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Fantasy picks: Nicklas Backstrom quietly producing

Capitals center among NHL leaders in points, tops March 12 DFS options against Ducks

by David Satriano @davidsatriano / NHL.com Staff Writer

DraftKings Daily Picks: Sunday

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

Note: This contest does not include the 12:30 p.m. ET game between the Minnesota Wild and Chicago Blackhawks.

 

TOP CENTER: Nicklas Backstrom, WSH, ($6,900)

Three centers are priced higher than Backstrom in this contest: Connor McDavid ($8,000), Joe Pavelski ($7,200) and Tyler Seguin ($7,100), but Backstrom has 67 points this season, ahead of Pavelski, tied with Seguin and eight points behind McDavid. The Washington Capitals have a favorable matchup against the Anaheim Ducks, and taking Backstrom as a high-tier center will allow you to allocate funds elsewhere in your lineup. Backstrom leads the Capitals in points and assists (46), has a team-high 25 power-play points and had three points (9.5 DraftKings points) in a 6-4 win against the Ducks on Feb. 11.

Video: DAL@WSH: Backstrom goes top shelf with nice redirect

 

VALUE CENTER: Mika Zibanejad, NYR ($5,100)

Zibanejad has three in the past three games, including two in the New York Rangers' most recent game, a 4-3 loss against the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday. In 43 games this season, he has 11 goals and 16 assists and has looked good since returning from a leg injury. He is capable of playing shorthanded and on the power-play, and despite being known for his faceoff prowess, Zibanejad is also useful in DraftKings contests. The Rangers boast a high-powered offense and the Detroit Red Wings, their opponent on Sunday, are struggling.

Video: NYR@CAR: Zibanejad nets his second PPG of the period

 

TOP WING: Jamie Benn, DAL, ($6,800)

Benn's production hasn't slowed all season; the Dallas Stars captain leads them in goals (24) and is second in points (63) behind Seguin. Benn has points in eight of 10 games and recently had a seven-game point streak end. Benn has six goals and 12 points in 10 games and had at least four SOG in five of those games. He's averaging 4.1 DraftKings points per game, tied with Alex Ovechkin of the Capitals for most in the contest despite being priced $1,600 less. Benn also has 27 points (10 goals) in 31 career games against the San Jose Sharks, his opponent on Sunday.

 

VALUE WING: Jordan Eberle, EDM, ($5,000)

Eberle has taken a backseat to teammates McDavid and Leon Draisaitl, but still ranks third on the Edmonton Oilers in points with 39 heading into play Saturday (14 goals, 25 assists). He has three goals and four assists and 25 SOG in his past 10 games. He hasn't had a point in two games, but had a point in three straight before that. Eberle also gets time on the power play (three goals, eight assists this season) and ranks fourth on the Oilers with 166 SOG. An intense game against the Montreal Canadiens could be the spark Eberle needs.

Video: DET@EDM: Eberle beats Mrazek with a backhander

 

TOP DEFENSEMAN: Brent Burns, SJS, ($8,200)

Burns is valued $2,700 higher than the next expensive defenseman in the contest (Shea Weber, Montreal Canadiens, $5,500), which shows his value. With 27 goals and 43 assists (70 points), he ranks in the top 10 in the League in scoring. Burns had three assists and three SOG (7.5 DraftKings points) in a 4-2 win against the Capitals on Thursday and is averaging 5.3 DraftKings points this season and 6.1 in his past 10 games. Burns has 13 points (five goals), 43 SOG and 17 blocks in his past 10 games and should find the scoresheet against a struggling Stars defense.

Video: SJS@ARI: Burns scores second goal on a power play

 

VALUE DEFENSEMAN: Andrei Markov, MTL ($3,900)

Markov has four goals and 25 assists in 49 games this season, which ranks second among Canadiens defensemen behind Weber (15 goals, 23 assists). The 38-year-old has been injured, but has still produced; he has two points in his past three games, and has five points, 14 SOG and 17 blocks to bring his average to 2.7 DraftKings points in the past 10 games, which makes Markov a low-risk, high-reward play against the Oilers.

 

GOALIE SPOTLIGHT: Aaron Dell ($8,000) or Martin Jones ($8,100), SJS

With Jones starting on Saturday, there's a good chance Dell (5.4 DraftKings points per contest) will get the start for the Sharks on Sunday. Dell has been outstanding when given the chance this season; he's 9-3-1 with a 1.88 GAA, .935 SV% and a shutout in 14 games (12 starts this season). Dell has started two of the past four games for the Sharks and is 5-0-0 at home this season. He should get the call against the Stars and if not, Jones (4.2 DraftKings points per game), is the next best option in this contest.

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