NHL Plays: Monday

Michael Finewax

DRAFT is back for another season of quick and exciting daily fantasy action. Their DFS platform offers poolies with a chance to participate in a format that most of us have grown very accustomed to over the years. You can compete in a live snake draft in which the participants take a player with each pick. Unlike other DFS games, this gives you the opportunity to use your knowledge to craft a team that no one else will have because the players you select cannot be chosen by your competition.


The draft is quick as you are allotted just 30 seconds per pick and you take five players. Your team is comprised of three forwards, a defenseman and a goalie.


Your strategy can be dictated by the positions being selected ahead of you. For instance, if you are going last and everyone else has a goaltender then you can wait until your last pick to make that selection. Of course, selecting players going up against weaker competition or players who are riding hot streaks are always popular strategies as well.

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Forward Rankings

1. Nikita Kucherov

2. Johnny Gaudreau

3. Sidney Crosby

4. Auston Matthews

5. Brayden Point

6. John Tavares

7. Mitch Marner

8. Aleksander Barkov

9. Mark Scheifele

10. Blake Wheeler

11. Sean Monahan

12. Matthew Tkachuk

13. Steven Stamkos

14. David Pastrnak

15. Brad Marchand

16. Patrice Bergeron

17. Jake Guentzel

18. Jonathan Huberdeau

19. Phil Kessel

20. Elias Lindholm

21. Mark Stone

22. Logan Couture

23. Tyler Seguin

24. Vladimir Tarasenko

There are a lot of outstanding forwards as there should be with nine games on the NHL schedule. There is no need to ask any questions about Kucherov who is the top point getter in the NHL. Gaudreau is the second-best and if you are able to take Monahan and Lindholm in later rounds, it’s a good move. The Leafs trio of Matthews, Marner and Tavares should be taken early. Crosby is an obvious choice and Barkov is having a career season. The rest should be used to fill out your roster.


Defenseman Rankings

1. Brent Burns

2. Mark Giordano

3. Morgan Rielly

4. Kris Letang

5. Victor Hedman

6. Keith Yandle

7. Rasmus Dahlin

8. Nate Schmidt

The top four blueliners are all good and if you are in a three or four team league, do not be afraid to wait until the last round. Giordano is closing in on Burns as far as Norris Trophy consideration is concerned. Rielly is the Leafs top blueliner but Toronto has not been scoring like they usually do, of late. Letang is quarterbacking the Penguins potent power play and the same can be said for Hedman and Yandle, whose teams are the two best in the NHL as far as the power play is concerned. Dahlin and Schmidt are good but should be drafted late, if at all.


Goaltending Rankings

1. Andrei Vasilevskiy

2. David Rittich

3. Jordan Binnington

4. Matt Murray

5. Pekka Rinne

6. Frederik Andersen

7. Connor Hellebuyck

8. Martin Jones

Check with Rotoworld regularly today to make sure the probable goalies are definitely starting. The strategy for three-team leagues and eight team leagues are different. You can afford to wait in a smaller pool for a netminder but in the eight-teamer, go for Vasilevskiy early. At this time I wasn’t sure who was going to be in net for Calgary, but no matter who it is, they should be off the board second. Binnington has the best GAA in the NHL. The remainder of the netminders are on teams I think are going to win but there are some tough matchups.


Keep in mind that FanDuel allows you to roster nine players (2C, 4W, 2D, 1G) with a salary cap of $55,000, while DraftKings has a cap of $50,000 for nine players (2C, 3W, 2D, 1G, 1UTIL).


Cory Schneider (New Jersey) - G - $7,400 FanDuel, $7,400 DraftKings

Mark Giordano (Calgary) – D - $7,200 FanDuel, $6,700 DraftKings

Nate Schmidt (Vegas) – D - $4,500 FanDuel, $4,600 DraftKings

Rasmus Dahlin (Buffalo) – D - $4,400 FanDuel, $4,200 DraftKings

Jonathan Huberdeau (Florida) – W - $7,500 FanDuel, $6,700 DraftKings

Kyle Connor (Winnipeg) – W - $6,300 FanDuel, $6,100 DraftKings

Brendan Lemieux (New York Rangers) - W - $3,600 FanDuel, $2,500 DraftKings

Aleksander Barkov (Florida) – C - $8,200 FanDuel, $7,400 DraftKings

Paul Stastny (Vegas) – C - $5,600 FanDuel, $4,500 DraftKings

Schneider gives you a good goaltender at home against a floundering opponent as well as good value. Giordano has been really good of late and combined with a bargain in Dahlin or Schmidt gives you a good blueline. Lemieux is seeing first line action on the Rangers as Chris Kreider is out and putting him in your lineup allows you to get more expensive players. Connor has been streaking of late and Huberdeau is having a career year. Putting him with Barkov, is putting the proverbial ‘all your eggs in one basket’ but this may be worth it. Stastny is a good player for the value.

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