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, as GPPs are all about UPSIDE. We want players who can explode, those 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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Andrew Hammond, Ottawa Senators - It looks like the Hamburglar will get the call tonight at the Bell Center. The 27-year-old Hammond has been brilliant in goal for the Ottawa Senators, posting a 1.43 GAA and a .954 SV%. The Senators always play the Canadiens tough and Hammond will have to be outstanding tonight to pull out the win. It certainly won’t come easy tonight for Hammond, making him the ultimate “boom-or-bust” play in your GPPs tonight.
Jori Lehtera, St. Louis Blues – Lehtera has amassed five points in his last two games and has become relevant again in the fantasy world. Lehtera not only centers the Blues’ second line with Jaden Schwartz and Vladimir Tarasenko, but he is also centering the Blues’ top powerplay unit. The Flyers look lost right now and are not playing sound hockey at either end of the rink. Philadelphia has now lost three consecutive games and they are not a team that travels well (9-18-7). The St. Louis Blues own one of the best offenses in hockey and they are studs on home ice (23-8-2). The Blues’ so called second line has found the chemistry they had displayed earlier in the season when they were one of the more potent lines in hockey. At his price, Lehtera makes a great value play tonight.
Justin Abdelkader, Detroit Red Wings – Abdelkader has really picked up his offensive game recently, with points in four of his last five contests. In those five games, Abdelkader has racked up four goals, five points and 16 shots on net. Abdelakder seems to get overlooked on a nightly basis, despite playing alongside Henrik Zetterberg and on Detroit’s top powerplay unit. With a matchup at home versus a defensively challenged Columbus Blue Jackets squad, Abdelkader is one of the top bargains out there.
Gabriel Landeskog, Colorado Avalanche - Landeskog has been lighting it up recently with points in 11 of his last 13 games. In those 13 games, Landeskog has racked up nine goals, 16 points and 33 shots on goal. The talented 22-year-old Swede has developed great chemistry with linemate Ryan O’Reilly and the two of them are playing their best hockey of the season. His moderate salary has yet to catch up to his recent production and we can take advantage of that tonight. Look for Landeskog to remain hot tonight against a mediocre Devils team.
Justin Faulk, Carolina Hurricanes - Faulk had a monster game in the Hurricanes’ 4-3 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Tuesday night, scoring a goal and adding two assists. Faulk may be playing the best hockey of his career right now, with 18 points in his last 19 games. The Dallas Stars have struggled on their back end all season long, allowing the fourth-most goals per game (3.25) in the NHL. Although his price is no longer in the value range, Faulk still remains highly underowned in tournament play.
Marek Zidlicky, Detroit Red Wings – Zidlicky has fit in quite nicely in Detroit, scoring twice in his first four games as a Red Wing. Zidlicky is averaging over 17 minutes of ice time and he is manning the point on the Red Wings’ top powerplay unit. The Columbus Blue Jackets are really struggling in all aspects of their game right now, winning only twice in their past 10 games and allowing 19 goals in their past five games. The Blue Jackets are 10-30 in their last 40 meetings in Detroit and 26-56-1 in their last 83 meetings overall. In a game Detroit should dominate, Zidlicky makes a great value play on defense.