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NHL Plays: Friday

by Ryan Dadoun
Updated On: March 29, 2019, 5:53 pm 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.

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.

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Forward Rankings:

Dylan Larkin

Nathan MacKinnon

Sidney Crosby

Anthony Mantha

Vladimir Tarasenko

Mika Zibanejad

Matthew Tkachuk

Rickard Rakell

Filip Forsberg

Jake Guentzel

Patric Hornqvist

There isn't a lot in terms of hot forwards available tonight, but Mantha stands out.  He has two goals and six points in his last three games. Rakell is also noteworthy with four goals and five points in his last three contests.

Defenseman Rankings:

Mark Giordano

Oliver Ekman-Larsson

Tyson Barrie

Roman Josi

Ryan Suter

Filip Hronek

Barrie has only been held off the scoresheet once in his last seven games.  He has five goals and nine points over that span.  Giordano hasn't recorded a point in his last two contests, but before that he went on a run of two goals and 10 points in seven games.

Goalie Rankings:

Jordan Binnington

Matt Murray

Mike Smith

Binnington has allowed two or fewer goals in five of his last six starts.  He has a 21-4-1 record, 1.81 GAA, and .930 save percentage in 28 contests this season.

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).

Adam Henrique (ANA) – C – $4,800 (FanDuel), $4,200 (DraftKings)

Pavel Zacha (NJD) – C - $4,200 (FanDuel), $3,700 (DraftKings)

Pavel Buchnevich (NYR) – W - $5,100 (FanDuel), $4,100 (DraftKings)

Anthony Mantha (DET) – W - $4,900 (FanDuel), $5,600 (DraftKings)

Ryan Strome (NYR) – W - $4,500 (FanDuel), $3,400 (DraftKings)

Will Butcher (NJD) – D - $4,000 (FanDuel), $3,800 (DraftKings)

Buchnevich has recorded a point in each of his last five games.  Zacha has a goal and five points in his last four 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.