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, 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 FanDuel 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 NHL GPP plays!
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Cory Schneider, New Jersey Devils - Schneider was brilliant Saturday night against the Columbus Blue Jackets, stopping all of the 33 shots he faced for his fourth shutout of the season. Schneider was absolutely outstanding in the month of February (1.57 GAA, .948 SV%) and he has been a stud on home ice (1.82 GAA, .933 SV%) all season long. The Nashville Predators are a very good team, but are playing on consecutive nights, and meanwhile the Devils have won five of their past seven games and will be home and rested. Schneider should see his fair share of shots and if he can pull out the win, he will be one of the top fantasy producers tonight.
Nick Bjugstad, Florida Panthers - In his 19 games since the All-Star break, Bjugstad has produced seven goals, 11 points and 62 shots on goal. Bjugstad centers the Panthers’ top line and number one powerplay unit. The Toronto Maple Leafs have been one of the league’s worst defensive teams this season and they are coming off back-to-back defeats in which they were out scored by an 8-0 margin. Florida is 2-0 against the Maple Leafs this season, scoring nine total goals in those two games. I think the Panthers will win their third straight game tonight and score three plus goals in this game. Bjugstad is Florida’s biggest offensive threat and will be heavily involved in their attack.
Anders Lee, New York Islanders - Lee has been outstanding since moving to the New York Islanders’ top line to play with John Tavares and Josh Bailey, and has racked up seven goals, 15 points and 51 shots on goal in his last 15 games. The Dallas Stars are a mess defensively right now and they have allowed more goals per game than anyone else in hockey in the month of February (3.54). Lee and his linemates have been as potent as any line in hockey recently and I don’t see the defensively challenged Stars slowing them down this evening.
Patrick Eaves, Dallas Stars - The New York Islanders and Dallas Stars both have explosive offenses and we could see a shootout tonight in Texas. In a game where I expect a lot of goals, both top lines are certainly in play. Not only is Eaves skating alongside Jamie Benn and Jason Spezza on the Stars’ top line, but he is also a member of the number one powerplay unit. Patrick Eaves has been very good when given the opportunity to play on the top line and I think he has tremendous value tonight.
Alex Killorn, Tampa Bay Lightning - Killorn is skating on the Bolts’ top line alongside Steven Stamkos and is seeing time on the Tampa Bay’s number one powerplay unit. Despite these opportunities to score, Killorn’s point production has been very inconsistent, but that can all change tonight with the Buffalo Sabres in town. The Sabres remain the league’s worst defensive team, sitting dead last both shots allowed (35.3) and goals against per game (3.32) this season. Buffalo owns the worst road record in hockey (7-21-2), while the Lightning are one of the NHL’s best on home ice (23-6-1) and one of the most explosive offenses when playing at the Amalie Arena. Killorn has great value and he won’t have a better matchup the rest of the season.
Cam Fowler, Anaheim Ducks – Fowler became the Ducks’ powerplay quarterback when Anaheim lost defenseman Sami Vatanen to injury, and unfortunately he has done very little so far with the opportunity. Despite his offensive upside and the fact that he is playing with superstars like Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry, Fowler has continued to disappoint fantasy owners. However, at some point he has to run into an assist or two, does he not? With all that ice time and powerplay time, it just has to happen. The Arizona Coyotes are one the worst defensive teams in hockey, allowing the sixth-most shots (32.1) and the most goals per game (3.32) this season. The Desert Dogs have given up on the year and have dealt away just about every talented player on their roster. Not to mention they have the 27th-ranked penalty kill and possibly the worst starting goalie in the NHL. Fowler is extremely inexpensive and is worth a roll of the dice in your GPPs.