DRAFT is back for another season of quick and exciting daily fantasy action. Their DFS platform offers poolies with a chance to participate in a format that most of us have grown very accustomed to over the years. You can compete in a live snake draft in which the participants take a player with each pick. Unlike other DFS games, this gives you the opportunity to use your knowledge to craft a team that no one else will have because the players you select cannot be chosen by your competition.
The draft is quick as you are allotted just 30 seconds per pick and you take five players. Your team is comprised of three forwards, a defenseman and a goalie.
Your strategy can be dictated by the positions being selected ahead of you. For instance, if you are going last and everyone else has a goaltender then you can wait until your last pick to make that selection. Of course, selecting players going up against weaker competition or players who are riding hot streaks are always popular strategies as well.
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Remember, there are new pools available to play in but the players in my rankings will fall off the table as soon as the puck drops in their respective game.
Familiarize yourself with the rues and enjoy! It’s a great game! Wednesday’s four-game slate features some four-person drafts as well as plenty of three-person drafts. There are also head-to-heads and Dream Team formats to participate in.
For whatever reason, Gaudreau's projected points tonight are 0.5. Not sure why that is, but on a day where there are not a lot of options available, make sure you don't let him fall through the cracks. If you were worried about the fact that he was pulled from Wednesday's game by a concussion spotter, it's since been established that he's fine so barring a last minute surprise, he will play Friday.
I'm a little pessimistic about Klingberg tonight with the Minnesota Wild being Dallas' opponent. Devan Dubnyk has excelled thus far with a 2.32 GAA and .940 save percentage in five contests and while he hasn't been confirmed for tonight's game at the time of writing, it is likely that he'll be starting.
Holtby isn't that bad of a fallback option. True, he has a 3.18 GAA and .898 save percentage in five starts this season, but he's a better goaltender than that and his opponent, Florida, hasn't been that imposing yet this season. As an aside, always make sure to check the probable goaltenders before doing anything because there's always the chance of a surprise goalie decision.
Now, let’s also look at some players to consider for FanDuel and DraftKings. Keep in mind that FanDuel allows you to roster nine players (2C, 4W, 2D, 1G) with a salary cap of $55,000, while DraftKings has a cap of $50,000 for nine players (2C, 3W, 2D, 1G, 1UTIL).
Nicklas Backstrom (WAS) – C - $6,700 FanDuel, $6,000 DraftKings
Mikael Backlund (CGY) – C – $5,200 FanDuel, $4,200 DraftKings
Matthew Tkachuk (CGY) – W – $6,200 FanDuel, $5,300 DraftKings
Ryan Hartman (NAS) – W – $3,400 FanDuel, $3,600 DraftKings
Keith Yandle (FLA) – D - $5,300 FanDuel, $5,400 DraftKings
Pekka Rinne (NAS) – G – $9,000 FanDuel, $7,700 DraftKings
Not a whole lot to choose from of course, but Hartman stands out to me as one of the really good discount options tonight. He’s gotten off to a strong start with a goal and four points in six contests.
Check out the probable starters from Rotoworld here.