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NHL Plays: Thursday

Thursday, April 12, 2018


The new game in town is called DRAFT (Draft.com) and the DFS game is something most poolies have grown up on, drafting a team, allowing each participant to take a player with each pick. Unlike the other DFS games, if for instance you draft Connor McDavid in your pool, no one else can take him.

 

The draft is quick as you are allowed only 30 seconds per pick and you take five players, three forwards, a defenseman and a goalie.

 

You can use some strategy. Let’s say there are five participants in your pool and you are picking last. If the first four take goaltenders, then pick your goalie in the final round as you are going to get him anyway.

 

Editor’s Note: With over 15,000 reviews, DRAFT is the highest rated fantasy sports app. For a limited time, DRAFT is giving Rotoworld readers a FREE entry into a real money draft and a Money-Back Guarantee up to $100! Here's the link.

 

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 rules and enjoy! It’s a great game! Thursday’s five-game slate features plenty of three-person drafts as well as head-to-heads.

 

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Forward Rankings:

 

 

Tampa Bay has plenty of depth up front and they make for very good targets versus New Jersey, but don’t forget about Taylor Hall in that series. Nashville’s top line has mounds of upside, especially after Forsberg and Arvidsson combined for 11 points in four games against Colorado this season. Toronto and Boston can both fill the net. The first line of the Bruins has been outstanding all year, while the Leafs have a balanced attack of players who can contribute. Ovechkin and Kuznetsov could be a great stack play if you can make it. The same goes for Getzlaf and Rakell.

 

Defense Rankings:

 

 

Hedman wrapped up the regular season with 19 points in 18 games, which gives him the nod over Burns, who had 16 points in 18 contests. Josi amassed five points, including four assists, in four meetings with Colorado this year. Jones and Carlson would be great roster choices as well.

 

Goaltender Rankings:

 

 

Rinne and Vasilevskiy had great regular seasons, which should place them at the top of your board. Vasilevskiy was not nearly as good in the second half, but he should be able to bounce back. Rask and Andersen is a very close battle, but the Boston netminder has a slight edge. Martin Jones posted very good numbers versus Anaheim in 2017-18, with a mark of 2-0-1, a 1.55 goals-against average and .940 save percentage, so he rounds out the top five. There is some under-the-radar potential in Grubauer, who was impressive down the stretch and earned the right to start Game 1 instead of Braden Holtby.

 

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, 1UT).

 

Ryan Johansen (NSH) - C - $6,200 (FanDuel), $5,000 (DraftKings)

Mitch Marner (TOR) - W - $6,600 (FanDuel), $5,600 (DraftKings)

Ondrej Palat (TBL) - W - $5,600 (FanDuel), $4,800 (DraftKings)

Ondrej Kase (ANA) - W - $3,800 (FanDuel), $4,600 (DraftKings)

Will Butcher (NJD) - D - $4,000 (FanDuel), $3,500 (DraftKings)

 

Johansen had a strong finish to the year with four goals and five assists in 11 games. He was also great during Nashville’s playoff run in 2017 before he got injured with 13 points (three goals, 10 assists) in 14 games. Johansen should make for a strong stack play with Forsberg and/or Arvidsson. Marner was Toronto’s hottest player down the stretch despite a four-game pointless skid at the end of the season. He has great stack potential alongside Nazem Kadri for Thursday night. Marner amassed three goals and nine points in four games versus Boston in 2017-18. Palat chipped in two goals and one assist in the last four matches of the regular season. He has some under-the-radar potential on Tampa Bay’s second line if you can’t spend up for the top combination. Kase has some sleeper value after he picked up one goal and two assists in three games versus San Jose this campaign. Butcher has collected three goals and six assists in his past nine games. The rookie defender also had two helpers in three matches against Tampa Bay during the regular season.

 

Goaltenders

 

Check the probable starters from Rotoworld here.



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