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NHL Plays: Saturday

by Michael Finewax
Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:04 pm ET

The new game in town is called DRAFT (Draft.com) and the DFS game is something most poolies have grown up on, drafting a team, allowing each participant to take a player with each pick. Unlike the other DFS games, if for instance you draft Connor McDavid in your pool, no one else can take him.


The draft is quick as you are allowed only 30 seconds per pick and you take five players, three forwards, a defenseman and a goalie.


You can use some strategy. Let’s say there are five participants in your pool and you are picking last. If the first four take goaltenders, then pick your goalie in the final round as you are going to get him anyway.


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 rules and enjoy! It’s a great game! On Saturday there are head-to-head drafts with a lot of three player drafts as well as well as some six team pools and a couple of 10-team drafts.

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Forward rankings


1. Nikita Kucherov

2. Connor McDavid

3. Claude Giroux

4. Steven Stamkos

5. Anze Kopitar

6. Taylor Hall

7. Jakub Voracek

8. Brad Marchand

9. David Pastrnak

10. Leon Draisaitl

11. Ryan Spooner

12. Aleksander Barkov

13. Evander Kane

14. Eric Staal

15. Jonathan Huberdeau

16. Patrick Kane

17. Jaden Schwartz

18. Vladimir Tarasenko

19. Jason Zucker

20. Mikael Granlund

21. James van Riemsdyk

22. Mitch Marner

23. J.T. Miller

24. Evgenii Dadonov

25. Sean Couturier

26. Logan Couture

27. Joe Pavelski

28. Artemi Panarin

29. Cam Atkinson

30. Pierre-Luc Dubois


We have enough forwards for a 10-team draft and add Auston Matthews and Jack Eichel high if they are able to play. In two-or-three player drafts, pick your forwards early as blueliners and goalies are easy to pick out at the end.

Leaf forwards could be good to take as they face lowly Montreal and Charlie Lindgren at home.


Defenseman rankings


1. Erik Karlsson

2. Seth Jones

3. Drew Doughty

4. Brent Burns

5. Shayne Gostisbehere

6. Alex Pietrangelo

7. Victor Hedman

8. Rasmus Ristolainen

9. Torey Krug

10.Morgan Rielly


Karlsson and Jones have been great of late and if you are in a two-team pool, wait until the last round before taking a blueliner. The remainder of blueliners are good with Burns in a slump so to speak with only five assists in his last 10 games.


Goalie Rankings


1. Sergei Bobrovsky

2. Roberto Luongo

3. Aaron Dell

4. Andrei Vasilevskiy

5. Jonathan Quick

6. Tuukka Rask

7. Curtis McElhinney

8. Alexandar Georgiev

9. Alex Lyon

10. Chad Johnson



The tough matchup is Tampa Bay-Boston so you have to decide which team you think is going to win. Aaron Dell is a strong pick as his opponents, the Vancouver Canucks have been shut out the last three games and havenot scored in 212:09. Georgiev has played quite well for the Rangers and could be their goalie of the future.


Check out the probable goalies on Rotoworld before starting your draft and especially the blurbs which should tell you the starting netminders. I like Bobrovsky and Luongo because of the matchups.


NHL Plays will look at some players to consider adding while building your lineups. Remember to check back on this page later in the day for confirmations on starting goalies and keep an eye on Rotoworld’s daily blurbs for all your fantasy hockey needs.


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, 1UT).


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Aaron Dell G (San Jose) - $7,900 FanDuel, $8,000 DraftKings

Seth Jones D (Columbus) - $6,100 FanDuel, $6,500 DraftKings

Morgan Rielly D (Toronto) - $5,000 FanDuel, $5,600 DraftKings

Pierre-Luc Dubois C (Columbus) - $5,700 FanDuel, $5,000 DraftKings

J.T. Miller W (Tampa Bay) - $6,500 FanDuel, $6,000 DraftKings

Ryan Spooner W (New York Rangers) - 5,300 FanDuel, $5,200 DraftKings

Jason Zucker W (Minnesota) - $6,300 FanDuel, $6,500 DraftKings


As mentioned earlier Dell is the play against the Canucks. Miller plays with Kucherov and Stamkos and that doesn’t hurt. Spooner has been terrific as a Ranger. Jones has been hot of late with six goals and 13 points in his last 10 games.




Check the probable starters from Rotoworld here.

Michael Finewax

Michael Finewax is entering his 16th season as the Senior Hockey Writer and Editor for NBC Sports Edge. You can follow him on Twitter @mfinewaxhockey.