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NHL Plays: Saturday

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 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! On Saturday there are head-to-head drafts with a lot of three player drafts as well as six and 10-team pools. There are a few afternoon games as well so be careful when you start.

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Forward rankings


  1. Evgeni Malkin
  2. Connor McDavid
  3. Taylor Hall
  4. Nikita Kucherov
  5. Nathan MacKinnon
  6. Patrik Laine
  7. Sidney Crosby
  8. Alex Ovechkin
  9. Blake Wheeler
  10. Brad Marchand
  11. Claude Giroux
  12. Steven Stamkos
  13. Eric Staal
  14. Mikko Rantanen
  15. Phil Kessel
  16. David Pastrnak
  17. Mikael Granlund
  18. Anze Kopitar
  19. Aleksander Barkov
  20. Leon Draisaitl
  21. Patrick Kane
  22. Nikolaj Ehlers
  23. Jonathan Marchessault
  24. Jakub Voracek
  25. Filip Forsberg



There are so many good forwards to select from, especially in the early games. Malkin has been amazing of late, even if he doesn’t get the publicity of others like his teammate Sidney Crosby. Hall had his 26 game scoring streak snapped on Thursday while Patrik Laine has 14 goals and 20 points in his last 10 games. It says something for the strength of the position when Alex Ovechkin is ranked ninth. Take forwards early as defensemen and goalies are all similar.


Defenseman rankings


  1. Victor Hedman
  2. Dustin Byfuglien
  3. Tyson Barrie
  4. Torey Krug
  5. P.K. Subban
  6. Rasmus Ristolainen
  7. Ryan Suter
  8. Brent Burns
  9. Shayne Gostisbehere
  10. John Carlson
  11. Drew Doughty
  12. Kris Letang


There is not much separating the top-six picks so I would wait until the last round and be happy with who is left over. Ristolainen has 22 points in his last 30 games and the Sabres have been playing better of late. Krug has three goals and nine points in his last five games. Burns has been struggling of late with only three assists in his last nine games.


 Goalie Rankings

  1. Pekka Rinne
  2. Connor Hellebuyck
  3. Andrei Vasilevskiy
  4. Tuukka Rask
  5. Roberto Luongo
  6. Jonathan Quick
  7. Marc-Andre Fleury
  8. Martin Jones
  9. Frederik Andersen
  10. Devan Dubnyk


Check out the probable goalies on Rotoworld before starting your draft and especially the blurbs which should tell you the starting netminders. Andersen is rated low as he has given up 10 goals in his last two games on only 49 shots. The Leafs play Pittsburgh tonight and that won’t be easy. It looks like easy matchups for Vegas and Colorado as they take on Buffalo and Arizona respectively but the Sabres and especially the Coyotes have been playing well of late.


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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Roberto Luongo G (Florida) - $8,500 FanDuel, $8,500 DraftKings

Morgan Rielly D (Toronto) - $4,600 FanDuel, $5,000 DraftKings

Mike Matheson D (Florida) - $4,300 FanDuel, $4,500 DraftKings

Eric Staal C (Minnesota) - $7,500 FanDuel, $7,300 DraftKings

Zach Parise W (Minnesota) - $6,100 FanDuel, $5,800 DraftKings

Ryan Spooner W (New York Rangers) - $5,300 FanDuel, $4,800 DraftKings


Luongo has played well since returning to the Panthers lineup and had a 40-save shutout on Thursday against the Canadiens. Parise has only 14 points in 28 games but has a point in each of his last six contests including four goals. Spooner has been a stud as a Ranger with two goals and 10 points in six games.




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.