Saturday, December 31, 2016 NHL Daily Fantasy (DFS) Picks for DraftKings Daily Fantasy League Competitions.

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Optimal Lineup

Updated Throughout the Day

C Sidney Crosby
C Mikael Backlund
W Anders Lee
W Brian Boyle
W Patrik Laine
D Trevor Daley
D Ryan McDonagh
G Thomas Greiss
Util Lee Stempniak
Salary $49,700
Expected Points 133.25

Centers

Best Rating

Name Team Cost Expected Value
Sidney Crosby PIT $8,500 18.14 1.93
Mikael Backlund CGY $5,400 17.08 3.05
Tyler Seguin DAL $7,800 15.88 1.82
Evgeni Malkin PIT $7,600 15.38 1.77

Best Values

Name Team Cost Expected Value
Mikael Backlund CGY $5,400 17.08 3.05
Radek Faksa DAL $4,100 10.90 2.72
Phillip Danault MTL $4,200 9.68 2.36
Derek Stepan NYR $6,600 15.25 2.31

Wings

Best Rating

Name Team Cost Expected Value
Johnny Gaudreau CGY $7,000 16.63 2.22
Anders Lee NYI $4,500 16.39 3.34
Max Pacioretty MTL $6,500 15.76 2.16
Alex Ovechkin WSH $8,300 15.26 1.73
Joe Pavelski SJ $7,400 15.19 1.90
Nikita Kucherov TB $6,900 15.17 2.00
Leon Draisaitl EDM $6,100 15.14 2.29
Mats Zuccarello NYR $6,000 15.14 2.37

Best Values

Name Team Cost Expected Value
Anders Lee NYI $4,500 16.39 3.34
Brian Boyle TB $4,000 10.71 2.55
Derek Ryan CAR $4,100 8.57 2.45
Ryan Spooner BOS $4,300 11.37 2.42
Jonathan Marchessault FLA $5,100 13.49 2.41
Lee Stempniak CAR $4,000 9.84 2.40
Mats Zuccarello NYR $6,000 15.14 2.37
Matthew Tkachuk CGY $4,800 11.19 2.33

Defensemen

Best Rating

Name Team Cost Expected Value
Brent Burns SJ $8,300 16.76 2.02
Victor Hedman TB $5,600 15.55 2.25
Ryan McDonagh NYR $5,200 15.54 2.78
Rasmus Ristolainen BUF $5,800 14.26 2.34

Best Values

Name Team Cost Expected Value
Trevor Daley PIT $4,200 11.70 2.79
Ryan McDonagh NYR $5,200 15.54 2.78
Nick Holden NYR $3,500 11.87 2.76
Dmitry Orlov WSH $4,300 9.96 2.49

Goalies

Best Rating

Name Team Cost Expected Value
Marc-Andre Fleury PIT $7,700 22.77 2.62
Philipp Grubauer WSH $8,200 22.39 2.83
Antti Niemi DAL $7,800 22.34 2.79
Henrik Lundqvist NYR $8,300 22.02 2.37

Best Values

Name Team Cost Expected Value
Philipp Grubauer WSH $8,200 22.39 2.83
Antti Niemi DAL $7,800 22.34 2.79
Marc-Andre Fleury PIT $7,700 22.77 2.62
Keith Kinkaid NJ $7,000 19.53 2.57

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.