After a very light Monday schedule, the NHL is back with a bang Tuesday with nine games scheduled. With more games on the docket, there are more players up for grabs, and there is a higher potential to snag some amazing deals; however, there is also the chance for overpayment, and that is something you will want to avoid at all costs.
With a salary cap of $50,000, every dollar counts, so here are some bargain studs and overpriced duds to be aware of so that you get the most bang for your buck.
Derek Stepan ($4,700)
New York Rangers center Derek Stepan is in the midst of an amazing season with 34 points in 37 games, but he's played well over the last 10 games. The Blueshirts' top pivot has seven points in his last 10 outings, and he will only cost you $4,700. He's also averaging 3.4 fantasy points per game this season, and that's a fair number based on his price tag.
Chris Kreider ($4,800)
Rangers winger Chris Kreider is playing his greatest hockey of the season, and at $4,800, he's a great bargain. Kreider has four goals and four assists in his last 10 games, and he's always been a clutch performer against the Toronto Maple Leafs, with five points in five career games.
Mike Hoffman ($4,000)
Mike Hoffman is having a tremendous rookie season, and he has 17 goals in 48 games. The Ottawa Senators winger has three goals and seven points in his last 10 games, and he is a solid bargain at $4,000 to solidify secondary scoring in your lineup.
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Hoffman has been one of the NHL's better goal scorers this season, and he can only continue to get better as a player.
Torey Krug ($4,500)
Torey Krug is a talented defender for the Boston Bruins who is constantly underrated, and you should continue you take advantage of that fact.
For the bargain price of $4,500, you can add Krug, who has seven points in his last 10 games. He has 26 points on the year, and he's on pace to surpass his career high of 40 in points.
Phil Kessel ($7,600)
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Maple Leafs winger Phil Kessel has four points in his last 10 games, and he is in the midst of one of his worst seasons. It isn't one of his worst as a player, rather in terms of the team he is playing for. It hasn't helped that Kessel has been under great media scrutiny, as displayed in the magazine cover above.
Kessel's fantasy points per game over his last 10 games is down one point off of his season average. Don't expect that to change any time soon.
Erik Karlsson ($6,300)
Ottawa's Erik Karlsson is the third-most expensive defender eligible to be drafted, and $6,300 is a bit of an overpayment. He may be set to face off against a lowly Buffalo Sabres squad, but he has only six points in his last 10 games. For $200 less, you can take the Arizona Coyotes' Keith Yandle, and you will be getting a defender who has been more consistent over his last 10 games played.
Kari Lehtonen ($8,000)
Kari Lehtonen is not worth 16 percent of your salary cap when you consider there are goalies, such as Jaroslav Halak, making less that have played better this season. The Stars netminder is allowing 2.94 goals per game this season, and he's set to go up against fellow countryman Tuukka Rask on Tuesday.
This isn't an ideal matchup, and for that reason, you should avoid him if you want to have a chance at winning Tuesday.
DraftKings stats and details per official site.