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Fantasy Spin: Wilson has against-the-grain value

Predators wing, fresh off breakout series, affordable for Game 1 against Sharks

by Pete Jensen @NHLJensen / Fantasy Insider

Wilson's nifty goal opens scoring

NSH@ANA, Gm7: Wilson makes slick move to provide lead

R1, Gm7: Colin Wilson gets to the loose puck and makes a beautiful move, finishing it with the backhand to give the Predators a 1-0 lead

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The 2015-16 regular season was a step in the wrong direction for Nashville Predators forward Colin Wilson, but, for the second straight Stanley Cup Playoffs, he has made his presence felt when the games have mattered most.

Wilson scored a goal on two shots on net in Game 7 of the Western Conference First Round against the Anaheim Ducks, finishing with five points, two blocks and 12 SOG in seven games. His point total for the series equaled those of Anaheim's leading scorers Ryan Getzlaf and Jakob Silfverberg.

Despite Wilson's breakout performance, he remains priced at $3,200 ($700 above DraftKings minimum) for Game 1 of the second round against the San Jose Sharks on Friday (10:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN, TVA Sports).

Don't be worried about his sustainability; this isn't the first time Wilson has made playoff waves. He scored five goals on 19 SOG in six games in the Predators' first-round series against the Chicago Blackhawks last postseason. Four of the goals came on the power play.

If his current price was based on regular-season production, it would be more accurate. He backtracked from 20 goals and 42 points in 77 games in 2014-15 by posting six goals and 24 points in 64 games this season. Mostly a top-six forward in recent years with Nashville, Wilson bounced around the lineup, especially after the Predators acquired center Ryan Johansen from the Columbus Blue Jackets on Jan. 6.

But that's all history. Wilson is coming off a series where he had 2.0 or more DraftKings points in six of the seven games and averaged 2.7 per contest. Especially if you're playing multiple lineups or looking for against-the-grain daily fantasy upside against the Sharks, he's a trending point producer whom you can conveniently round out your lineup with.

He's currently playing on the third line with Mike Fisher and Viktor Arvidsson, which is key because he could avoid the Sharks top two lines, centered by Joe Thornton and Logan Couture, to begin the series. Wilson averaged 15:05 of ice time against the Ducks, including 1:32 per game on the power play.


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