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NHL Plays: Thursday

by Corey Abbott
Updated On: October 11, 2018, 10:26 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 12-game slate features 10-person, 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:



Toronto’s offense has been firing on all cylinders and it will be a very difficult task for Detroit to keep up. McDavid is further down the list because this will be his first game since Oct. 6 and his first back in North America from Edmonton’s opener in Sweden. Tampa Bay and Florida also haven’t played since last Saturday and this will be second game of the season for both teams when they play against Vancouver and Columbus, respectively. Washington and Vegas will be playing for the second time in two nights on Thursday.


Defense Rankings:



Rielly maintains the top spot due to his excellent start to the year. He leads all defenders with 10 points (two goals, eight assists) in four games. Karlsson is coming off his first multi-point performance as a member of the Sharks and could be in store for another effort like that versus the Rangers. Burns is a bit further down because he only has one point, which he posted on Tuesday, through three outings. You can definitely wait to select a defender for this slate because the position is plenty deep.


Goaltender Rankings:



Vasilevskiy was outstanding in Tampa Bay’s season opener and he’s had a great deal of rest between starts. He has gone 3-1-0 versus Vancouver in his career with a 2.29 goals-against average and .915 save percentage. The Red Wings could be just what Andersen needs to help improve his numbers after the Stars and Blackhawks each scored four goals on him. Detroit’s offense isn’t nearly as prolific. If you don’t feel comfortable with the Leafs netminder because of his team’s loose defense then you can turn to Campbell, Bobrovsky or Rask, who all have pretty good matchups. If Smith gets the nod then he is a worthy selection as well. It was reported on Tuesday that David Rittich was going to start that game, but Calgary may have altered that plan after Smith’s 43-save shutout against the Predators. Carter Hutton just barely edged out Varlamov for the final spot on the list. Casey DeSmith, who will be filling in for the injured Matt Murray, could be an option as well versus a Golden Knights team that played the night before and hasn’t been rolling offensively this campaign.




Check out the probable starters from Rotoworld here.

Corey Abbott

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