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NHL Plays: November 21

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.



Familiarize yourself with the rues and enjoy! It’s a great game! Thursday’s nine-game slate features 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:



The top lines of Colorado and Toronto should make for strong stack plays on Wednesday night. Rantanen and MacKinnon have continued to roll offensively and the Avalanche should be able to overwhelm Los Angeles. The Leafs’ duo of Tavares and Marner has been all over the scoresheet of late and Tavares has been great versus Carolina in his career with 22 goals and 41 points over 34 contests. Duchene has piled up 15 points in his last seven outings. Hoffman is riding a 16-game point streak, while Domi has a 10-game point spree.


Defense Rankings:



Rielly leads all defenders in scoring with 26 points and he has a six-game point streak going into Wednesday night’s action. Carlson and Josi move ahead of Chabot here because they have been slightly more productive of late. There isn’t much separation after that, so you probably wait to snag a defenseman with your final pick.


Goaltender Rankings:



Andersen and Rinne are the top options for this slate, but Hellebuyck, Varlamov and Rask have plenty of upside as well. Rask has some under-the-radar value. He played well in his return from a personal leave of absence and could face plenty of shots behind Boston’s patchwork defense corps. He also went 3-0-0 against Detroit last year with a 1.67 goals-against average and .946 save percentage. Ottawa’s struggles on the road (2-5-1) could make Dubnyk a solid play. Corey Crawford, who has played well recently, just missed the cut because of a difficult matchup versus the Capitals.


Don’t forget to check out the probable starting goaltenders from Rotoworld here.


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).


Matt Duchene (OTT) - C - $6,600 (FanDuel), $6,100 (DraftKings)

Kyle Connor (WPG) - W - $5,700 (FanDuel), $6,100 (DraftKings)

Ondrej Kase (ANA) - W - $3,000 (FanDuel), $5,100 (DraftKings)

Craig Smith (NSH) - W - $5,100 (FanDuel), $5,000 (DraftKings)

Cody Eakin (VGK) - C - $4,500 (FanDuel), $4,700 (DraftKings)

David Krejci (BOS) - C - $5,300 (FanDuel), $4,200 (DraftKings)

Tyson Barrie (COL) - D - $5,100(FanDuel), $4,900 (DraftKings)

Jeff Petry (MTL) - D - $4,500 (FanDuel), $5,000 DraftKings)


As previously mentioned, Duchene has been red hot and he still comes at a fairly good cap hit. You could also stack him with Drake Batherson, who is a bargain on both sites. Connor has remained productive despite his move to the second line. Kase has been playing with Getzlaf and Rickard Rakell on the top line of the Ducks, while Smith has been skating alongside Forsberg and Ryan Johansen on the first unit of the Predators. Eakin has been rolling since moving up to Vegas’ second line and Krejci is playing with Pastrnak because of Patrice Bergeron’s injury. Barrie and Petry have very good price tags and strong numbers.

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