Every Tuesday and Thursday I am going to give you my top tournament plays for all Daily Fantasy Hockey GPPs (guaranteed prize pool). GPPs are a general term used across the industry for your big money tournaments.
GPPs are very different from your cash games and you use a different strategy with them. In our GPPs we are not interested in safe plays, since GPPs are all about UPSIDE. We want players who can explode, as all-or-nothing type players can become GPP gold, and your value players are just as important as your star players. You need your players to have huge nights in order to take down these big tournaments.
My goal is to provide players who will be under-owned and have that big game upside you are looking for. I will also try to find as much value as I possibly can. Now, let’s get to the FanDuel NHL GPP plays!
Make sure to check the RotoGrinders Starting Goalies Page prior to game time, to confirm that the goalies listed below are starting.
Martin Jones, San Jose Sharks – Jones has been a hard goalie to trust this season with his inconsistent play. However, he remains inexpensive across the industry and he has a great shot at a win tonight. Not to mention, he has played much better in the month of January (2.27 GAA, .921 SV%). Look for 25-plus saves and a win from Mr. Jones this evening.
Mikkel Boedker, Arizona Coyotes - With the Arizona Coyotes on the road playing in back-to-back games, I don’t see them being very popular in tournament play. And maybe, just maybe that is a mistake. The Winnipeg Jets have not only lost their last three games at home, but they also lead the league in minor penalties and they have not done a very good job killing them off (27th-ranked penalty kill). The Desert Dogs could take advantage of a vulnerable Jets team and Boedker is their biggest scoring threat.
Tomas Hertl, San Jose Sharks – Teenage Mutant Ninja Hertl has looked terrific playing on the San Jose Sharks’ top line alongside Jumbo Joe Thornton and Joe Pavelski. The 22-year-old Czech native has registered five goals and nine points in 11 January games. In a game where he will have plenty of scoring opportunities, I love Hertl’s potential.
David Perron, Anaheim Ducks – Skating on the Anahiem Ducks’ top line and number one power play unit, Perron has registered a point in three consecutive games. With the Boston Bruins struggling on home ice this year and playing on the tail end of a back-to-back, perhaps the Ducks come in and steal this game with their top line leading the way.
Reilly Smith, Florida Panthers – I expect the Florida Panthers’ top line to be very popular tonight, but don’t sleep on their second line. Smith has scored in three straight games and he has sneaky upside in this prime matchup at home.
Conor Sheary, Pittsburgh Penguins and Kevin Fiala, Nashville Predators – If you are looking for a couple of punt options with big upside, look no further. Skating on their team’s top line, both Sheary and Fiala have multi-point upside at a rock bottom price. As a bonus, both of these talented young wingers could see some power play time as well.
Dmitry Kulikov, Shea Theodore and Noah Hanifin – The game-plan is simple tonight for GPP tournaments. I plan to go with cheap, high upside plays on defense. Skating on their team’s number one power play unit, all three represent great value on the blue line.