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NHL Plays: December 16

by Michael Finewax

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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Forward Rankings


1. Connor McDavid

2. Nikita Kucherov

3. Leon Draisaitl

4. Brayden Point

5. Sean Monahan

6. Johnny Gaudreau

7. David Pastrnak

8. Timo Meier

9. Blake Wheeler

10. Jeff Skinner

11. Jack Eichel

12. Mark Scheifele

13. Patrik Laine

14. Brad Marchand

15. Steven Stamkos

16. Elias Lindholm

17. Matthew Tkachuk

18. Logan Couture

19. Sebastian Aho

20. Joe Pavelski

21. Patrick Kane

22. Elias Pettersson

23. Brock Boeser

24. Bo Horvat

25. Jonathan Toews

26. William Karlsson

27. Mika Zibanejad


There are lots of afternoon games which makes this a longer list than usual for a seven game slate. McDavid is the best in the NHL and if you can get Draisaitl in the second round, grab him as the two should carry your team. Try to get top lines like in Winnipeg with Scheifele and Wheeler, in Tampa Bay with Kucherov and Stamkos (and Point), in Vancouver if you are picking late in a deep pool, with Pettersson and Boeser, or in Calgary with Monahan, Gaudreau and Lindholm. There are plenty of stars up front and you certainly can wait after the first round in three-person drafts.


Defenseman Rankings


1. Mark Giordano

2. Brent Burns

3. Victor Hedman

4. Torey Krug

5. Erik Karlsson

6. Dustin Byfuglien

7. Rasmus Dahlin


Although it is highly doubtful that he can keep it up, Giordano has a shorthanded goal in each of his last two games. Burns is a scoring machine and Hedman is the reigning Norris Trophy winner. Torey Krug has been great since returning from his injury. Take a defenseman in the middle round, unless you have the last pick.


Goaltending Rankings


1. Andrei Vasilevskiy

2. Mikko Koskinen

3. Marc-Andre Fleury

4. Tuukka Rask

5. Martin Jones

6. Adin Hill


Vasilevskiy was tremendous in his return Thursday against Toronto as he stopped 48 shots. Mikko Koskinen is 11-3-1 this season and has taken over as the Oilers top netminder.  I would wait until the final round on the other goalies.


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).


Andrei Vasilevskiy (Tampa Bay) - G - $8,300 FanDuel, $7,600 DraftKings

Neal Pionk (New York Rangers) - D - $4,200 FanDuel

Rasmus Dahlin (Buffalo) - D - $4,400 FanDuel

Leon Draisaitl (Edmonton) - W - $7,200 FanDuel, $7,100 DraftKings

Mathew Tkachuk (Calgary) - W - $6,200 FanDuel

Sebastian Aho (Carolina) - C - $5,800 FanDuel

Elias Pettersson (Vancouver) - C - $6,200 FanDuel, $5,500 DraftKings

Tyler Myers (Winnipeg) - D - $4,000 DraftKings  

Josh Morrissey (Winnipeg) – D - $4,900 DraftKings

Alex Chiasson (Edmonton) – W - $5,100 DraftKings


If you are looking for some bargains in addition to some big-name players (McDavid, Kucherov) here are a few.  The Lightning take on Winnipeg but Vasilevskiy looked so good against the Maple Leafs, it is tough to go against him against Winnipeg, especially at the price. Pionk is a nice bargain in FanDuel if you are playing early. There are plenty of good forwards to take and as mentioned above, Draisaitl has been hot of late.




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Michael Finewax

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