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NHL Plays: Wednesday

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! Wednesday’s four-game slate features plenty of three-person drafts as well as head-to-heads.


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Forward Rankings:

Alex Ovechkin

John Tavares

Brad Marchand

Auston Matthews

Patrice Bergeron

Evgeny Kuznetsov

Johnny Gaudreau

David Pastrnak

Joe Pavelski

Sean Monahan

Evander Kane

Mitch Marner

Brock Boeser

Ryan Getzlaf

Rickard Rakell

Logan Couture

 

Ovechkin and Tavares are players to build around for opening night in the NHL. Boston’s top line is another great option, as Bergeron is probable to play after being limited by back spasms during training camp. The Bruins will be fired up to play against the defending Stanley Cup champions and will want to spoil Washington’s banner raising night. The injury-depleted Ducks may have trouble containing the Sharks. The other matchup between the Canucks and Flames could turn into a high-scoring affair.

 

Defense Rankings:


Brent Burns

Erik Karlsson

Morgan Rielly

John Carlson

Mark Giordano

Alexander Edler

 

The Sharks’ offensive capabilities from the back end have the potential to be immense this season with Burns and Karlsson leading the charge. The power play will be extremely dangerous. Speaking of dangerous power plays, Rielly is projected to join Tavares, Matthews, Marner and Nazem Kadri on Toronto’s top unit. They could feast on a Montreal penalty kill that finished 30th overall last year.

 

Goaltender Rankings:

 

Frederik Andersen

Martin Jones

Braden Holtby

Tuukka Rask

Mike Smith

 

Andersen had a 3-0 record, including one shutout, with a 1.66 goals-against average and .950 save percentage against Montreal last season. The Leafs are heavy favorites in their home opener versus the Canadiens. Jones also has a favorable matchup at home versus Anaheim. The Ducks have plenty of injuries up front and the Sharks are a popular pick to shoot up the standings this year. Holtby is the third-best option thanks to his impressive showings against Boston last campaign. He went 3-0 with a 2.60 goals-against average and .923 save percentage.

 

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).

 

Mitch Marner (TOR) - W - $6,600 (FanDuel), $6,000 (DraftKings)

Tyler Ennis (TOR) - W - $3,500 (FanDuel), $4,000 (DraftKings)

Troy Terry (ANA) - W - $3,400 (FanDuel), $4,400 (DraftKings)

Elias Pettersson (VAN) - C - $4,600 (FanDuel), $4,700 (DraftKings)

Elias Lindholm (CGY) - W - $5,300 (FanDuel), $4,800 (DraftKings)

 

Marner comes at a rather reasonable price for Wednesday night. He could be poised for a big season with Tavares as his center. Marner is also going to see time on the top power-play unit and the penalty kill, so he will have plenty of opportunities to contribute and his price will likely increase as the year progresses. Ennis could see time with Matthews in Toronto’s opener, with William Nylander still waiting for a new contract, and that would make him a bargain pickup. Terry is projected to play alongside Getzlaf and Rakell on the Ducks’ top line, while Lindholm will make his regular-season debut as a member of the Flames with Monahan and Gaudreau. Pettersson is a potential Rookie of the Year candidate and it wouldn’t be surprising if his career got off to a great start on Wednesday.

 

Goaltenders

 

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.