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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 drafts.

 

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Forward rankings

 

  1. Connor McDavid
  2. Evgeni Malkin
  3. Sidney Crosby
  4. Brad Marchand
  5. Taylor Hall
  6. Aleksander Barkov
  7. Artemi Panarin
  8. David Pastrnak
  9. Patrik Laine

10. Auston Matthews

11. John Tavares

12. Phil Kessel

13. Eric Staal

14. Jack Eichel

15. Tyler Seguin

16. William Karlsson

17. Evander Kane

18. Mitch Marner

19. Blake Wheeler

20. Patrice Bergeron

21. Evgenii Dadonov

22. Anders Lee

23. Mathew Barzal

24. Leon Draisaitl

25. Joe Pavelski

26. Jonathan Marchessault   

27. Clayton Keller

28. Jamie Benn

29. Vladimir Tarasenko

30. Ryan Spooner

 

Three of your first four picks should be forwards. In a ten-team league, it doesn’t hurt to take at least two-thirds of a line as you may as well put all your eggs in one basket. Karlsson and Marchessault have led the Golden Knights all season. Keller has been hot of late. It’s an interesting matchup in Toronto as Matthews and Laine, one, two in the 2016 NHL Draft, will face each other. Laine is trying to win the Rocket Richard Trophy and trails only Alex Ovechkin. Tavares has not been hot of late but cannot be ignored.

 

Defenseman rankings

 

  1. Seth Jones
  2. Dustin Byfuglien
  3. P.K. Subban
  4. John Klingberg
  5. Brent Burns
  6. Dougie Hamilton
  7. Roman Josi
  8. Morgan Rielly
  9. Torey Krug
  10.   Ryan Ellis

 

There are no guarantees here as blueliners do not necessarily score a lot. I would leave the defensemen until last. There are plenty of good defensemen to take so the need to rush and reach is not there. Notice there are three Nashville blueliners on the list.

 

Goalie Rankings

 

  1. Tuukka Rask
  2. Juuse Saros
  3. Sergei Bobrovsky
  4. Devan Dubnyk
  5. Frederik Andersen
  6. Keith Kinkaid
  7. Matt Murray
  8. Malcolm Subban
  9. Henrik Lundqvist

10. Cam Talbot

 

Check out the probable goalies on Rotoworld before starting your draft and especially the blurbs which should tell you the starting netminders. The top-eight goalies are favored to win. Unsure of who is starting for the Predators but if Pekka Rinne goes instead of Saros, bump him up to number 1. Kinkaid has taken over the Devils net from Cory Schneider. Talbot gets to face a depleted Calgary team who are missing Sean Monahan, Matthew Tkachuk and Johnny Gaudreau.

 

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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Pekka Rinne G (Nashville) - $9,000 FanDuel, $8,600 DraftKings

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

Morgan Rielly D (Toronto) - $5,200 FanDuel, $5,400 DraftKings

Erik Haula C (Vegas) - $6,200 FanDuel, $5,100 DraftKings

Sam Bennett (Chicago) - $4,500 FanDuel, $4,000 DraftKings

Anders Lee W (New York Islanders) - $6,500 FanDuel, $5,900 DraftKings

Kyle Connor W (Winnipeg) - $5,000 FanDuel, $6,200 DraftKings

Ryan Spooner W (New York Rangers) - $4,600 FanDuel, $4,400 DraftKings

Ty Rattie W (Edmonton) - $3,900 FanDuel, $5,700 DraftKings

 

Rinne should be a lock for the win if he gets the start. If not, take Juuse Saros who will play in his place. Haula has been hot of late and is a bargain in DraftKings. Rattie is playing with Connor McDavid at even strength and is a huge bargain in FanDuel. Connor has been hot of late and Lee is looking for his 40th 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.