Looks like I talked too soon yesterday as Scott Hartnell and Nick Foligno each had big games. Anyway, let’s see who I don’t like on Saturday. Hopefully I'm better today than yesterday. 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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Antti Raanta G (New York Rangers) - $9,000
Raanta and Zatkoff (below) are in similar situations as both are expensive daily fantasy plays and are backups, so the matchup has to be perfect. I think Henrik Lundqvist will play, making Raanta irrelevant, but even if Raanta gets the start, the Senators are more than capable of scoring against the suddenly porous Rangers defensive corps.
Jeff Zatkoff G (Pittsburgh) - $8,900
Coach Mike Johnston said before Saturday’s game that he hadn’t decided who would play on Sunday but Zatkoff has an awfully high value for any goalie, never mind the backup spot in Pittsburgh. There is a lot better value even if he gets the start against Anaheim and that certainly is in doubt.
Kris Letang D (Pittsburgh) - $6,000
It looks like Letang could miss his second straight game Sunday after missing practice Friday with an undisclosed injury. He practiced on Saturday and the training staff will see on Sunday how well he recovered. If he does miss action, David Warsofsky will once again take his spot on the first power play.
Patric Hornqvist RW (Pittsburgh) - $7,200
At the start of the season poolies were drooling as Hornqvist figured to line up with either Sidney Crosby or Evgeni Malkin. Either way, he was going to get his goals and points. Well, he is now on the third line with Nick Bonino and Pascal Dupuis who switched spots with Beau Bennett in the third period Saturday. Any way you slice this one, they are not Crosby or Malkin. Hornqvist has only four goals and eight points with a minus-five rating in 25 games. No need to say anything more.
Marian Gaborik RW (Los Angeles) - $6,700
Gaborik is on a three game scoring streak with two goals and four points but I think it will come to an end on Sunday as the Kings host Tampa Bay. I’m a big Andrei Vasilevskiy fan and think he will shut the door on the Kings scoring. Gaborik had a penalty shot on Saturday and missed.
Brandon Pirri LW (Florida) - $6,000
Pirri had 22 goals last season with only two assists in 49 games so there was a lot of hype heading into this season but has only five goals and 11 points in 26 games this season, including one goal in his last four matches. He has always been a point getter throughout his minor and junior career but the 24-year-old could be hitting a bump in the road this season.
Ryan Kesler C (Anaheim) - $6,400
Kesler has been held off the scoresheet for the last two games after being on a four game points streak. Even with the streak, the center has only three goals and 11 points with a minus-11 rating. He sees first power play time but his wingers 5v5 are Nick Ritchie and Jakob Silfverberg and while both are highly regarded, they hardly strike fear into their opponents at this stage of their career.