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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2. John Tavares
3. Anze Kopitar
4. Patrick Kane
6. Mitch Marner
9. Dylan Larkin
There are only three games on tap for Sunday and the Maple Leafs should come out like gangbusters after losing to lowly Ottawa at home Saturday. Combining Kopitar and Kovalchuk is a good idea (just like combining Toronto forwards although that could be more difficult). Jonathan Toews had the hat trick Saturday but don’t expect even close to a repeat.
2. Drew Doughty
The top three are fairly even so you could wait until the fifth and final round before taking your blueliner. Hamilton was dealt from Calgary to Carolina in the off-season and should have a big year. Doughty had 60 points last season and the Kings take on Detroit at home.
Quick is outstanding and doesn’t get the toughest opponent in the NHL as Detroit is in town. Sparks gets the start for Toronto and will play in front of his hometown friends and family in Chicago. It’s a toss-up as the Rangers take on Carolina but I’m not a big Petr Mrazek fan so I’ll go with Georgiev in his seasonal debut to get coach Dave Quinn his first NHL win.
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).
Garret Sparks (Toronto) – G $7,300 (FanDuel), $7,800 (DraftKings)
Henri Jokiharju (Chicago) – D $3,500 (FanDuel), $3,100 (DraftKings)
Neal Pionk (New York Rangers) - D $4,300 (FanDuel), $3,200 (DraftKings)
Auston Matthews (Toronto) - C $7,900 (FanDuel), $7,800 (DraftKings)
Ilya Kovalchuk (Los Angeles) - W $6,800 (FanDuel), $6,000 (DraftKings)
Andrei Svechnikov (Carolina) - W $4,600 (FanDuel), $3,700 (DraftKings)
Sparks is a big bargain in FanDuel but still consider him in DraftKings. Henri Jokiharju had a pair of assists Saturday and is playing on the Blackhawks top defensive pairing. Unfortunately, he saw only two seconds of power play time Saturday but is at a good price if you are looking for a cheap blueliner. Pionk played quite well for the Rangers last season and sees plenty of power play time. Matthews is off to a hot start and is also a nice bargain in FanDuel compared to his DraftKings value. Ilya Kovalchuk is playing alongside Anze Kopitar and they face Detroit. Andrei Svechnikov was taken second overall in the 2018 Draft and could get his first NHL goal on Sunday.
Check out the probable starters from Rotoworld here.