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 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 to confirm that the goalies listed below are starting prior to game time.
Antti Raanta, Chicago Blackhawks – Raanta has won five of his last six starts and has posted fantastic numbers for the Blackhawks this season (1.96 GAA, .934 SV%). The Coyotes have struggled on offense all season long. Arizona ranks 24th in shots per game and 26th in goals per game this season. The desert dogs have averaged just over two goals per game in the month of January and will be without their best goalscorer in Mikkel Boedker. Chicago is a massive favorite tonight and I expect them to dominate this game from puck drop. Raanta is your best bet for a win tonight and could very well earn his third shutout of the season.
Tyler Johnson, Tampa Bay Lightning – Johnson has been one of the NHL’s biggest surprises this year. He has been extremely consistent all season long and he has huge GPP upside. Johnson is showing no signs of slowing down, with 11 goals, 25 points and a +16 rating in his last 21 games. The Canucks are playing in back to back road games and we can expect them to not only start backup goalie Eddie Lack (2.61 GAA, .912 SV%), but to also be playing on tired legs. Tampa Bay’s so called second line has been as good as any line in hockey and they are capable of exploding tonight.
Gustav Nyquist, Detroit Red Wings - Nyquist is coming off back to back multi-point performances and has scored in three of his last four games. Most daily fantasy players will avoid “Goose” when he is not playing on the Red Wings top line. Nyquist is a pure goal scorer, regardless of who his linemates are and he still plays on Detroit’s number one power play unit. The Minnesota Wild are playing on consecutive nights and should be starting one of their backup goalies (Darcy Kuemper & Niklas Backstrom) tonight, neither of whom has played well this season. If you are looking for an under-owned sniper with “hat trick” upside, Nyquist is your man.
Bryan Bickell, Chicago Blackhawks – Bickell plays on Chicago’s second line with Brad Richards and Patrick Kane. In his past five games, Bickell has registered three goals, five points and eleven shots on goal. Arizona is playing some ugly hockey these days. The desert dogs have now lost five games in a row and have given up nineteen goals along the way. Bickell is a cheap way to get exposure to Patrick Kane and he suits up on the Blackhawks second powerplay unit. Bickell will be very low owned and as you can see by his game logs, is capable of a big game.
Brayden Schenn, Philadelphia Flyers – Schenn had two assists, a +1 rating and five shots on goal versus the New York Islanders Saturday night and seems to be enjoying his role on the Flyers’ top line with Claude Girouix and Jakub Voracek. Philadelphia has had their way with Fleury and the Penguins the last couple of years and I can see this line going off again tonight. With the Flyers' recent struggles, many will avoid them tonight and so I think Schenn and company are a sneaky GPP option.
Andre Burakovsky, Washington Capitals - Burakovsky had a big game (1 G, +1, 4 SOG) against Dallas Saturday night and is currently skating on the capitals top line with Nicklas Backstrom and Alexander Ovechkin. This 19-year-old talented Austrian should see a boost in production playing with two of the game’s elite players. Burakovsky will also see time on Washington’s second powerplay unit and makes a nice punt play on the wing tonight.
Andrei Markov, Montreal Canadiens – Markov dished out three helpers against the New York Islanders Saturday night and now has five points in last two games. Markov logs over twenty four minutes of ice time and mans the point on the Canadiens number one powerplay unit alongside P.K. Subban. Markov seems to sneak under the radar and is rarely owned. Value defensemen are hard to come by tonight and I think Markov is the best bang for your buck.