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.
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!
- Nikita Kucherov
- Nathan MacKinnon
- Alex Ovechkin
- Taylor Hall
- Steven Stamkos
- Tyler Seguin
- Rickard Rakell
- Ryan Getzlaf
- Patrick Kane
- Aleksander Barkov
- Vincent Trocheck
- Brad Marchand
- Patrik Laine
- Jamie Benn
- Blake Wheeler
- Filip Forsberg
- David Pastrnak
- Jonathan Marchessault
I hedged somewhat against the Dallas Stars tonight in their contest against Nashville with the exception of Seguin, who is one of the hottest players in the league right now with seven goals and 11 points in six games. As you can see, there are a lot of amazing forwards at the top end tonight and honestly I think the difference between taking Kucherov, MacKinnon, or Ovechkin is minor as they’re all great bets to have massive nights. Taylor Hall got in fourth for how consistent he’s been lately. After the top-six, I think there’s a significant drop off, although for what it’s worth Rakell is another red hot player with five goals and six points in his last three games.
- Victor Hedman
- Torey Krug
- PK Subban
- Tyson Barrie
- Dustin Byfuglien
- Ryan Ellis
- Seth Jones
- Nikita Zadorov
- John Carlson
Hedman, Krug, and Subban are always strong picks, but Barrie has two goals and five points in his last three games. There is another consideration with him that I’ll get into below.
- Connor Hellebuyck
- Cory Schneider
- Andrei Vasilevskiy
- Devan Dubnyk
- Pekka Rinne
Remember to double check who the starters are before picking any goaltenders because sometimes there’s surprises.
FANDUEL & DRAFTKINGS
I also have some recommendations for FanDuel and DraftKings picks below. 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).
Nathan MacKinnon C (Colorado) - $8,600 FanDuel, $7,700 DraftKings
Aleksander Barkov C (Florida) - $7,600 FanDuel, $6,900 DraftKings
Kevin Hayes C (NY Rangers) - $5,700 FanDuel, $4,400 DraftKings
Taylor Hall W (New Jersey) - $8,400 FanDuel, $7,600 DraftKings
Patrik Laine W (Winnipeg) - $7,800 FanDuel, $7,000 DraftKings
Mikko Rantanen W (Colorado) - $6,900 FanDuel, $6,600 DraftKings
Evgenii Dadonov W (Florida) - $6,300 FanDuel, $6,200 DraftKings
Tyson Barrie D (Colorado) - $5,600 FanDuel, $6,100 DraftKings
Ryan Ellis D (Nashville) - $5,300 FanDuel, $5,400 DraftKings
As you can see, I leaned a decent amount on the Avalanche stars tonight. Colorado has had some big offensive showings lately and they’re at a point of the season where every contest is critical for them. They’ll be facing Chicago tonight, which has surrendered a staggering 16 goals in its last three games and doesn’t have much to play for at this point.
Check the probable starters from Rotoworld here.