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NHL Plays: Saturday

by Ryan Dadoun
Updated On: October 6, 2018, 5:46 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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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 10-game slate features three-person drafts, six-person drafts, eight-person drafts and some 10-person drafts as well as head-to-heads.


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Forward Rankings:


Connor McDavid

Auston Matthews

John Tavares

Sidney Crosby

Nikita Kucherov*

Steven Stamkos

Evgeni Malkin

Patrik Laine

Taylor Hall

Nathan MacKinnon

Jack Eichel

Tyler Seguin

Jamie Benn

Leon Draisaitl

Vladimir Tarasenko

Johnny Gaudreau

Phil Kessel

Mitchell Marner

Mikko Rantanen

Claude Giroux

Blake Wheeler

Filip Forsberg

Patrick Kane

Ryan Getzlaf

Jonathan Marchessault

Clayton Keller

Gabriel Landeskog

Brock Boeser

Mathew Barzal

Patric Hornqvist


I put an asterisk next to Kucherov's name because he had been dealing with a lower-boy injury, but based on Friday's practice he should be available.  So I think he'll play, but if you're worried then you might want to pass on him.


Outside of that, I'm putting Auston Matthews and John Tavares higher than I might have otherwise because Ottawa isn't a particularly intimidating team for elite forwards right now.  Conversely, Mathew Barzal was knocked down significantly because he'll be facing Nashville.  All-in-all though, there are so many amazing forwards available today that my main fear is that I accidentally omitted someone.


Defense Rankings:


Victor Hedman

Dustin Byfuglien

PK Subban

Kris Letang

Roman Josi

Mathew Dumba

Shayne Gostisbehere

Morgan Rielly

Alex Pietrangelo

Oliver Ekman-Larsson

Jake Gardiner

Rasmus Ristolainen

Mark Giordano

Kevin Shattenkirk

Ivan Provorov

Keith Yandle


Shattenkirk was limited to 46 games last season and he didn’t have a great season debut, but he’s still one of the league’s elite offensive defensemen.  Against Buffalo on Saturday, Shattenkirk could have a big game.


Goaltender Rankings:


Pekka Rinne

Andrei Vasilevskiy

Frederik Andersen

Carter Hutton

Devan Dubnyk

Connor Hellebuyck

Mike Smith

Matt Murray

Antti Raanta

Jake Allen

Roberto Luongo

Carey Price


I ranked Dubnyk and Hellebuyck lower than I otherwise would have out of respect for the Golden Knights’ and Stars’ offenses.  Price is a really interesting fallback option today.  Obviously the 2017-18 campaign was a disaster and he has a tough opponent ahead of him in the Pittsburgh Penguins, but there is that hope that he’ll bounce back in a big way this season.


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).


Auston Matthews (TOR) – C - $7,900 FanDuel, $7,600 DraftKings

Ryan Johansen (NAS) – C - $6,400 FanDuel, $5,800 DraftKings

Elias Pettersson (VAN) – C - $4,800 FanDuel, $5,100 DraftKings

Mitchell Marner (TOR) – W - $6,500 FanDuel, $6,500 DraftKings

Matthew Tkachuk (CGY) – W - $5,800 FanDuel, $5,200 DraftKings

Wayne Simmonds (COL) – W - $5,400 FanDuel, $5,600 DraftKings

Conor Sheary (BUF) – W - $4,600 FanDuel, $3,800 DraftKings

Rasmus Ristolainen (BUF) – D - $5,300 FanDuel, $5,000 DraftKings

Jake Gardiner (TOR) – D - $4,900 FanDuel, $5,100 DraftKings

Carter Hutton (BUF) – G - $7,500 FanDuel, $7,200 DraftKings


Clearly I’m looking for Buffalo to bounce back in a significant way against the rebuilding Rangers.  I think Sheary is a particularly interesting option given how inexpensive he is.  There’s a good chance that he will be playing on the top line with Jack Eichel.




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