I’ve gone over my fades of late and I’m probably jinxing myself but I’ve done quite well. Let’s see if I can keep this going another night. 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 the 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.
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Michal Neuvirth G (Philadelphia) - $8,800
I’m not quite sure what the love affair is with FanDuel and Neuvirth but he should not be the fifth ranked netminder on Saturday. Another thing is that he played on Friday and gave up three goals on only 18 shots although he did get the overtime win. Look for Steve Mason to start for the Flyers.
Pekka Rinne G (Nashville) - $8,400
Rinne is $400 cheaper than Neuvirth which is mind-boggling in the whole scheme of thing but Rinne has been off of late with a 1-4-1 mark in his last six as he has given up 17 goals on only 130 shots. The Predators have allowed less than 20 shots in four of the six games so Rinne is not a good play at this time.
Alex Pietrangelo D (St. Louis) - $6,400
Pietrangelo was a lot better play when Kevin Shattenkirk was injured but since his return, Shattenkirk has been outstanding offensively while Pietrangelo has sputtered. He had a goal and an assist on November 25 but it was the only game he has had points in, in the last 11 contests.
Seth Jones D (Nashville) - $5,300
Jones has not had a point in his last nine games so it’s not a reach to take a pass on him at this time. I like Jones’s future but with only a goal and 10 points in 25 games, there are plenty of better plays.
Radim Vrbata RW (Vancouver) - $6,500
There sure is a difference playing with Henrik and Daniel Sedin on the top line in Vancouver or getting moved down to the second unit and playing with Bo Horvat and Ronalds Kenins. But that has happened to Vrbata and the 31 goal, 63 point season of last year seems like a dream rather than the nightmare of a six goal and 12 point nightmare with a minus-15 rating in 25 games this season.
Nick Foligno RW (Columbus) - $6,400
Foligno is another player who has nose-dived from last season as he has only two goals and 11 points this year (the same amount of goals as his brother Marcus for the Sabres) after a 31 goal, 42 assist effort last season. He is struggling and we would pass and look elsewhere.
James van Riemsdyk LW (Toronto) - $7,300
The Maple Leafs have scored only once during this two game road trip and are in St. Louis to finish it off before heading home. Playing against Jake Allen does not look like a good matchup for van Riemsdyk and the Leafs on Saturday. He has not picked up a point in his last two outings but does have seven goals and 16 points in 26 games after picking up five helpers in three games before the start of the road trip. Nevertheless, pass on van Riemsdyk Saturday.
Scott Hartnell LW (Columbus) - $6,300
Hartnell was a healthy scratch on Friday and could very well be the same Saturday as coach John Tortorella has not been happy with his play and lack of discipline. I think that Tortorella will sit him at least one more game, rendering him a bad play in FanDuel Saturday.
Jordan Staal C (Carolina) - $6,100
Staal does have two goals and three points in his last four games but he doesn’t shoot a lot (six in the four games) and he was still a minus-one. On the season, the $6 million man has five goals and nine points in 25 games. There are better plays in daily fantasy than the second line center in Carolina.
Brad Richards C (Detroit) - $5,300
Since he returned to action seven games ago, Richards picked up a couple of assists in his second game and has been pointless ever since. He has only four assists with nary a goal in 13 games but does have 36 shots on goal. I would pass on Richards as at age 35 and being demoted to the fourth line, he is not a good play.