Spend up for: Jonathan Toews, Chicago Blackhawks (DraftKings price: $6,100)
Toews returns from a one-game suspension after missing the 2016 Honda NHL All-Star Game, and could have a similar outing to his most recent game at the Arizona Coyotes. He had a goal and six shots on goal against the Coyotes on Dec. 29, and has seven points, three blocks and 21 SOG in his past 10 games. He's back centering Marian Hossa ($5,300) and Andrew Shaw ($4,200), stacking options that provide against-the-grain value while most flock to the more expensive Patrick Kane ($8,700) and Artemi Panarin ($6,200). He's tied for 12th among centers in price.
Value pick: Ryan Spooner, Boston Bruins ($4,700)
Spooner has been in and out of the top six since David Krejci has returned, but has not lost his fantasy relevance. He has four assists and 13 SOG in his past five games and 20 points in 23 road games on the season. He has three points and five SOG in two games against the Buffalo Sabres, who will be on the second of a back-to-back set. He's still on the Bruins' top power-play unit, notable considering Boston ranks sixth in the League in road power-play efficiency (22.9 percent).
Spend up for: Zach Parise, Minnesota Wild ($7,600)
Parise is stuck in a deep slump but could finally bust out Thursday against the New York Rangers. He has 36 points and 127 SOG in 48 regular-season games against New York, and has sustained a high shot volume (33) despite little production in his past 10 games (two goals, no assists). He's priced fourth among wings but there's a $900 gap between him and the third most-expensive wing. The Wild are due for an offensive outburst, so go against the grain with Parise, who's averaging 3.7 DraftKings points per contest, against the Rangers, who have allowed three or more goals in seven of their past 12 games.
Value pick: Andre Burakovsky, Washington Capitals ($4,100)
Burakovsky continues to roll with points in four straight games alongside Evgeny Kuznetsov ($6,600). He had a goal and 10 SOG against the Florida Panthers on Tuesday, and faces the New York Islanders on Thursday with Alex Ovechkin back in the lineup for support. He's priced outside the top 50 wings on this 12-game slate, and continues to be a must-start player in DFS. Another strong value pick on the wing is the Edmonton Oilers' Benoit Pouliot ($4,200), who's fresh off 7.5 DraftKings points in Connor McDavid's return to the lineup.
Spend up for: Oliver Ekman-Larsson, Arizona Coyotes ($6,100)
The Blackhawks are certainly the favorite in Arizona, but don't forget about Ekman-Larsson's home splits. He has 20 points, 27 blocks and 86 SOG in 26 home games this season, and faces Corey Crawford, who has a 2.82 goals-against average in road games compared to 1.59 at home. OEL plays top power-play minutes, is tied for seventh in DraftKings points, and won't break your bank.
Value pick: Andrej Sekera, Edmonton Oilers ($4,200)
The Ottawa Senators are allowing the most DraftKings points to opposing defensemen this season, so roll Sekera with confidence as the Oilers now have two strong lines with McDavid back. Sekera played more than 23 minutes Tuesday against the Columbus Blue Jackets and had two power-play assists, two blocked shots and three SOG in the win. He's tied for 40th in DraftKings price among defensemen and is worth rostering just for the exposure to a potentially high-scoring game.
Spend up for: Roberto Luongo, Florida Panthers ($8,300)
Luongo has been lights out at home this season, with a 14-6-1 record, a .934 save percentage and three shutouts. He won at the Detroit Red Wings earlier in the season on Nov. 29, making 28 saves on 29 shots. The Red Wings will be on short rest, while he'll be on plenty of rest after having the night off Tuesday at the Washington Capitals.
Value pick: Martin Jones, San Jose Sharks (DraftKings price: $7,200)
The St. Louis Blues have four goals in their past four games, and Jones has been one of the best road goalies in the NHL this season with a 14-4-2 record, a .921 SV% and two shutouts. He's tied for 23rd in price among goalies and is quietly a value play while the cheap goalies on the Thursday market have tougher matchups.
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