If you haven’t read this column in the last few days, there's a new game we are going to play and write about.
It’s 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! Friday’s nine-game slate has plenty of 3-person drafts, some 6-person drafts and head-to-head formats.
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- Nathan MacKinnon
- Mark Scheifele
- Taylor Hall
- Blake Wheeler
- Johnny Gaudreau
- John Tavares
- William Karlsson
- Jonathan Marchessault
- Eric Staal
- Ryan Getzlaf
- Aleksander Barkov
MacKinnon has amassed five goals and five assists in his last five outings. Colorado will host another road weary team Friday night when the Wild play for the second time in two nights. Pairing him with Mikko Rantanen would be a good idea if you can, as their dominance on home ice has been well documented during the 2017-18 campaign. Scheifele has also been red hot since returning from injury and he has collected 13 points (six goals, seven assists ) in his past eight outings. The Jets will be at home to Detroit and they should be popular pickups. You also shouldn’t sleep on the matchup between Vegas and Ottawa, as they combined for nine goals in their previous meeting this year.
Karlsson finally has the distractions of the trade deadline behind him and he responded with a goal and an assist Tuesday night against Washington. Josi, Barrie and Byfuglien have been piling up points lately and are all multi-point threats Friday night.
Juuse Saros has some value, but playing on the road against Vancouver won’t exactly be an easy matchup if he gets the call in the second half of Nashville's back-to-back situation. Hellebuyck is the best option if he gets the nod and Fleury should be a solid choice at home even though he hasn’t exactly posted impressive numbers throughout his career versus Ottawa. Gibson may return from a lower-body injury on Friday, so stay tuned for updates on his status. Kinkaid has two wins in two starts against Carolina this year. Varlamov has a great home record this year, but facing the Wild is unlikely to be an easy matchup.
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).
Paul Stastny (Winnipeg) - C - $5,600 (FanDuel), $5,100 (DraftKings)
Kevin Hayes (New York Rangers) - C - $5,800 (FanDuel), $4,500 (DraftKings)
Keith Kinkaid (New Jersey) - G - $7,700 (FanDuel), $7,600 (DraftKings)
Rickard Rakell (Anaheim) - W - $6,700 (FanDuel), $7,200 (DraftKings)
Brock Boeser (Vancouver) - W - $6,500 (FanDuel), $6,000 (DraftKings)
Kyle Connor (Winnipeg) - W - $5,600 (FanDuel), $5,600 (DraftKings)
Jeff Petry (Montreal) - D - $4,800 (FanDuel), $5,700 (DraftKings)
Keith Yandle (Florida) - D - $5,100 (FanDuel), $5,300 (DraftKings)
Stastny notched a goal and an assist in his Winnipeg debut and has great under-the-radar value between Nikolaj Ehlers and Patrik Laine. He also skated on the team’s top power-play unit. Hayes finished February with six goals and five assists over 10 contests. As mentioned previously, Kinkaid has a 2-0-0 record with a 1.94 goals-against average and .944 save percentage against the Hurricanes this year. He will start the second half of the Devils’ back-to-back set. Rakell had a hat trick in his last game and he found the back of the net in his only match against Columbus during the 2016-17 campaign. Boeser has two goals and two helpers in two games against Nashville this year. Connor has a low price and a high-value ceiling, while playing on the top line of the Jets. Petry picked up an assist in Wednesday’s win over the Islanders to give him five points in his past six games and 13 points (six goals, seven assists) in 16 contests. Yandle has provided one goal and two helpers in his previous two appearances versus Buffalo this year.
Check the probable starters from Rotoworld here.