DraftKings NHL value picks: Feb. 22
NHL.com's Pete Jensen identifies affordable DFS targetsby Pete Jensen @NHLJensen / NHL.com Fantasy Insider
Robby Fabbri, C, St. Louis Blues
DraftKings price: $3,600
Tied for 20th in price among centers on this four-game slate, Fabbri has been a steady producer lately with points in seven of his past nine games. Five of his eight points in that span have come on the power play, which is making him a DraftKings commodity because of his exposure to high-end scoring chances. He doesn't cover blocked shots and is not a high-volume shooter (14 shots in the past nine games; 82 in 55 games this season), but will easily return value for as long as he's priced $1,100 above the DraftKings minimum. One of the rookie's only weak points is that he plays just more than 12 minutes per game on the season, but he should be among the top-six and see greater minutes with Alexander Steen on injured reserve.
Loui Eriksson, W, Boston Bruins
DraftKings price: $5,500
Eriksson, who has been a fixture alongside David Krejci ($6,100), is priced 11th at his position and faces the Columbus Blue Jackets, who allow the fourth-most DraftKings points to opposing wings this season. He has scored at least one goal in six of his past eight games with one assist, four blocks and a lofty 23 SOG in that span. Eriksson has been strong in two games against Columbus, with one goal, one assist, one block and four SOG for 3.8 points per game. He also averages 3.7 DraftKings points per contest at home as opposed to 3.0 on the road.
Andrei Markov, D, Montreal Canadiens
DraftKings price: $4,300
Markov went through a rough stretch in December and January, but has turned it around this month with two goals, four assists, 14 SOG and 16 blocked shots in his past nine games (3.2 DraftKings points per contest in span). He plays on the top power-play unit and faces the Nashville Predators, who have been a suspect road team all season allowing 2.86 goals per game. In a price range where there is little consistency in DFS production, Markov has a track record and brings reliability to DFS owners as a second defenseman. He's also long overdue for a home goal, with none on 38 SOG this season.
Jonas Gustavsson, G, Boston Bruins
DraftKings price: $6,800
Only Louis Domingue ($6,600 at Washington Capitals) is priced lower than Gustavsson, who is the Bruins' confirmed starter against the Columbus Blue Jackets, and it's very clear who has the tougher task Monday. Gustavsson is one of the better backups in the NHL at 10-4-1 on the season with a .913 save percentage, and Columbus gives up the seventh-most DraftKings points to opposing goalies. He has allowed two goals or fewer in seven of his past nine outings and is a ripe value pick in DFS.
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