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.
Steve Mason, Philadelphia Flyers – Mason has been sensational in his last three games, stopping 79 of the 83 shots he has faced, including a shutout over the New York Islanders. The Toronto Maple Leafs have lost five consecutive games, scoring a lousy five goals over that stretch. The Maple Leafs continue to shoot the puck, averaging over 31 shots per game, but they have had trouble finishing, sitting 23rd in the NHL in goals per game. Look for Mason to see plenty of rubber in this game and come away with the win.
Anze Kopitar, Los Angeles Kings - With the Dallas Stars in town, I except most fantasy owners to ignore the Los Angeles Kings offense this evening. However, Dallas has not been great in their own end, despite being one of the best teams in hockey. The Stars have allowed the fifth-most scoring chances and the most high-danger scoring chances against this season. Kopitar has eight points in his last four games and the stage is set for him to have another big game as a highly under-owned GPP play.
Vladislav Namestnikov, Tampa Bay Lightning – Namestnikov has really picked up his offensive game, playing alongside Steven Stamkos on the Tampa Bay Lightning’s top line and number one power play unit. The 23-year-old Russian has three multi-point performances in his last four contests, and during that four-game stretch he has produced three goals and seven points in total. Namestnikov has big game upside again tonight in this plus matchup on home ice.
Lee Stempniak, New Jersey Devils - The New Jersey Devils offense is very sneaky tonight. The Devils will host a Calgary Flames team that not only struggles on the road (6-11-3) but also defensively. The Flames sit in the bottom third on the NHL in most defensive categories, including Corsi, scoring chances allowed and goals against per game. Stempniak is back on the Devils’ top line with Michael Cammalleri and Adam Henrique, and he has multi-point upside at a discounted price.
Andre Burakovsky, Washington Capitals - Getting exposure to both of the Washington Capitals’ top two lines is a great tournament strategy and Burakovksy is the cheapest option on the second line. The former first round pick has three multi-point efforts in his last four games and he should find the score sheet again in this prime matchup.
Kevin Fiala, Nashville Predators – If you are looking for a high upside complete punt option, Fiala is your guy. The 19-year-old rookie has looked very good in first two games this season, registering a goal and nine shots on net, while playing on the Predators’ top line. He is currently not seeing any power play time, but at this price, he is still a great “one off” that allows you to load up the rest of your roster.
Shayne Gostisbehere, Philadelphia Flyers - Gostisbehere missed some time due to a groin injury, but he has since returned to the Philadelphia Flyers lineup. He has yet to register a point in his first two games back, but he has played well, while producing 11 shots on goal in those two contests. He remains the Flyers’ power play quarterback and I love his potential tonight versus a struggling Maple Leafs squad.