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NHL GPP Plays: Thursday

by Chris Lowery
Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:04 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.


Robin Lehner, Buffalo Sabres - Robin Lehner has posted solid numbers for the Buffalo Sabres this season (2.29 GAA, .923 SV%) and he should be good for a win tonight. The Calgary Flames do not travel well (9-19-3) and they are not playing very good hockey these days. The Flames have now lost six straight games and eight of their past 10 contests. Lehner has a great price across most sites and he should not only get a victory tonight, but he also has plenty of save potential in this one.  



Other Goalies To Target – Martin Jones, Calvin Pickard, Andrew Hammond, Cam Talbot, Garret Sparks, Ondrej Pavelec






Jack Eichel, Buffalo Sabres - The Calgary Flames are a terrible road team and they have been a defensive disaster all season long. The Flames’ lack of puck skills has resulted in allowing way too many scoring chances and the second-most goals against per game this season. Making matters worse, Jonas Hiller will start tonight and he has been horrible recently, allowing a ridiculous 23 goals in his last six games. Eichel has been quiet of late, but he is in a great spot to break out with a big game tonight. As a bonus, his salary remains quite reasonable across the industry and he should be highly under-owned in tournaments.



Brayden Schenn, Philadelphia Flyers - Like the rest of the Philadelphia Flyers’ top line and number one power play unit, Schenn is enjoying a great amount of success lately. The former first round pick has six goals and 12 points in his last eight contests, including a hat trick and nine shots on goal in his last game. The fantasy goodness should continue tonight against a defensively poor Edmonton Oilers squad.



David Perron, Anaheim Ducks – The trade that sent Perron to the Anaheim Ducks has worked out quite well, as he has produced almost a point per game playing alongside Ryan Getzlaf on the Duck’s top line and number one power play unit.  The Arizona Coyotes are in a major funk right now (losers of six straight, allowing 24 goals against along the way) and they may be the worst team in hockey. Despite playing in consecutive games, I expect Anaheim to dominate this hockey game and that means Perron is once again a great value option in GPPs.



Ryan Callahan, Tampa Bay Lightning – Callahan has been red hot of late, registering points in six of his last eight games (including four multi-point efforts), while playing alongside Steven Stamkos on the Tampa Bay Lightning’s top line. During this hot streak, Callahan has produced five goals and 10 points. The Ottawa Senators remain a mess on the back end and they are one of the top team to pick on tonight. As long as he continues to play on the Bolts’ top line and number power play unit, Callahan is one of the best value plays across the industry.



Charlie Coyle, Minnesota Wild – The Wild’s Charlie Coyle is another player on a heater. Coyle has certainly taken advantage of playing on the Wild’s top line and number one power play unit, sniping three goals and firing 10 shots on net in his last two contests. The Toronto Maple Leafs are an awful team, winning just twice in their last 12 and I expect the Wild’s top line and number one power play unit to dominate. Coyle is my top value play tonight in GPPs. 


Other Forwards To Target – Tyler Johnson, Nazem Kadri, Mika Zibanejad, Sam Reinhart, Jason Pominville, Leo Komarov, Jiri Hudler






As usual, I am looking for inexpensive defensemen with big game upside in all of my tournament lineups this evening. All three of Mark Streit, Zach Bogosian and Mathew Dumba have recently been promoted to their team’s top power play units. This trio of offensive blue liners all have plus matchups and multi-point upside at a discounted price.


Other Defensemen To Target – Nick Leddy, Zach Bogosian, Mark Streit, Rasmus Ristolainen, Mathew Dumba


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.