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DraftKings picks: Gudas providing steady coverage

Flyers defenseman a value target against former team

by Pete Jensen @NHLJensen / Fantasy Insider

Rickard Rakell, C, Anaheim Ducks
DraftKings price: $4,700

The game between the Washington Capitals and the Ducks is a battle between the NHL's best team and its hottest team. With the Capitals rolling out Nicklas Backstrom and Evgeny Kuznetsov to match up with Anaheim's top two centers in Ryan Getzlaf and Ryan Kesler, Rakell provides under-the-radar upside as he expects to avoid those difficult matchups for much of the game. Rakell has been a fixture alongside Corey Perry (W, $6,600) in recent months, and has 21 points, 11 blocks and 79 shots on goal in 31 home games this season. He's tied for 26th in price among centers, and has eight points, five blocks and 21 SOG in his past 10 games (3.3 DraftKings points per contest), including points in consecutive games, so there's a lot to like about his DFS stock these days

Lee Stempniak, W, Boston Bruins
DraftKings price: $4,400

The fantasy implications of Stempniak being traded to the Bruins hinged on him latching onto their top line with Patrice Bergeron (C, $7,300) and Brad Marchand (W, $6,900). Although his chances of landing in that spot appeared up-in-the-air given that line's rotating third wheel for much of the season and recent occupant Brett Connolly, Stempniak has nestled there after all; he has three assists, one block and four SOG in his past two games. He scored a goal against the Florida Panthers earlier in the season as a member of the New Jersey Devils and offers sneaky upside if stacked with Bergeron.

Radko Gudas, D, Philadelphia Flyers
DraftKings price: $3,900

Gudas, who was priced $3,500 against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday, turned in arguably the most surprising single-game DFS performance of the season with two goals, two assists, one block and seven SOG for 14.0 DraftKings points. Prior to that career night, Gudas had six points in 57 games in 2015-16. Though he likely won't put up anything close to that total Monday against the Tampa Bay Lightning, he still has a great chance to return value against his former team. Prior to his four-point outburst, Gudas had three assists, 13 blocks and 16 SOG in a six-game stretch for an average of 3.4 DraftKings points per game in the span.

Martin Jones, G, San Jose Sharks
DraftKings price: $7,600

Jones has had incredible road success in his first season with the Sharks; he is 21-6-3 with a .923 save percentage and three shutouts. He has been somewhat shaky against the Calgary Flames (2-1-0, nine goals allowed this season), but still has a great chance at the win bonus given his moderate price. He's tied for ninth in cost among goalies playing Monday and provides $1,100 of savings with a better matchup compared to top-priced goalie Braden Holtby ($8,700 at Anaheim). Jones is well-rested after James Reimer played Saturday, and has won three straight and seven of his past 10 games.


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