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Fantasy picks: Chris Kreider, Kyle Turris on radar

Rangers forward, Senators center among Oct. 17 DFS targets

by David Satriano @davidsatriano / NHL.com Staff Writer

Each day this season, NHL.com's fantasy staff will provide daily picks for DraftKings NHL contests. This list of targets includes expensive and value options at each position to help you build a winning roster.

C - Joe Colborne, COL ($3,300)

Colborne had a career game Saturday with his first NHL hat trick on four shots in his debut with the Avalanche, a 6-5 win against the Dallas Stars. Obviously he won't get three goals every game, but it's an encouraging sign that he played 2:54 of ice time on the power play, third on the team behind Nathan MacKinnon and Gabriel Landeskog. Colborne also can chip in with blocks (he had one on Saturday) and is a good play against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Video: DAL@COL: Colborne records his first career hat trick

C - Kyle Turris, OTT ($5,600)

Turris had two goals on five shots, including the winner in overtime of a 5-4 victory against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday. Although he was held off the scoresheet and had one shot and one block in a 4-3 shootout win against the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday, he's healthy and should be a big part of the Senators offense against the Detroit Red Wings. Turris was limited to 57 games last season because on an ankle injury which hindered his production.

Video: TOR@OTT: Turris buries slap shot in OT for winner

W - David Pastrnak, BOS ($5,700)

Pastrnak followed up his two-goal, two-assist performance in a 6-3 win against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Thursday with a power-play goal and a block with six shots on goal in a 4-1 loss to the Maple Leafs on Saturday. He has three goals, two assists and 14 shots in two games and should continue to be valuable against the Winnipeg Jets, especially if center Patrice Bergeron misses his third straight game.

W - Chris Kreider, NYR ($4,900)

The 25-year-old forward has a goal and an assist in each game this season, good for 8.5 and 9.0 DraftKings points, respectively. He's had seven SOG in each game and is well on his way to establishing new career-highs in goals (21), points (46) and SOG (180). Kreider also sees power-play time and is one of the more likely candidates to score against a usually-stingy San Jose Sharks defense.

Video: NYR@STL: Kreider levels the score with quick wrister

D - Erik Johnson, COL ($5,600)

Johnson had an assist on a power-play goal by Colborne on Saturday and led Colorado defenders in power-play ice time (2:53) also playing 2:31 of his 20:26 shorthanded. The fact that Johnson (who had four SOG and three blocks) is trusted in all situations boosts his stock. His teammate Tyson Barrie is another good option against the Penguins. Barrie had a goal and an assist Saturday, and can be had for $100 less ($5,500).

D - Kris Letang, PIT ($6,900)

Letang is much cheaper than Erik Karlsson of the Senators ($8,300) and Brent Burns of the Sharks ($8,200) but is capable on any night of putting up the same numbers. Letang has an assist, nine SOG and four blocks in two games. He's averaging 4.4 points per contest despite having one point, so that tells you how valuable he is. He had 67 points in 71 games last season and is always among the leaders in ice time. Take him against the Avalanche.

G - Martin Jones, SJS ($7,800)

Jones has picked up right where he left off last spring, beginning the season with two straight wins, allowing two goals on 50 shots against the Los Angeles Kings (Wednesday) and Columbus Blue Jackets (Saturday). He has 6.2 DraftKings points in each game, and gets a good matchup against the Rangers. Jones was 22-7-3 with a 2.20 GAA, .925 SV% and three shutouts on the road last season.

Video: SJS@CBJ: Jones makes great save to deny Atkinson

G - Craig Anderson, OTT ($7,800)

Anderson ranks fourth in price among the six projected starters and has started the season with consecutive wins. He's allowed seven goals, but has faced 62 shots (38 against the Maple Leafs on Wednesday; 24 against the Canadiens on Saturday), accounting for his positive DraftKings value. Anderson likely will see a lot of shots against the Red Wings. If he doesn't start, backup Andrew Hammond ($7,500) could be a suitable alternative.

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