DraftKings fantasy value picks for 2016 All-Star Game

Sunday, 01.31.2016 / 3:00 AM | Pete Jensen  - NHL.com Fantasy Insider

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.

Evgeny Kuznetsov, C, Metropolitan Division

DraftKings price: $5,200

Kuznetsov is arguably the best DraftKings value pick for the 2016 Honda NHL All-Star Game, considering he is tied for fifth in the League in points (49 in 47 games) and is tied for third-cheapest at his position (T-9th out of 12 centers) after being named a replacement this week. Kuznetsov, one of the most skilled young skaters in the League, has two overtime goals this season and is extremely dangerous with so much open ice in the 3-on-3 format. Don't be surprised if the Washington Capitals center, second in the NHL in points per 60 minutes (3.54) behind Patrick Kane (4.00), stars on the big stage with a multipoint showing.

John Scott, W, Pacific Division

DraftKings price: $2,500

Scott, voted an All-Star Game captain by the fans, is the least expensive player in DraftKings for the All-Star Game, priced $1,000 less than the next player (Leo Komarov, Toronto Maple Leafs, $3,500). The 6-foot-8 forward played for the San Jose Sharks last season and could line up next to former teammates Brent Burns ($6,600) and Joe Pavelski ($6,300), gaining exposure to two of the most potent offensive players in the game. Scott shot 15.8 percent last season (three goals on 19 shots on goal in 38 games), so expect him to be fed early and often with scoring opportunities in his first career All-Star Game.

Mark Giordano, D, Pacific Division

DraftKings price: $5,200

Twenty defensemen League-wide have at least one overtime goal this season, but only three will play in the 2016 Honda NHL All-Star Game: Burns, Erik Karlsson ($5,800) and Giordano ($5,200). Giordano's Calgary Flames teammate, Johnny Gaudreau ($5,600), leads all All-Star Game participants with three overtime goals this season, leads the NHL with 11 overtime SOG and is tied for the lead with seven OT points (Credit: Elias Sports Bureau). There's a good chance the Flames' duo could be on the ice together for the Pacific Division, so Giordano could see the splash effect from his teammate's 3-on-3 success. Giordano is heating up after a slow start with 10 points, 25 blocked shots and 20 SOG in his past 10 games (4.4 DraftKings points per contest), and is priced fourth among defensemen for Sunday.

Pekka Rinne, G, Central Division

DraftKings price: $6,000

There should be plenty of goals to go around with so much star power on the ice throughout this 3-on-3 tournament, but Rinne, the goalie for the host city's Nashville Predators, should see the most ice time in the crease for the Central Division, which features Patrick Kane, Jamie Benn, Tyler Seguin and Vladimir Tarasenko. Rinne has taken a big step back after a 41-win season in 2014-15, but charged into the All-Star break with three straight road wins allowing a total of three goals in the span. Since the DraftKings price structure for the All-Star Game weighs heavily on points per contest from the regular season, Rinne is priced sixth out of eight goalies despite the fact that he could get the most goal support of the bunch.


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