We got a pretty full schedule tonight with 10 games and then the NHL will take a three-day break for Christmas. To everyone that celebrates it, have a Merry Christmas and we'll be back with more FanDuel Fades after the break!
Tomas Fleischmann LW (Montreal) - $6,400
Fleischmann has endured a few mediocre seasons in a row and the move to Montreal hasn't significantly altered his value thus far. He has eight goals and 17 points in 35 contests, which isn't great value for that price. To be fair a lot of that is due to the fact that he has just a goal and an assist in his last 13 contests, but while that might be an important note in the long term, his active cold streak certainly doesn't make him a more desirable pickup today.
Drew Stafford RW (Winnipeg) - $5,700
Stafford has 11 goals, six assists, and a minus-six rating in 33 contests this season, which isn't outright terrible for that price point, but it's not great either and on a pretty full night like tonight, you should be able to find better. On top of that he's been held off the scoresheet in nine of his last 12 games.
Alex Pietrangelo D (St. Louis) - $6,400
Pietrangelo has tremendous value to St. Louis as he's logging 26:33 minutes per game, but he hasn't been nearly as helpful in fantasy circles. He has two goals and just 10 assists in 35 contests this season. That's not great compared to his price point, especially on a night like tonight when John Klingberg, for example, is available at only $300 more.
Darren Helm RW (Detroit) - $5,400
Helm just isn't much of an offensive contributor or a decent value play in daily leagues. He only has three goals and five assists in 29 contests in 2015-16.
Mika Zibanejad C (Ottawa) - $6,100
Zibanejad might build upon his 46-point 2014-15 campaign, but so far it doesn't look like it will be by a significant amount. He has five goals and 15 assists in 33 games in 2015-16. Those numbers might be enough if he stood out in other categories, but he's not a significant producer with the man advantage and he doesn't accumulate many SOG (just 58). There's just not enough there to make him worth his price.
Henrik Lundqvist G (NY Rangers) - $9,500
Lundqvist will be up against the Ducks tonight, which could go very well for him, especially given how offensively anaemic Anaheim has been this season. However, for Lundqvist's price you want a goaltender you can feel relatively safe in and while Lundqvist is often that, he isn't right now. He's allowed four or more goals in four of his last five games and while he will break out of that eventually, no one can know for certain when this cold streak will be behind him. With that in mind, I recommend passing on him for now.
Marian Gaborik RW (Los Angeles) - $6,700
Gaborik was turning his season around, but he's cooled significantly. He has just two goals and three points in his last seven games, putting him back in wait-and-see territory.
Patrick Maroon LW (Anaheim) - $5,200
Maroon can be a decent source of penalty minutes, but his 22 PIM isn't nearly enough to make up for the fact that he has just four points and a minus-seven rating in 28 contests. He might not be one of the more expensive players, but he would still need to be significantly cheaper to make him worth picking up.
Ryan Miller G (Vancouver) - $7,600
Miller left Sunday's shootout due to cramps. It's not serious enough to put him on the sidelines, but he will serve as the team's backup goaltender tonight.
David Backes C (St. Louis) - $7,800
Backes is a well-rounded player in standard fantasy leagues, but like Maroon, FanDuel's scoring system, which doesn't put much emphasis on PIM detracts from a player like Backes (a player needs 8 PIM in a single game to equal 1 assist and 12 PIM to equal 1 goal, not factoring in the added points that potentially come with that from the SOG, PPG, PPA, and/or plus/minus categories). Backes and Maroon can only be compared in the loosest sense as Backes has a vastly superior 10 goals and 10 assists in 35 contests, but his price point is also significantly higher and at that level, you can do better than Backes.