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! Tuesday’s four-game slate features four-person and plenty of three-person drafts. There are also head-to-heads to participate in.
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- Nikita Kucherov
- Sidney Crosby
- Mark Stone
- Paul Stastny
- Patrik Laine
- Logan Couture
- Steven Stamkos
- Vladimir Tarasenko
- Matt Duchene
- Jordan Eberle
- Evgeni Malkin
- Mathew Barzal
Tampa Bay and Pittsburgh have their backs up against the wall and will be eliminated from the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs with a loss, so Kucherov and Crosby should have their best performances. They have been quiet so far, but their teams need them. If you would rather stay away from the struggling stars then Vegas and San Jose have been all over the scoresheet in their series. The trio of Stone, Stastny and Max Pacioretty has been outstanding for the Golden Knights, while Couture and Tomas Hertl have the most dangerous Sharks. The Islanders have received great performances up and down the lineup, but the play of Eberle and Barzal has stood out. Laine has been Winnipeg’s most dependable producer.
Byfuglien and Karlsson co-lead all blueliners in scoring with five points apiece. Werenski has one goal and three helpers in the playoffs, while Burns is always a threat for a multi-point effort.
Robin Lehner and Sergei Bobrovsky have been outstanding, but he will be playing against desperate teams in Pittsburgh and Tampa Bay, respectively, so that gives some value to Vasilevskiy and Murray. Their teams are looking to avoid being swept in the first round and that fourth win can be hard to get right away. Fleury hasn’t exactly been lights out, but has played very well in the series. Binnington could have some under-the-radar value if his tendency to bounce back after a loss from the regular season carries over to the playoffs. Coming off a loss he went 6-0-0 with a 1.79 goals-against average and .935 save percentage.
Check with Rotoworld regularly today for confirmations on goaltender starts.
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 - $6,600 (FanDuel), $5,500 (DraftKings)
Mathew Barzal (NYI) - C - $6,000 (FanDuel), $5,700 (DraftKings)
Patrik Laine (WPG) - W - $7,300 (FanDuel), $5,000 (DraftKings)
Tyler Johnson (TBL) - W - $4,500 (FanDuel), $5,200 (DraftKings)
Mikhail Sergachev (TBL) - D - $4,800 (FanDuel), $4,500 (DraftKings)
Justin Schultz (PIT) - D - $4,400 (FanDuel), $4,300 (DraftKings)
Stastny has a great price considering he has eight points in three playoff games and he is coming off a five-point performance in Game 3. Barzal has picked up four assists in three playoff outings, while earning 11 shots on goal. Laine has a very reasonable price tag on DraftKings. Johnson has great bang for the buck potential, as he should line up with Stamkos or Kucherov and he has been a solid playoff performer before. Sergachev, who has one goal and one assist this postseason already, could see time on the top power-play unit with Victor Hedman doubtful for Game 4. Schultz has been productive in the playoffs with one goal and two assists through three contests versus the Islanders.