Sunday, December 18, 2016 NHL Daily Fantasy (DFS) Picks for FanDuel Daily Fantasy League Competitions.

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Optimal Lineup

Updated Throughout the Day

C Jean-Gabriel Pageau
C Alexander Wennberg
W Jack Skille
W Cam Atkinson
W Sam Gagner
W Rick Nash
D Brent Burns
D Zach Werenski
G Connor Hellebuyck
Salary $53,900
Expected Points 129.51

Centers

Best Rating

Name Team Cost Expected Value
Mark Scheifele WPG $7,600 12.49 1.64
Nathan MacKinnon COL $7,100 12.26 1.73
Bryan Little WPG $5,700 11.96 2.10
John Tavares NYI $8,200 11.93 1.45

Best Values

Name Team Cost Expected Value
John Mitchell COL $3,000 6.78 2.26
Marcus Kruger CHI $3,200 7.15 2.24
Bryan Little WPG $5,700 11.96 2.10
Kyle Turris OTT $5,800 11.65 2.01

Wings

Best Rating

Name Team Cost Expected Value
Cam Atkinson CBJ $6,900 17.32 2.51
Rick Nash NYR $6,700 16.57 2.47
Sam Gagner CBJ $4,700 14.26 3.03
Matt Duchene COL $7,000 14.23 2.03
Brandon Saad CBJ $6,600 14.18 2.15
Taylor Hall NJ $7,100 14.17 2.00
Artemi Panarin CHI $7,400 13.62 1.84
Joe Pavelski SJ $7,900 13.54 1.71

Best Values

Name Team Cost Expected Value
Sam Gagner CBJ $4,700 14.26 3.03
Cam Atkinson CBJ $6,900 17.32 2.51
Rick Nash NYR $6,700 16.57 2.47
Anders Lee NYI $4,400 10.47 2.38
Dennis Rasmussen CHI $3,000 6.93 2.31
Matt Calvert CBJ $3,300 7.52 2.28
Josh Anderson COL $3,700 8.45 2.28
Zack Smith OTT $4,200 9.47 2.26

Defensemen

Best Rating

Name Team Cost Expected Value
Brent Burns SJ $8,300 18.53 2.23
Erik Karlsson CAR $7,600 17.28 2.27
Dustin Byfuglien WPG $6,600 15.16 2.30
Zach Werenski CBJ $5,600 12.99 2.32

Best Values

Name Team Cost Expected Value
David Schlemko SJ $3,100 8.86 2.86
Dion Phaneuf OTT $4,200 11.33 2.70
Ben Hutton VAN $4,300 11.13 2.59
Alec Martinez LA $4,600 11.09 2.41

Goalies

Best Rating

Name Team Cost Expected Value
Sergei Bobrovsky CBJ $9,200 25.27 2.75
Connor Hellebuyck WPG $8,200 24.73 3.02
Henrik Lundqvist NYR $9,200 23.99 2.61
Scott Darling CHI $8,900 20.43 2.30

Best Values

Name Team Cost Expected Value
Connor Hellebuyck WPG $8,200 24.73 3.02
Sergei Bobrovsky CBJ $9,200 25.27 2.75
Henrik Lundqvist NYR $9,200 23.99 2.61
Scott Darling CHI $8,900 20.43 2.30

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.