NHL Plays: Wednesday

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NHL Plays will highlight the best and the most underrated daily fantasy options among forwards, defensemen and goaltenders.

Please note, these players were chosen early in the day, so make sure to check NBC Sports EDGE's player news for any lineup changes, injuries and potential changes in the crease for starting goaltenders.

Additionally, it is worth reminding everyone that FanDuel allows you to roster nine players (2C, 2W, 2D, 2UTIL 1G) with a salary cap of $55,000, while DraftKings has a cap of $50,000 for nine players (2C, 3W, 2D, 1G, 1UTIL) and Yahoo has a $200 budget for nine players (2C, 3W, 2D, 2G).

There are five games scheduled Wednesday.

Forwards:

Mikko Rantanen (Colorado) – W - $9,500 FanDuel, $8,300 DraftKings, $34 Yahoo

There is no shortage of high-end players available tonight, but Rantanen in particular seems like a nice balance between talent and price. He’s not quite as expensive as the cream of the crop, but he’s having a fantastic campaign with 22 goals and 49 points in 37 contests. He’s also been on a roll lately, scoring at least a goal in five of his last seven games.

Johnny Gaudreau (Calgary) – W - $8,900 FanDuel, $6,200 DraftKings, $29 Yahoo

Gaudreau is worth considering on all sites, but he’s particularly well priced on DraftKings, especially given how good he’s been lately. Gaudreau scored a goal and three assists on Monday to extend his point streak to five contests. That was also the fourth time in nine games that Gaudreau has recorded at least three points. He’s up to 16 goals and 48 points in 37 contests this season.

Tyler Bertuzzi (Detroit) – W - $7,200 FanDuel, $4,800 DraftKings, $23 Yahoo

Bertuzzi is having a somewhat hot-and-cold season and he’s been on one of his upswings lately. He’s recorded at least a point in four straight games, six of his last seven contests, and 10 of his last 13 games. He’s up to 19 goals and 36 points in 34 games.

Elias Lindholm (Calgary) – C - $6,400 FanDuel, $6,000 DraftKings, $25 Yahoo

There’s no shortage of great wingers available, but it’s a bit harder to find strong center options tonight. Lindholm is worth considering though, especially given that he’s entering tonight’s action riding a three-game point streak. He’s contributed 13 goals and 32 points in 37 games in 2021-22.

Bargain Bin: Boone Jenner (CBJ) - $6,000 FanDuel/$5,500 DraftKings/$17 Yahoo, Ilya Mikheyev (TOR) - $5,500 FanDuel/$4,900 DraftKings/$17 Yahoo, Blake Coleman (CAL) - $5,000 FanDuel/$3,300 DraftKings/$17 Yahoo, Michael Bunting (TOR) - $4,900 FanDuel/$3,600 DraftKings/$16 Yahoo, Alexander Kerfoot (TOR) - $4,700 FanDuel/$2,700 DraftKings/$17 Yahoo, Sean Monahan (CAL) - $4,700 FanDuel/$3,000 DraftKings/$16 Yahoo

Defensemen:

Morgan Rielly (Toronto) - $6,300 FanDuel, $5,700 DraftKings, $21 Yahoo

Rielly had an okay, but not amazing start to the season with eight assists in his first 15 games. Lately though, he’s been one of the league’s top offensive defensemen. Dating back to Dec. 4, he’s scored two goals and 18 points in 14 games. To put that in perspective, he’s led all blueliners in points-per-game over that span. Overall this season he has five goals and 33 points in 38 games.

Bargain Bin: Cam Fowler (ANA) - $5,100 FanDuel/$3,400 DraftKings/$13 Yahoo, Hampus Lindholm (ANA) - $4,800 FanDuel/$4,200 DraftKings/$17 Yahoo, Rasmus Andersson (CAL) - $4,700 FanDuel/$4,500 DraftKings/$17 Yahoo, Erik Gustafsson (CHI) - $4,300 FanDuel/$2,700 DraftKings/$14 Yahoo

Goaltenders:

Jacob Markstrom (Calgary) - $8,400 FanDuel, $7,900 DraftKings, $28 Yahoo

Markstrom has been hit-and-miss, but he’s averaged out to have a strong season with a 14-9-5 record, 2.21 GAA, and .924 save percentage in 28 contests. He’ll be up against Columbus tonight, which has managed to score just seven goals over its last four games.

Bargain Bin: Pavel Francouz (COL) - $8,200 FanDuel/$8,000 DraftKings/$30 Yahoo, Marc-Andre Fleury (CHI) - $7,500 FanDuel/$7,600 DraftKings/$36 Yahoo