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Fantasy picks: Streaking Blue Jackets offer value

Forward Brandon Saad, defenseman Zach Werenski strong Jan. 3 DFS plays

by David Satriano @DavidSatriano / NHL.com Staff Writer

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 - Jeff Carter, LAK ($6,700)

Carter has been on fire lately for the Los Angeles Kings with eight goals in 10 games, and is up to 20 on the season. He has three two-goal games in his past 10 and is averaging a whopping 4.5 DraftKings points over that span. He has 31 points in 37 games and 19 of them (12 goals) have come on the road (21 games). Carter will get to face the Pacific Division rival San Jose Sharks, whom he had a goal, two blocks and four SOG against in a 3-2 win on Saturday, and has 12 goals and 22 points against in 31 career games.  

 

C - Bryan Little, WPG ($5,200)

The Winnipeg Jets center has a respectable 12 points in 16 games, including seven points in seven road games, where the Jets will be against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday. Little has 40 SOG and is averaging 2.9 DraftKings points per contest this season. He skated with long-time linemate Blake Wheeler and Mathieu Perreault in the Jets' previous game, and should factor into an offense which has scored at least three goals in five of their past seven games.

Video: WPG@VAN: Little jams puck over goal line in 3rd

 

W - Brandon Saad, CBJ ($6,000)

It's hard to pick against a team when they've won 15 straight games and are doing everything right. Saad has 14 goals and ranks second on the Columbus Blue Jackets with 32 points in 35 games. Columbus was the top scoring team in the NHL prior to play on Monday, and Saad has seven goals and 11 points in the past 10 games. He has a five-game point streak (three goals, four assists), points in seven of his past eight games and can be had at a very reasonable price against the Edmonton Oilers.

 

W - William Nylander, TOR ($5,600)

The Toronto Maple Leafs have won five straight games coming off of a thrilling 5-4 overtime win against the Detroit Red Wings in the 2017 Scotiabank NHL Centennial Classic on Sunday. Nylander had an assist to stretch his point streak to five games (two goals, three assists) and is up to eight goals and 17 assists this season. He may be overshadowed by teammates and fellow rookies Auston Matthews and Mitchell Marner, but he's perhaps been the most consistent of the three all season. Nylander will look to keep it rolling against the Washington Capitals on Tuesday.

 

W - PA Parenteau, NJD ($4,000)

The New Jersey Devils have struggled lately, winning five of their past 22 games, but one bright spot has been Parenteau. He leads the team with 10 goals and has five in his past nine games. Parenteau also gets power-play usage and has three PPG this season. The extremely cheap price tag could be worth it if you want to save elsewhere for a big name player. Parenteau is averaging 2.2 DraftKings points per contest this season, but 2.8 in his past 10 games, proving he's become more valuable as the season has gone on. He also had a goal on Nov. 8, the last time the Devils played the Carolina Hurricanes, their opponent on Tuesday.

Video: NJD@WSH: Parenteau goes top shelf off turnover

 

D - Zach Werenski, CBJ ($5,500)

Werenski is a great option not only for his offense, but for his peripherals as well. He has six goals and 24 points in 35 games, and is averaging 3.4 DraftKings points per contest. Werenski has seven assists with 10 blocks and 14 SOG in his past 10 games but is averaging more than a block per game (41 blocks in 35 games) and more than two SOG per game (87). With the Blue Jackets as hot as they are, there's no need to question drafting him into your lineup.

 

D - Nick Holden, NYR ($3,700)

Holden is more of a defensive defenseman, but his recent offense shouldn't be ignored. That includes three goals and four assists in 10 games (2.8 DraftKings points) which is quite good for someone going for $3,700. The New York Rangers defenseman had two blocks and two SOG in his most recent game, so even when he doesn't get on the scoresheet Holden is valuable. He has 20 points in 39 games to go with 43 blocks, and is approaching his career high in points (25) set during the 2013-14 season with the Colorado Avalanche. Holden gets a juicy matchup against the Buffalo Sabres at home.

 

G - Pekka Rinne, NSH ($7,500)

The Nashville Predators goalie is coming off three straight losses in which he's allowed a combined 10 goals and has allowed at least three goals in 10 of his past 11 starts. That's one reason why he's down to 2.2 DraftKings points per contest in his past 10, but Rinne should bounce back at home against the Montreal Canadiens, and is cheaper than other top goalies. If by some chance backup Juuse Saros starts, he's $7,300 and is 3-2-1 with a 1.16 GAA and .957 SV% this season.

 

UTIL - Filip Forsberg, NSH ($5,700)

Forsberg went the first 13 games of the season without scoring a goal, but now has eight, including six in his past nine, and a goal in three straight. The Predators wing also has much better splits at home than on the road (five goals, 10 assists in 19 games at home). He's had success with linemates Viktor Arvidsson ($5,900) and Ryan Johansen ($5,800), and the three, who are the top three scorers on the Predators, may not be a bad line stacking option.

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