Welcome to the FanDuel Fades where we highlight players that we think you should avoid tonight. Please note that there are two different kinds of tournaments you can enter today. After the recommendations you'll find today's list of probable goaltenders, which we update during the afternoon.
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Nick Foligno RW (Columbus) - $5,500
Foligno missed six games with an upper-body injury back in January and he hasn't been nearly as productive of a player since returning. He has just three assists in 11 contests since coming back from that injury. It's a shame because he was hot before he got hurt, but the reality of the situation is that he hasn't been effective in a little while now.
Matt Niskanen D (Washington) - $4,800
Niskanen is having a solid season with three goals and 24 points in 57 contests, but he hasn't been particularly impressively lately. Going into Monday's contest, Niskanen has a goal and three points in his last 11 contests. He's having something of a hot-and-cold campaign, so keep an eye on him and consider picking him in incidences where he's recently had a couple of good games consecutively.
Tuukka Rask G (Boston) - $8,700
Rask is the third most expensive goaltender tonight, but he might not even play. We don't know for certain who the Bruins will select tonight, but Jonas Gustavsson was the first goaltender off the ice following the morning skate, which suggests that Boston will be using its backup. Check back in later if you can to look at our probable goalies list and see if there's new information, but if you have to make your call now and stick with it, then play it safe and just avoid the Bruins' goaltending.
Troy Brouwer RW (St. Louis) - $4,300
If you're looking for a value pick, it's best to look elsewhere. Brouwer has just 1.8 FanDuel points per game this season, which is significantly worse than some of the other right wingers in that range like Shane Doan (3.3 - $4,800) and Joel Ward (2.3 - $4,300). Plus Brouwer will be facing a Sharks team that has been more hit than miss lately, Friday's loss to Carolina notwithstanding. All that would be moot if Brouwer was at least playing well lately, but he has just one assist in his last six contests.
Colin Wilson LW (Nashville) - $5,100
There's a lot of talented and streaking left wingers on the market tonight despite the relatively thin schedule. Consequently this looks like a night where it might be to your benefit to put a good chunk of your resources into left wingers rather than go for a value pick. Even if you don't subscribe to that strategy though, it's best to avoid Wilson. He's been held off the scoresheet for six straight games, which is just the latest slump in a season that's gone very wrong for him. Wilson had 20 goals and 42 points in 77 contests last season, but at this point he's unlikely to finish 2015-16 with 10 goals or 30 points.
Brandon Dubinsky C (Columbus) - $5,900
There's two reasons to avoid Dubinsky tonight. One is because he's been held off the scoresheet in six of his last eight games, which obviously isn't great even if it isn't a sizeable cold streak. The bigger reason to avoid him though is his competition. For the same price, you could get the red hot Joe Thornton and if you want to go a little cheaper, then consider David Krejci ($5,500), who is having a great campaign with 14 goals and 47 points in 49 contests. At the other end of the pricing spectrum, you have the Washington Capitals' Nicklas Backstrom and Evgeny Kuznetsov ($6,900 each), who have been two of this season's top players. Simply put, there's too many good alternatives to Dubinsky out there tonight.