NHL Plays: Sunday

Michael Finewax
Rotoworld
Ryan Dadoun previews the upcoming series between the San Jose Sharks and St. Louis Blues. (Getty Images)

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Ryan Dadoun previews the upcoming series between the San Jose Sharks and St. Louis Blues. (Getty Images)

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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FORWARDS

1. Sidney Crosby

2. Braydon Point

3. Steven Stamkos

4. Evgeni Malkin

5. Mark Scheifele

6. Blake Wheeler

7. Artemi Panarin

8. Mark Stone

9. Ryan O'Reilly

10. Joe Pavelski

11. Vladimir Tarasenko

12. Logan Couture

Nikita Kucherov would have been the top selection among forwards but he has been suspended for Game 3. The Lightning and Jets have their backs to the wall as they are on the road and trailing 2-0 in their series. The same goes for Pittsburgh but they lost both on the road and are back home. Therefore, players like Crosby, Point, Stamkos, Malkin, Scheifele and Wheeler have to be at their best in order to make it a series. Panarin leads the Blue Jackets while O’Reilly and Tarasenko are the heart of the Blues. The fourth game is in Vegas between the Golden Knights and San Jose and there is plenty of talent (and high scoring games to date) to see players like Stone, Pavelski and Couture being drafted.

DEFENSEMEN

1. Brent Burns

2. Erik Karlsson

3. Kris Letang

4. Dustin Byfuglien

All four blueliners are good so there is no need to jump and take one early unless you absolutely love Burns or Karlsson. Karlsson has four assists in two games but looks to be struggling at times with his skating which likely means his groin injury has not healed 100 percent. Burns has a goal and an assist while Byfuglien has three helpers. Letang has one assist but a breakout game could be in the cards as the Penguins need a win to stay in the series.

GOALTENDERS

1. Matt Murray

2. Andrei Vasilevskiy

3. Jordan Binnington

4. Marc-Andre Fleury

Check Rotoworld all day for updates as far as who is starting in goal for each team.  All goaltenders with the exception of Vasilevskiy are at home Sunday. Murray and Vasilevskiy need wins to avoid going down 3-0 while Binnington has been great in stoning the Jets. Fleury’s matchup is a tough one but the Golden Knights are strong at home as they look to take a 2-1 series lead over San Jose.

NHL Plays will look at some players to consider adding while building your lineups. Remember to check back on this page later in the day for confirmations on starting goalies and keep an eye on Rotoworld’s daily blurbs for all your fantasy hockey needs.

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, 1UT).

Connor Hellebuyck(Winnipeg) - $7,600 FanDuel, $7,600 DraftKings

Brent Burns(San Jose) - $7,500 FanDuel, $6,900 DraftKings

Nate Schmidt(Vegas) - $4,000 FanDuel, $4,200 DraftKings

Bryan Little C (Winnipeg) - $4,200 FanDuel, $3,100 DraftKings

Timo Meier C (San Jose) - $5,500 FanDuel, $6,000 DraftKings

Kyle Connor(Winnipeg) - $6,200 FanDuel, $5,400 DraftKings

Hellebuyck is a great bargain, especially in FanDuel and if you think the Jets are going to prevail against the Blues today, then he makes a great pick. Burns is always worth a play while Schmidt has been the Golden Knights top blueliner since his return from suspension. I have a hunch on Little and if he does anything, it allows you to take players like Crosby. Meier and Connor are solid wingers who each had 30 goals this season.

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