There's only three games scheduled today, so pickings are naturally going to be slim, but in this edition of the FanDuel Fades I'll highlight a handful of players that you should nevertheless avoid. Be sure to also check our list of goaltenders below and remember that we do update that list of probables in the afternoon, so please come back later to see who is starting tonight.
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Daniel Sedin LW (Vancouver) - $7,800
Sedin has no points and a minus-two rating in his last three games, but initially I was going to leave him off this list. After all, that's not a particularly long slump and Sedin is a great player, so it felt like an overreaction to recommend avoiding him tonight. But then I asked myself: Who among tonight's left wingers would I take Sedin over? Chris Kunitz and J.T. Miller have been on fire lately. Henrik Zetterberg has been solid and is significantly cheaper ($6,700). Tomas Tatar is a great value pick at $5,400 after recording a point in each of his last four games. So at the end of the day this recommendation isn't just about Sedin being cold, it's about a significant portion of the left wingers available tonight looking like strong bets in the short-term.
Phil Kessel RW (Pittsburgh) - $7,200
Kessel has the distinction of being the most expensive right winger available tonight by a significant margin (teammate Patric Hornqvist is next at $6,700), but I don't see him as tonight's best bet among that group. Kessel's not bad nor has he been bad lately, but he has gone four games without a goal and owns a minus-six rating over that span. Additionally, Evgeni Malkin being hurt means that Kessel is likely to spend most of his time playing with Carl Hagelin and Matt Cullen. All that said though, my main argument isn't against Kessel as it is for his peers. As I mentioned, Hornqvist is cheaper and has been the better bet lately as part of the Sidney Crosby line. Dylan Larkin has been great lately too, as has Mats Zuccarello. I think given today's offerings, it's a chance to save some money when it comes to RWs rather than go with the richest of the bunch.
Kyle Turris C (Ottawa) - $5,600
Since returning from a lower-body injury, Turris has no points and just three shots on goal in two contests. That compounds his pre-injury struggles as he hasn't scored a goal since Dec. 14 and has been held off the scoresheet in 10 of his last 12 contests. I'm expecting Turris to bounce back from this, but in the short-term it's best to avoid him.
Henrik Lundqvist G (NY Rangers) - $9,400
Let me start with the disclaimer that at the time of writing, the Rangers' starting goaltender isn't known, so I'm just assuming it will be Lundqvist - though that is usually a good assumption to make. Lundqvist is the most expensive goaltender available tonight, but for a match in Pittsburgh, I'd rather not take him. He's capable of having a big night against anyone, but even with Malkin out of the lineup, the Penguins have been very strong offensively lately. In fact in the three games Malkin has missed, Pittsburgh has scored 12 goals. With that in mind, I'd rather look elsewhere tonight for my goaltending needs.
Radim Vrbata RW (Vancouver) - $5,000
Throughout this season, Vrbata has been more miss than hit in daily leagues with a FanDuel point average of just 2.1. If you're willing to just spend a hundred or two more, you could get Shane Doan (3.3) or Mark Stone (2.7), who have been significantly better. You could overlook that Vrbata was playing above his average recently, but he has no points and a minus-five rating in his last five games.
Dan Boyle D (NY Rangers) - $4,300
Tonight's an interesting night on the defensive front. Erik Karlsson ($7,700) and Kris Letang ($7,200) are both available and pricey, but you don't need me to tell you that they're usually worth it. Then you have an interesting value pick in Dion Phaneuf ($4,700), who might have a big night with Ottawa just a day after being involved in that blockbuster trade with Toronto. So even though, as is the reality across the board tonight, there's not a lot to choose from, Boyle still kind of gets lost in the mix. He simply hasn't been a particularly good bet this season with his 1.7 FanDuel points per game average, making him a less than desirable selection even at that low price.