Each day during the 2015-16 season, NHL.com's fantasy staff will identify one player at each position worth owning in DraftKings daily fantasy hockey contests. Based on factors including but not limited to matchups, line combinations, power-play usage, statistical coverage and recent production, we'll provide you with lower-priced options that can help you build a winning lineup.
Players accumulate points in DraftKings for each goal (3 points), assist (2), shot on goal (0.5), blocked shot (0.5) and shootout goal (0.2). Bonuses are given for shorthanded points (1) and hat tricks (1.5). Goalies accumulate points for each win (3) and save (0.2), and lose a point for each goal allowed. Goalie bonuses are given for a shutout (2) where the goalie completes the entire game with no goals allowed in regulation (and overtime, if applicable). Shootout goals will not prevent a shutout, and goalies will receive points for any goals or assists they score in a game. Penalty minutes, hits, plus-minus and PP points DO NOT count in DraftKings. DraftKings lineups must include nine players (2 C, 3 W, 2 D, 1 G, 1 FLEX) and fit within the $50,000 salary cap.
Mark Scheifele, C, Winnipeg Jets
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DraftKings price: $5,100
Scheifele has been a consistent point producer as a second-line center for the Jets this season. The 22 year-old is second on the team with 12 goals and third with 91 shots on goal through 33 games. DraftKings owners should select Scheifele with confidence when the Jets visit the Calgary Flames on Tuesday since he has nine points (four goals, five assists) and 30 SOG in the past eight games and has done well against Calgary in his career with four points (two goals, two assists) and 10 SOG in six games.
Mark Stone, W, Ottawa Senators
DraftKings price: $5,300
Stone is in the midst of a three-game scoreless streak, his longest drought of the season. But the second-line forward is likely to register a point when the Senators visit the Florida Panthers based on his six points (one goal, five assists) and 10 SOG in six career games against Florida. Stone has also been very good on the road this season with 18 (three goals, 15 assists) of his 28 total points coming in 16 away games.
Keith Yandle, D, New York Rangers
DraftKings price: $4,700
Although the Rangers have struggled recently with a 3-9-2 record in their past 14 games, grabbing the lower-priced Yandle at home against the Anaheim Ducks is still worth it on a 10-game night. The second-unit defenseman at even strength and on the power play has 12 (one goal, 11 assists) of his 19 total points in 19 home games this season and has performed well against the Ducks in his career with 30 points (eight goals, 22 assists), 27 blocked shots and 85 SOG in 37 games.
Ben Bishop, G, Tampa Bay Lightning
DraftKings price: $7,400
All the analytics on Bishop support the Lightning goaltender being a sound selection when they host the Vancouver Canucks. Bishop is a perfect 4-0-0 with a 2.00 goals-against average and 110 saves on 118 shots in four career starts against Vancouver. The Canucks are also 22nd in the NHL with an average of 2.49 goals through 35 games this season. And while the game Tuesday is likely to be close due to Tampa Bay's 2.50 goals-per-game average through 34 games, DraftKings owners should get a decent amount of fantasy points out of Bishop since the Canucks are averaging 29.8 SOG this season.