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 and plenty of three-person drafts. There are also head-to-heads and Dream Team formats to participate in.
- Nathan MacKinnon
- Auston Matthews
- Mikko Rantanen
- Mark Scheifele
- Jonathan Marchessault
- Nikita Kucherov
- Vincent Trocheck
- Gabriel Landeskog
- John Tavares
- Patrik Laine
- Evgenii Dadonov
- Brayden Point
Steven Stamkos could be an option as well, but his rocky start to the season (one goal and two assists in seven games) placed him just outside of the list. MacKinnon, Rantanen and Landeskog have been unstoppable so far this year. They should be a handful for the Lightning. Winnipeg and Toronto is an intriguing matchup, as there is plenty of potential for fireworks offensively based on the wealth of talented players on both rosters. You could pair Connor and/or Wheeler with Scheifele or use Marner with Tavares. Florida will play for the second time in two nights, but they could still do some damage versus the Islanders. Still, New York players could be viable selections, as the Panthers have been allowing 4.00 goals against per game. Vegas has been playing better and may overmatch a banged up Vancouver squad. If you get Marchessault then a stack with William Karlsson wouldn’t be a bad idea.
Rielly has been the most productive blueliner in the NHL thus far with 14 points in nine games. Winnipeg has benefited greatly from offensive contributions from the back end this campaign. Byfuglien remains the best option, but Jacob Trouba has heated up recently and Josh Morrissey has been hot out of the gate. Hedman has begun to pick it up as well after a bit of a sluggish start. Yandle has been all over the scoresheet, but his five-game point steak ended on Tuesday.
As previously mentioned Vancouver’s offense could be missing Elias Pettersson and Brock Boeser on Wednesday night, while Fleury has surrendered just two goals during a three-game winning streak. Varlamov has been outstanding this season and Colorado is tough to play against on the road. The options aren’t as good beyond that, but Hellebuyck could return value if Toronto’s offense continues to misfire.
Don’t forget to check out the probable starting goaltenders from Rotoworld here.
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).
Bryan Little (WPG) - C - $4,800 (FanDuel), $4,600 (DraftKings)
Kyle Connor (WPG) - W - $5,300 (FanDuel), $6,100 (DraftKings)
Reilly Smith (VGK) - W - $5,600 (FanDuel), $5,400 (DraftKings)
Yanni Gourde (TBL) - W - $5,400 (FanDuel), $5,700 (DraftKings)
Keith Yandle (FLA) - D - $5,300 (FanDuel), $5,700 (DraftKings)
Little has contributed three goals and one assist in the past five games and could be a solid alternative if you don’t want to spend up for Scheifele. You could also stack him with Laine and/or Ehlers. Connor, who has four goals and eight points through nine games, is a bargain on FanDuel. Smith, who is a bit undervalued, has two goals and three assists over the last five contests. He could fit into a lineup that wants to take advantage of Marchessault or Karlsson, but doesn’t have the cap space to fit them all. Gourde could be a solid value play, as he has registered at least one point in six consecutive matches and comes in at a very affordable price tag. Yandle has been productive this year and he amassed six points (two goals, four assists) in three outings versus the Islanders in 2017-18.