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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Brayden Schenn LW (Philadelphia) - $6,400
Schenn has an assist in three playoff games in the first round, which isn't bad, but it's hard to recommend him when so many of his peers have excelled lately. Rather than Schenn, you could alternatively get Milan Lucic, who has only been held off the scoresheet once in his last six contests, or Jonathan Huberdeau ($7,000), who has recorded at least a point in eight of his last 10 games. If you can fit one of them in your budget, Alexander Ovechkin ($10,200) and Jamie Benn ($8,900) are also great options.
Jaromir Jagr RW (Florida) - $6,100
Jagr has gotten off to a rough start against the Islanders. Not only has he been held off the scoresheet, but he also has posted a minus-one rating in each game. On top of that he was held to just one shot on goal in Game 3. With all that in mind, this seems like a good time to pick an alternative, especially with his teammate Reilly Smith ($7,000) red hot.
Patrick Marleau C (San Jose) - $4,900
On his own, Marleau doesn't look like a bad option at that price. He only has an assist in his last four games, but that's not dreadful. However, there are so many great centers right now, including but not limited to, Marcus Johansson ($5,100), who has five points in his last three games, Nick Bjugstad ($6,400), who has recorded at least a point in seven of his last eight contests, and Nicklas Backstrom ($7,00), who has nine points in his last four contests. If you need a discount center though, consider Cody Eakin ($3,900), who has an assist in each of the Stars' last two games and has been getting top-six minutes recently.
Wayne Simmonds RW (Philadelphia) - $7,500
The Flyers have fallen to a 3-0 deficit in their series against Washington and all the while Simmonds has been held off the scoresheet. Maybe the Flyers will bounce back for Game 4, but Simmonds is the second most expensive right winger tonight, making him too expensive for my tastes as such a gamble.
Marian Gaborik LW (Los Angeles) - $5,300
Gaborik has two games under his belt now in his return from a knee injury and he logged a solid 17:21 minutes in Monday's contest, so he'll likely be used regularly going forward. Gaborik is coming off a rough season though where he scored 12 goals and just 22 points in 54 contests. Perhaps he'll step up in the playoffs, but I'd like to see evidence of that before taking him in a daily league.
Steve Mason G (Philadelphia) - $7,700
After Mason allowed 12 goals in three playoff games, it looks like the Flyers are going to start Michal Neuvirth in Game 4 tonight. There's a chance that Philadelphia is trying to trick the Capitals, but odds are they just genuinely want to go with a different goaltender given Mason's recent struggles. Even if Mason were to start though, I wouldn't recommend him.