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NHL Plays: January 8

by Corey Abbott
Updated On: January 8, 2019, 11:38 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.


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! Tuesday’s 11-game slate features 10-person, eight-person, six-person and plenty of three-person drafts. There are also head-to-heads to participate in.


Editor's Note: If you love Fantasy Football you have to be playing on DRAFT. It's daily fantasy football snake drafts instead of salary caps. All the fun of season long drafts but with no management and they last for just one week. They take minutes to complete and there's even auction drafts! No more setting lineups or constantly worrying about pros, just draft and win! Right now DRAFT is giving Rotoworld readers an exclusive FREE entry into a real money draft when you make your first deposit! Here's the link


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Forward Rankings:



McDavid, MacKinnon and Kucherov are players you can build your team around. Kucherov ranks first in the league in multi-point performances, while MacKinnon and Rantanen are tied for second. McDavid and Crosby are tied with a few others for the third-most multi-point efforts this season. If you get Crosby then picking up Guentzel for a strong stack play would be advised. Panarin has been red hot with a seven-game point streak going into Tuesday night’s action, while Tuch has a six-game scoring spree.


Defense Rankings:



Karlsson has picked up at least one point in each of his last 13 outings. Burns compiled four straight multi-point efforts during a five-game point streak, which came to an end on Monday. Letang is riding a seven-game point spree. There are plenty of great defenders to choose from beyond the top three, so you can probably wait to select one.


Goaltender Rankings:



Vasilevskiy will look to bounce back from a rough outing against San Jose on Saturday and he was superb versus Columbus last year with a mark of 3-0-0, a 1.30 goals-against average, a .959 save percentage and two shutouts. Holtby and Murray have plenty of upside between the pipes as well on Tuesday night, while Fleury and Lehner have favorable matchups and have been playing very well recently. If Jones doesn’t get back-to-back starts then consider Antti Niemi at No. 10 should he get the nod.


Don’t forget to check out the probable starting goaltenders from Rotoworld here.

Corey Abbott

Corey Abbott is an Editor for Hockey on NBC Sports Edge. Feel free to follow him on Twitter @CoreAbbott.