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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 features plenty of three-person drafts, some six-person drafts and head-to-heads.


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Forward Rankings:



MacKinnon’s three-game pointless skid is his longest since October (19-27), but he shouldn’t be held off the scoresheet again on Friday night. He has amassed three goals and six points in three previous meetings against Chicago this year. The top players on Washington and Toronto should be popular picks against Carolina and the New York Islanders, respectively. Tampa Bay and Los Angeles will be playing for the second time in two nights, but their top players should still be high on your radar.


Defense Rankings:



Most of the blueliners available will do the job just fine and there isn’t much separately them, so you can probably wait to fill this spot. Carlson has amassed 14 points (four goals, 10 assists) in the last 13 contests. Hedman has 14 points (six goals, eight assists) in his past 13 games. Barrie has collected 13 points (five goals, eight assists) over 14 appearances. Pietrangelo has compiled 13 points in his last 11 outings, Doughty has 14 points (one goal, 13 assists) in 14 matches this March and Rielly has 12 helpers over 11 contests.


Goaltender Rankings:



Andersen has two wins in two games versus the Islanders this year with a 1.44 goals-against average, a .952 save percentage and one shutout. Grubauer, who has been excellent down the stretch, could be back in the crease after he missed Wednesday’s contest because of a minor injury.  If he doesn't play then feel free to take Braden Holtby in that spot instead. Varlamov is expected to be back from an illness and could have a favorable matchup against a Chicago team that played the night before. Marc-Andre Fleury is definitely in play as well and you can take him over Allen if you want, but he’s coming off a loss to Arizona on Wednesday and S. Louis has been red hot. Allen has been a huge part of that with six straight wins and eight victories in his last nine outings. He has a 1.99 goals-against average and .926 save percentage in 10 appearances this month. The Anaheim-Los Angeles matchup in the crease is a toss up. Gibson has been successful against the Kings this year and Quick has solid numbers versus the Ducks despite a 2-2-0 record. Remember to check Rotoworld’s daily blurbs for confirmations on goalie 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).


Jimmy Vesey (NY Rangers) - W - $3,700 (FanDuel), $3,300 (DraftKings)

Jake Allen (St. Louis) - G - $8,400 (FanDuel), $7,500 (DraftKings)

Warren Foegele (Carolina) - W - $3,200 (FanDuel), $3,000 (DraftKings)

Jeff Carter (Los Angeles) - C - $6,600 (FanDuel), $5,600 (DraftKings)

Jake Gardiner (Toronto) - D - $4,900 (FanDuel), $4,900 (DraftKings)

T.J. Oshie (Washington) - W - $5,900 (FanDuel), $5,300 (DraftKings)


As previously noted, Allen has been red hot and he’s fairly underrated on DraftKings. Vesey has generated two goals and three assists during a three-game point streak Foegele could have some under-the-radar value if his success at the NHL level continues. He has two goals and one assist in his first two big-league outings. Carter has amassed 14 points, including 10 goals, 16 games since his return from injury. Gardiner has earned one goal and five assists in the last eight contests. He also has two helpers in two games against the Islanders this year. Oshie has produced five goals and three helpers in the past eight matches.




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.