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DraftKings NHL value picks: Feb. 5

NHL.com's Pete Jensen identifies affordable DFS targets

by Pete Jensen @NHLJensen / NHL.com Fantasy Insider

Boone Jenner, C, Columbus Blue Jackets
DraftKings price: $4,900

It's a light Friday schedule, so it's a good idea to go against the grain with exposure to a low-priced top line with a favorable matchup. Columbus has been rolling with Brandon Dubinsky ($4,400) centering high-volume shooters in Jenner and Cam Atkinson ($4,700; 34 shots on goal in past 10 games), and faces a Calgary Flames defense without suspended Dennis Wideman. The Flames have allowed 70 goals in 25 home games, fifth-most in the NHL, and Jenner has seven points, 11 blocks and 32 SOG in his past 10 games (3.9 DraftKings points per contest). He has gone pointless in each of his past two games, but has stayed afloat for DFS owners with nine SOG and two blocks in that span. He's tied for ninth in DraftKings price among centers.

David Perron, W, Anaheim Ducks
DraftKings price: $4,300

Let's make sure everyone is aware of what's going on in Anaheim since David Perron was acquired: In six games since the trade, the Ducks are 5-1-0 and Perron has eight points (three goals, five assists) with 12 SOG and five blocked shots in that span (4.6 DraftKings points per contest). That's a small sample size, but no wing in Friday contests averages more fantasy points per game than Perron does with Anaheim; the contest leader is Blake Wheeler of the Winnipeg Jets (4.1; $6,900). Perron is nestled on a line with Ryan Getzlaf ($5,600) and Chris Stewart ($4,100) and is worth rolling out in DraftKings for as long as he's tied for 19th in DraftKings price at his position. The Arizona Coyotes allow the fifth-most DraftKings points to opposing wings.

Ryan Murray, D, Columbus Blue Jackets
DraftKings price: $3,600

There's very little consistency in the $4,000-to-$5,000 range among defensemen, so why not spend your money on a top-flight option like Kris Letang ($6,400) and then spell yourself some cap relief by rostering Murray on the road in Calgary? Murray, tied for 23rd in price at his position, is averaging 2.5 blocks per game and more than 24 minutes of ice time per game in his past 10 games, and had a power-play assist Wednesday at the Vancouver Canucks. He patrols the top man-advantage unit for Columbus alongside Atkinson, Jenner, Scott Hartnell and Alexander Wennberg, and his peripheral coverage is usually there for foundation.

Frederik Andersen, G, Anaheim Ducks
DraftKings price: $7,100

The Coyotes could start Anders Lindback (5-6-1, .896 save percentage) on the second of their back-to-back set, while the red-hot Ducks start a rested Andersen, who is 6-1-3 at Honda Center this season and has won four straight in the midst of a timeshare situation with John Gibson. Outside of spending up for Ben Bishop ($7,700) at home against the depleted Pittsburgh Penguins, there's not a whole lot to like from a goaltending standpoint Friday. Andersen has a great chance at the win bonus, and has improved his SV% considerably in his past nine games (.927 in span; .918 this season).

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