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NHL Plays: January 20

by Michael Finewax
Updated On: January 20, 2019, 10:30 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


1. Connor McDavid

2. Mitch Marner

3. Alex Ovechkin

4. John Tavares

5. Patrick Kane

6. Leon Draisaitl

7. Auston Matthews

8. Elias Pettersson

9. Mathew Barzal

10. Dylan Larkin

11. Sebastian Aho

12. Nicklas Backstrom


Connor McDavid should be taken first as usual as he is the best player in the game and is coming off a pointless effort against Calgary. Auston Matthews and the Maple Leafs take on Arizona and Matthews could break out as he plays against the team he rooted for as a kid. Marner and Tavares are a good combination in drafting as they are playing on the same line. Ovechkin leads the NHL in goals and Kane is back as one of the NHL’s best forwards offensively. Pettersson is due back Sunday after missing five games with a knee injury.


Defenseman Rankings


1. Morgan Rielly

2. John Carlson

3. Erik Gustafsson

4. Ryan Pulock


Rielly and Carlson are the best two this week but Gustafsson isn’t a bad third pick. He has quarterbacked the Chicago power play and taking him in the final round is a good play.


Goaltending Rankings


1. Robin Lehner

2. Frederik Andersen

3. Braden Holtby

4. Jacob Markstrom


Andersen gets an Arizona matchup while Lehner plays the Ducks. Lehner is 10-1 in his last 11 games, giving up only 15 goals on 299 shots. Holtby takes on the Blackhawks while Markstrom gets the Red Wings at home.


Check with Rotoworld regularly today to make sure the probable goalies are definitely starting.


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).


Robin Lehner (New York Islanders) - G - $8,500 FanDuel, $8,200 DraftKings

Erik Gustafsson (Chicago) – D - $4,900 FanDuel,

Alexander Edler (Vancouver) – D - $4,200 FanDuel, $6,000 DraftKings

Brandon Montour (Anaheim) – D - $4,500 FanDuel, $4,600 DraftKings

Mitch Marner (Toronto) - W - $8,300 FanDuel, $7,300 DraftKings

Josh Leivo (Vancouver) – W - $3,400 FanDuel, $2,700 DraftKings

Auston Matthews (Toronto) - C - $8,200 FanDuel, $8,000 DraftKings


Lehner was talked about earlier and the same applies in DFS. Leivo gets the start on the Canucks top line with Pettersson and Brock Boeser and is a huge bargain if he remains there. Matthews and Marner should have big games against Arizona. Edler is a great price in FanDuel but not in DraftKings.




Check out the probable starters from Rotoworld here.

Michael Finewax

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