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FanDuel Fades: December 15

by Ryan Dadoun
Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:04 pm ET

There's 11 games tonight, but it's something of an unusual day given the quantity of contests as none of them will start after 8:30 p.m. ET.  That's always convenient for players on the east coast who want to find out the results of their daily pool without staying up after midnight on a workday.  Of the teams playing tonight, Edmonton, Tampa Bay, Columbus, and Buffalo are all playing on no rest, so take that into consideration when picking your team tonight.

 

Jakub Voracek LW (Philadelphia) - $7,400

 

Voracek usually plays as a right winger, but he's shifting to the left side in the hope that the change will spark him.  Maybe it will, but I'd rather wait-and-see rather than bet on him immediately, especially given the cost associated with him.  He has just one goal, 15 assists, and a minus-10 rating in 30 games this season.

 

Jarome Iginla RW (Colorado) - $6,400

 

Iginla has gone seven straight games without a point and has just one point in his last 12 contests.  He has some good stretches ahead of him, but at the age of 38, it wouldn't be shocking if this season is a regression for him overall.  Either way, I'd rather avoid him at that price until he starts to heat up again.

 

Andrew Ladd LW (Winnipeg) - $7,300

 

Ladd has eight goals, 10 assists, and a minus-six rating in 30 games this season, so he usually hasn't been worth that price point this season.  Combine that with the fact that the Jets are going to be up against a pretty tough team tonight in St. Louis and Ladd is not one of your better bets tonight.

 

Steven Stamkos C (Tampa Bay) - $9,400

 

It's hard to suggest this, but Stamkos hasn't scored a goal since Nov. 21 and he has just five points in nine games since his last marker.  Overall this season he has 11 goals, 11 assists, and a minus-three rating in 31 games.  That's not good enough for his superstar price point.  There actually isn't much in the way of great value centers available tonight despite the glut of games, but right now it's hard to pick Stamkos over Tyler Seguin, who is cheaper at $8,700 and then take one of the cheaper options to round out your centers, like perhaps Leon Draisaitl, who has 26 points in 21 games and is still just $3,800.  As is the case with a lot of players I list, I'm not saying that Stamkos is never a good pick, just that he's not great value given his recent drought.

 

Brandon Saad RW (Columbus) - $6,600

 

There was so much optimism about Brandon Saad going into this campaign.  He was going from Chicago where he was a complimentary player to Columbus where he would be one of their cornerstones and would be playing alongside a rising star in Ryan Johansen.  Unfortunately Columbus hasn't had a great season and while Saad's campaign hasn't been a disaster, he hasn't taken a step forward either.  His 10 goals, eight assists, and neutral rating through 31 games aren't great given his price point and he hasn't looked particularly good lately either with a goal and an assist in eight contests.

 

Marian Hossa RW (Chicago) - $6,400

 

Hossa has five goals, eight assists, and a neutral plus/minus rating in 28 games this season.  That puts him below the curve for players in around that price.  Hossa has been aging pretty well up until this point, but at the age of 36 (37 in January), we might be seeing a season of decline out of him.  That'd be unfortunate for Chicago given that Hossa is signed through 2020-21.

 

Alex Pietrangelo D (St. Louis) - $6,400

 

Pietrangelo has just a goal and an assist in his last 16 games.  This is another case of a good player on a lengthy cold streak.  As you've probably guessed by now if you've been reading through my FanDuel Fades, my preference is to simply avoid cold players rather than stabbing in the dark and hope that I'll be the one to catch them on Day 1 of a new hot streak.  If the player in question is cheap enough to justify the risk than I'm flexible there, but Pietrangelo isn't an example of that.

 

Jack Eichel C (Buffalo) - $6,300

 

Someday Eichel should be a star, but he hasn't lived up to the initial hype surrounding him.  The bigger issue for us though is that with nine goals, five assists, and a minus-six rating in 31 games, he's not a great buy at that price.  On top of that he has no points and a minus-three rating in his last four games and will be up against an elite goaltender in New Jersey's Cory Schneider tonight.

 

Filip Forsberg LW (Nashville) - $7,900

 

Forsberg is dealing with a modest regression from his impressive 63-point rookie campaign and while it's nothing to be concerned about in the long run, it makes his current price point fairly unappealing.  He has six goals, 19 points, and a minus-two rating in 30 games this season.  More recently he has a goal, no assists, and a minus-two rating in his last four games.  If you're willing to spend that much on a LW tonight, then you should go with one of the safer bets.

 

Semyon Varlamov G (Colorado) - $8,900

 

The good news is that Varlamov has been doing much better lately, allowing two goals or less in five straight starts.  However, he's still had a rough season overall (2.75 GAA, .909 save percentage), and more importantly, he's up against the Blackhawks in Chicago tonight.  In fact, I'm avoid Varlamov tonight more because I don't like Colorado's chances on the road against Chicago than due to any negative feelings towards Varlamov.  Also keep in mind that while Varlamov will probably start, at the time of writing that hasn't been confirmed. Be sure to check back later as we do update the probable goaltenders (seen below) during the afternoon.

 

New Jersey (Cory Schneider) confirmed @ Buffalo (Linus Ullmark) confirmed

Florida (Roberto Luongo) confirmed @ NY Islanders (Jaroslav Halak) confirmed

Edmonton (Anders Nilsson) confirmed @ NY Rangers (Henrik Lundqvist) confirmed

Carolina (Eddie Lack) @ Philadelphia (Michal Neuvirth) confirmed

Tampa Bay (Andrei Vasilevskiy) confirmed @Toronto (Jonathan Bernier) confirmed

San Jose (Martin Jones) confirmed @ Montreal (Dustin Tokarski) confirmed

Calgary (Karri Ramo) confirmed @ Nashville (Pekka Rinne)

Vancouver (Ryan Miller) confirmed @ Minnesota (Darcy Kuemper) confirmed

St. Louis (Jake Allen) confirmed @ Winnipeg (Connor Hellebuyck) confirmed

Colorado (Semyon Varlamov) confirmed @ Chicago (Corey Crawford) confirmed

Columbus (Curtis McElhinney) @ Dallas (Kari Lehtonen) confirmed

Ryan Dadoun
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