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: GPPs are all about UPSIDE. We want players who can explode - all-or-nothing type players can become GPP gold, and your value players are also 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 on FanDuel as I possibly can. Now, let’s get to the NHL GPP Plays!
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Carter Hutton, Nashville, Predators - Hutton has not been great in net for the Predators by any means, but he is coming off of a shutout win over the Pittsburgh Penguins and is a huge favorite versus Toronto tonight. Hutton has played better on home ice and the Predators as a team have the best home record in the NHL (19-2-1). The Maple Leafs have lost nine consecutive games and have scored a measly 16 goals in their last 13 games (1.23 GPG). Nashville is one of the best defensive teams in hockey and with the Leafs’ struggles, I think we see Hutton come away with the win tonight. At his price, he is certainly worth the roll of the dice.
Mike Ribeiro, Nashville Predators - Ribeiro is very quietly having a great season for Nashville (10 G, 43 PTS in 49 GP) and centers the Predators’ top line between Filip Forsberg and Craig Smith. The Maple Leafs can’t seem to buy a win these days and have allowed the league’s sixth-most goals against in the past month. The last time these two teams met, Nashville pounded Toronto 9-2 at the ACC. I am not suggesting Nashville scores another nine goals, but it should be another productive night for Ribeiro and company.
Henrik Sedin, Vancouver Canucks - Henrik Sedin is not nearly as popular as his linemates Daniel Sedin and Radim Vrbata due to his ‘pass first’ mentality. Henrik may not have hat-trick upside, but he is a great playmaker and is certainly capable of a big game. The Winnipeg Jets are playing on consecutive nights and have allowed five goals in each of their last four games. The Canucks are at home, rested, and should be able to take advantage of a tired and struggling Jets squad tonight.
Alex Galchenyuk, Montreal Canadiens - Galchenyuk has four goals in his last five games and has provided decent second line scoring for the Canadiens. This talented 20-year-old American was drafted third overall by the Habs in the 2012 draft and he is now starting to show glimpses of stardom. Galchenyuk oozes offensive upside and he continues to get better each and every game. Most daily fantasy hockey players will focus on the likes of Max Pacioretty and the Habs’ top line, leaving Galchenyuk and Montreal’s second line as a sneaky play in GPPs.
Patrick Eaves, Dallas Stars – Eaves has been quite productive for the Stars recently, tallying three goals and four points in his last five games. Eaves is currently playing alongside superstars Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn on the Stars’ top line and is also seeing ice time on the number one powerplay unit. As long as he remains in this role, Eaves is one of the best bargains out there.
Josh Bailey & Anders Lee, New York Islanders - Bailey and Lee are currently playing on the Islanders’ top line with superstar John Tavares. The Panthers are playing in back to back road games and just gave up six goals to the Rangers last night. Florida has now lost seven of their last eight games, allowing 32 goals in the process. The Islanders are a strong offense on home ice and this top line could be a sneaky stack in tournament play.
John Klingberg, Dallas Stars - Klingberg has exploded offensively in the last two games, registering two goals and six points. Klingberg may not be a household name but he is now the Stars’ powerplay quarterback and he has huge GPP upside. The Avalanche continue to count on their goaltending to come up big game after game, and at some point the Avalanche are going to get blown out. It could be tonight in Dallas.
Tyson Barrie, Colorado Avalanche - The Dallas Stars have given up three or more goals in five of their last six games and continue to struggle versus offensive defensemen. Barrie is Colorado’s top offensive threat from the blue line and mans the point on the Avs’ number one powerplay unit. Barrie won’t be highly owned and has the big game upside we are looking for in our GPPs.