kessel stands tied for first in goals with 3.  He also has 2 assists in his two games played.  He's the most skilled player on the Toronto squad and is capable of keeping this up.  Look for a slight slowdown, but he's worth running with in the short term.


Jeff Skinner (CAR) - Skinner opened the season with 5 points in 3 games.  No surprise at all.  He's poised for a big season for the Canes.


Thomas Vanek (BUF) - Vanek also is in the 5-point club, with 2 goals and 3 assists.  The fact that he has more assists than goals is noteworthy for Vanek, as he customarily doesn't contribute in the assists column.  Vanek is notoriously streaky, and seems to be on the good side of a streak.  Can he keep it up once he returns to this continent?  I say play him until he slows down.


Matt Cooke (PIT) - Cooke pounded home 2 goals in the Pens first game.  He added another last night to give him 3 goals in four games.  Let's be clear, while he's obviously capable of contributing with the odd goal, this is not his role.  He's still realistically priced at $7.5k.  If that goes up, look for value elsewhere.


Anze Kopitar (LA) - Another 3 goal-man.  Kopitar also has an assist to give him 4 points in 2 games.  Kopitar has a knack for starting the season strong.  He comes at a pricey $15k on Draftstreet, but he's worth the roster hit.





Kris Letang (PIT) - leads all defensemen, and even all forwards, in scoring thus far, with 6 points in 4 games.  He played at a similar pace through the first half of last season as well, so no reason to see this as a fluke.  However, at $11.4k, I can't justify paying that price for any defenseman.


Erik Karlsson (OTT) - Karlsson has a massive 5 assists in the opening 3 games of the season.  Don't be surprised to see him keep this up all year long.  He too is a bit costly for me at over $10k.


Sheldon Souray (DAL) - Souray made an impressive return to NHL action with 3 assists in 3 games for the Stars.  Souray's problem as always been health.  If you know he's in uniform, he's a solid play, especially with a low cost of $6.4k.  He's more known for goals than assists, so don't be surprised to see him pot a few in the next couple of weeks.  Play him now.






Marc-Andre Fleury (PIT) - Fleury is 3-0 to start the year, though his GAA is a bit unimpressive so far.  The wins come as no surprise, as he promises to be among the league leaders in that category all year long.  His other numbers should improve as well, making him a money pick on Draftstreet.


James Reimer (TOR) - Reimer pitched a shutout on opening night, and followed that up with a less-impressive win, surrendering 5 goals late in the game.   If you remember, the Leafs opened last season 4-0 before tanking in November.  Don't be shocked if that happens again.  Reimer is a decent option for the time being, but don't bank on him over the long haul.


Ilya Bryzgalov (PHI) - No surprise whatsoever that Philly's new stopper has a GAA of .5 after two games in the Orange sweater.  Expect this kind of behavior on a regular basis.  He will likely be the most expensive player on Draftstreet by seasons end, so play him while you can somewhat afford him now.  He's already topped $23k in cost.




For more insight into daily fantasy sports, check out more of my posts on

Also, if you want to try daily fantasy hockey on Draftstreet, use the promo code "LANDSHARK" for a bonus on your deposit.

NHL Playoff Daily Recap - 4/15/2011

by chewy 15. April 2011 07:31


Goalie Notes:

  • Carey Price (MON) was outstanding, stopping all 31 shots he faced to beat Boston in Game 1
  • Ryan Miller (BUF) stopped all 35 shots to shutout the Flyers in Game 1
  • Sergei Bobrovsky (PHI) allowed just 1 goal on 26 shots in the loss to Buffalo


Skater Notes:

  • Brian Gionta (MON) kicked off the playoffs with a 2-goal performance
  • Scott Gomez (MON) assisted on both of Gionta's goals
  • Patrick Kaleta (BUF) scored the only goal of the game for Buffalo in the 1-0 win against Philly
  • Joe Pavelski (SJ) scored the OT winner for the Sharks
  • Ryan Clowe (SJ) finished with 3 assists on the night



Injury Update:

  • Henrik Zetterberg (DET) remains doubtful for game 2 on Saturday
  • Justin Williams (LA) made his return for LA last night



Recommended Starting Goalies for Daily Fantasy Hockey Tonight:


Draftstreet is taking a unique approach to their "daily" hockey offering in the playoffs.  They're stretching the contest to cover 2 days at a time, allowing more games to be included.  I like the approach, as it offers a wider selection of players every day. 


If you're new to Draftstreet, use promo code "LANDSHARK" for a 30% bonus on your first deposit.


Here are my goalie picks for today's contest (covering today and tomorrow):


1. Luongo (VAN) vs CHI -- The Canucks appear unstoppable right now.  Luongo looks to be on top of his game right now.


2. Fleury (PIT) vs TB -- The Pens may be the best defensive team in the playoffs, and Fleury was stellar in game 1.


3. Thomas (BOS) vs MON -- Price got the better of him in game 1, but I expect a full recovery on Saturday.

Daily Fantasy Hockey Feed - 4/11/2011

by chewy 11. April 2011 08:26


Goalie Notes:

  • Brent Johnson (PIT) stopped 37 of 39 shots to down Atlanta
  • Johan Hedberg (NJ) stopped 24 of 26 in the win against Boston


Skater Notes:

  • David Jones (COL) had a 3-point performance with 1 goal and 2 assists
  • Ben Lovejoy (D-PIT) and Loui Eriksson (DAL) finished the season with 3 assists each
  • Pascal Dupuis (PIT) kept up his recent point frenzy with a goal and an assist against the Thrashers



Injury Update:

  • Looks like Dan Ellis may be the default option in net for the Ducks to start the playoffs, as Ray Emery and Jonas Hiller are both questionable
  • Henrik Zetterberg (DET) will not be available to start to the playoffs (knee)
  • Mike Green (D-WAS) is expected to return for Game 1



Stay tuned for our playoff preview and some insight for winning your playoff pools. 

Looks like Fanduel will be offering daily playoff hockey contests.  No word yet from FSL or Draftstreet on the matter.

Daily Fantasy Hockey Feed - 4/8/2011

by chewy 8. April 2011 08:11


Goalie Notes:

  • Roberto Luongo (VAN) stopped all 29 shots for his fourth shutout of the season
  • Ondrej Pavelec (ATL) did my Canes a favor by shutting out the Rangers.  He stopped 29 in the game.
  • Niklas Backstrom (MIN) was removed after allowing 5 goals on 23 shots.  Theodore mopped up the final 5 shots in the loss to Vancouver.
  • Brian Elliott (COL) and the Avs lost again.  Elliott gave up 4 goals on 37 shots to the Stars.


Skater Notes:

  • Ryan Kesler (VAN) reach 40 goals with the hat trick last night
  • Bobby Butler (OTT) had a 3-point night, with a beautiful goal and 2 assists
  • Mason Raymond (VAN) scored twice for the Canucks
  • Four players finished last night with a  goal and 1 assist:
    • Rob Schremp (ATL)
    • Brad Richards (DAL)
    • Jason Spezza (OTT)
    • Loui Eriksson (DAL)



Injury Update:

  • Ray Emery (ANA) is questionable for tonight (lower body)
  • Ryan Miller (BUF) is expected to be available for tonight.  No word on who's starting.
  • Henrik Zetterberg (DET) will sit out the last couple games of the season with a lower body injury
  • Tomas Vokoun (FLA) is expected to be available for tonight.  May be his last chance to impress before he hits the free agent market this summer.
  • Danny Briere (PHI) is probably for tonight (groin)
  • Ryan Clowe (SJ) is questionable for tonight
  • Alex Edler (VAN) returned to action for Vancouver last night



Recommended Starting Goalies for Daily Fantasy Hockey Tonight:


Plenty of action to choose from tonight as you prepare for the final $300 game of the regular season on Draftstreet tonight.  Here are some good options in net:


1. NAS vs COB - The Preds are rising fast in the West, with 8 wins in their last 10 games.  They face a depleted Columbus roster with nothing to play for.  Expect Rinne in net (not confirmed)


2. CAR vs ATL - The Thrashers did Carolina a favor last night, but don't expect The Canes to be kind in return tonight.  Carolina has won 7 of 10 and can close in on a playoff spot with a win tonight.  Expect Ward in net.


3. DAL vs COL - The Stars must win to stay alive.  They couldn't ask for a better opponent, as the Avs have shown no signs of life for months now.  Look for Lehtonen in the cage.

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