Each day this season, NHL.com's fantasy staff will provide daily picks for DraftKings NHL contests. This list of targets includes expensive and value options at each position to help you build a winning roster.
C - Tyler Johnson, TBL ($5,200)
In the past four games, including when Steven Stamkos was injured against the Detroit Red Wings on Nov. 15, Johnson is averaging 4.6 DraftKings points per contest. He has two goals, two assists, three blocks and 14 shots on goal in that span and faces the Philadelphia Flyers, whom he had a goal with two blocks and three SOG against on Saturday. Johnson skated with familiar linemates Nikita Kucherov and Ondrej Palat against the Nashville Predators on Monday and is one of the best value buys out there on this massive slate.
C - Kevin Hayes, NYR ($5,100)
Hayes and the New York Rangers host the Pittsburgh Penguins in the second game of a home-and-home and Hayes had a goal, an assist and six SOG against the Penguins on Monday. He has been outstanding at Madison Square Garden this season with 12 points, seven blocks and 18 SOG in 11 games (3.8 DraftKings points per game), and is one of the biggest surprises League-wide after falling short of expectations last season. He has 18 points in 20 games and is skating on the Rangers second line with Chris Kreider and Mats Zuccarello in the absence of injured center Mika Zibanejad.
Video: NYR@PIT: Hayes tips home McDonagh's feed
W - Matt Duchene, COL ($6,200)
Duchene (concussion) returned to the Colorado Avalanche lineup Monday against the Columbus Blue Jackets and scored the overtime winner, his seventh goal in 14 games. He played on the first power-play unit with Nathan MacKinnon and with Carl Soderberg at even strength, and has 12 points in limited action despite all the line changes under new coach Jared Bednar. He is due for a home goal (none on 11 SOG) and has 29 points (seven goals, 22 assists) in 27 career games against the Edmonton Oilers, who have allowed 29 goals in 11 road games this season.
W - Leon Draisaitl, EDM ($4,600)
With so many affordable options at goalie and defenseman on the table, you can afford to draft a value pick like Draisaitl as your third wing or UTIL with high-caliber wings in Duchene, Jonathan Drouin (TBL, $5,500) and breakout candidate Filip Forsberg (NSH, $5,500). Draisaitl has three goals and three assists on a four-game point streak and has multiple SOG in each of those games. He has eight points in 11 road games and the Avalanche have been outscored 20-17 in eight home games.
Video: CHI@EDM: Draisaitl nets his second PPG of the game
D - Victor Hedman, TBL ($5,600)
Hedman is averaging 3.9 DraftKings points per contest at home compared to 2.7 on the road and the Flyers are allowing the sixth-most points to opposing defensemen. He's tied for 12th in price at his position and has seven points in eight home games this season. He has strong peripherals (30 blocks, 35 SOG) and is averaging just about the same DraftKings points per game (3.2) as Kris Letang (3.3; $7,000), Dustin Byfuglien (3.1; $5,900) and Mark Giordano (3.2; $5,800) yet is available at a discounted price. He also has the most favorable matchup of the aforementioned defensemen.
D - Oscar Klefbom, EDM ($4,600)
Cheap exposure to Connor McDavid is always worth taking seriously in DFS, so spend down for Klefbom in the midst of his hot streak. After strong SOG and blocks coverage for most of the season but little point production, Klefbom has three goals and an assist with three blocks and 10 SOG on a three-game point streak (5.8 DraftKings points per contest). If you need an even cheaper defenseman, draft Klefbom with either rookie Anthony DeAngelo ($3,600) of the Arizona Coyotes or Julius Honka of the Dallas Stars ($3,300).
Video: CHI@EDM: Klefbom launches a slap shot past Crawford
G - Pekka Rinne, NSH ($7,800)
The Nashville Predators have played their best hockey at home this season. Rinne is 5-1-1 with a 1.28 goals-against average and .954 save percentage at Bridgestone Arena. He made 35 saves (5.0 DraftKings points) in a 2-1 loss to the Dallas Stars on Oct. 18. Rinne has won five of his past six games and has the seventh-best even-strength save percentage (.939) among the 32 goalies with at least 10 games played entering Tuesday.
Video: TBL@NSH: Rinne preserves an early lead for the Preds
G - Cory Schneider, NJD ($7,700)
Schneider is 6-0-0 at home with a 1.64 GAA and .942 save percentage (6.8 DraftKings points per game) this season and the New Jersey Devils should be recharged after a four-game road trip. Schneider is a low-cost option (tied for 15th among goalies Wednesday) and is likely to face a bunch of shots against the young, speedy Toronto Maple Leafs offense. With the Maple Leafs on the second leg of a back-to-back set, Schneider is more than capable of holding them to three goals or fewer and would likely return DFS value if he does so -- even in a loss.
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