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! Thursday’s 12-game slate features 10-person, eight-person, six-person, four-person and plenty of three-person drafts. There are also head-to-heads and Dream Team formats to participate in.
NOTE: There’s only three games today and the Florida-Winnipeg contest has a 2:00 p.m. ET start time.
Playing in his native Finland seems to do wonders for Laine. He had a hat trick in the first contest of the two-game series and I think he's going to have another big game this afternoon.
Barrie has been red hot lately with five assists in his last three games. Byfuglien's also on a three-game point streak that includes Thursday's three-assist showing.
I view Raanta as far and away the best option today. He's been superb so far with a 1.99 GAA and .926 save percentage in eight starts and has allowed just a goal in each of his last two games.
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).
It’s also worth noting that FanDuel only has offerings for the two 10 p.m. ET games tonight while DraftKings has separated its leagues between the afternoon game and two night games. With that in mind, we’ll focus on just the two night games for FanDuel and DraftKings, which unfortunately doesn’t leave us with much to work with.
Derek Stepan (ARI) – C - $5,500 FanDuel, $5,100 DraftKings
Elias Pettersson (VAN) – C - $5,300 FanDuel, $6,500 DraftKings
Teuvo Teravainen (CAR) – W - $6,100 FanDuel, $5,400 DraftKings
Micheal Ferland (CAR) – W - $5,200 FanDuel, $6,200 DraftKings
Alex Goligoski (ARI) – D - $3,800 FanDuel, $4,900 DraftKings
Antti Raanta (ARI) – G - $7,700 FanDuel, $8,200 DraftKings
Goligoski in particular stands out as a good discount option today given that he’s on a three-game point streak. He got off to a slow start in 2018-19 prior to his recent run, but is typically good for 35-40 points.