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FanDuel Fades: December 29

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

Here's the latest FanDuel Fades, where we highlight players that would be better to avoid tonight, factoring in their price on FanDuel.  At the bottom you'll see a list of probable goaltenders for tonight.  Please note that we do update that list in the afternoon so be sure to check back later.


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Andrew Ladd LW (Winnipeg) - $7,300


There's a noticeable gap in production between Ladd and the rest of the left wingers that cost at least $7,000 tonight.  Ladd has nine goals, 21 points, and a minus-four rating in 35 games this season.  For the same price you could get Mike Hoffman, who has 33 points in 32 games.


Mikhail Grabovski C (NY Islanders) - $5,600


Grabovski has had some strong seasons offensively, but the Isladners don't seem to be a great fit for him in that regard.  He had just 19 points in 51 games last season and while he's doing better in 2015-16, he's still not great, even relative to his modest FanDuel price point.  He has five goals and 11 assists in 36 games this season.

Rickard Rakell LW (Anaheim) - $6,000


Rakell has some untapped offensive upside, but it's not surprising he hasn't broken out this season given the overall state of the Ducks.  Instead he has seven goals and 15 points in 31 contests, which is fine, but not enough to justify taking him at his current price.


Ryan Kesler C (Anaheim) - $6,300


The Anaheim Ducks have been so uninspired offensively this season that they're easy pickings for a list like this.  Still, Kesler, like Rakell, is struggling even by the standards of the 2015-16 Ducks.  He has four goals, 12 points, and a minus-13 in 34 contests this season.  That puts him on pace for just 28 points, which would be his worst showing since 2005-06 (excluding seasons where he played in fewer than 50 contests).


Jakob Silfverberg RW (Anaheim) - $5,400


Even at that relatively low price, Silfverberg is still far too expensive.  He's done almost nothing this season as he has three goals, six points, and a minus-eight rating in 34 games.


Petr Mrazek G (Detroit) - $8,700


Mrazek is one of the pricer options out there, but he's often worth it.  It's certainly hard to complain about his recent play as he's held the competition to two or fewer goals in each of his last six games.  Jimmy Howard is going to get a chance to play tonight though, so don't make the mistake of grabbing Mrazek.


Eric Staal C (Carolina) - $7,100


Staal isn't nearly as productive offensively as he used to be.  At one time he was a safe bet to finish above the 70-point mark every season, but he finished with 61 points in 2013-14 and 54 points last season.  Now he's on pace to record just 45 points after scoring five goals and 20 points in 36 contests.  That's naturally not the kind of numbers you want from a forward at the $7,100-mark.


Brandon Pirri LW (Florida) - $6,400


Pirri has seven goals and 11 assists in 36 games in 2015-16.  It's been a season of progress for him as his current single season career high in games played is 49 and he's likely to shatter that this season.  All the same, his production isn't good enough to justify that price point.


Jordan Eberle RW (Edmonton) - $5,800


Eberle has had some encouraging patches since missing the start of the campaign with a shoulder injury, but he's been inconsistent.  He's worth keeping an eye on because all things being equal, he's not bad at that price, but his relative up-and-down nature thus far combined, lackluster numbers (eight goals, 13 points, and a minus-12 rating in 24 games), and quality of his opponent tonight (Los Angeles) make me view Eberle as too risky of a bet in the short-term.


Curtis McElhinney G (Columbus) - $6,200


McElhinney is one of the cheaper goalie options available, but there's a reason for that.  He has a terrible 3.29 GAA and .885 save percentage in 13 games this season and he's up against the Dallas Stars, which have been an offensive powerhouse this season.  If you need a low-cost option in goal, there are better ones out there.  Connor Hellebuyck is a potential alternative (also $6,200), but at the time of writing he hasn't been confirmed as tonight's starter for Winnipeg, so be sure to keep an eye on that.



Ottawa (Craig Anderson) confirmed @ Boston (Tuukka Rask)

NY Islanders (Thomas Greiss) confirmed @ Toronto (Jonathan Bernier) confirmed

Carolina (Cam Ward) confirmed @ New Jersey (Keith Kinkaid) confirmed

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

Montreal (Ben Scrivens) confirmed @ Florida (Roberto Luongo) confirmed

Nashville (Pekka Rinne) @ St. Louis (Jake Allen) confirmed

Detroit (Jimmy Howard) confirmed @ Winnipeg (Connor Hellebuyck) confirmed

Anaheim (John Gibson) confirmed @ Calgary (Karri Ramo) confirmed

Los Angeles (Jonathan Quick) @ Edmonton (Cam Talbot) confirmed

Chicago (Corey Crawford) @ Arizona (Anders Lindback) confirmed

Ryan Dadoun
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