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NHL Plays: Monday

by Michael Finewax
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 Sidney Crosby 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! On Monday there are head-to-head drafts with a lot of three player drafts.

 

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Forward rankings

 

  1. Brad Marchand
  2. David Pastrnak
  3. Nathan MacKinnon
  4. Nikita Kucherov
  5. Steven Stamkos
  6. Auston Matthews
  7. Mitch Marner
  8. Patrice Bergeron
  9. Joe Pavelski
  10. Taylor Hall

 

As always, there are plenty of good forwards to take and if you get a chance to grab a whole line like the one in Boston or Tampa Bay. I would take forwards with three of my first four picks. The Maple Leafs need Matthews/Marner to be good on Monday.

 

Defenseman rankings

 

  1. Brent Burns
  2. P.K. Subban
  3. Torey Krug
  4. Victor Hedman

 

There is not much to distinguish the top blueliners so I would wait until the last round before taking a defenseman as you are still going to get a good one.

 

Goalie Rankings

 

  1. Martin Jones
  2. Frederik Andersen
  3. Pekka Rinne
  4. Cory Schneider

 

I think that these are the four winners on Monday with the New Jersey-Tampa Bay game the toughest to call. Jones has been great for the Sharks thus far and it looks like the Ducks are in trouble on the road. Look for Schneider to play in net for New Jersey as Kinkaid had his troubles in Tampa Bay.

 

NHL Plays will look at some players to consider adding while building your lineups. Remember to check back on this page later in the day for confirmations on starting goalies and keep an eye on Rotoworld’s daily blurbs for all your fantasy hockey needs.

 

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).

 

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Frederik Andersen G (Toronto) - $8,100 FanDuel, $7,600 DraftKings

P.K. Subban D (Nashville) - $5,300 FanDuel, $5,500 DraftKings

Will Butcher D (New Jersey) - $4,100 FanDuel, $3,900 DraftKings

Ryan Getzlaf C (Anaheim) - $7,200 FanDuel, $5,900 DraftKings

Mikko Rantanen W (Colorado) - $6,600 FanDuel, $5,000 DraftKings

Kevin Fiala W (Nashville) - $4,000 FanDuel, $4,700 DraftKings

 

The Maple Leafs are in big trouble if they are unable to win on Monday so I’m going with Andersen in net. Rantanen is a huge bargain in DraftKings as is Getzlaf. I like Fiala in FanDuel at the price to fill out the team. Butcher was quite hot at the end of the season.

 

Goaltenders

 

Check the probable starters from Rotoworld here.

Michael Finewax

Michael Finewax is entering his 15th season as the Senior Hockey Writer and Editor for Rotoworld. You can follow him on Twitter @mfinewaxhockey.