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NHL Plays: Sunday

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 Sunday there are head-to-head drafts with a lot of three player drafts as well as six player and 10 player drafts.


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Forward rankings


  1. Alex Ovechkin
  2. Anze Kopitar
  3. Sidney Crosby
  4. Claude Giroux
  5. Patrik Laine
  6. Mark Scheifele
  7. Evgeni Malkin
  8. Artemi Panarin
  9. Blake Wheeler
  10. Eric Staal



As always, there are plenty of good forwards to take and if you get a chance to grab a whole line, try to do so and run away with it. You have to think that Los Angeles and Minnesota will come out flying as they are home for the first time and down two games in their respective series. The Capitals have to win Sunday or they are down 2-0 and headed for Columbus. Look for Ovechkin to have a big game.


Defenseman rankings


  1. Dustin Byfuglien
  2. John Carlson
  3. Seth Jones
  4. Drew Doughty


Doughty is the wild card here as he must be chomping on the bit after being suspended in Game 2. I would wait on the blueliner until the end.


Goalie Rankings


  1. Jonathan Quick
  2. Philipp Grubauer
  3. Matt Murray
  4. Connor Hellebuyck


I think that these are the four winners on Sunday with the Minnesota-Winnipeg game the toughest to call. Quick has been outstanding in two losses to the Golden Knights but the hometown Kings should prevail. Take him first if you can.


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).


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Jonathan Quick G (Los Angeles) - $8,700 FanDuel, $7,900 DraftKings

Seth Jones D (Columbus) - $5,800 FanDuel, $5,500 DraftKings

Drew Doughty D (Los Angeles) - $5,700 FanDuel, $5,200 DraftKings

Jeff Carter C (Los Angeles) - $6,600 FanDuel, $6,000 DraftKings

Kyle Connor W (Winnipeg) - $5,300 FanDuel, $5,700 DraftKings

Zach Parise W (Minnesota) - $6,300 FanDuel, $5,200 DraftKings


Zach Parise has scored in each of the first two games of the series. Look for the Kings to win on Sunday against Vegas so I really like Quick, Carter and Doughty, especially for the money. Connor is severely undervalued in FanDuel.




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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.