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FanDuel Fades: December 31

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.


You also need to keep in mind that because it's New Years Eve, we have three games starting at a irregular time for a weeknight (6:00 p.m. ET), so make sure you get your team in before the deadline.


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Teuvo Teravainen RW (Chicago) - $6,000


Teravainen had two assists in his last contest to end his four-game drought, but he only logged 12:13 minutes in that contest.  It's impressive that he was so productive with that amount of ice time, but the fact remains that his role with Chicago has been limited this season and that's made it hard to trust him in the short-term.  He's definitely worth keeping an eye on as he's getting more and more appealing, but I still don't feel comfortable gambling on him yet.  You should also keep in mind that Teravainen's two-point night came as part of a 7-5 victory over Arizona whereas tonight the Blackhawks will be up against Colorado, which has been very effective this month.


Jordan Staal C (Carolina) - $5,300


Staal might not cost that much, but he's given even less.  He has seven goals and 14 points in 37 contests this season.  To make that even less enticing, he's also sporting a minus-seven rating and is only averaging 1:09 minutes per game with the man advantage.  There's just not a whole lot to like here from a fantasy perspective.


Andrew Ladd LW (Winnipeg) - $7,100


Ladd recorded 62 points last season, but he's taken a step back in 2015-16 with 10 goals and 22 points in 36 contests.  He'd definitely be worth grabbing if he was a bit cheaper, but as it is you can do better.


Gustav Nyquist LW (Detroit) - $6,100


Nyquist isn't having a bad season, but he's not having a great one either as he has 12 goals and 21 points in 37 contests in 2015-16.  That's a little skewed by the fact that he has just one point (a goal) in his last seven contests, but for our purposes tonight, it only adds to the reasons to pass on him.  Once he starts to heat up again he'll be worth re-evaluating, but for now it's better to pass on him.


Marian Gaborik RW (Los Angeles) - $6,600


Gaborik has been somewhat hot-and-cold this season, but he's averaged out to an underwhelming seven goals and 13 points in 36 contests thus far.  Combine that with the fact that he might be starting another cold streak as he's been limited to one assist in his last five games and he looks pretty expensive.


Kris Russell D (Calgary) - $5,700


Russell set a new career-high in 2014-15 with 34 points, but this season isn't turning out nearly as well.  He has two goals and 11 points in 33 contests this season.  He did start to heat up earlier this month, but he doesn't have a single point in his last five games, so we're back into wait-and-see mode with him.


Ryan Kesler C (Anaheim) - $6,100


Kesler does have 21 penalty minutes over his last three games, but PIM isn't something you can rely on from him, especially in those quantities.  Plus, PIM gives just 0.25 points per minute compared to a goal, which is worth at least 3.4 points (3 for the goal, 0.4 for the shot), so even on a night where a player gets into a fair amount of trouble, it's still typically not as valuable as a player who has a strong night offensively.  Kesler hasn't had many of the latter in 2015-16 as he has four goals and 12 points in 35 games.


Chris Kunitz LW (Pittsburgh) - $6,400


Kunitz actually scored a goal last night, but the 36-year-old will be playing for the second time in as many days and for the fourth time in six days.  So naturally fatigue is a concern for tonight's contest, but the primary reason I think you should pass on him is because most of his offensive production has faded at this stage of his career.  He has just five goals and 13 points in 36 games this season.


Jiri Hudler RW (Calgary) - $5,600


Hudler has only found the back of the net once in his last 22 games.  That's a dreadful slump and an especially disappointing one after he scored 31 goals in 2015-16.  I wouldn't dismiss the possibility of him bouncing back in the second half of the season, but I'd rather wait for him to end that slump before considering to grab him.


NY Islanders (Thomas Greiss) confirmed @ Buffalo (Linus Ullmark) confirmed

Pittsburgh (Jeff Zatkoff) confirmed @ Detroit (Petr Mrazek) confirmed

Washington (Philipp Grubauer) confirmed @ Carolina (Eddie Lack) confirmed

Minnesota (Devan Dubnyk) confirmed @ St. Louis (Jake Allen) confirmed

Chicago (Scott Darling) confirmed @ Colorado (Semyon Varlamov) confirmed

Nashville (Pekka Rinne) confirmed @ Dallas (Antti Niemi) confirmed

Los Angeles (Jonathan Quick) confirmed @ Calgary (Karri Ramo) confirmed

Anaheim (John Gibson) confirmed @ Edmonton (Cam Talbot) confirmed

Winnipeg (Connor Hellebuyck) confirmed @ Arizona (Louis Domingue) confirmed

Ryan Dadoun
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