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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 FanDuel (ie. players from one team), and may cross over multiple slates. For more detailed and customizable lineup generation, please use the NHL FanDuel Optimizer.

C Lars Eller
C Evgeny Kuznetsov
W Phil Kessel
W Gabriel Landeskog
W Kevin Fiala
W Brett Connolly
D John Carlson
D Kris Letang
G Mike Smith
Salary $54,900
Expected Points 129.89

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

Centers

Best Rating

Name Team Cost Expected Value
Nathan MacKinnon FLA $8,800 20.07 2.28
Evgeni Malkin PHI $8,700 18.03 2.07
Evgeny Kuznetsov DAL $7,600 17.79 2.34
Sidney Crosby PHI $8,900 16.77 1.88

Best Values

Name Team Cost Expected Value
Evgeny Kuznetsov DAL $7,600 17.79 2.34
Nathan MacKinnon FLA $8,800 20.07 2.28
Evgeni Malkin PHI $8,700 18.03 2.07
Lars Eller DAL $4,400 9.00 2.05

Wings

Best Rating

Name Team Cost Expected Value
Phil Kessel PHI $8,200 23.36 2.85
Alex Ovechkin DAL $9,000 18.87 2.10
Filip Forsberg CGY $7,900 17.22 2.18
Gabriel Landeskog FLA $6,900 16.66 2.41
Mikko Rantanen FLA $7,700 16.52 2.15
Johnny Gaudreau CEN $8,100 14.50 1.79
T.J. Oshie DAL $6,300 13.53 2.15
Elias Lindholm CEN $6,300 12.91 2.05

Best Values

Name Team Cost Expected Value
Phil Kessel PHI $8,200 23.36 2.85
Gabriel Landeskog FLA $6,900 16.66 2.41
Filip Forsberg CGY $7,900 17.22 2.18
Mikko Rantanen FLA $7,700 16.52 2.15
T.J. Oshie DAL $6,300 13.53 2.15
Patric Hornqvist PHI $5,600 11.98 2.14
Alex Ovechkin DAL $9,000 18.87 2.10
Matthew Tkachuk CEN $6,200 12.84 2.07

Defensemen

Best Rating

Name Team Cost Expected Value
Kris Letang PHI $6,400 15.23 2.38
John Carlson DAL $6,100 14.37 2.36
P.K. Subban CGY $6,300 13.21 2.10
Mark Giordano CEN $5,800 12.48 2.15

Best Values

Name Team Cost Expected Value
Kris Letang PHI $6,400 15.23 2.38
John Carlson DAL $6,100 14.37 2.36
Hampus Lindholm LA $4,400 9.93 2.26
Ian Cole FLA $3,800 8.48 2.23

Goalies

Best Rating

Name Team Cost Expected Value
Pekka Rinne CGY $8,600 20.53 2.39
Mike Smith CEN $7,400 17.72 2.39
Semyon Varlamov FLA $8,200 17.47 2.13
Braden Holtby DAL $8,300 15.58 1.88

Best Values

Name Team Cost Expected Value
Mike Smith CEN $7,400 17.72 2.39
Pekka Rinne CGY $8,600 20.53 2.39
Semyon Varlamov FLA $8,200 17.47 2.13
Casey DeSmith PHI $7,900 15.37 1.94

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.