Welcome to the FanDuel Fades where we highlight players that we think you should avoid tonight. After the recommendations you'll find today's list of probable goaltenders, which we update during the afternoon.
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Henrik Zetterberg LW (Detroit) - $6,000
Zetterberg has been held off the scoresheet in five of his last six games and is minus-five over that span. In the grand scheme of things, that's not too significant of a cold streak, but Zetterberg has to be compared against his peers and right now he's falling short in that regard. Johnny Gaudreau ($8,800) is on a seven-game point streak and Jamie Benn ($8,500) has six points in his last five contests. If you're looking for a cheaper LW, there's Scott Hartnell ($5,700) who has done better than Zetterberg overall this season from a FanDuel points per game perspective or Tomas Hertl ($4,700), who has four goals and an assist in his last five contests. With all that in mind, this doesn't seem like an ideal time to bet on Zetterberg.
Cam Atkinson RW (Columbus) - $5,500
There are quite a few strong right wing candidates to choose from tonight, which makes Atkinson a tough sale. Just focusing on players around the same price, Shane Doan ($5,400) and Dylan Larkin ($5,600) both have significantly more FanDuel points per game than Atkinson (3.4 for Doan, 3.2 for Larkin, and 2.7 for Atkinson). If Atkinson had been playing well lately that might have served as a counterbalance, but he has just one assist in his last six games.
Ondrej Palat LW (Tampa Bay) - $6,000
I tend to put a heavily value on a player's recent play when determining whether or not to take a player in a daily league, but that's certainly not everything. Although Palat has a goal and four points in his last five games, he still seems overpriced at $6,000. Certainly Palat has shown in the past that he can be a major contributor so his recent point streak might be enough to make some optimistic, but even factoring in his recent hot streak he still has just 20 points in 42 games this season. Maybe Palat will finish the campaign on a high note, but I wouldn't recommend betting on him yet - at least not at that price.
Martin Hanzal C (Arizona) - $5,000
I wouldn't read too much into Hanzal's five-game point drought in a standard league, but I wouldn't pick him in a FanDuel league today. There's just too many appealing alternatives up the middle, including Joe Thornton, who is a steal at $6,100 and Tyler Seguin, who is also superb value at $7,600. Hanzal might be a cheaper option than either of them, but center is a position worth spending a bit more on tonight.
Dylan Larkin RW (Detroit) - $5,600
Larkin has had a solid rookie campaign, but he's been struggling lately with a goal, no assists, and a minus-six rating in his last eight games. Younger players tend to deal with more severe hot/cold streaks than their veteran counterparts and it's just a matter of time before Larkin breaks out of this spell. Just avoid him in daily leagues until that happens.
Ben Bishop G (Tampa Bay) - $8,900
Bishop has been great lately, allowing just five goals in his last four games, and he's certainly had a strong season overall. That being said, he played on Friday and Sunday, so he'll either get Monday's contest off or be asked to start for the third time in just four days. Either way, this is a rare occasion where I'd rather not have Bishop in my lineup.