As is the case with every FanDuel Fades, we are going to look at some players who you should think twice about placing in your lineup or who you should avoid using entirely. Remember to check back on this page later in the day for confirmations on starting goalies and keep an eye on Rotoworld’s daily blurbs for all your fantasy hockey needs.
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Ryan Kesler (ANA) - C - $6,700
Kesler has registered one goal in the last 13 games. He snapped an 11-game goalless drought last Saturday against Washington and then the Ducks were blanked by Minnesota on Tuesday. Kesler has contributed just two multi-point performances in 20 outings and he has been credited with two shots or less in eight of the past 10 matches. A breakout effort against Florida doesn’t seem likely because he has four points in 12 career meetings versus the Panthers. He didn’t have a point and had two shots in a 2-1loss on Feb. 3.
Matt Duchene (COL) - C - $5,900
Duchene remains an easy to fade because of his offensive struggles. He hasn’t scored a goal in 12 straight contests and has failed to scoresheet in eight of those matches. The struggling Avalanche will also be playing the second half of a back-to-back situation and his third game on the road in four nights.
Jonathan Marchessault (FLA) - W - $5,100
Marchessault still ranks second on the Panthers in scoring with 33 points in 48 games, but he has moved down the depth chart now that the team is healthy again. He is skating on the third line has one point in the past four games and none in the last two. The other game that he failed to pick up a point was against the Ducks on Feb. 3.
Justin Schultz (PIT) - D - $5,200
Schultz was forced to leave Thursday’s game with what appeared to be a head or neck injury after a hit from Winnipeg’s Dustin Byfuglien. His status hasn’t been determined yet for Friday, but it wouldn’t be surprising if he didn’t play against Columbus. If he does manage to suit up then he has just one goal and four points in 10 career matches versus the Blue Jackets, including one assist in two outings this year.
Matt Murray (PIT) - G - $9,400
Murray hasn’t made many blemishes this season, but he hasn’t looked great against Columbus this season. He surrendered six goals on 23 shots to the Blue Jackets on Dec. 22 and stopped 28 of 31 shots in a much better effort on Feb. 3. Those two performances give him a 1-1-0 record with a 5.05 goals-against average and an .833 save percentage. Columbus has also been dominant at home this season and the Penguins haven’t been great on the road. Pittsburgh will also be playing the second game of a back-to-back situation after a physical game versus Winnipeg.
Tyson Barrie (COL) - D - $4,600
Barrie may seem like a bargain at that price, but he has struggled mightily to generate points lately. He has gone 10 straight games without a goal and he has reached the scoresheet a mere two times during that span. Barrie also doesn’t have a point in the past five contests and he has no points in four career meetings against Carolina. Additionally, Colorado’s 29th-ranked power play is unlikely to generate much versus the second best penalty kill in the league on Friday night.