Daily Fantasy Hockey 2015: NHL DraftKings Primer for March 4

Tom Urtz Jr.@@TomUrtzJrContributor IMarch 4, 2015

UNIONDALE, NY - FEBRUARY 16:  Rick Nash #61 of the New York Rangers skates against the New York Islanders at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on February 16, 2015 in Uniondale, New York. Rangers defeated the Islanders 6-5.  (Photo by Mike Stobe/NHLI via Getty Images)
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The NHL had some interesting action Tuesday, including a situation in Florida where the Panthers' goalie coach almost had to come in during an emergency situation. That was just one moment of intrigue, and there's bound to be less with only four games on the docket for March 4, but there are still important decisions to make for your DraftKings lineup.

The games on tap are interesting. They will feature contenders like the Detroit Red Wings vs. the New York Rangers and the Montreal Canadiens vs. the Anaheim Ducks. There are some quality players you can pick, and I will go over them and some other interesting topics in this Daily Fantasy Hockey primer.

Top Picks for Center

Overall: Pavel Datsyuk ($8,500) | Value: Bryan Little ($5,100)

SAN JOSE, CA - FEBRUARY 26:  Pavel Datsyuk #13 of the Detroit Red Wings in action against the San Jose Sharks at SAP Center on February 26, 2015 in San Jose, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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Pavel Datsyuk has been red-hot for the Detroit Red Wings, and he has 51 points in 50 games this season. He's the best center up for grabs Wednesday, and he has 13 points in his last 10 games, including seven goals and an average of 5.2 fantasy points per game.

Bryan Little has stepped up in the absence of Mathieu Perreault and is helping the Winnipeg Jets solidify a playoff spot. He's a great value at $5,100, and he's tallied nine points and 4.0 fantasy points per game over his last 10 games played.

Top Picks for Wingers

Overall: Max Pacioretty ($8,100) | Value: Rick Nash ($6,400) 

MONTREAL, QC - FEBRUARY 10: Max Pacioretty #67 of the Montreal Canadiens skates with the puck against Mark Streit #32 of the Philadelphia Flyers in the NHL game at the Bell Centre on February 10, 2015 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (Photo by Francois Lacass
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Max Pacioretty has been a force for the Montreal Canadiens this season with 30 goals in 63 games. The American sniper has six tallies and four markers in his last 10 games played, and he has averaged 5.1 fantasy points per game. The Habs are rolling along, and Max Pac is likely to be your most productive winger.

If you are looking for a winger who is both cost-effective and productive, look no further than Rick Nash of the New York Rangers. The Blueshirts' MVP candidate has 38 goals this season and leads the NHL in goals per 60 this season by a wide margin.

His 2.11 average is higher than Alex Ovechkin's 1.89 total, according to Sporting Charts, and that just reinforces why you should pick up a winger who is averaging 4.6 fantasy points per game this season. He will only cost you $6,400, and that is truly a bargain.

Top Picks for Defense

Overall: P.K. Subban ($7,600) | Value: Tyler Myers ($4,200)

P.K. Subban will cost you $7,600, but it would be cap space well spent. The Habs' budding rear guard has 48 points this season, and 12 have come in his last 10 games. During that span, he has averaged 4.6 fantasy points per game, .01 less than Erik Karlsson, who will cost you $400 more. Subban is a consistent point-producing blueliner, and one you should take with confidence.

WINNIPEG, CANADA - FEBRUARY 16: Tyler Myers #57 of the Winnipeg Jets keeps an eye on the play during second period action against the Edmonton Oilers on February 16, 2015 at the MTS Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. The Jets defeated the Oilers 5-4 in
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If price is a concern for you, select Tyler Myers of the Winnipeg Jets. Myers has flourished since his trade from the Buffalo Sabres, and he has played well. The Jets' towering defender has seven points in his last 10 games, and he has averaged 3.4 fantasy points per game.

If still are on the fence about taking Myers, consider this. With a price tag of $4,200 and seven points in his last 10 games, he costs $600 a point. That is $33.33 less than Subban, who has cost DraftKings players $633.33 a point over the last 10 games.

Top Picks for Goalie

Overall: Carey Price ($9,600) | Value: Cam Talbot ($8,400)

COLUMBUS, OH - FEBRUARY 26:  Goaltender Carey Price #31 of the Montreal Canadiens defends the net against the Columbus Blue Jackets on February 26, 2015 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio.  (Photo by Jamie Sabau/NHLI via Getty Images)
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Carey Price costs $9,600, but he's been the best goalie in the NHL this season. With an 8-1-1 record, a 1.37 goals-against average and a .952 save percentage in his last 10 games, he's the closest thing to a guarantee for a return on your salary cap investment.

Cam Talbot has an 8-1-1 record in his last 10 games and has averaged 5.7 fantasy points per game during that span.

He is giving up 2.66 goals a game during that stretch, but the Rangers are winning games. When you weigh all the variables, Talbot is your best value pick because he keeps on winning games and making tons of saves.

DraftKings stats and details per its official site.