Every Tuesday and Thursday I am going to give you my top tournament plays for all Daily Fantasy Hockey GPPs (guaranteed prize pool). GPPs are a general term used across the industry for your big money tournaments.
GPPs are very different from your cash games and you use a different strategy with them. In our GPPs we are not interested in safe plays, as GPPs are all about UPSIDE. We want players who can explode, those all-or-nothing type players that can become GPP gold, but remember that your value players are just as important as your star players. You need your players to have huge nights in order to take down these big tournaments.
My goal is to provide players who will be under-owned and have that big game upside you are looking for. I will also try to find as much value as I possibly can. Now, let’s get to the FanDuel NHL GPP Plays!
Make sure to check the RotoGrinders Starting Goalies Page to confirm that the goalies listed below are starting prior to game time.
Roberto Luongo, Florida Panthers - After a bit of a cold streak, Luongo has bounced back nicely, with a couple of strong performances versus the Los Angeles Kings and Nashville Predators. Luongo’s career has been rejuvenated in Florida this season (2.45 GAA, .918 SV%) and the team has had to rely on him to win games all season long. His opponent tonight will be the Anaheim Ducks, who own one of the best records in the NHL (34-13-7) and have a top 10 offense. The Ducks average more than 30 shots per game, while the Panthers allow over 30 shots per game, meaning Luongo should be very busy tonight. Florida will depend heavily on Mr. Luongo tonight, and a win under these circumstances means plenty of points for his owners.
Paul Stastny, St. Louis Blues - Stastny has points in five straight games and has fit in nicely on the Blues’ second line with Jaden Schwartz and Vladimir Tarasenko. Stastny tends to be one of the least popular Blues, but now that he is on the Blues’ top powerplay unit, that should change very quickly. The Coyotes remain one the NHL’s worst defensive teams and have possibly the worst starting goalie in all of hockey. Arizona has allowed the sixth-most shots per game (32.0), fourth-most goals per game (3.20) and are ranked 27th on the penalty kill. Stastny has big-game upside and likely won’t be highly owned in tournaments.
Bobby Ryan, Ottawa Senators - Ryan has picked up his offensive game tremendously since the beginning of December, racking up nine goals, 24 points and 79 shots on goal in 25 games. Despite winning their last two games, the Buffalo Sabres remain dead last in shots allowed (34.9) and goals against per game this season (3.48). Ryan has four goals in the Senators’ two games versus Buffalo this season, including a hat track in their last meeting. The matchup against the Sabres tonight is ideal and Ryan has huge GPP upside.
Anders Lee and Josh Bailey, New York Islanders - Lee and Bailey continue to reap the benefits of playing on the Islanders’ top line with John Tavares and have even seen time on New York’s number one powerplay unit. Not only are the Oilers awful on the road (6-14-7), but they are playing on back-to-back nights and now they get to face one of the league’s most potent offenses. Edmonton has allowed the second-most goals per game in the NHL this season, a stat that is unlikely to improve in Long Island tonight. Both Lee and Bailey are inexpensive and are two of the top value plays on the board tonight.
Dale Weise, Montréal Canadiens - Weise is riding a three-game point streak and has produced three goals, five points, 10 shots on goal and a plus five rating along the way. Weise has been a fixture on Montreal’s top line alongside Max Pacioretty and David Desharnais and he has proven he belongs. The loss of Goaltender Steve Mason is a huge blow to the Flyers and I expect the Habs to take advantage of that tonight. The Flyers are not a great defensive team to begin with, sitting in the bottom third of the NHL in most defensive categories. Earlier in the year, Philadelphia had a hard time keeping the puck out of their net with Ray Emery and company filling in for Steve Mason. Weise is dirt cheap and very capable of sniping another goal tonight against a weak Flyers team.
Travis Hamonic, New York Islanders - Hamonic has been very productive in his last two games (3 PTS, 5 SOG) and now appears to be the Islanders’ new powerplay quarterback. With his new role, Hamonic’s fantasy value has increased dramatically, and he is one of the best value plays on defense tonight.