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NHL Plays: February 16

by Ryan Dadoun
Updated On: February 16, 2019, 9:18 am ET

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:

 

Nikita Kucherov

Patrick Kane

Sidney Crosby

Connor McDavid

Sebastian Aho

Nathan MacKinnon

Johnny Gaudreau

Gabriel Landeskog

Evander Kane

Patrice Bergeron

Blake Wheeler

Steven Stamkos

Tyler Seguin

Cam Atkinson

Claude Giroux

Brad Marchand

Mikko Rantanen

 

Kucherov is always a great bet, but he's especially good right now with four goals and 11 points in his last three games alone.  Meanwhile, Patrick Kane is heading into today's action on a 16-game point streak.

 

Defenseman Rankings:

 

Kris Letang

Brent Burns

Dustin Byfuglien

Seth Jones

Drew Doughty

Torey Krug

Darnell Nurse

Victor Hedman

Mark Giordano

Jeff Petry

 

There's nothing really exciting going on in terms of hot defensemen today.  Krug is certainly worthy of note though, given that he is on a five-game point streak and has only been held off the scoresheet once in his last nine games.

 

Goalie Rankings:

 

Carter Hart

Matt Murray

Martin Jones

Petr Mrazek

Tuukka Rask

 

Murray has stopped 88 of 90 shots over his last two starts.  Hart has just usually been a good option since making his debut with a 11-6-1 record with a 2.48 GAA and .924 save percentage in 18 games.

 

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).

 

Paul Stastny (VGK) – C - $5,600 FanDuel, $4,800 DraftKings

Dylan Strome (CHI) – C - $5,600 FanDuel, $5,000 DraftKings

Joe Thornton (SJS) – C - $4,700 FanDuel, $3,600 DraftKings

Justin Williams (CAR) – W - $5,600 FanDuel, $5,500 DraftKings

Reilly Smith (VGK) – W - $5,300 FanDuel, $4,300 DraftKings

Josh Bailey (NYI) – W - $5,200 FanDuel, $4,800 DraftKings

Dominik Kahun (CHI) – W - $4,700 FanDuel, $4,000 DraftKings

Kevin Labanc (SJS) – W - $4,500 FanDuel, $4,700 DraftKings

Shea Weber (MON) – D - $5,500 FanDuel, $5,700 DraftKings

Jordan Oesterle (ARI) – D - $4,300 FanDuel, $3,900 DraftKings

 

There are plenty of reasonably priced players that are excelling right now.  As far as cheap defensemen go, Oesterle is worth serious consideration after scoring two goals and six points in his last six games.  Labanc is another standout among the discount players today.  He’s on a three-game goal scoring streak and has six goals and eight points in his last six contests.

Ryan Dadoun

Ryan Dadoun is an Associate Editor for Hockey on NBC Sports Edge. Feel free to follow him on Twitter or check out his blog.