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 -- Kevin Hayes, NYR ($3,600)
The New York Rangers have scored 16 goals in three games and Kevin Hayes has been figuring in a lot of them. Hayes had a goal and two assists in a 5-3 win against the Edmonton Oilers on Thursday and has two goals and five assists in three games. He has 10 points in 11 games and although he's taken 16 shots this season, he's scored on 25 percent of them and has averaged 3.2 DraftKings points per game. Hayes is the 74th-ranked center and is extremely undervalued facing the Boston Bruins.
C -- Artem Anisimov, CHI ($6,000)
Leading the NHL with seven goals and 14 points, Anisimov has a point in nine straight games for the Chicago Blackhawks and has averaged 4.1 DraftKings points per game, tied for seventh at his position. He's had three multipoint games and at least three SOG in a game four times. Anisimov won't get blocks (one this season), but whether he's playing with Marian Hossa and Artemi Panarin or Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews, he's been successful this season and should increase his scoring streak to 10 against the Dallas Stars.
W -- Mitchell Marner, TOR ($4,600)
Marner is here to stay with the Toronto Maple Leafs, having played in 11 games, meaning he's already into the first year of his entry-level contract. Marner was scoreless in four straight games before scoring two goals on four shots in a 3-2 win against the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday. He has three goals and eight points and has averaged 3.5 DraftKings points per game. Marner is a dynamic playmaker and will get to play the Vancouver Canucks, who have lost seven straight games.
W -- Jeff Skinner, CAR ($6,100)
It was an off night for the Carolina Hurricanes wing, who had three shots and a block in a 2-1 loss to the Ottawa Senators on Tuesday, which was good for 2.0 DraftKings points. Skinner had at least a point in five straight games before that, including 8.0 and 9.0 DraftKings points in two games. Skinner has four multipoint games in his eight games this season and has averaged 5.5 DraftKings points per game. Take him against the Nashville Predators.
D -- Shea Weber, MTL ($7,300)
Weber is the third-most expensive defenseman in the contest; averaging 4.8 DraftKings points per contest, you know what you're getting with him. The Montreal Canadiens defenseman has four goals and six assists in 10 games and has had four games scoring fewer than 4.5 DraftKings points. If he's not scoring on the power play (three goals), he's blocking a shot (21). Playing against the Philadelphia Flyers, who have allowed the most goals in the NHL (43), makes Weber even more enticing.
D -- Ryan McDonagh, NYR ($5,500)
McDonagh has been an underrated fantasy player for the Rangers despite averaging 3.5 DraftKings points per game. In 11 games, he has nine assists and a point in eight games. McDonagh, who had 34 points last season, is on pace to shatter that and leads the Rangers in time on ice by a wide margin (22:14; next is Marc Staal, 19:59). If the Rangers keep the offense going against the Bruins, McDonagh likely will figure into the scoring somehow.
G -- Frederik Andersen, TOR ($7,500)
Andersen has stopped 86 of 89 shots in his past two starts for the Maple Leafs (10.4 and 9.8 DraftKings points) and will face the Canucks, who have been shut out in two straight games and in four of the past five. Anderson is tied for 26th among goalies in price and should be a great start on a 13-game night. If he gets the night off, take backup Jhonas Enroth ($7,300).
G -- Mike Condon, OTT ($7,700)
With Senators goalie Craig Anderson granted a leave of absence, and backup Andrew Hammond injured, Condon will play against the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday. He was acquired on Wednesday in a trade with the Pittsburgh Penguins and had a 27-save shutout, including 12 saves in the third period of a 1-0 win against the Canucks. Ottawa has won three straight and allowed one goal in that span. Condon is a good play especially if you'd like to save money on a goalie and spend it elsewhere.
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