Daily Fantasy Hockey 2015: NHL DraftKings Studs and Duds for February 17

Tom Urtz Jr.@@TomUrtzJrContributor IFebruary 17, 2015

PHILADELPHIA, PA - JANUARY 31:  Phil Kessel #81 of the Toronto Maple Leafs looks on against the Philadelphia Flyers on January 31, 2015 at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Len Redkoles/NHLI via Getty Images)
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After an eight-game Monday night schedule, the NHL is back Tuesday with seven games on the docket. The packed schedule ensures there are tons of players up for grabs. In this situation, you want to get the most bang for your buck and avoid getting hosed at all costs.

In addition, you want to find some diamonds in the rough, because they can end up making a huge difference.

With a salary cap of $50,000, every dollar counts, so here are some bargain studs and overpriced duds to be aware of.

 

Studs

Morgan Rielly ($4,300)

OTTAWA, ON - JANUARY 21: Morgan Rielly #44 of the Toronto Maple Leafs skates against the Ottawa Senators at Canadian Tire Centre on January 21, 2015 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.  (Photo by Jana Chytilova/Freestyle Photography/Getty Images)
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Morgan Rielly is a talented defender who has a bright future with the Toronto Maple Leafs, barring a trade as part of the team's five-year rebuild plan. The skilled Leafs rear guard has three goals and six points in his last 10 games, and he's averaged 3.0 fantasy points per game during that span.

 

Nicklas Backstrom ($5,700)

WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 08:  Nicklas Backstrom #19 of the Washington Capitals controls the puck in the first period during an NHL game against the Philadelphia Flyers at Verizon Center on February 8, 2015 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Patrick McDermott/
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Nicklas Backstrom is in the midst of an amazing season in which he's averaging over a point per game. He's been one of the Washington Capitals' most consistent forwards this season, and he's averaging 3.5 fantasy points per game over the last 10 games. He'll cost only $5,700 against the cap, and that's an amazing bargain.

 

John Klingberg ($4,200) 

NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 08:  John Klingberg #3 of the Dallas Stars skates with the puck against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden on February 8, 2015 in New York City. The Dallas Stars won 3-2 in overtime. (Photo by Jared Silber/NHLI via Getty
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John Klingberg is an amazing value at $4,200, and the stunning Swede has 11 points in his last 10 games. He's averaging three fantasy points per game, and he's a great pickup for your lineup. He will help contribute offensively, and picking him will allow you to spend your savings on an elite forward or netminder.

 

Curtis McElhinney ($7,600)

Curtis McElhinney has stepped up for the Columbus Blue Jackets while Sergei Bobrovsky has been out of the lineup, and $7,600 is a bargain. The Blue Jackets' current starter is 6-3-0 in his last 10 starts, and he's got a 2.43 goals-against average and a .926 save percentage.

The Blue Jackets will take on a Philadelphia Flyers squad that is 6-1-3 in its last 10, but McElhinney's play gives him an edge over Ray Emery, who is 3-4-2 in his last eight appearances with a 3.43 goals-against average.

 

Duds

Claude Giroux ($7,700)

COLUMBUS, OH - FEBRUARY 13:  Claude Giroux #28 of the Philadelphia Flyers skates against the Columbus Blue Jackets on February 13, 2015 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio.   (Photo by Jamie Sabau/NHLI via Getty Images)
Jamie Sabau/Getty Images

Claude Giroux has been a point-per-game player through 55 games this season, but you should avoid him Tuesday. The Philadelphia Flyers captain has a price tag of $7,700, and he has only six points in his last 10 games. His fantasy points-per-game average is also down 1.2 points. You can get better value elsewhere.

 

Phil Kessel ($6,700)

UNIONDALE, NY - FEBRUARY 12:  Phil Kessel #81 of the Toronto Maple Leafs skates against the New York Islanders at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on February 12, 2015 in Uniondale, New York. The New York Islanders defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs 3-2.
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Despite Phil the Thrill's massive slump, he continues to carry a high salary of $6,700. He's got only two goals in his last 10 games, and his fantasy points-per-game average has dropped rapidly. Kessel is a threat in real hockey, but he hasn't provided reasonable value in daily fantasy hockey.

 

John Carlson ($6,200)

MONTREAL, QC - JANUARY 31: John Carlson #74 of the Washington Capitals skates with the puck against the Montreal Canadiens  in the NHL game at the Bell Centre on January 31, 2015 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (Photo by Francois Lacasse/NHLI via Getty Image
Francois Lacasse/Getty Images

John Carlson carries a $6,200 price tag for action Tuesday, and he's really overpriced. Although he's got 38 points this season, the Capitals defender has only three points in his last 10 games, and he's not a viable option to contribute to your lineup's offense.

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