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NHL Plays: Friday

by Corey Abbott
Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:04 pm ET

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 six-game slate has an abundance of three-person drafts, a couple of six-person drafts and plenty of head-to-heads.


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Forward Rankings:



MacKinnon and the Avalanche have been so good at home this year that he keeps the top spot despite facing a strong opponent in Nashville. Seguin and Benn have been firing on all cylinders, as Dallas fights for a playoff spot. They should come out flying after the team has given away some valuable points in the standings of late. Ovechkin had a relatively quiet night versus the Islanders on Thursday, with one assist, despite the Capitals’ 7-3 win, but he remains a very good option. If you choose to go down that route, you could certainly target Nicklas Backstrom or Evgeny Kuznetsov, who had big performances on Thursday with three points apiece. Staal has feasted on the Golden Knights this year with four goals and one assist in two games. Anaheim’s top players have plenty of appeal against Detroit, as the Red Wings continue a West Coast road trip with their second game in two nights.


Defense Rankings:



Karlsson has been too hot not to rank number one. He has generated multi-point efforts in five of the last eight games. Burns and Josi have great upside as well, while Klingberg (vs. Ottawa - 27th PK) and Carlson (vs. NY Islanders - 29th) have potential against weak penalty kills.  Barrie, Ellis and Giordano have been all over the scoresheet lately as well, making them solid picks if you choose to wait a little longer for your defenseman.  


Goaltender Rankings:



Gibson is coming off a 32-save shutout against Vancouver and he has matchup Friday versus a potentially tired Detroit squad that could work in his favor. Dubnyk has a 2-0-0 record with a 2.00 goals-against average and .927 save percentage against the Golden Knights this campaign. Jones has won his last two starts and he already has a victory over Calgary this year, which came back in December. Holtby has struggled of late, but he has had some time off to refocus and should be hungry for a victory. Lehtonen and Anderson are slated to face each other and either one of them could be a decent play. Rinne should get the night off after he played Thursday night against Arizona. Remember to check Rotoworld’s daily blurbs for confirmations on starters.


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).


Matt Duchene (OTT) - C - $6,000 (FanDuel), $5,000 (DraftKings)

Eric Staal (MIN) - C - $7,400 (FanDuel), $6,800 (DraftKings)

Gabriel Landeskog (COL) - W - $5,800 (FanDuel). $5,200 (DraftKings)

Erik Karlsson (OTT) - D - $7,100 (FanDuel), $5,600 (DraftKings)

Logan Couture (SJS) - C - $6,900 (FanDuel), $6,400 (DraftKings)


Duchene has been productive, while piling up 22 points in the last 21 games. He has multi-point performances in three of his past five outings. Karlsson is drastically undervalued on DraftKings. MacKinnon and Rantanen have been red hot, which makes Landeskog a solid target. He has contributed six points in seven games this month and earned three assists on Thursday night.  Couture broke out with three points (one goal, two assists) on Wednesday and could bring some value to the table if he carries that momentum over.




Check the probable starters from Rotoworld here.

Corey Abbott

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