Each day during the 2015-16 season, NHL.com's fantasy staff will identify one player at each position worth owning in DraftKings daily fantasy hockey contests. Based on factors including but not limited to matchups, line combinations, power-play usage, statistical coverage and recent production, we'll provide you with lower-priced options that can help you build a winning lineup.
DraftKings price: $4,200
DraftKings owners should select Nelson on a four-game Monday because it's rare to get such a productive first-line forward at a bargain price. Nelson has combined with linemates John Tavares and Kyle Okposo for 25 of the Islanders' 67 goals this season, and fantasy owners should expect the strong play to continue when the Colorado Avalanche visit Barclays Center. The Avalanche have struggled defensively with a 3.04 goals-against average and an average of 29.9 shots against through 23 games. Nelson has a goal, assist and seven shots on goal in four games against Colorado.