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Optimal Lineup

Updated Throughout the Day

Optimal lineups are generated to demonstrate groups of players that work well together. This should be used only as a thought-starter for your lineups. This lineup may not conform to exact requirements of DraftKings (ie. players from one team), and may cross over multiple slates. For more detailed and customizable lineup generation, please use the NHL DraftKings Optimizer.

C Nathan MacKinnon
C Evgeny Kuznetsov
W Phil Kessel
W Filip Forsberg
W Bryan Rust
D Josh Manson
D Patrik Nemeth
G Pekka Rinne
Util Sidney Crosby
Salary $49,900
Expected Points 34.4

Player expected costs and values are calculated every thirty minutes throughout the day.

Centers

Best Rating

Name Team Cost Expected Value
Nathan MacKinnon FLA $7,500 5.08 0.68
Evgeni Malkin PHI $6,900 4.49 0.65
Evgeny Kuznetsov DAL $6,700 4.40 0.66
Sidney Crosby PHI $6,400 4.25 0.66

Best Values

Name Team Cost Expected Value
Nathan MacKinnon FLA $7,500 5.08 0.68
Sidney Crosby PHI $6,400 4.25 0.66
Evgeny Kuznetsov DAL $6,700 4.40 0.66
Evgeni Malkin PHI $6,900 4.49 0.65

Wings

Best Rating

Name Team Cost Expected Value
Phil Kessel PHI $6,300 6.01 0.95
Alex Ovechkin DAL $7,800 4.76 0.61
Filip Forsberg CGY $6,200 4.39 0.71
Gabriel Landeskog FLA $6,800 4.22 0.62
Mikko Rantanen FLA $6,500 4.11 0.63
Johnny Gaudreau CEN $6,600 3.66 0.55
T.J. Oshie DAL $5,500 3.41 0.62
Elias Lindholm CEN $6,100 3.26 0.53

Best Values

Name Team Cost Expected Value
Phil Kessel PHI $6,300 6.01 0.95
Filip Forsberg CGY $6,200 4.39 0.71
Mikko Rantanen FLA $6,500 4.11 0.63
Patric Hornqvist PHI $5,000 3.13 0.63
Gabriel Landeskog FLA $6,800 4.22 0.62
Jake Guentzel PHI $5,200 3.21 0.62
T.J. Oshie DAL $5,500 3.41 0.62
Alex Ovechkin DAL $7,800 4.76 0.61

Defensemen

Best Rating

Name Team Cost Expected Value
Kris Letang PHI $6,100 3.89 0.64
John Carlson DAL $5,900 3.67 0.62
P.K. Subban CGY $5,500 3.39 0.62
Mark Giordano CEN $5,700 3.29 0.58

Best Values

Name Team Cost Expected Value
Kris Letang PHI $6,100 3.89 0.64
John Carlson DAL $5,900 3.67 0.62
P.K. Subban CGY $5,500 3.39 0.62
Patrik Nemeth FLA $2,800 1.71 0.61

Goalies

Best Rating

Name Team Cost Expected Value
Pekka Rinne CGY $8,000 5.13 0.64
Mike Smith CEN $7,400 4.43 0.60
Semyon Varlamov FLA $7,500 4.37 0.58
Braden Holtby DAL $8,200 3.90 0.48

Best Values

Name Team Cost Expected Value
Pekka Rinne CGY $8,000 5.13 0.64
Mike Smith CEN $7,400 4.43 0.60
Semyon Varlamov FLA $7,500 4.37 0.58
Casey DeSmith PHI $6,900 3.84 0.56

Picks are based on historical performance and match-up. Picks are updated regularly, but we advise that you 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. Sample lineups are provided as thought-starters, and are not intended for direct use.