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.
James Reimer, San Jose Sharks – Reimer has looked very good in his two starts with the San Jose Sharks, including a shutout in his last game, stopping 31 shots against the Edmonton Oilers. The Boston Bruins are a solid offense and they will get plenty of rubber on Reimer tonight. Not only do the Bruins take the fourth-most shots per game, they have also produced the third-most goals per game this season. Reimer is extremely inexpensive across the industry and he has that big game upside we are looking for in our tournament play.
Charlie Coyle, Minnesota Wild – The Ottawa Senators are a defensive disaster. The Senators have struggled mightily in their own end all season long. Not to mention they have been an undisciplined team (10.63 penalty minutes per game, good for the eighth- most) and they do not kill penalties well (29th-ranked penalty kill). Playing on the Minnesota Wild’s top line and number one power play unit, Coyle should see an abundance of scoring opportunities.
Mark Stone, Ottawa Senators – If the Minnesota Wild don’t come away with the win tonight, you can bet Stone had a lot do with it. The Senators sniper has been lighting it up of late, amassing 11 goals and 24 points in his last 20 contests. Stone and his linemates have shown great chemistry together and I expect that continue in this game, despite the difficult opponent. Look for Stone to hit the score sheet again tonight for the sixth consecutive game.
Andre Burakovsky, Washington Capitals – The Washington Capitals are the National Hockey League’s best offense on home ice, averaging 3.26 goals per game. The Capitals sit comfortably in first place in the Eastern Conference thanks in large part to their offensive production from multiple lines. With most daily fantasy owners all over the Washington Capitals’ top line, Burakovsky and the Capitals’ second line should fly under the radar in large field tournaments.
Sven Andrighetto, Montreal Canadiens - Playing alongside Max Pacioretty and Alex Galchenyuk at both even strength and on the Montreal Canadiens’ number one power play unit has made it easy for Andrighetto to produce. The 22-year-old Swiss native has points in three straight games and he should see plenty of scoring chances again tonight. If you are looking for a punt winger with big upside, Andrighetto is your man.
Jay Beagle, Washington Capitals – As of this writing, Beagle was skating on the Washington Capitals’ top line with Alexander Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom. It is anyone’s guess as to whether or not he will play the entire game on this line, but he is practically free across the industry, and makes a great roll of the dice in your GPPs.
Mark Barberio, Montreal Canadiens – I don’t normally pick on the Florida Panthers, but they happen to be playing in consecutive road games. The Canadiens on the other hand are at home and rested. Barberio has a goal and two assists in his last two contests and he continues to see a ton of ice time and the majority of the power play time in P.K. Subban’s absence. Dollar for dollar, Barberio is my top GPP blue liner this evening.