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 to win a big prize over at FanDuel.com. I will also try to find as much value as I possibly can. Now, let’s get to the NHL GPP Plays!
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Ben Scrivens/Viktor Fasth, Edmonton Oilers – Let’s face it, the Buffalo Sabres offense has been a joke this season and even an Oilers goalie can come up with a big game against them. The Sabres take a league-low 23.1 shots per game and are also dead last by a wide margin in goals per game (1.75). It won’t be easy to roster either of these Edmonton goalies, but the Oilers are a decent favorite and the Sabres just don’t score goals. I think the Oilers win this game and allow two or fewer goals. They are both inexpensive and are in a great spot to come up big tonight.
Antoine Vermette, Arizona Coyotes – Vermette has points in three of his last four games and he centers the Coyotes top line and number one power play unit. The Maple Leafs are in a real funk, losing their seventh straight game last night in New Jersey, and they’ve won once in their past 11 games, allowing 37 goals along the way. Somebody has to score on Arizona, why not Vermette? It’s not like the Leafs are a defensive juggernaut.
Jordan Eberle, Edmonton Oilers – I know what you are thinking, are the Buffalo Sabres really that bad that we can start looking at Edmonton Oilers to roster? The answer is yes. Buffalo is awful on the road (4-18-1) and by far the worst defensive team in hockey. The Sabres have allowed the most shots per game (35.1) and goals per game (3.54) this season. The Sabres are a country mile worse than any other team in hockey, making Eberle and the Oilers top line a target in any format.
Tyler Ennis, Buffalo Sabres – Speaking of bad teams, Edmonton has been pretty awful defensively this season as well. The Oilers have allowed the third-most goals in the league (3.27) and can’t get either or their goalies to play consistently well. Ennis has five points in his last three games and is the Sabres’ biggest offensive threat. Ennis is a talented player and he makes a great boom-or-bust option in GPPs tonight.
Milan Michalek, Ottawa Senators – Michalek has 3 goals and 3 assists in his last six games and is actually fantasy relevant for the first time in a long time. Michalek has been promoted to the Senators’ top line and will man the point on the number one power play unit. The Dallas Stars are playing better defensively these days, but they are still allowing too many goals (13 goals against in their last four games). Michalek has big game upside and makes a great punt play at wing tonight.
Josh Bailey, New York Islanders – Bailey has points in four straight games, including two multi-point efforts. He continues to reap the benefits of playing on the Islanders’ top line and number one power play unit. The match-up versus the Boston Bruins may not be ideal, but New York is one of the best teams in the NHL on home ice (17-4). As long as Bailey remains on the Isles top line, he should continue to out-produce his salary.
Jake Gardiner, Toronto Maple Leafs – With Dion Phaneuf injured, Jake Gardiner takes over as the Maple Leafs top offensive defenseman. Gardiner will see an increase in ice time and be Toronto’s power play quarterback. Despite playing on consecutive nights, the Maple Leafs are still in a great spot versus the defensively challenged Coyotes.
Justin Schultz, Edmonton Oilers – Schultz has had a season to forget, but for one night he becomes fantasy relevant. Schultz still oozes offensive upside and he is the Oilers’ power play quarterback. I spoke earlier about the Sabres’ poor defensive stats on the season, but in the month of January Buffalo has taken their game to an even lower level, allowing 43 goals in their past 10 games (4.30 goals per game). The last time these two teams met, Edmonton fired 52 shots on net in a 3-2 win over the Sabres in Buffalo, and I would not be surprised to see a similar game tonight. Pair up Schultz with Gardiner and load up on offense.