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NHL Plays: Thursday

by Corey Abbott
Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:04 pm 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:


Sidney Crosby

Alex Ovechkin

Nathan MacKinnon

Patrick Kane

Brad Marchand

Evgeni Malkin

Tyler Seguin

Patrik Laine

Patrice Bergeron

Jamie Benn

Mark Scheifele

Blake Wheeler

Mikko Rantanen

Filip Forsberg

Phil Kessel

Vladimir Tarasenko

Evgeny Kuznetsov

David Pastrnak

Jonathan Marchessault

Artemi Panarin

Jack Eichel

Claude Giroux

Eric Staal

Sean Couturier

Max Pacioretty

Alexander Radulov

William Karlsson

Mathew Barzal

Nicklas Backstrom

Sebastian Aho

Cam Atkinson

Pierre-Luc Dubois

Jonathan Toews

Matt Duchene

Viktor Arvidsson

Mark Stone

Reilly Smith


There is plenty of skill to choose from on a busy second night for the 2018-19 season. Washington and Boston will play for the second time in two nights, but their top players should be on your radar again. The Bruins visit the revamped Sabres in what should still be a favorable matchup, while the Capitals have a tougher matchup at Pittsburgh. The top lines of the Jets, Stars, Avalanche, Golden Knights, Predators and Flyers are targets to build around. The Senators could have sleeper value versus Cam Ward and the Blackhawks.


Defense Rankings:


Roman Josi

Dustin Byfuglien

John Carlson

Shayne Gostisbehere

John Klingberg

Kris Letang

P.K. Subban

Zach Werenski

Alex Pietrangelo

Tyson Barrie

Matt Dumba


Josi takes the top spot thanks to a good matchup against a Rangers team that he has recorded eight points (two goals, six assists) over 11 games in his career. He also has very good multi-category coverage, which is why Byfuglien, who can earn hits, blocks and points, is next. Carlson, Gostisbehere and Klingberg had big years in 2017-18 and either one of them would fit nicely into your lineup. Werenski, Pietrangelo and Barrie are great options as well and they will probably be available late if you choose to address goaltending or forwards first.


Goaltender Rankings:


Connor Hellebuyck

Ben Bishop

Pekka Rinne

Marc-Andre Fleury

Matt Murray

Semyon Varlamov

Devan Dubnyk

Petr Mrazek

Joonas Korpisalo

Carter Hutton


A situation worth monitoring is if Braden Holtby will start back-to-back after he blanked the Bruins on Wednesday. Bishop finds himself high on the list after a superb season with the Stars last year, which included very good numbers versus Arizona (2-0 record, 2.50 GAA and .915 save percentage). Mrazek, who has a pretty good matchup versus the Islanders, will get to play after Scott Darling went down to injury during the preseason. He is a risky pickup, but it could be worth it if you play in a 10-person league.


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).


Nick Schmaltz (CHI) - C - $5,500 (FanDuel), $5,000 (DraftKings)

Travis Konecny (PHI) - W - $5,500 (FanDuel), $4,900 (DraftKings)

Erik Haula (VGK) - W - $4,800 (FanDuel), $4,800 (DraftKings)

Julius Honka (DAL) - D - $3,500 (FanDuel), $3,200 (DraftKings)

Sam Reinhart (BUF) - W - $5,000 (FanDuel), $4,400 (DraftKings)

Warren Foegele (CAR) - W - $3,400 (FanDuel), $3,400 (DraftKings)


Schmaltz will be back with Patrick Kane for another season and they are looking to build on last year’s success. He makes for a good stack play and comes at a very good price. Konecny is also rather cheap considering he is slated to play on Philadelphia’s top line with Claude Giroux and Sean Couturier. He was dynamite in that role last campaign and will be there off the hop in 2018-19. Haula, who broke out last season with 29 goals and 55 points, shifts to the wing this year and will play with newcomers Max Pacioretty and Paul Stastny. Reinhart had a hot finish in 2017-18 and is positioned for a big year alongside Jack Eichel and Jeff Skinner. Honka has some sleeper value, as he could finally get a chance to play regularly under new coach Jim Montgomery. He has the offensive skills to make a difference. Foegele logged ice time with Sebastian Aho and Teuvo Teravainen during the preseason. If he maintains that spot then he could be worthy of a flier.




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Corey Abbott

Corey Abbott is an Editor for Hockey on Rotoworld. Feel free to follow him on Twitter @CoreAbbott.