Each day this season, NHL.com's fantasy staff will provide daily picks for DraftKings NHL contests. This list of targets includes expensive and value options at each position to help you build a winning roster.
C - Claude Giroux, PHI vs. DET ($6,900)
Until Giroux's price tag jumps among the highest at center, he should be targeted for your lineup. Giroux extended his point streak to nine games with a goal and an assist against the Carolina Hurricanes on Sunday and hasn't had fewer than 3.2 DraftKings points since the Philadelphia Flyers' season opener. Giroux is slightly less expensive than Evgeni Malkin ($7,000) and much more affordable than Sidney Crosby ($8,200) while offering a safer play against the Detroit Red Wings (last in points allowed to opposing centers).
C - Frans Nielsen, DET at PHI ($4,900)
The Flyers have struggled on defense, allowing the second-most goals per game (3.80) and having the seventh-worst penalty kill (75.8 percent) in the NHL. Nielsen had two assists on the power play against the Florida Panthers on Sunday. He doesn't have great peripherals but plays enough in all situations and scored a shorthanded goal against the St. Louis Blues on Oct. 27. Red Wings at Flyers projects to be the highest scoring of the three games Wednesday, and Nielsen is a cheap option who likely will be involved on offense.
Video: DET@STL: Nielsen uses backhand to score shorthanded
W - Phil Kessel, PIT at ANA ($6,000)
The Anaheim Ducks will be playing the second of a back-to-back, so either Jonathan Bernier (3.03 goals-against average) will return from injury or John Gibson will start again. Either way, Kessel has picked up the pace since Crosby got back in the Pittsburgh Penguins lineup; he has a goal and five assists (four power-play points) in his past three games. The Ducks have allowed a PP goal in three straight games and Gibson has struggled, so expect Kessel and the Penguins to exploit this road matchup.
W - Tomas Tatar, DET at PHI ($4,500)
The absence of Thomas Vanek has opened up a spot on the Red Wings power play for Tatar, who has seen plenty of ice time but hasn't translated it into much production. Tatar scored at least 21 goals in each of the past two seasons, so it's only a matter of time before he finds his offense. As stated above, the Flyers are the perfect remedy, having failed to stop many teams from scoring fewer than three goals. Tatar has done a decent job chipping in secondary stats with nine shots on goal and two blocked shots the past three games. The Red Wings offer plenty of cheap stack options at wing if you're looking to spend up at center and goaltender.
D - Shea Weber, MTL vs. VAN ($7,100)
On a shallow game night, it's smart to pay up when a player is clearly ahead of the rest at his position. Unless Kris Letang ($6,600) returns for the Penguins, Weber is the highest priced defenseman by $800 ahead of Shayne Gostisbehere of the Flyers. Not only does Weber lead the Montreal Canadiens in scoring (four goals, six assists), he is averaging 2.6 SOG and 2.1 blocks per game, making him an extremely safe bet to eclipse 4.0 DraftKings points. The Vancouver Canucks are on a five-game losing streak and begin a six-game road trip Wednesday. At 5.1 DraftKings points per game, Weber has the highest scoring average among all forwards and defensemen.
Video: TOR@MTL: Weber sends Hyman flying
D - Brandon Manning, PHI vs. DET ($3,500)
After being priced at $2,900 the past seven games, Manning's salary jumped $600 for Wednesday games. That's usually a good indicator of a player with value, and Manning is still extremely cheap for the production he provides. His 3.0 DraftKings points per game is ninth among defensemen despite Manning being 20th in salary. Even if Manning doesn't provide anything on offense, he has at least two blocks in four of his past five games.
G - Carey Price, MTL vs. VAN ($8,600)
There might not be an easier player to draft Wednesday than Price, who has the best matchup of any of the six starting goalies. Price has allowed one goal in each of his past three starts, has made at least 31 saves in each, and had at least 8.0 DraftKings points in that span. The Canucks were shut out in back-to-back games against the Ottawa Senators and Edmonton Oilers before losing 5-2 to the Washington Capitals last week. If Price doesn't play, Al Montoya ($8,100) would save you salary cap with almost the same upside.
G - Matt Murray, PIT at ANA ($7,800)
Pittsburgh coach Mike Sullivan confirmed Murray would make his season debut against Anaheim. Murray helped the Penguins win the Stanley Cup last season and gets a solid matchup against the Ducks, who will be playing the second game of a back-to-back. Anaheim has allowed the third-most points to opposing goaltenders in DraftKings and is 25th in the NHL in goals per game (2.33). It'd be best to stay away from either Flyers or Red Wings goalie, so outside of the Canadiens, Murray is your safest bet.
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