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DraftKings daily fantasy value picks for Dec. 30

by Pete Jensen

Each day during the 2015-16 season,'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.

Tyler Johnson, C, Tampa Bay Lightning

DraftKings price: $4,600

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As disappointing as Johnson has been fantasy-wise after his memorable 2015 Stanley Cup Playoff production, he's back from injury and facing a familiar foe in the New York Rangers. He has seven points in six career regular-season games against the Rangers, whom he also tagged for four goals, five assists and 18 shots on goal in their seven-game postseason series. Johnson, 15th among centers in price, had no points and two shots on goal in 17-plus minutes of ice time Monday against the Montreal Canadiens, playing mostly with Alex Killorn and J.T. Brown, but has a chance to get back on track Wednesday at home, where he has four points and 30 SOG in 11 games this season.

Kyle Palmieri, W, New Jersey Devils

DraftKings price: $4,700

Palmieri has been one of the most consistent players in the League this season, and has been at his best on the road with 16 points and 50 SOG in 18 games. He and the New Jersey Devils visit the Ottawa Senators, whom they defeated 5-4 in a shootout Oct. 22 on the road. Both teams are on the second of a back-to-back, so there will be plenty of chances to go around, and Palmieri should benefit from being on a newly constructed top line with Mike Cammalleri ($5,500) and Travis Zajac ($3,600). Palmieri is tied for 12th in the League in goals (16) and has scored 13 of his 29 points on the power play, so he's as reliable an option as there is in DFS among players priced less than $5,000.

Dan Boyle, D, New York Rangers

DraftKings price: $4,000

Boyle was held without a point Monday in Nashville, but still posted five blocked shots and one SOG for three DraftKings points. He's playing on the top power-play unit for the Rangers and has seven points (five on the power play) in his past 10 games, including two three-game point streaks. Because he also covers SOG and blocks, he has posted three or more DraftKings points in eight of his past 10 games. Even in the veteran stage of his career, the 39-year-old defenseman can provide bang for your buck, priced 17th among 'D' against his former team.

Matthew Murray, G, Pittsburgh Penguins

DraftKings price: $6,300

The Penguins, who will have Kris Letang back in the lineup Wednesday, are averaging 2.44 goals per game at home as opposed to 2.0 on the road. That bodes well for Murray's potential goal support against the Toronto Maple Leafs, who are playing on short rest after a loss against the New York Islanders on Tuesday. Murray has allowed five goals in his first three outings combined this season, and is a convenient play in DraftKings as the cheapest goalie of the night while Marc-Andre Fleury is sidelined with injury.


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