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Fantasy picks: Sabres in favorable spot

Kyle Okposo, Robin Lehner among Nov. 9 DFS targets against Senators

by Pete Jensen @NHLJensen / NHL.com Fantasy Insider

DraftKings Daily Picks: Wednesday

DraftKings Daily NHL Picks for Wednesday

The NHL Tonight crew makes their picks for top DraftKings players for Wednesday, including Ryan O'Reilly and Jonathan Toews

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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 - Jonathan Toews, CHI ($6,100)

Toews, priced fifth among centers Wednesday, is averaging nearly three shots on goal per game (37 SOG in 13 games) and has nine points in his past 10. He has points in three straight and has fared well in his career against the St. Louis Blues with 37 points in 47 regular-season games. He's winning more than 61 percent of his faceoffs, leading to plenty of offense regardless of linemates and situation for the Chicago Blackhawks, the second highest-scoring team in the League (3.54 goals per game).

C - Alexander Wennberg, CBJ ($4,900)

Wennberg, still priced below $5,000, has been outstanding at Nationwide Arena this season with nine points, six blocks and seven SOG in five games for an average of 5.1 DraftKings points per game. He had two assists, one block and one SOG in the Columbus Blue Jackets' 4-0 win against the Anaheim Ducks on Oct. 28, and is playing on the first power-play unit (eight power-play points, second in NHL). He can be conveniently stacked with linemate Brandon Saad (W, $5,200) or power-play running mate Cam Atkinson (W, $5,000).

Video: BOS@CBJ: Wennberg lights lamp with sneaky wrist shot

W - Kyle Okposo, BUF ($6,000)

The shot volume has been there for Okposo (29 SOG in 11 games) early on, and he has made the most of it with five goals and eight points. He's been a fixture alongside Ryan O'Reilly, who's a game-time decision Wednesday, at even strength and on the Buffalo Sabres' first power-play unit. Okposo and the Sabres are in a prime spot against the Ottawa Senators, who will play the second of a back-to-back set. He scored one goal on five SOG against the Senators on Saturday.

W - Robby Fabbri, STL ($4,200)

Fabbri has had a disappointing start to the season (four points, seven blocks, 20 SOG in 13 games), but remains a viable value pick against the Blackhawks at home. His price has dipped $300 in recent days, and some of the pressure was taken off his back when he was moved to the third line alongside Paul Stastny. Fabbri finally ended his goal-scoring drought against the Colorado Avalanche on Sunday, and DFS owners can lean on his recent track record against the Blackhawks; he had five points in seven games against them in the Western Conference First Round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Video: COL@STL: Jaskin feeds Fabbri to open the scoring

D - Duncan Keith, CHI ($5,900)

Keith, $1,300 cheaper than most-expensive defenseman Erik Karlsson ($7,200), has 11 points (all assists), 12 blocks and 33 SOG in 13 games and is tied for second in scoring at his position behind Brent Burns (12 points) of the San Jose Sharks. He quarterbacks the first power-play unit for the Blackhawks, and averages more than 25 minutes of ice time per game. Torey Krug (45), Dustin Byfuglien (39), Keith Yandle (37) and John Carlson (35) are the only skaters still without a goal on the season who have more SOG than Keith.

D - Zach Werenski, CBJ ($5,600)

Werenski's emergence is the biggest reason for the Blue Jackets' power-play dominance thus far; they rank first in the League with a 39.3 percent conversion rate. The rookie defenseman has five PPP (tied for fourth among defensemen) with 10 points and 26 SOG in 10 games. He had an assist and two SOG against the Ducks on the road earlier this season. Even with his price rising more than $3,000 since opening night, Werenski is still a great value priced fifth among Wednesday defensemen considering he is second in DraftKings points per game (4.1) behind Karlsson (4.5).

G - Sergei Bobrovsky, CBJ ($7,600)

The Ducks have been suspect on the road thus far (2-3-2), and the Blue Jackets offense is in position to pounce. Bobrovsky is one of the hottest goalies in the League with three straight wins (two shutouts). Among goalies with nine or more games played this season, only Devan Dubnyk of the Minnesota Wild has a better save percentage (.951) than Bobrovsky (.947).

G - Robin Lehner, BUF ($7,200)

Lehner and the Sabres host the Senators, who will be on short rest. Lehner has nearly as many wins (four in nine games) as he did last season (five in 21 games), and has outstanding peripherals to start the season (2.35 goals-against average, .925 SV%). He's due for a home win after going 0-2-0 with six goals allowed in his first two games at KeyBank Center.

Video: BUF@OTT: Lehner lunges to stop Stone's one-timer

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