Welcome to FanDuel Fades where we focus on players that we think you should avoid tonight. Be sure to check out the list of probable goaltenders below as well. We'll update it during the afternoon, so please keep that in mind.
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Torey Krug D (Boston) - $5,400
While Krug is typically not bad value at that price, it might be best to pass on him for now. For one thing he’s in a slump as he’s been held off the scoresheet in 10 of his last 12 games. The Bruins are struggling as a team right now too with a 2-6-1 record past Dec. 20. Over that nine contest span, Boston has been held to one or no goals on six separate occasions . That’s a lot of bad short-term signals for Krug.
Claude Giroux C (Philadelphia) - $7,200
Even great players are prone to the occasional bad stretch and Giroux is certainly no exception. After recording 28 points in his first 30 games, Giroux has just a goal and an assist in his last 10 contests.
Jiri Hudler RW (Calgary) - $5,200
Hudler is projected to return tonight after missing three games with a groin injury, so there’s not much of a concern there. Instead the issue with Hudler is that he just hasn’t been enough of a factor when healthy this season. He has five goals, 15 assists, and a minus-10 rating in 35 contests. It’s a far cry from his 76 points last season and while I’m willing to look past to that at his discounted price, he hasn’t really even been a good value proposition at his current low level. He’s averaged just 1.7 FanDuel points per game, which is low compared to your other RW options at roughly the same price (Cam Atkinson and Jaromir Jagr)
Kyle Turris C (Ottawa) - $6,300
Turris scored 13 goals in his first 31 contests, but he’s gone 12 consecutive games without a marker. On top of that, he has just two assists in his last seven contests. He’s having a good season in spite of his recent slump, but you should wait for him to start to heat up again before employing him in a daily league.
Carl Hagelin LW (Anaheim) - $4,300
Even at that price, it’s still best to avoid Hagelin. Through 41 games, Hagelin has three goals, six assists, and a minus-13 rating. All-in-all, he’s averaged just 1 FanDuel point per game. He hasn’t done any better recently either as he’s recorded just one point (an assist) in his last nine games.
Tuukka Rask G (Boston) - $8,300
This has more to do with the Bruins as a team than Rask. As mentioned above, Boston has been struggling recently and its offense has been particularly bad. If that trend continues tonight, Rask will end up hurting for support and given that the win itself is worth 3 points for a goaltender, picking a netminder that you believe is likely to win is a big part of the process. Right now the Bruins just aren’t a great bet in that regard and by extension neither is Rask. It also doesn’t help though that Rask allowed five goals on 37 shots in his only other start against Philadelphia this season.