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NHL Plays: Nov. 17

by Ryan Dadoun

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 nine-game slate features eight-person, six-person and plenty of three-person drafts. There are also head-to-heads and Dream Team formats to participate in.

 

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Forward Rankings:

 

Connor McDavid

Taylor Hall

David Pastrnak

Claude Giroux

Phil Kessel

Sebastian Aho

Mark Stone

Vincent Trocheck

Filip Forsberg

Evgeni Malkin

Evander Kane

Vladimir Tarasenko

Jack Eichel

Johnny Gaudreau

Patric Hornqvist

Ryan O'Reilly

Steven Stamkos

Dustin Brown

Mika Zibanejad

 

Aho has a goal and five points in his last three games, but he's been great all season with five goals and 22 points in 18 contests.  Also, if there's a player I've underrated in this list, I feel like it might be Forsberg.  He already has 12 goals this season and will be facing the Kings on Saturday.  While Los Angeles held Chicago to just one goal, it will be the Kings' second game in as many days at a time when their top two goaltenders are injured.

 

Defenseman Rankings:

 

Brent Burns

Kris Letang

Roman Josi

Seth Jones

Erik Karlsson

Justin Faulk

Thomas Chabot

Rasmus Ristolainen

Drew Doughty

Neal Pionk

Mark Giordano

Oliver Ekman-Larsson

Zach Werenski

Markus Nutivaara

Mikhail Sergachev

Rasmus Dahlin

 

Karlsson got off to a slow start this season, at least by his high standards, but he has three assists in his last two games.  Dahlin also deserves a bit of a highlight.  He hasn't gotten a ton of attention outside of Buffalo, which isn't surprising because rookie defensemen are typically going to have the spotlight stolen by rookie forwards, but he does have three assists in his last three games, giving him eight points in 19 contests this season.

 

Goalie Rankings:

 

Pekka Rinne

Devan Dubnyk

Sergei Bobrovsky

Roberto Luongo

David Rittich

 

As noted above, this seems like it could be a rough game for the tired Kings.  Not that it's hard to bet on Rinne regardless, especially given his 1.53 GAA and .948 save percentage in 10 games this season.

 

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

 

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).

 

Max Domi (MON) – C - $7,100 FanDuel, $6,600 DraftKings

Ryan O'Reilly (STL) – C - $6,700 FanDuel, $6,400 DraftKings

Elias Pettersson (VAN) – C - $5,900 FanDuel, $6,200 DraftKings

Mark Stone (OTT) – W - $6,500 FanDuel, $6,000 DraftKings

Cam Atkinson (CBJ) – W - $6,300 FanDuel, $6,500 DraftKings

Mike Hoffman (FLA) – W - $5,700 FanDuel, $6,600 DraftKings

Jimmy Vesey (NYR) – W - $4,000 FanDuel, $4,500 DraftKings

Seth Jones (CBJ) – D - $5,200 FanDuel, $6,200 DraftKings

Neal Pionk (NYR) – D - $4,600 FanDuel, $5,500 DraftKings

Pekka Rinne (NAS) – G - $9,100 FanDuel, $8,500 DraftKings

 

Pettersson has gone four straight games without a point, but his price point is so low compared to his potential that I feel obligated to highlight him.  Vesey is also worth highlighting at that price given that he’s scored three goals and seven points in his last seven games.

Ryan Dadoun
Ryan Dadoun is an Associate Editor for Hockey on Rotoworld. Feel free to follow him on Twitter or check out his blog.