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.
3. Mitch Marner
4. John Tavares
9. Sean Monahan
10. Patrice Bergeron
11. Tyler Seguin
12. David Pastrnak
There are so many good forwards to pick on Monday so it could be wise to pick your goaltender and defenseman first and wait on your forwards. While it’s probably a good idea to take players on the home team, in 20 games thus far in the playoffs the road team and home team have each won 10 games. Take whole lines if you can, or at least two out of three players on the line. Marner and Tavares, Gaudreau and Monahan, MacKinnon and Rantanen as well as Bergeron and Marchand (with Pastrnak) will be great handcuffs.
2. John Carlson
4. Roman Josi
All four blueliners are good but I really like Giordano on Monday. Carlson and Rielly as well as Josi are all solid picks as well.
1. Ben Bishop
3. Mike Smith
4. Petr Mrazek
Check Rotoworld all day for updates as far as who is starting in goal for each team. Bishop will try and give the Stars a 2-1 lead with Dallas at home. The same goes for Andersen in Toronto against Boston. Smith is the only goaltender this season with a playoff shutout and while it hasn’t been confirmed that Mrazek will start at the time of this writing, the Hurricanes outplayed Washington in five-on-five situations in the first two games in Washington.
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).la
Frederik Andersen G (Toronto) - $7,800 FanDuel, $7,800 DraftKings
Dougie Hamilton D (Carolina) - $6,000 FanDuel, $5,400 DraftKings
Cale Makar D (Colorado) - $3,500 FanDuel, $2,500 DraftKings
Tyler Seguin C (Dallas) - $8,000 FanDuel, $6,600 DraftKings
Elias Lindholm W (Calgary) - $5,500 FanDuel, $5,500 DraftKings
Andrei Svechnikov W (Carolina) - $4,400 FanDuel, $4,000 DraftKings
It’s tough picking a goaltender tonight so I’m going with value. Andersen was sensational in a loss to Boston and with the series returning to Toronto, Andersen looks like a good play. Hamilton had 15 goals after January 1 to lead all defensemen while Makar will make his NHL debut Monday after signing with the Avalanche on the weekend. He is worth a shot at the bargain basement price. Seguin is a bargain in DraftKings. Lindholm has slumped of late but is due. Svechnikov had two goals and an assist in two playoff games in Washington and will play in front of the home crowd for the first time Monday.