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DraftKings picks: Schenn a top-line fixture

Flyers wing among top 20 scorers since Nov. 23; DFS value targets

by Pete Jensen @NHLJensen / NHL.com Fantasy Insider

DraftKings Daily Picks: Wednesday

DraftKings Daily NHL Picks for Wednesday

The NHL Tonight crew makes its picks for top DraftKings players for Wednesday night including Sam Bennett and Mark Stone

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Ryan Kesler, C, Anaheim Ducks

DraftKings price: $5,200

Kesler's three-game point streak ended Monday, and he's been held without multiple shots on goal in each of his past eight games. That said, the Ducks host the Calgary Flames, who allow the third-most DraftKings points to opposing centers, meaning it's bounce-back time for Kesler. Anaheim's other lines centered by Ryan Getzlaf and Rickard Rakell also carry value stacking upside, but Kesler should continue his strong play against the Flames; he has five points (three goals, two assists), four blocks and 10 SOG in four games (5.0 DraftKings points per contest). Kesler is one of two forwards (Frans Nielsen of the New York Islanders) with 15 or more goals (17) and 80 or more blocked shots (81). Kesler can be stacked with Jakob Silfverberg ($5,000) or Andrew Cogliano ($3,400).

Brayden Schenn, W, Philadelphia Flyers

DraftKings price: $5,700

A quick comparison between Schenn (3.1 DraftKings points per contest) and fellow Flyers wing Jakub Voracek ($6,200; 3.2) shows Schenn is nearly at the same level of productivity for the season and much cheaper. Although Voracek has a slightly better points-per-game average (.89) than Schenn (.84) since Nov. 23, Schenn's point total in that span (46 in 55 games) ranks 19th League-wide. He's enjoying a breakout offensive season, thanks to a top-line role alongside Claude Giroux and Wayne Simmonds. Schenn is tied for eighth among wings in price Wednesday against the Washington Capitals at home, where he has 29 points, 92 SOG and 14 blocks in 37 games (3.4 DraftKings points per contest). The $500 of savings compared to Voracek is huge for lineup construction on this three-game night.

Jacob Trouba, D, Winnipeg Jets

DraftKings price: $4,300

Since Tyler Myers sustained a season-ending injury, Trouba's usage reflects how important he is to Winnipeg's defense. In three games without Myers, Trouba has averaged nearly 24 minutes per game with one assist, 10 blocks and three SOG (2.8 DraftKings points). Trouba played more than 26 minutes Monday at the Philadelphia Flyers, with one SOG and four blocks. The 22-year-old is far from the upper-echelon of fantasy defensemen in terms of point production (18 in 75 games), but is one of six players with at least 160 blocks (168) and 120 SOG (126); the others are Erik Karlsson (Ottawa Senators), Roman Josi (Nashville Predators), Mark Giordano (Calgary Flames), Erik Johnson (Colorado Avalanche) and Alec Martinez (Los Angeles Kings). Trouba should cover enough DFS categories against the Senators (fifth-most DraftKings points allowed) to return value.

John Gibson, G, Anaheim Ducks

DraftKings price: $7,900

Gibson (11-6-2, .928 SV%) has excellent home numbers this season, and the Flames have allowed the fourth-most road goals (121). Flyers goalie Steve Mason ($7,800) also has strong home peripherals, but hosts the Washington Capitals. Starting the Ducks goalie will provide $700 of savings compared to top-priced Braden Holtby ($8,600). Cheaper options from the Senators (Andrew Hammond, $7,700) or Jets (Michael Hutchinson, $6,700) come with far greater risk.

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