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NHL Plays: Saturday

by Ryan Dadoun
Updated On: April 13, 2019, 10:01 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.

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Forward Rankings:

Alex Ovechkin

David Pastrnak

Nathan MacKinnon

Gabriel Landeskog

Mitch Marner

Sebastian Aho

Matthew Tkachuk

John Tavares

Marner finished the season on a high note, scoring two goals and nine points in nine games. He kept that going in Game 1 with another two goals. Ovechkin found the back of the net in Game 1 against Carolina and is just generally a great bet.

Defenseman Rankings:

Dougie Hamilton

Justin Faulk

John Carlson

Mark Giordano

Torey Krug

Roman Josi

P.K. Subban

Morgan Rielly

John Klingberg

Hamilton is on a four-game point streak and has only been held off the scoresheet once in his last six games. Teammate Faulk has contributed a point in three straight games.

Goalie Rankings:

Ben Bishop

Pekka Rinne

Braden Holtby

Mike Smith

Although Smith is coming off a shutout, I'm still a touch concerned about betting on him. Clearly though, I'm looking at Nashville vs. Dallas to be a low scoring game.

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).

Nazem Kadri (TOR) – C - $5,000 FanDuel, $4,300 DraftKings

Tyson Jost (COL) – C - $3,900 FanDuel, $3,200 DraftKings

Mats Zuccarello (DAL) – W - $6,400 FanDuel, $5,200 DraftKings

William Nylander (TOR) – W - $5,400 FanDuel, $4,600 DraftKings

P.K. Subban (NAS) – W - $5,900 FanDuel, $5,200 DraftKings

Ben Bishop (DAL) – G - $8,400 FanDuel, $7,200 DraftKings

There’s honestly not much in the way of desirable discount options today. Jost was held off the scoresheet in Game 1, but he did have a three-game point streak before that. He’s a gamble, but at that price you’re not going to get a safe bet.

Ryan Dadoun

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