I’m going to give you some fades as these players either should not be in your lineup or tread carefully if you want them on your FanDuel squad. We will also be updating the goaltending matchups at the bottom of t he column all season (up to the 7pm start times for most lineups) so check the column and Rotoworld’s daily blurbs for the latest updates.
The Christmas break is over and you never know how the turkey dinner will affect players so let's look at some fades.
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Jeff Zatkoff G (Pittsburgh) - $8,800
Zatkoff is still tied for the third highest valued goalie this week not on the injured reserve list and it really does not make sense as Matt Murray has surpassed him on the Penguins and could start tonight. The Penguins are currently not a good team so the chances of Zatkoff winning if he even plays, are not great.
Tuukka Rask G (Boston) - $8,800
Normally goal Rask would not be on this list but it looks like it will be Jonas Gustavsson between the pipes with Rask getting the start on Sunday. The Bruins play the Sabres tonight so Gustavsson should be a good play in FanDuel.
Alex Pietrangelo D (St. Louis) - $6,500
Pietrangelo is not the offensive threat that he has been the last few seasons as he has only two goals and 11 assists despite being the beneficiary of extra power play time when Kevin Shattenkirk was injured earlier in the season. While he has two assists in his last four games, Pietrangelo did not have any points in his previous nine contests.
Alex Goligoski D (Dallas) - $5,400
Goligoski has a goal and two assists in his last five games but overall he has only three goals and 11 assists in 35 contests, albeit with a plus-12 rating. He doesn't see first power play time as that has been given to John Klingberg, so his fantasy value suffers. The Stars are playing a solid St. Louis squad on Saturday so I would suggest taking a pass on Goligski tonight.
Jordan Eberle RW (Edmonton) - $5,800
The talented Oilers winger has eight goals in 22 games but that is his only contribution to daily fantasy. He has three assists and is a terrible minus-14 so his value is quite tiny. He should get more value when Connor McDavid returns from injury as the two could play together but that is still likely a month away.
Marian Gaborik RW (Los Angeles) - $6,700
The saga of Marian Gaborik continues as he has seven goals and 12 points this season in 33 games. The winger has been pointless in his last two games as well as going minus-five. Gaborik plays alongside Anze Kopitar and Milan Lucic (at least for the moment) and while that should bring hope to DFS players, he has not shown any reason to select him at this time.
Patric Hornqvist LW (Pittsburgh) - $7,200
Hornqvist has only six assists and 11 points this season with a minus-five rating so that is a good enough reason not to take him but at $7,200 that is just way too much money to spend on a player who has only five goals in 33 games. He does have 91 shots on net so perhaps the puck will start going in more for him but he is not worth the gamble.
Ryan Johansen C (Columbus) - $7,900
Johansen has been in the doghouse under new coach John Tortorella from time-to-time and has only six goals and 23 points in 33 games this season including an assist in his last five games. Johansen has struggled under Tortorella and playing after Christmas against Tampa Bay may not be the best time to be taking the former fourth overall pick in the 2010 draft.
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins C (Edmonton) - $7,600
The former first overall pick in 2011 has not had the best of luck dealing with shoulder injuries over the past couple of seasons but has been full-time this year with eight goals and 23 points in 34 games. Nugent-Hopkins has been cold of late as he is pointless in his last three games with a minus-five rating. Look elsewhere.