NHL Plays: Saturday

Ryan Dadoun
Rotoworld

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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Remember, there are new pools available to play in but the players in my rankings will fall off the table as soon as the puck drops in their respective game.

Familiarize yourself with the rues and enjoy! It’s a great game! Thursday’s three-game slate features plenty of three-person drafts. There are also head-to-heads to participate in.

Forward Rankings:

Alex Ovechkin

Tyler Seguin

Sebastian Aho

Vladimir Tarasenko

Warren Foegele

Filip Forsberg

Tom Wilson

Ryan O'Reilly

Kyle Connor

Foegele has been red hot lately with three goals and five points in his last three games. Connor has been great too with three goals and five points in his last four contests.

Defenseman Rankings:

Dougie Hamilton

John Carlson

Dustin Byfuglien

Alex Pietrangelo

Justin Faulk

Jaccob Slavin

John Klingberg

Slavin has five assists in his last three games. His Hurricanes teammate Hamilton is having a strong series as well with two goals and four points in three games.

Goalie Rankings:

Jordan Binnington

Ben Bishop

Petr Mrazek

Who you pick today really comes down to which teams you think have the better shot of winning. Obviously I leaned towards upsets in this case. Binnington in particular though is having a great series after a fantastic regular season, making him a particularly strong bet.

Now, let’s also look at some players to consider for FanDuel and DraftKings.

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).

Ryan O'Reilly (STL) – C - $6,300 FanDuel, $6,500 DraftKings

Kevin Hayes (WPG) – C - $4,800 FanDuel, $4,400 DraftKings

David Perron (STL) – W - $5,900 FanDuel, $4,700 DraftKings

Andrew Copp (WPG) – W - $3,700 FanDuel, $2,600 DraftKings

Justin Faulk (CAR) – D - $5,500 FanDuel, $5,100 DraftKings

Jaccob Slavin (CAR) – D - $4,100 FanDuel, $4,600 DraftKings

As far as discount players go, Copp has been particularly good lately with four assists in his last four games.  As noted above, Slavin has been red hot too.

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