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FanDuel Fades: Feb. 16

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

Welcome to the FanDuel Fades where we highlight players that would be best to avoid today.  Below that is a list of probable goaltenders that we update during the afternoon, so be sure to check back in later to get a better idea of who tonight's starters will be.


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Kevin Shattenkirk D (Blues) - $5,100


Shattenkirk has an impressive 28 points in 48 games this season, but 23 of those points were recorded in a span of 24 games from Nov. 14 through Dec. 31.  In 2016, he has just four points in 20 contests.  So don't let his overall success in 2015-16 lead you to believe that he's a value pick at $5,100.  To be fair, Shattenkirk does have a history of success that dates back several seasons, but he's also been cold for a while now.


Nick Foligno RW (Blue Jackets) - $5,600


Not unlike Shattenkirk, the bulk of Foligno's points this season can be traced back to one great stretch.  From Nov. 20 through Jan. 8, Foligno recorded 18 points in 19 games.  That stretch ended when he suffered an upper-body injury and while he was able to return roughly two weeks later, he didn't pick up where he left off.  In his last nine games, he's been held off the scoresheet seven times.


Kyle Turris C (Senators) - $5,100


Turris returned from a lower-body injury on Feb. 6, but since then he has no points and a minus-two rating in five contests.  That extends his point drought to nine games in total.  There's been speculation that he didn't wait until he was 100% before returning from his injury and for now it might be best to steer clear of him in daily leagues.


David Backes RW (Blues) - $6,300


As mentioned in the past, Backes isn't a player that's structured ideally for the FanDuel point system.  If you're playing in a traditional season-long league, then in a lot of cases Backes' value comes from his mixture of grit and skill, but FanDuel only gives 0.25 points per PIM, so that needs to be kept in mind.  Consequently Backes is averaging just 2.3 FanDuel points per game this season, which is significantly lower than every other right winger that costs $6,000 or more today.  On top of that, Backes is cold right now as he's been held off the scoresheet in seven of his last eight games.


Eric Staal C (Hurricanes) - $6,100


With the trade deadline looming, these could be Staal's final days in Carolina, but if his long tenure with the club ended today, it would be ending with a whimper.  He hasn't recorded a point in his last five games and he's on a 12-contest goal scoring slump.  Over that same 12-game span, he's recorded just two assists.  In other words, he couldn't be much colder right now.


Braden Holtby G (Capitals) - $9,700


Holtby is having a tremendous season and he's one of the safest bets to be the starter for any given Capitals game as Washington has started him in 45 of their 54 contests.  You always want to double check though and today's the perfect example of that as Tuesday's contest against Los Angeles is expected to be one of those rare occasions where Philipp Grubauer is the Capitals' starter.  Don't blow roughly 17.6% of your budget on a goaltender that might not play tonight.


Taylor Hall LW (Oilers) - $6,900


Hall is an exciting player and at that price point he's certainly tempting, but exercise caution.  Edmonton's offense has gone quiet lately with the Oilers being held to just one goal in four of their last five contests.  Over that five-game stretch, Hall has no points and a minus-five rating.  Edmonton's next opponent is Anaheim, which has shaken off its slow start to post a 11-2-1 record dating back to Jan. 13.  In other words, there are a lot of trends that are breaking against Hall at the moment.  If you wanted to take an Oiler right now, Connor McDavir or Jordan Eberle as that duo has found success on a line together even as Edmonton as a whole continues to struggle.


Patrick Sharp (Stars) - $6,200


Sharp has often played with Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin this season, but lately he's been playing a lot with Antoine Roussel and Cody Eakin.  Those are obviously less desirable linemates for Sharp and it's probably been a factor in Sharp's recent decline in production.  He has just one assist and a minus-six rating in his last seven games.  Keep an eye on this situation as Sharp is a fine pick at that price when he's playing with Benn and Seguin, but when he's not getting regular minutes with them, Sharp is naturally a much less desirable pick.



Philadelphia (Michal Neuvirth) confirmed @ New Jersey (Cory Schneider) confirmed

Los Angeles (Jonathan Quick) @ Washington (Philipp Grubauer) confirmed

Winnipeg (Ondrej Pavelec) confirmed @ Carolina (Eddie Lack) confirmed

Boston (Tuukka Rask) confirmed @ Columbus (Joonas Korpisalo) confirmed

Buffalo (Robin Lehner) confirmed @ Ottawa (Craig Anderson) confirmed

San Jose (Martin Jones) confirmed @ Tampa Bay (Ben Bishop) confirmed

Dallas (Kari Lehtonen) @ St. Louis (Brian Elliott) confirmed

Anaheim (Frederik Andersen) confirmed @ Edmonton (Cam Talbot) confirmed

Ryan Dadoun
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