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FanDuel Fades: February 2

by Corey Abbott
Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:04 pm ET

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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Mats Zuccarello (NYR) - W - $6,600


Zuccarello hasn’t earned a point in two straight games following a six-game point streak. Even though he has been productive, the Rangers winger has posted just one goal in the past 18 matches. He also doesn’t have a point in two appearances against Buffalo this season.


Wayne Simmonds (PHI) - W - $7,100


Simmonds went into the break riding a three-game goal streak and he was named the MVP of the All-Star Game, but he didn't have a point and didn't get a shot on goal against Carolina in his first game back on Tuesday. Simmonds hasn’t had much success versus Montreal in his career with seven goals and three assists in 21 outings. That includes zero points and three shots in two matches this season.


Mike Hoffman (OTT) - W - $6,800


Hoffman has seven goals and three assists in his last 11 games, but he didn’t earn a point in his first contest back from the All-Star break when the Senators scored five times in a 6-5 loss to Florida. It could be another disappointing night for Hoffman because he hasn’t done much of anything in his career against Tampa Bay. He has posted just two assists in 12 meetings versus the Lightning. Hoffman didn’t have a point in a 4-1 loss to the Bolts back on Oct. 22.


Artem Anisimov (CHI) - C - $6,500


Anisimov hasn’t scored a goal for 11 straight games and he hasn’t reached the scoresheet in nine of those contests. Anisimov got off to a great start this year, but he cooled down considerably in January. He has three goals and three assists in 13 career matches against the Coyotes.


James Neal (NSH) - W - $7,000


Neal has topped his average of 12 fantasy points per game on FanDuel just three times in his last 13 appearances. He has been held pointless in 10 of those contests, including a 3-2 shootout win over the Oilers on Jan. 20. Neal isn’t worth it at his current price tag.


Henrik Lundqvist (NYR) - G - $8,700


Lundqvist was building back some momentum prior to getting pulled in Tuesday’s 6-4 loss to Columbus. He allowed three goals on 16 shots before getting the hook. Lundqvist had a disappointing January after a mediocre December. He just hasn’t been a trustworthy option for most of the season. Lundqvist hasn’t been able to hold back the Sabres this season either. He has permitted four goals against in each of his previous two starts versus Buffalo. Lundqvist lost both contests, while posting an ugly .849 save percentage.


Jordan Eberle (EDM) - W - $6,500


Eberle has not been able to gain any momentum from his four-point performance against Calgary on Jan. 21. In three games since then, he has no points and nine shots on goal. He had six shots in a 5-2 loss to Minnesota, but there was nothing to show for it on the scoreboard. Eberle has been productive against Nashville in the past, but he didn’t have a point in his last appearance against them on Jan. 20 and he had one goal in two meetings versus the Predators in 2015-16.


Dustin Byfuglien (WPG) - D - $6,400


Byfuglien has accounted for multi-point efforts of two assists in three of his last six games. Unfortunately, he has also gone without a point in six of his last 10 and he has registered one goal during that span. Byfuglien hasn’t found the back of the net since Jan. 14 and his past performances against Dallas suggest it could be a quiet night for him. He has picked up one assist and six shots in three outings versus the Stars this season.


Probable Goaltenders:


NY Rangers (Henrik Lundqvist) Confirmed @ Buffalo (Robin Lehner) Confirmed

Montreal (Carey Price) Confirmed @ Philadelphia (Michal Neuvirth) Confirmed

Ottawa (Mike Condon) Confirmed @ Tampa Bay (Andrei Vasilevskiy) Confirmed

Edmonton (Cam Talbot) @ Nashville (Pekka Rinne) Confirmed

Toronto (Frederik Andersen) Confirmed @ St. Louis (Jake Allen) Confirmed

Winnipeg (Ondrej Pavelec) Confirmed @ Dallas (Kari Lehtonen)

Chicago (Corey Crawford) Confirmed @ Arizona (Mike Smith) Confirmed

San Jose (Martin Jones) Confirmed @ Vancouver (Ryan Miller) Confirmed

Corey Abbott

Corey Abbott is an Editor for Hockey on NBC Sports Edge. Feel free to follow him on Twitter @CoreAbbott.