I’m going to give you some fades as these players either should not be in your lineup or tread carefully if you want them on your FanDuel squad. We will also be updating the goaltending matchups at the bottom of the column all season (up to the 7pm start times for most lineups) so check the column and Rotoworld’s daily blurbs for the latest updates.
The playoffs are an interesting time as there are so many games which are decided by bottom-six forwards, especially in overtime as each team will role four lines.
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Pekka Rinne G (Nashville) - $8,400
Rinne played well in Game 1 as the Predators upset the Ducks but Anaheim has plenty of firepower in their lineup. Anaheim will be desperate to even the series at one so I would avoid the Finnish netminder as he has been average at best this season.
Brian Campbell D (Florida) - $3,900
Campbell has only one assist in his last six games although it was in Game 1 against the Islanders. He has been a minus-three in the first two games of the series and with Game 3 in Brooklyn in front of a loud New York crowd, look for the Islanders to prevail. Campbell had only six goals and 31 points this season and does not get a lot of shots on goal as he had only 99 all season.
Matt Carle D (Tampa Bay) – $3,600
Don’t be fooled by Carle’s hot streak at the end of the season as he had five assists in his last four games. Carle’s rest of the season is more indicative of his play as he had two goals and four points in his other 60 contests. Carle is a good defenseman but the Lightning have used him less in the first two games of the playoffs (35 minutes) than they did during the end of the regular season.
Tomas Tatar RW (Detroit) - $4,900
Tatar had a nice season with 45 points including 21 goals and has had an assist in each of the Red Wings two playoff games but he was slumping at the end of the season when Detroit needed him as he had no points in his last four games. The Red Wings need to win this one badly as they trail Tampa Bay 2-0 heading home, but don’t rely on Tatar to be the man.
Andrew Cogliano LW (Anaheim) - $4,400
It has not been a good year for the veteran winger who never misses a game as he had nine goals and 32 points with a plus-two rating. He did pick up an assist on one of the two Anaheim goals in Game 1 but that is more of an anomaly as he failed to put a shot on goal. He had a couple of assists in the Ducks penultimate game of the season but was pointless in the other four games heading into the playoffs with a minus-five rating. Look elsewhere.
Rickard Rakell C (Anaheim) - $5,700
This is a tough one as there are plenty of good centers and Rakell does get plenty of time on the second unit with Corey Perry on his side. But Rakell is recovering from an appendectomy that forced him to miss the final seven games of the regular season and he did not look to be himself in the series opener as he was a minus-two and struggled all night. He may have needed that game but I would avoid him for now.