Daily Fantasy Hockey 2015: NHL DraftKings Primer for February 11

Tom Urtz Jr.@@TomUrtzJrContributor IFebruary 11, 2015

TORONTO, ON - JANUARY 7: Evgeny Kuznetsov #92 of the Washington Capitals carries the puck during game action against the Toronto Maple Leafs on January 7, 2015 at Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Graig Abel/NHLI  via Getty Images)
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The NHL's schedule continues to follow an interesting pace this season, and after a night full of action on Tuesday, there are only six teams in action on Wednesday. With only three games set to take place, finding diamonds in the rough is going to be key.

You don't need to be convinced of drafting some of the bigger names who continue to pile up points night after night, but here is a primer on some players who are worth selecting for Wednesday night action.

Daily Fantasy Players Worth Drafting for 2/11
PlayerLast 10 GamesPrice
Joe Thornton11 Points$4,800
Evgeny Kuznetsov8 Points$4,000
Tomas Hertl6 Points$4,200
Gustav Nyquist10 Points$4,900
Mike Green7 Points$4,800
Corey Crawford6-4-0, 2.39 goals-against average$8,600
DraftKings

Centers: Joe Thornton ($4,800) and Evgeny Kuznetsov ($4,000)

VANCOUVER, BC - FEBRUARY 5:  Joe Thornton #19 of the San Jose Sharks looks on from the bench during their NHL game against the Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Arena February 5, 2015 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.  (Photo by Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Gett
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Joe Thornton has had a solid season for the San Jose Sharks, and he continues to show why he's one of the best playmakers in the NHL. Jumbo Joe has 11 points in his last 10 games, including nine assists. He's averaged 57 assists a season throughout his career and is currently on pace to finish with 55 assists.

Evgeny Kuznetsov is one of the NHL's promising young centers, and he's had a decent season to date. Kuznetsov has 23 points this season, but over the last 10 games, he's tallied two goals and six assists. The Washington Capitals' 22-year-old forward is a solid buy at $4,000, and he could be a nice pickup for the utility spot.

Wingers: Tomas Hertl ($4,200) and Gustav Nyquist ($4,900)

Tomas Hertl turned heads when he entered the NHL as a rookie, and it has taken him a while to return to the form he showed before he was injured. Over the last 10 games, Hertl has two goals and six points, and he is another low-risk option to consider for a utility role.

GLENDALE, AZ - FEBRUARY 07:  Gustav Nyquist #14 of the Detroit Red Wings shoots the puck against the Arizona Coyotes during the NHL game at Gila River Arena on February 7, 2015 in Glendale, Arizona. The Red Wings defeated the Coyotes 3-1.  (Photo by Chris
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Gustav Nyquist is one of the Detroit Red Wings' top players, and he's having a tremendous season. Mr. Gustave has five goals and 10 points in his last 10 games played, and he has averaged 3.7 fantasy points per game during that span.

Defenseman: Mike Green ($4,800)

WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 08:  Mike Green #52 of the Washington Capitals reacts between plays in the third period during an NHL game against the Philadelphia Flyers at Verizon Center on February 8, 2015 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Patrick McDermott/NHLI
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Mike Green has 32 points this season, including seven in his last nine games played. He comes at a price tag of $4,800, and he is one of the better value defenders on the market for Wednesday night action. John Carlson has one less point over his last 10 games, but he would cost an additional $700 to draft. There are numerous options, but Green makes the most sense if you want to load up in other areas.

Goalie: Corey Crawford ($8,600)

CHICAGO, IL - FEBRUARY 09:  Goalie Corey Crawford #50 of the Chicago Blackhawks has his stick checked out by assistant equipment manager Jim Heintzelman prior to the NHL game against the Arizona Coyotes at the United Center on February 9, 2015 in Chicago,
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There are no true values in net because there are only six starters, so it makes sense to pick Corey Crawford because of his price tag and the matchup he will be in.

Crawford is 6-4-0 in his last 10 starts with a 2.39 goals-against average, and his likely opponent, Ryan Miller, is 5-5-0 in his last 10 starts with a 2.36 goals-against average and .915 save percentage.

The Chicago Blackhawks have played better than the Vancouver Canucks lately, so select Crawford with confidence.

DraftKings stats and details per official site.

NHL stats via The Hockey News and Hockey-Reference.

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