Welcome to the FanDuel Fades where we highlight players that we think you should avoid tonight. It's worth emphasizing that this is meant exclusively for daily leagues and the players are being weighed against their FanDuel prices. This is NOT meant to provide any insight into how we view these players in playoffs-long fantasy leagues. After the recommendations you'll find today's list of probable goaltenders, which we update during the afternoon.
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Jakob Silfverberg RW (Anaheim) - $6,300
This is a case where the issue isn't really with the player I'm singling out, but with his peers. There's a lot of high-end red hot right wingers currently, which makes taking Silfverberg undesirable. For example, David Backes ($6,300) is on a seven-game point streak while James Neal ($7,300) has recorded at least a point in eight of his last 10 contests. If you're willing to spend more, then you get into the territory of Patrick Kane ($9,000), Vladimir Tarasenko ($8,800), and Phil Kessel ($8,000), who are all typically effective, but have also been great lately.
Alexander Steen LW (St. Louis) - $6,200
So far Chicago has done a good job of shutting down Steen by limiting him to no points and just two shots on goal in three playoff games. If the Blues go deep into the playoffs then Steen will likely play an important role, but in the short-term it might be best to pass on Steen.
Rickard Rakell C (Anaheim) - $5,600
Rakell has no points and a minus-three rating in the Ducks' first two postseason contests. Beyond that I'm a touch concerned about his role as he was limited to 13:33 minutes in Game 1, but did get 17:28 minutes in Game 2. I'd like to wait until we're a bit further along before potentially gambling on Rakell, especially when it's not hard to find talented centers. For the same price you could get Nick Bonino, who has been playing alongside Phil Kessel and has three points in his last two games.
Andrew Ladd LW (Chicago) - $5,700
Ladd has a five game point drought dating back to the regular season. To make matters worse, he also has a minus-five rating over that span and finished three of those five contests with a negative amount of FanDuel points. Ladd isn't known for being offensively productive in the postseason as he has just 16 points in 60 career games and while he might change that this year, it's best to wait a little longer to see how he's doing before you start to commit to him in daily leagues.
Marian Hossa RW (Chicago) - $5,300
Hossa is coming off a disappointing season where he scored 13 goals and 33 points in 64 contests. Perhaps his wealth of playoff experience will give him an edge there, but thus far he has no points and a minus-two rating in the postseason. On top of that he was limited to 15:22 minutes in Game 2 and 15:45 minutes in Game 3. For some there will be a temptation to grab Hossa given the price, but it would be best to hold off on him, at least for now because him bouncing back isn't an inevitability at his age.
Sami Vatanen D (Anaheim) - $4,900
You're better off not going for a discount defensive option today. Vatanen only has one assist in his last nine games, so if you do want to take a cheap defender than you might be better off with Mike Green ($4,600), who has recorded at least a point in three of his last four games. That being said, Roman Josi ($6,100) is on a five-game point streak, Alex Pietrangelo ($6,100) has only been held off the scoresheet once in his last eight contests, and Shea Weber ($5,800) has three goals and four points in his last five games. It seems like taking one or two of those three would be ideal if you can afford it.