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 season-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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Craig Smith RW (Nashville) - $5,500
Smith has been limited to two goals and an assist in his last 10 games. Combine that with his rather unappealing 2.3 FanDuel points per game and he's not a great choice, even at that price point. That becomes more apparent when you consider that his competition includes Loui Eriksson ($5,400) and Shane Doan ($5,300), who have both enjoyed significantly better seasons.
Ondrej Palat LW (Tampa Bay) - $6,600
Palat had a great stretch of three goals and nine points over five contests from Mar 19-28, but he seems to have cooled down now. That's particularly problematic because by itself his 2.6 FanDuel points per game average isn't good enough to justify his price point. He's also competing against some particularly hot left wingers tonight, including Artemi Panarin ($6,900), who has eight points in his last two games and Jonathan Huberdeau ($7,100), who is on a six-game point streak.
Rick Nash RW (NY Rangers) - $6,900
Nash has three goals and no assists in his last 10 games, making him fairly cold compared to today's high-end right wingers. By contrast Patric Hornqvist ($7,100) is on a three-game goal scoring streak, Nikita Kucherov has five goals and 10 points in seven contests, and Jakob Silfverberg ($6,400) has six goals and nine points in his last nine games.
Jason Pominville RW (Minnesota) - $5,900
Pominville has no goals and three assists in his last nine games. That's unfortunately the latest rough stretch in what has been a disappointing season for him as he has 11 goals and 36 points in 73 games. In FanDuel terms he's averaging 2.4 points per game, which is well behind most of the other options in his price range, including Tyler Toffoli (3.4, $6,000), Kyle Okposo (3.1, $5,900), and Brendan Gallagher (3.5, $5,800).
Tyler Johnson C (Tampa Bay) - $6,100
Johnson is on a four-game point drought and has only averaged 2.5 FanDuel points per game in 2015-16 anyways. The real knock against him is his competition in that price range though. Evgeny Kuznetsov has been somewhat cold lately as well, but at $5,900 now he looks like a steal while Ryan Johansen ($6,500) has 11 points in his last 10 games and Joe Thornton ($6,700) is both hot and having a fantastic season.
Martin Jones G (San Jose) - $8,900
Jones is having a superb season, but so is James Reimer and the latter is expected to get the start tonight. Reimer is only $7,600 though and has posted a 1.85 GAA and .927 save percentage in seven starts since joining the Sharks, so he seems like someone to consider for your goaltender tonight.
Zack Smith LW (Ottawa) - $5,700
From Feb. 2 through March 12, Smith was stunning with 12 goals and 19 points in 20 games. However, that stretch was an anomaly in a career where he's recorded 111 points in 397 games and 33 points in 78 contests in 2015-16 specifically. That incredible hot streak did drive up his price though, so now we have a player that's averaged 2.2 FanDuel points per game costing $5,700. For the same price you can get teammate Mike Hoffman, who has averaged 3.2 FanDuel points per game.
Anze Kopitar C (Los Angeles) - $7,300
The Kings have been struggling lately and that has extended to Kopitar as he's been held off the scoresheet in four of his last five games. Obviously he's still a great center having a fantastic season, but there are so many good center options available tonight that you don't have to gamble on a player that's cold. Ryan Kesler ($7,200) is on fire with six goals and 14 points in his last 10 contests, Aleksander Barkov ($7,200) is on a six-game point streak, and even Kopitar's teammate, Jeff Carter ($7,400), has been a better bet lately with five goals and nine points in six contests despite the Kings' overall slump.
Justin Faulk D (Carolina) - $5,000
Faulk has been limited to a goal and an assist in his last eight contests. At least he's cheap, but Ryan Suter ($4,800) is even less and he has five assists in his last seven games. If you're willing to spend more, there is a glut of great defensemen available tonight and many like Drew Doughty ($5,900, Torey Krug ($6,000), and Victor Hedman ($6,200) have been particularly productive lately.
Chris Kunitz LW (Pittsburgh) - $6,100
Kunitz often plays alongside Sidney Crosby, but at the age of 36 that's not enough to make Kunitz an offensive force. He's recorded 17 goals and 39 points in 77 contests this season and while Kunitz has enjoyed some good stretches, he's not currently in one. Kunitz has just one assist in his last five games even as Sidney Crosby registered a point in each of those contests.