NHL GPP Plays: Tuesday, February 17th


Every Tuesday and Thursday I am going to give you my top tournament plays for all Daily Fantasy Hockey GPPs (guaranteed prize pool). GPPs are a general term used across the industry for your big money tournaments.

GPPs are very different from your cash games and you use a different strategy with them. In our GPPs we are not interested in safe plays, as GPPs are all about UPSIDE. We want players who can explode, those all-or-nothing type players who can become GPP gold, and your value players are just as important as your star players. You need your players to have huge nights in order to take down these big tournaments.

My goal is to provide players who will be under-owned and have that big game upside you are looking for. I will also try to find as much value as I possibly can. Now, let’s get to the NHL GPP Plays!

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Make sure to check the RotoGrinders Starting Goalies Page to confirm that the goalies listed below are starting prior to game time.

Ray Emery, Philadelphia Flyers – Emery has played very well in two of his last three starts and is very inexpensive across the industry. The Flyers are not a strong defensive team, which means Emery is likely to see a lot of shots and if he is on his game, that means big fantasy points for his owners. It is never easy to roster a goalie like Emery, but you can load up your team with studs with the salary you save. Philadelphia is a decent sized favorite tonight and I think Emery makes a great roll of the dice.

Other Goalies To Target – Braden Holtby, Roberto Luongo, Michal Neuvirth


Mike Fisher & Mike Ribeiro, Nashville Predators – Mike Fisher has 9 goals and 17 points in his last 20 games and is currently centering the Predators’ number one powerplay unit. Mike Ribeiro has very quietly put together a solid season for the Nashville and Centers their top line. San Jose has allowed 29 goals in their eight February games (3.63 goals per game), which is more than any other team in the NHL this month. Nashville has scored the sixth-most goals in the NHL this season and have the league’s best record on home ice (24-3-1). Neither of Fisher or Ribeiro are likely to be highly owned tonight and both have the big game upside you are looking for.

Other Centers To Target – Brandon Dubinsky, Adam Henrique, Aleksander Barkov, Tyler Bozak


Wayne Simmonds, Philadelphia Flyers – Simmonds is riding a four game point streak, producing three goals and six points along the way. Simmonds is a very streaky scorer and when he is hot, you want to jump on board. Simmonds skates on the Flyers’ second line, but plays on their top powerplay unit. The Blue Jackets remain one the NHL’s weaker defensive teams, allowing the third-most shots per game (33.1) and the fifth-most goals per game (3.13). Columbus is not getting solid goaltending these days and they desperately miss Sergei Bobrovsky. Look for Simmonds to bury at least one powerplay goal tonight.

Andre Burakovsky, Washington Capitals – Burakovksy had a huge game versus the Ducks on Sunday night, registering two goals, a plus two rating and four shots on goal. The 20-year-old Austrian is very gifted offensively and is now back on the Capitals’ top line with Nicklas Backstrom and Alexander Ovechkin. Burakovsky is dirt cheap and just might be the best GPP bargain out there tonight.

Steve Bernier, New Jersey Devils – Bernier sniped a goal against the Nashville Predators and will look to stay hot tonight versus the pitiful Buffalo Sabres. Bernier is currently playing on the Devils’ top line and number one powerplay unit. The Sabres are the league’s worst defensive team, ranking dead last in both shots allowed (34.7) and goals against per game (3.43) this season. Bernier won’t be in a better situation to produce the rest of the season.

Other Wingers To Target – Phil Kessel, Michael Cammalleri, Eric Staal, Josh Bailey


Aaron Ekblad, Florida Panthers – The Maple Leafs have now lost 14 of their past 15 games and have given up on the season. Toronto ranks near the bottom of the league in every defensive category and will be a team to target against for the rest of the season. Ekblad logs a ton of ice time and is the Panthers’ powerplay quarterback. Florida is not known for their offense, but I think they can score three or more in Toronto tonight and I expect Ekblad to be heavily involved in their attack.

Eric Gelinas, New Jersey Devils – If you are looking for another defenseman with upside who will be under-owned, have a peak at Eric Gelinas. Buffalo is easily the worst team in hockey and even the offensively challenged Devils can score a few goals against them tonight. Gelinas is the Devils’ powerplay quarterback and he has big game upside against the dreadful Sabres tonight.

Other Defensemen To Target – Morgan Rielly, James Wisniewski, Justin Faulk, Seth Jones

Good Luck Grinders!

About the Author

  • Chris Lowery (pepsi7)

  • Chris Lowery aka Pepsi7 has a long of history of proven success in fantasy sports getting his start in season long leagues where he won many high stakes expert leagues across baseball, football, and hockey. He made the jump to DFS in 2012 and dominated MLB in 2013 in a huge way by winning the FanDuel Daily Fantasy Baseball Championship for a six-figure payday. The RotoGrinders Director of NHL content, Pepsi7 can frequently be found on RotoGrinders GrindersLive shows, videos, and written articles providing expert insight for hockey and baseball.


  • troha77

    Great stuff as usually Pepsi :)

  • FtKnox3423

    Gelinas is on NJ’s 2nd PP? I cannot find any info that supports that?

  • stooge72

    I actually just read that gelinas is on the first pp unit

  • mmccannwin

    What about the new superstar defenseman hamonic? Do you like him tonight?

  • FtKnox3423

    Where was that Stooge? While we are on the subject I do not see Burakovsky listed on any line for the Caps? Caps 1st PPU is Ovie, Backs, Brower, Green, Johansson according to what I’m reading?

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    @FtKnox3423 said...

    Where was that Stooge? While we are on the subject I do not see Burakovsky listed on any line for the Caps? Caps 1st PPU is Ovie, Backs, Brower, Green, Johansson according to what I’m reading?

    He’s listed on the first line like Pepsi said, but he’s not on the top PP unit. He skates on the second unit. Pepsi is saying he has the upside and is benefiting from being on the top line.

  • FtKnox3423

    Gelinas or Burakovsky Stevie? Thx btw, this is what happens when you get your info by carrier pigeon (aka my internet is acting up)

  • illuminatedk

    Burakovsky, SO HOT RIGHT NOW. *Mugatu voice.

  • stooge72

    Dailyfaceoff has gelinas listed on the top pp unit

  • UofM1blue

    @illuminatedk said...

    Burakovsky, SO HOT RIGHT NOW. *Mugatu voice.

    Zoolander. Isn’t it?

  • pepsi7

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      2012 FanDuel WFBC Finalist

    Hey Guys,

    Thanks Stevie, you are bang on.

    Gelinas is on the Devils top PP http://www2.dailyfaceoff.com/teams/lines/30/new-jersey-devils

    Burakvosky is on the Caps top line http://www2.dailyfaceoff.com/teams/lines/42/washington-capitals

  • leafs93

    Pepsi it looks as though you wrote this article thinking of the challenge we have going in the forums today. anyone who wants to be in something fun and different check it out. https://rotogrinders.com/threads/leave-15k-salary-on-board-dk-nhl-challenge-568685

  • FtKnox3423

    I see all the info now! Appreciate the response and help.

  • Mmirza23

    i have money left over to improve schneider to elliot for a gpp, would you guys do it?

  • pepsi7

    • 2013 FanDuel WFBC Champion

    • x3

      2012 FanDuel WFBC Finalist

    Mmirza23 – Elliott will be less owned due to his price and he should see more shots, so yes I would in a GPP.

  • minorross

    • 2018 DraftKings FHWC Finalist

    I think the highest scoring game is going to be hurricanes and islanders. Any good picks from those teams that will still have some points at the end of the night?

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