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Fantasy picks: Chris Kreider pacing Rangers offense

Forward leads New York in points per game, among Jan. 7 DFS targets

by Pete Jensen @NHLJensen / NHL.com Senior Fantasy Editor

Each day this season, NHL.com's fantasy staff will provide daily picks for DraftKings NHL contests. This lineup has been constructed with expensive and value picks and should be used as a basis for your roster decision-making.

NOTE: This lineup is for nine-game Saturday contests beginning at 7 p.m. ET.

 

C - Evgeny Kuznetsov, WSH ($5,500)

Kuznetsov has regained his scoring touch in the New Year, combining for a goal, five assists and six shots on goal in his past two games. He has nine points in his past 10 with 27 SOG, an unusually high rate for this pass-first center. Stack Kuznetsov with Washington Capitals linemates Justin Williams and/or Marcus Johansson (LW, $4,900) for an affordable price against the Ottawa Senators, who have allowed 48 goals in 20 home games.

Video: TOR@WSH: Kuznetsov beats Andersen with one-time blast

 

C - Paul Stastny, STL ($4,700)

Stastny has great career numbers against the Dallas Stars with 41 points (12 on power play) in 40 games. He has three points, two blocks and four SOG in three games against the Stars this season for an average of 3.3 DraftKings points per game -- much better than his average for the season (2.2). The St. Louis Blues center plays with Alexander Steen and David Perron in all situations, and each is capable of a multipoint outburst on any given night.

 

W - Chris Kreider, NYR ($6,400)

Kreider is thriving on the New York Rangers top line with Derek Stepan and Mats Zuccarello in the absence of injured forwards Mika Zibanejad and Rick Nash. He's been limited to 35 of a possible 41 games because of injury, but has 30 points and leads the Rangers in points per game (.86). He has been consistent in terms of points (10) and SOG (33) in his past 10 games, and you'll want a physical scorer like him in your lineup at the Columbus Blue Jackets, who look to start a new streak against the Rangers at home.

Video: NYR@PHI: Kreider slides puck underneath Mason

 

W - Leon Draisaitl, EDM ($6,000)

Fantasy owners should begin trusting the Edmonton Oilers on the road, where they are 11-6-5. Draisaitl has 22 points and 49 SOG in 22 road games (3.8 DraftKings points per game). He faces the New Jersey Devils, who shut out the Boston Bruins on Monday at home but allowed 11 combined goals in their two prior games at Prudential Center (losses to Washington Capitals, Pittsburgh Penguins) entering Friday. Draisaitl has at least a point in six of his past eight games.

 

W - Justin Williams, WSH ($5,100)

Williams underachieved to start the season, but has 11 points, six blocks and 23 SOG in his past 10 games for an average of 4.2 DraftKings points. His price remains moderate despite goals in four of his past six games, and he had an assist with three SOG against the Senators on Sunday. The veteran forward has been consistent offensively with one day of rest, scoring 14 points with 40 SOG in 20 games. He and Kuznetsov are a worthwhile stack given their ice time together at even strength and on Washington's second power-play unit.

 

D - Zach Werenski, CBJ ($5,200)

Werenski has 15 points, 19 blocks and 52 SOG in 19 home games this season for an average of 3.8 DraftKings points, and is a DFS threat any given night in his usual spot on the first power-play unit with Nick Foligno, Cam Atkinson, Alexander Wennberg and Sam Gagner. He has the most points (25) and power-play points (15) by far among rookie defensemen.

Video: CBJ@CGY: Werenski finds twine for PPG early in 2nd

 

D - Nick Leddy, NYI ($4,300)

The New York Islanders visit the Arizona Coyotes, who are allowing the fourth-most DraftKings points to opposing defensemen. Leddy plays on the Islanders' first power-play unit with John Tavares, Anders Lee and Co., one that has struggled (15.0 percent; 24th in NHL) but could capitalize on the Coyotes (75.0 percent on penalty kill; third-worst). Leddy has been a reliable DFS option on the road with seven points, 26 blocks and 26 SOG in 14 games (3.2 DraftKings points per game).

 

G - Cam Talbot, EDM ($7,800)

Talbot has been one of the most consistent goalies in the League this season, averaging 4.9 DraftKings points per game at home and on the road. He's 10-4-5 with two shutouts on the road, and has at least 2.6 DraftKings points in each of his past 10 games (6-2-2, .928 save percentage). Among the 14 goalies with at least 30 games played entering Friday, Talbot is tied for sixth in even-strength SV% (.925).

 

UTIL - Patrick Sharp, DAL ($4,900)

Take advantage of Sharp's low price with Stars captain Jamie Benn out of the lineup. Sharp has been limited to 13 games this season because of injury, but had an assist Wednesday against the Montreal Canadiens and has seven SOG in two games since returning from a month-long absence. He remains a dangerous goal-scorer, especially because of his linemates; he's playing on the first line and top power-play unit with Tyler Seguin and Jason Spezza.

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