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DraftKings picks: Tarasenko's breakout no fluke

One assist away from second-straight 30-30 season; DFS targets

by Pete Jensen @NHLJensen / NHL.com Fantasy Insider

DraftKings Daily Picks: Tuesday

DraftKings Daily NHL Picks for Tuesday

The NHL Tonight crew makes its picks for top DraftKings players for Tuesday night including Steven Stamkos, Jarret Stoll and Zach Parise

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CENTERS

Spend up for: Jack Eichel, Buffalo Sabres ($6,100)

Eichel missed Buffalo's game Saturday because of an illness, but is expected to return Tuesday at the Carolina Hurricanes. There are many reasons to pick Eichel in this spot: recent production, matchup and price. He has five goals, three assists, two blocks and 31 shots on goal in his past eight games, three goals on nine SOG in two games against the Hurricanes this season, and is priced 12th among centers on a busy Tuesday. Since being moved to a line with Sam Reinhart (C, $4,300), Eichel has raised his consistency level.

Value pick: Marcus Johansson, Washington Capitals ($3,700)

Johansson's DFS stock has plummeted from the mid-$4,000 range to the upper-$3,000 range in recent weeks as a result of his struggles (no goals, two assists, five blocks, 13 SOG in past 10 games). That said, he's skating next to Justin Williams and remains on the Capitals' first power-play unit -- giving him high-end scoring chances against the Ottawa Senators, who allow the second-most DraftKings points to opposing centers. Johansson's long-awaited offensive outburst should come Tuesday.

WINGS

Spend up for: Vladimir Tarasenko, St. Louis Blues ($7,500)

Tarasenko is heating up with five goals, four assists, three blocks and 40 SOG in his past 10 games (4.5 DraftKings points per contest), much better than Alex Ovechkin, who's averaging 3.4 in that span and will cost you $1,200 more on Tuesday. Although the Sharks pose a tough task, Tarasenko has one goal, two assists and seven SOG in two games against them this season. He's one assist away from his second straight season of at least 30 goals and 30 assists.

Value pick: Jamie McGinn, Anaheim Ducks ($4,000)

With David Perron injured, the Ducks have been forced to restructure their top-nine forward group, and McGinn is an early beneficiary. He saw time alongside Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry and scored a power-play goal Sunday -- his third straight game with a goal. He is still in the depths of the price scale among wings and will see even-strength and/or power-play exposure to the Ducks' top forwards. He has two goals, one assist, three blocks and eight SOG in four games (3.4 DraftKings points per contest) this season against the Montreal Canadiens, whom he's familiar with from his time in Buffalo.

DEFENSEMEN

Spend up for: Jake Muzzin, Los Angeles Kings ($5,500)

If you're looking for a middle-range defenseman, trust one of the best possession players in the League. Muzzin has the second-best Shot Attempts ratio (1,199) since 2013-14 behind only teammate Drew Doughty (1,272). His success in that realm translates to DFS, with Muzzin well past the century mark in SOG (180) and nearing the 40-point plateau (38 in 72 games) this season. His blocks coverage (113 this season) only adds to his value. He has four points, 21 blocks and 23 SOG in his past 10 games and has scored five of his eight goals this season on the road, where he faces the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday.

Value pick: Tyler Myers, Winnipeg Jets ($4,400)

When choosing value defensemen, you should always look for heavy minutes, which often correlates to production in the three major DraftKings categories. Myers, tied for 38th in price among D-men, certainly provides great value at home against the Vancouver Canucks, whom he has one goal, two assists, five blocks and six SOG against this season. He is averaging nearly 3.0 DraftKings points per contest in his past 10 games (five points, 12 blocks, 20 SOG).

GOALIES

Spend up for: Ben Bishop, Tampa Bay Lightning ($8,100)

Bishop is 1-2-0 with five goals allowed in three games against the Detroit Red Wings this season, and will get the start Tuesday against them at Amalie Arena. He's 42-16-4 at home in the past two seasons, and is among the NHL's top 10 in wins, goals-against average and save percentage this season. Despite not always getting proper goal support, he's quietly a Vezina Trophy candidate and one of the most stable fantasy goalies out there.

Value pick: Sergei Bobrovsky, Columbus Blue Jackets ($6,700)

It's been a forgettable season for Bobrovsky, who has missed a ton of time because of injuries and has struggled in each of the major goalie categories. While the Blue Jackets are among the League's bottom-five teams, Bobrovsky could spoil the Stanley Cup Playoff chances of his former team, the Philadelphia Flyers, who will be on the second of a back-to-back set Tuesday. Bobrovsky won his most recent game, stopping 27 of 30 shots faced against the New Jersey Devils on Saturday, and is 4-1-0 with nine goals allowed (.940 SV%) and one shutout in five career games against Philadelphia. He's the cheapest projected starting goalie for Tuesday.

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