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NHL Plays: Friday

by Ryan Dadoun

DRAFT is back for another season of quick and exciting daily fantasy action. Their DFS platform offers poolies with a chance to participate in a format that most of us have grown very accustomed to over the years. You can compete in a live snake draft in which the participants take a player with each pick. Unlike other DFS games, this gives you the opportunity to use your knowledge to craft a team that no one else will have because the players you select cannot be chosen by your competition.

The draft is quick as you are allotted just 30 seconds per pick and you take five players. Your team is comprised of three forwards, a defenseman and a goalie.

Your strategy can be dictated by the positions being selected ahead of you. For instance, if you are going last and everyone else has a goaltender then you can wait until your last pick to make that selection. Of course, selecting players going up against weaker competition or players who are riding hot streaks are always popular strategies as well.

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 rues and enjoy! It’s a great game! Wednesday’s three-game slate features plenty of three-person drafts and head-to-heads to participate in.

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Forward Rankings:

Nathan MacKinnon

Johnny Gaudreau

Tyler Seguin

Mika Zibanejad

Mikko Rantanen

John Tavares

Auston Matthews

Matthew Tkachuk

Josh Anderson

Blake Coleman

Elias Lindholm

Gaudreau left plenty to be desired from Feb. 16-March 10 with a goal and six points in 12 games, but he bounced back in a huge way on Tuesday.  He had a hat trick and three assists in that contest.  Lower down, Coleman is worthy of special note given that he's on a three-game goal scoring streak.

Defenseman Rankings:

Mark Giordano

Morgan Rielly

Seth Jones

Alexander Edler

Dougie Hamilton

Tyson Barrie

Zachary Werenski

Radko Gudas

Damon Severson

Severson is on a three-game point streak with two goals and four points over that span.  Werenski is also of particular interest after he scored a goal and four points on Tuesday.

Goalie Rankings:

Jacob Markstrom

Marc-Andre Fleury

Ben Bishop (maybe)

Let's put a big asterisk next to Ben Bishop because he left Thursday's game with a lower-body injury.  There wasn't any update on his status after the contest, so at the time of writing it's not clear if he'll be available Friday night.  If he is starting on Friday though, he'd be a great option.  He had three straight shutouts going into Thursday's action and continued that streak in the 26:33 minutes he logged before leaving the contest.

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, 1UTIL).

Paul Stastny (VGK) – C - $5,500 FanDuel, $5,100 DraftKings

Travis Zajac (NJD) – C - $5,000 FanDuel, $4,000 DraftKings

Jakob Silfverberg (ANA) – W - $5,700 FanDuel, $4,800 DraftKings

Blake Coleman (NJD) – W - $4,600 FanDuel, $4,300 DraftKings

Brendan Lemieux (NYR) – W - $3,900 FanDuel, $2,800 DraftKings

Will Butcher (NJD) – D - $3,800 FanDuel, $3,100 DraftKings

Butcher is on a three-game point streak, so he’s worthy of consideration, especially given his rock bottom price.  Same goes for Lemieux, who has a goal and four points in his last three games.

Ryan Dadoun
Ryan Dadoun is an Associate Editor for Hockey on Rotoworld. Feel free to follow him on Twitter or check out his blog.