Friday, December 16, 2016 NHL Daily Fantasy (DFS) Picks for DraftKings Daily Fantasy League Competitions.

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Optimal Lineup

Updated Throughout the Day

C Valtteri Filppula
C Jack Eichel
W Anders Lee
W Johnny Gaudreau
W Justin Williams
D Rasmus Ristolainen
D Michael Matheson
G Matt Murray
Util David Savard
Salary $49,800
Expected Points 137.74

Centers

Best Rating

Name Team Cost Expected Value
Jack Eichel BUF $7,500 20.55 2.89
Evgeni Malkin PIT $7,600 18.92 2.25
Aleksander Barkov FLA $6,100 16.12 2.44
Sidney Crosby PIT $8,600 15.96 1.72

Best Values

Name Team Cost Expected Value
Jack Eichel BUF $7,500 20.55 2.89
Valtteri Filppula TB $4,600 12.97 2.82
Aleksander Barkov FLA $6,100 16.12 2.44
Torrey Mitchell MTL $3,200 7.91 2.40

Wings

Best Rating

Name Team Cost Expected Value
Max Pacioretty MTL $7,300 19.22 2.67
Johnny Gaudreau CGY $7,100 16.79 2.21
Phil Kessel PIT $6,900 15.65 2.09
Matt Duchene COL $6,000 15.05 2.15
Kyle Okposo BUF $6,000 14.98 2.42
Joe Pavelski SJ $7,100 14.71 1.86
Cam Atkinson CBJ $7,200 14.34 2.08
Jonathan Drouin TB $5,700 14.29 2.60

Best Values

Name Team Cost Expected Value
Bryan Rust PIT $4,400 12.11 3.46
Derek Ryan CAR $3,600 10.84 3.28
Anders Lee NYI $4,200 12.71 2.89
Trevor Lewis LA $3,700 10.89 2.79
Max Pacioretty MTL $7,300 19.22 2.67
Conor Sheary PIT $5,800 13.26 2.65
Jonathan Drouin TB $5,700 14.29 2.60
Justin Williams WSH $4,900 12.16 2.59

Defensemen

Best Rating

Name Team Cost Expected Value
Brent Burns SJ $8,400 19.70 2.37
Rasmus Ristolainen BUF $5,900 17.62 3.26
Dougie Hamilton CGY $5,600 14.62 2.57
Justin Schultz PIT $4,400 14.12 3.53

Best Values

Name Team Cost Expected Value
Justin Schultz PIT $4,400 14.12 3.53
Rasmus Ristolainen BUF $5,900 17.62 3.26
Brett Pesce CAR $3,400 9.63 2.75
Jaccob Slavin CAR $4,000 9.19 2.63

Goalies

Best Rating

Name Team Cost Expected Value
Matt Murray PIT $8,200 26.83 2.89
Chad Johnson CGY $7,400 23.52 2.74
Philipp Grubauer WSH $8,000 21.82 2.76
Sergei Bobrovsky CBJ $7,800 20.63 2.24

Best Values

Name Team Cost Expected Value
Matt Murray PIT $8,200 26.83 2.89
Philipp Grubauer WSH $8,000 21.82 2.76
Chad Johnson CGY $7,400 23.52 2.74
Sergei Bobrovsky CBJ $7,800 20.63 2.24

Picks are based on historical performance and match-up. Keep up to date on late-day roster moves and injuries – those are not taken into consideration. Sports from the Basement provides┬áno warranty on these suggestions and readers should make picks at their own risk.