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!
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Jonathan Quick, Los Angeles Kings – Quick has bounced back nicely in his last two games, stopping 47 of the 49 shots he faced. Beating the San Jose Sharks will not be an easy task this evening, but Quick has the ability to steal this game for the Los Angeles Kings. Quick should see plenty of shots in this one and that only add to his point totals. Because of his early slump, we get him a discount tonight. Not to mention, a lot of fantasy owners will shy away from him after his ugly start, keeping his ownership down in tournament play.
Evgeny Kuznetsov, Washington Capitals – Kuznetsov continues to benefit from centering T.J. Oshie and Alexander Ovechkin. The 23-year-old Russian is coming off a three-point night and he has five points in his last three games. As long as he remains in this role, he will continue to produce points at a bargain price.
Aleksander Barkov, Florida Panthers – With most fantasy owners likely focused on the Pittsburgh Penguins in this game, Barkov and his linemates (Jaromir Jagr and Justin Huberdeau) should find themselves low owned in GPPs. Barkov seems to get better every game, and he remains underpriced across the industry.
Mark Stone, Ottawa Senators – Showing that his rookie season was no fluke, Stone has registered eight points in his first six games this season. Despite the production, Stone continues to fly under the radar in tournaments. The Ottawa Senators’ top line (with Stone, Kyle Turris and Mike Hoffman) is really clicking to start the year and I expect them to hit the scoresheet again in this game. Stone’s price has yet to catch up to his production and we need to take advantage of that.
Mats Zuccarello, New York Rangers – Zuccarello is off to a decent start with four goals and 14 shots on net in his first seven games. The New York Rangers are one of the top teams to target tonight as they host an Arizona Coyotes team that has lost three in a row, allowing 12 goals in the process. Despite skating on the Blue Shirts’ top line and number one power-play unit, he tends to be highly under-owned in GPPs.
Filip Forsberg and James Neal, Nashville Predators - The Nashville Predators’ top line (Filip Forsberg, Mike Fisher and James Neal) is firing on all cylinders right now. They have combined for 11 points in their last three games and there is no reason why they can’t stay hot at home tonight. Getting a piece of this line, or stacking the entire makes sense in your large field tournaments.
Trevor Daley, Chicago Blackhawks - With the injury to Duncan Keith, the door opens for Trevor Daley to take over as the Blackhawks’ power-play quarterback. Daley has a lot of offensive upside and he will get a chance to showcase his skills tonight.Chicago has an elite offense and Daley should get plenty of scoring opportunities in his new role.