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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 six-player and 10-player leagues.


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Forward Rankings


  1. Connor McDavid
  2. Nathan MacKinnon
  3. Nikita Kucherov
  4. Mikko Rantanen
  5. Anze Kopitar
  6. John Tavares
  7. Alex Ovechkin
  8. Taylor Hall
  9. Auston Matthews
  10. Steven Stamkos
  11. Johnny Gaudreau
  12. James van Riemsdyk
  13. William Karlsson
  14. Aleksander Barkov
  15. Eric Staal
  16. Artemi Panarin
  17. Jack Eichel
  18. Mathew Barzal
  19. J.T. Miller
  20. Josh Bailey
  21. Logan Couture
  22. Vladimir Tarasenko
  23. Mitch Marner
  24. Evgenii Dadonov
  25. Patrick Kane
  26. Jaden Schwartz
  27. Jonathan Huberdeau
  28. Clayton Keller
  29. Jonathan Marchessault
  30. Dustin Brown


There are plenty of good forwards and I would start taking them immediately or at least in each of the first two rounds. Miller has been playing with Kucherov and Stamkos if you are looking to cash in on a whole line. Staal is scoring a lot as is van Riemsdyk. You certainly can’t go wrong with any of the top-five as they have all been hot of late.


Defenseman Rankings


  1. John Carlson
  2. Dougie Hamilton
  3. Drew Doughty
  4. P.K. Subban
  5. Tyson Barrie
  6. Victor Hedman
  7. Alex Pietrangelo
  8. Roman Josi
  9. Morgan Rielly
  10. Nick Leddy


Seth Jones is questionable so I left him off this list. If he plays, he is a top-three defenseman. I think I would wait on my defenseman as they are all fairly similar. Doughty has been hot of late as has been Pietrangelo.


Goaltender Rankings


  1. Andrei Vasilevskiy
  2. Sergei Bobrovsky
  3. Jonathan Quick
  4. Frederik Andersen
  5. Juuse Saros
  6. Marc-Andre Fleury
  7. Philipp Grubauer
  8. Martin Jones
  9. Alexandar Georgiev
  10. Mike Condon



Check out the probable goalies on Rotoworld before starting your draft and especially the blurbs which should tell you the starting netminders. There are lots of good goalies today and if you pick one in the top-seven, I would tend to wait and take the forwards first. Grubauer has taken over the net in Washington from Braden Holtby and has outplayed him most of the season. Saros should get the start for Nashville over Rinne. Fleury is expected back in net for Vegas.



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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Philipp Grubauer G (Washington) - $8,300 FanDuel, $8,000 DraftKings

Morgan Rielly D (Toronto) - $5,300 FanDuel, $5,400 DraftKings

Markus Nutivaara D (Columbus) - $3,600 FanDuel, $3,000 DraftKings

Matt Duchene C (Ottawa) - $5,900 FanDuel, $5,800 DraftKings

Auston Matthews C (Toronto) - $7,600 FanDuel, $7,200 DraftKings

 Ryan Nugent-Hopkins W (Edmonton) - $6,400 FanDuel, $6,600 DraftKings

 Ty Rattie W (Edmonton) - $3,700 FanDuel, $5,000 DraftKings

Anthony Beauvillier W (New York Islanders) - $3,900 FanDuel, $4,000 DraftKings

 J.T. Miller W (Tampa Bay) - $6,200 FanDuel, $8,800 DraftKings


I like the duo of Nugent-Hopkins and Rattie as they are playing with Connor McDavid and are at home. Nutivaara is a good play if Seth Jones is unable to go as he will get his power play time. Beauvillier is a cheap play and the Islanders face a beaten Chicago side. Matthews plays against Detroit and that’s a good match up as well.



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.