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.
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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 four-game slate has plenty of three-person drafts and head-to-heads.
- Eric Staal
- Tyler Seguin
- Johnny Gaudreau
- Jamie Benn
- Sean Monahan
- Ryan Getzlaf
- Mikael Granlund
- Artemi Panarin
- Rickard Rakell
- Mark Stone
Staal has been scorching hot offensively with 16 goals and 24 points in his last 17 games. The Stars will host the Ducks on Friday after Anaheim played Thursday versus Nashville. Seguin has been all over the scoresheet lately and has been particularly productive at home this campaign with 25 goals and 43 points in 36 contests. Members of the Calgary Flames could be strong plays as well, while facing a Senators team that played Thursday night. Monahan has been battling an injury, but he is expected to play Friday night. Columbus shooters could have sneaky good value if they face Jared Coreau in the second half of Detroit's back-to-back situation.
Karlsson has been productive recently and remains one of the better bets for offense on the back end. Klingberg may be a bit overvalued here because he hasn’t had much success against Anaheim in the past, with one goal and one assist in nine games, and he hasn’t been firing on all cylinders lately. Still, his ability to break a game wide open is hard to ignore. Klingberg ranks second among defenders this year with 13 multi-point efforts. Having said that, you probably wouldn’t be in the wrong to believe that Suter or Giordano are better plays. Dougie Hamilton just missed the cut here, but he could work as well. He ended a five-game point skid with a goal on Wednesday night.
Bobrovsky got back in uniform Thursday night after missing one game with an illness. He served as the backup and should be ready to face Detroit on Friday. Bobrovsky stopped 32 shots in a 2-1 shootout win over the Red Wings back on Nov. 11. If Dubnyk gets the nod then he will be a solid pick. Minnesota plays again on Saturday versus Edmonton, so Alex Stalock could be in goal for one game of the back-to-back set. Rittich played well against Buffalo on Wednesday and Lehtonen was solid in Tuesday’s loss to Nashville.
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).
Johnny Gaudreau (Calgary) - W - $7,800 (FanDuel), $7,500 (DraftKings)
Mikko Koivu (Minnesota) - C - $5,700 (FanDuel), $5,300 (DraftKings)
Zach Parise (Minnesota) - W - $6,100 (FanDuel), $5,800 (DraftKings)
Zach Werenski (Columbus) - D - $5,100 (FanDuel), $5,100 (DraftKings)
Pierre-Luc Dubois (Columbus) - C - $5,700 (FanDuel), $5,700 (DraftKings)
Calgary needs another big game from Gaudreau in their hunt for a playoff spot and he should rise to the occasion. The top line of the Wild will be popular picks, but don’t underestimate the value that Minnesota’s second line can bring to the table. Koivu has three goals and four assists during a five-game point streak, while Parise has three markers and two helpers during his five-game point spree. Werenski has heated up of late and Dubois has been productive as well.
Check the probable starters from Rotoworld here.