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Fanduel Fades: February 20

by Michael Finewax
Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:04 pm ET

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 t he 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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Semyon Varlamov G (Colorado) - $9,800

The Avalanche  have already confirmed that Calvin Pickard will get the start in goal for Colorado. It's hard to believe that Varlamov would cost more than any other goalie tonight and that includes Braden Holtby who is the best goaltender in the NHL.

 

Tuukka Rask G (Boston) - $8,800

Rask has been only so-so this season with a 21-17-5 record to go with a 2.59 GAA and a .915 save percentage and facing the high-scoring Dallas Stars is not a great play on Saturday. Rask has really fallen upon hard times this season after some great years in the NHL where he was considered a top-three goalie for a couple of seasons. Look elsewhere.

 

Brian Campbell D (Florida) - $4,800

Campbell is not a great fantasy player and while he has had one great game in his last ten, he is not a great play. Campbell had a goal, an assist and was a plus-four on February 9, but those fantasy outbursts are few and far between. He does have five goals and 24 points in 58 games with a plus-21 rating but he averages less than two fantasy points a game.

 

Craig Smith RW (Nashville) - $5,100

If you are using some expensive players you'll need some cheaper players. Craig Smith has only 13 goals and 21 points in 58 games and has two goals and three points in his last two contests so it's likely he is due for a scoreless games as he is a bottom-six forward. He has averaged only 11 minutes in his last three games so don't expect a lot tonight.

 

T. J. Oshie RW (Washington) - $5,600

Oshie has not been the fantasy gem most thought he would be when he was dealt in the off-season from St. Louis to Washington. He has seen lots of time with Alex Ovechkin on the top line but that has changed. He has only two assists in his last seven games. He is now playing with Nicklas Backstrom and Andre Burakovsky on the second unit.

 

Dylan Larkin LW (Detroit) - $6,200

Larkin has very nice stats with 19 goals and 39 points to go with a plus-21 rating but he has been slumping of late with only one goal in his last five games. He may have hit the proverbial wall that happens to so many rookies and players coming over from Europe who are not accustomed to the lengthy NHL schedule.  

 

Claude Giroux C (Philadelphia) - $7,900

Giroux is the highest priced center tonight and his performance this entire season and especially of late is not worthy of his lofty status. Giroux is having a nice season with 16 goals and 49 points in 57 games but has a minus-seven rating. He has not scored a lot of late, save for a three assist performance on February 16.

 

Alexander Steen C (St. Louis) - $6,700

Steen has been in a funk of late with only a goal and three points in his last nine games. The center has been a minus-two as well. The Blues face Arizona tonight and Louis Domingue has played pretty well for the most part. Steen is centering Patrik Berglund and David Backes and the trio have not been the Blues top lin efor a while.

  

Goaltenders

Detroit (Petr Mrazek) confirmed @ Ottawa (Craig Anderson) confirmed

Winnpeg (Ondrej Pavelec) @ Florida (Roberto Luongo) confirmed

Philadelphia (Steve Mason) @ Toronto (Jonathan Bernier) confirmed

New Jersey (Cory Schneider)  @ Washington (Braden Holtby) confirmed

Los Angeles (Jonathan Quick) @ Nashville (Pekka Rinne)

Boston (Tuukka Rask) @ Dallas (Kari Lehtonen)

St. Louis (Brian Elliott) @ Arizona (Louis Domingue)

Colorado (Calvin Pickard) confirmed @ Edmonton (Cam Talbot)

Michael Finewax

Michael Finewax is entering his 16th season as the Senior Hockey Writer and Editor for Rotoworld. You can follow him on Twitter @mfinewaxhockey.