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NHL GPP Plays: Thursday

by Chris Lowery
Updated On: December 3, 2018, 6:02 pm ET

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.



Eddie Lack, Carolina Hurricanes – Lack has had a tough start to the season, but I love his potential in this game. Lack will face the offensively challenged New Jersey Devils on home ice this evening. The Devils are averaging just 1.92 goals per game, which is the second worst total in the NHL. He may not see a ton of shots, but he should get the all-important win in this favorable matchup. Lack is extremely cheap across the industry and he makes a great GPP option in goal.



Other Goalies To Target – Semyon Varlamov, Cory Schneider, Craig Anderson






Victor Rask, Carolina Hurricanes - The Carolina Hurricanes are the second best possession team in hockey and I think their top line is sneaky tonight. This trio has shown great chemistry together and they also skate together on the Hurricanes’ number one power play unit. Rask has goals in three of his last four contests and he is under-priced across the industry.


Other Centers To Target – Jonathan Toews, Nathan MacKinnon, Artem Anisimov, Kevin Hayes, Adam Henrique, Alex Galchenyuk




Artemi Panarin, Chicago Blackhawks – If you can’t afford to pay up for Kane, Panarin is a cheap way to get exposure to him. The Ottawa Senators continue to play a wide open style of hockey this season and it has really hurt them at times defensively. They are a terrible possession team, which has lead to way too many scoring chances allowed and a league-high 34.1 shots against per game. With 23 points in 25 games this year, it is hard to ignore Panarin and his inexpensive salary.



Dylan Larkin, Detroit Red Wings – This 19-year-old rookie has been shooting the lights out recently, racking up six goals and 29 shots on net in his last eight games. The Arizona Coyotes are one of the NHL’s weaker defensive teams, sitting near the bottom of the league in most defensive categories. The Red Wings should dominate this hockey game and Larkin’s has multi-goal upside at a discounted price.  



Dale Weise, Montreal Canadiens – Montreal Canadiens head coach Michel Therrien has decided to shake up his lines. Weise will now skate on the Habs’ top line alongside David Desharnais and Max Pacioretty. Weise also sees time with the man advantage on the Canadiens’ second power play unit. Dollar for dollar, Weise may just be the best value option for tournament play.


Other Wingers To Target – Gustav Nyquist, Matt Duchene, Eric Staal, Gabriel Landeskog, Mark Stone, Lee Stempniak




Justin Faulk is my top defenseman in GPPs, but he won’t come cheap. If you are looking for value, Jared Surgeon and Yannick Weber may be more appealing. The Wild should exploit a Toronto team playing in back-to-back road games and Spurgeon is averaging over 22 minutes of ice time per game and he skates on the Wild’s second power-play unit. The Dallas Stars are not a good defensive team and we could see a shootout in Vancouver this evening. Weber has a big shot from the point and he should have plenty of scoring opportunities as the Canucks’ power play quarterback.


Other Defensemen To Target – Tyson Barrie, Dan Boyle, Damon Severson

Chris Lowery
Chris "Pepsi7" Lowery is the 2013 FanDuel Baseball Champion, pocketing $235,00 between that first place finish and a third place finish with his other entry. He also qualified for the FanDuel DFBC finals in 2012, finishing 7th. Impressively, MLB may not be his best sport as Chris is one of the best Daily Fantasy NHL minds in the business. Chris contributes to RotoGrinders, and you can follow him on Twitter @Pepsi7DFS.