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 the column all season (up to the 7 pm start times for most lineups) so check the column and Rotoworld’s daily blurbs for the latest updates.
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Pekka Rinne G (Nashville) - $8,700
Rinne is 2-1-0 in his last five starts but there have been a bunch of clunkers of late as he has allowed 17 goals on only 104 shots. He has been pulled in two of his last five giving up eight goals on 29 shots and yet has not been charged with the loss. Even one of his wins was nothing special as he gave up three goals on 21 shots. Look elsewhere.
Duncan Keith D (Chicago) - $5,300
I really hate to pick against Duncan Keith as he is a good point producer with five goals and 41 points in 61 games. But the talented defenseman does have only on e assist in his last five games and has not had a shot on goal in two of those contests/ Keith is a fine blueliner but he has been slumping of late and I would wait for a breakout game before taking him again.
Oliver Ekman-Larsson D (Arizona) - $5,200
Ekman-Larsson has 23 and 21 goals in the previous two seasons but this season has been an offensive disappointment as he has only 10 goals in 60 games. Normally that is a nice season for a defenseman, but the bar is high for OEL. He has not had a point in his last four games and the biggest surprise of the season is his lack of shots on goal with only 108 in 60 games after 264 and 228 shots the previous two seasons. Hopefully this season is just an aberration for the defenseman and he will return to his gifted ways in 2017-18.
James Neal W (Nashville) - $6,300
Neal was hot recently with a goal and five assists in four games but he has bookended seven pointless games previous to that and does not have a point in his last two matches. He has only 18 goals and 30 points this season in 52 games and his minus-nine rating is nothing to write home about.
Alexander Steen W (St. Louis) - $6,100
Steen is not having a great season with only 12 goals and 39 points in 54 games. He has only 79 shots on goal this season and that hurts him in FanDuel. Steen is scoreless in his last two games and points (a goal and an assist) in only one of his last six contests. There are better choices on the wing.
Paul Stastny C (St. Louis) - $5,700
Stastny was pointless in his return to action on February 20 as he has recovered from a lower body injury. He has only 15 goals and 35 points in 55 games. Teams coming off their mandated five day break were 4-12-4 coming into the week and that’s exactly what is happening with St. Louis Sunday. The Blues take on the tough Chicago Blackhawks and it could be tough going for Stastny in the divisional game.