Friday, December 23, 2016 NHL Daily Fantasy (DFS) Picks for FanDuel Daily Fantasy League Competitions.

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Optimal Lineup

Updated Throughout the Day

C Auston Matthews
C Eric Staal
W Bryan Rust
W David Pastrnak
W Evander Kane
W Johnny Gaudreau
D Justin Schultz
D Andrej Sekera
G Henrik Lundqvist
Salary $55,000
Expected Points 137.10

Centers

Best Rating

Name Team Cost Expected Value
Sidney Crosby PIT $9,100 18.67 2.05
Evgeni Malkin PIT $8,500 18.42 2.17
Auston Matthews TOR $6,800 17.66 2.60
Aleksander Barkov FLA $6,600 16.66 2.52

Best Values

Name Team Cost Expected Value
Brian Boyle TB $3,800 10.97 2.89
Mark Letestu EDM $3,900 10.39 2.66
Radek Faksa DAL $3,800 10.07 2.65
Eric Staal MIN $5,800 15.35 2.65

Wings

Best Rating

Name Team Cost Expected Value
Cam Atkinson CBJ $6,900 18.53 2.69
Artemi Panarin CHI $7,700 16.68 2.17
David Pastrnak BOS $6,800 16.63 2.45
Johnny Gaudreau CGY $7,600 16.59 2.18
Joe Pavelski SJ $7,900 16.49 2.09
Patrick Kane CHI $8,600 16.36 1.90
Jonathan Drouin TB $5,800 15.07 2.60
Evander Kane BUF $6,000 14.58 2.43

Best Values

Name Team Cost Expected Value
Kris Versteeg CGY $3,700 11.88 3.21
Bryan Rust PIT $3,500 11.02 3.15
Anders Lee NYI $4,700 14.05 2.99
Zach Hyman TOR $3,900 11.33 2.91
Jason Zucker MIN $4,200 11.82 2.82
Derek Ryan CAR $3,500 9.82 2.80
Miles Wood NJ $3,300 8.90 2.70
Cam Atkinson CBJ $6,900 18.53 2.69

Defensemen

Best Rating

Name Team Cost Expected Value
Rasmus Ristolainen BUF $5,900 17.26 2.92
Brent Burns SJ $8,100 16.70 2.06
Victor Hedman TB $6,700 14.82 2.21
Justin Schultz PIT $4,800 14.53 3.03

Best Values

Name Team Cost Expected Value
Ian Cole PIT $3,600 11.04 3.07
Justin Schultz PIT $4,800 14.53 3.03
Jeff Petry MTL $4,700 13.70 2.92
Rasmus Ristolainen BUF $5,900 17.26 2.92

Goalies

Best Rating

Name Team Cost Expected Value
Corey Crawford CHI $9,000 24.98 2.78
Braden Holtby WSH $9,400 24.75 2.63
Thomas Greiss NYI $8,000 23.80 2.98
Frederik Andersen TOR $9,000 22.77 2.53

Best Values

Name Team Cost Expected Value
Thomas Greiss NYI $8,000 23.80 2.98
Corey Crawford CHI $9,000 24.98 2.78
Curtis McElhinney CBJ $7,600 20.07 2.64
Braden Holtby WSH $9,400 24.75 2.63

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.