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NHL Plays: Monday

by Michael Finewax
Updated On: August 25, 2020, 9:34 pm ET

NHL Plays will highlight the best and the most underrated daily fantasy options among forwards, defensemen and goaltenders.  

Please note, these players were chosen early in the day, so make sure to check Rotoworld’s player news for any lineup changes, injuries and potential changes in the crease for starting goaltenders.  

Additionally, it is worth reminding everyone 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). Yahoo has a $200 cap for nine players (2C, 3W, 2D, 2G).

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There are two games in the NHL on Monday.


Nathan MacKinnon (Colorado) - C - $8,800 (FanDuel), $8,500 (Draft Kings), $35 (Yahoo)

MacKinnon is the top forward in the Stanley Cup playoffs at this time and should be on everyone’s roster. The Colorado center had a pair of goals and an assist in the Avs Game 1 loss to Dallas and leads all players with six goals and 16 points in only nine games.

Gabriel Landeskog (Colorado) - W - $6,900 (FanDuel), $6,300 (DraftKings), $23(Yahoo)

Landeskog plays on MacKinnon’s wing and I am a firm believer in taking lines in DFS. He has a goal and eight points in his last six games and is part of one of the best lines in the NHL along with Mikko Rantanen.

Jakub Voracek (Philadelphia) – W - $7,300 (FanDuel) $5,200 (DraftKings), $19 (Yahoo)

Voracek had an outstanding first round series against the Montreal Canadiens as he had four goals and seven points in the six-game series. After scoring 20 or more goals in six of his previous seven seasons, Voracek had only 12 in the regular season but has found his scoring touch in the playoffs. He is a bargain in DraftKings.

Bargain Bin: Jean-Gabriel Pageau (New York Islanders) - C - $4,500 (FanDuel), $4,700 (Draft Kings), $17 (Yahoo), Jordan Eberle (New York Islanders) - W - $5,500 (FanDuel), $5,400 (DraftKings), $18 (Yahoo) Travis Konecny (Philadelphia) - W - $5,200 (FanDuel), $5,300 (DraftKings), $16 (Yahoo)


Miro Heiskanen (Dallas) - $5,600 (FanDuel), $5,700 (DraftKings), $19 (Yahoo)

Heiskanen was highly regarded during the regular season but he has taken his game to yet another level in the playoffs. The blueliner has 13 points in 10 games and is tied for second in the NHL scoring race with Elias Pettersson and is three points better than the next best blueliner, Vancouver’s Quinn Hughes. Heiskanen is a star on the Stars and has definite Norris Trophy aspirations in the coming years.

Ryan Pulock (New York Islanders) - $5,100 (FanDuel), $5,600 (DraftKings), $18 (Yahoo)

Pulock has been the Islanders top offensive threat from the blueline in the playoffs and has a goal and five assists in nine games. Pulock is nicely priced in FanDuel and should be on your roster at this time.

Bargain Bin:

Samuel Girard (Colorado) - $4,600 (FanDuel), $3,200 (DraftKings), $17 (Yahoo)

Travis Sanheim (Philadelphia) - $4,500 (FanDuel), $3,900 (Draft Kings), $14 (Yahoo)


Semyon Varlamov (New York Islanders) - $8,300 (FanDuel), $7,800 (DraftKings), $28 (Yahoo)

When picking netminders, follow Rotoworld throughout the day to make sure your pick is still in the starting lineup. With only two games being played every day at this time, I think the Islanders are going to win Game 1 against the Flyers, hence, my selection of Varlamov. He had an outstanding series against Washington, giving up only eight goals in five games. Varlamov is 7-2 in the playoffs with a 1.67 GAA and a .934 save percentage. He is a great price in Yahoo pools.

Other plays: Pavel Francouz (Colorado) - $7,800 (FanDuel), $8,400 (DraftKings), $34 (Yahoo)  

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.