Thursday, December 29, 2016 NHL Daily Fantasy (DFS) Picks for DraftKings Daily Fantasy League Competitions.

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Optimal Lineup

Updated Throughout the Day

C Mikael Backlund
C Valtteri Filppula
W Sam Gagner
W Johnny Gaudreau
W Mikael Granlund
D Rasmus Ristolainen
D Jeff Petry
G Devan Dubnyk
Util Nathan Beaulieu
Salary $50,000
Expected Points 136.17

Centers

Best Rating

Name Team Cost Expected Value
Eric Staal MIN $6,500 17.91 2.89
Auston Matthews TOR $7,500 16.64 2.31
Derek Stepan NYR $6,600 15.72 2.38
Mikael Backlund CGY $5,400 14.94 2.82

Best Values

Name Team Cost Expected Value
Radek Faksa DAL $4,000 12.69 3.25
Eric Staal MIN $6,500 17.91 2.89
Mikael Backlund CGY $5,400 14.94 2.82
Mark Letestu EDM $4,200 11.21 2.67

Wings

Best Rating

Name Team Cost Expected Value
Johnny Gaudreau CGY $6,900 19.25 2.57
Cam Atkinson CBJ $7,000 17.41 2.45
Alex Ovechkin WSH $8,100 16.45 1.87
Nikita Kucherov TB $6,800 16.00 2.13
Jonathan Drouin TB $5,500 15.78 2.59
Charlie Coyle MIN $5,800 15.11 2.56
Anders Lee NYI $4,500 14.74 3.01
Justin Williams WSH $5,000 14.45 2.89

Best Values

Name Team Cost Expected Value
Anders Lee NYI $4,500 14.74 3.01
Justin Williams WSH $5,000 14.45 2.89
Jason Zucker MIN $4,900 13.51 2.87
Jonathan Drouin TB $5,500 15.78 2.59
Johnny Gaudreau CGY $6,900 19.25 2.57
Charlie Coyle MIN $5,800 15.11 2.56
Sam Gagner CBJ $5,300 12.79 2.56
Ryan Spooner BOS $4,300 11.75 2.56

Defensemen

Best Rating

Name Team Cost Expected Value
Victor Hedman TB $5,500 15.55 2.29
Erik Karlsson CAR $7,000 15.05 1.98
Rasmus Ristolainen BUF $5,900 14.66 2.36
Ryan McDonagh NYR $5,000 14.40 2.62

Best Values

Name Team Cost Expected Value
Ryan McDonagh NYR $5,000 14.40 2.62
Jeff Petry MTL $4,900 13.03 2.61
Dion Phaneuf OTT $4,500 12.24 2.60
Michael Matheson FLA $3,800 10.94 2.60

Goalies

Best Rating

Name Team Cost Expected Value
Devan Dubnyk MIN $8,300 28.48 2.94
Sergei Bobrovsky CBJ $8,000 26.63 2.80
Braden Holtby WSH $8,200 24.83 2.67
Antti Raanta NYR $8,100 23.54 2.67

Best Values

Name Team Cost Expected Value
Devan Dubnyk MIN $8,300 28.48 2.94
Sergei Bobrovsky CBJ $8,000 26.63 2.80
Braden Holtby WSH $8,200 24.83 2.67
Antti Raanta NYR $8,100 23.54 2.67

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.