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FanDuel Fades: January 15

by Corey Abbott
Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:04 pm ET

As is the case with every FanDuel Fades, we are going to look at some players who you should think twice about placing in your lineup or who you should avoid using entirely. Remember to check back on this page later in the day for confirmations on starting goalies and keep an eye on Rotoworld's daily blurbs for all your fantasy hockey needs.

 

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The Chicago Blackhawks, Canucks, Hurricanes and Jets will play the second game of back-to-back situations Friday, so watch out for potential goalie changes.

 

Andrew Ladd LW (Winnipeg) - $6,100

 

Ladd racked up three assists in a 5-4 overtime win against Nashville on Thursday, but the Jets will play their fourth game in six nights and the second game in two days versus a Minnesota team looking to get back on track. The Winnipeg captain also has scored just one goal in his last 12 matches and none his past eight.

 

Bryan Little C (Winnipeg) - $6,000

 

I'm weary of the Jets because of the fatigue factor and Little has been logging heavy minutes. He has topped 20 minutes in each of his last four appearances. Little ended an eight-game goalless drought on Thursday in an overtime win at home and the Jets will play at Minnesota on Friday night. The travel and playing for the fourth time in six nights are red flags for me.

 

Jason Pominville RW (Minnesota) - $5,400

 

Pominville has been ice cold, while going pointless in his last 10 appearances. He has accounted for 13 shots over that span. Pominville is projected to be back with Zach Parise and Mikael Granlund on Friday night, but his struggles this season have been well documented even when he has received top-line minutes.

 

Phil Kessel RW (Pittsburgh) - $7,200

 

Kessel's first season in Pittsburgh has not gone the way most people expected. He has 12 goals and 24 points in 42 games and he has found the back of the net in just three of his past 22 contests. Two of those outings were two-goal performances, though. Kessel also had no goals and two assists in four games versus Friday's opponent, the Tampa Bay Lightning, last season.

 

Ryan Getzlaf C (Anaheim) - $7,100

 

If the Stars and Ducks go power-on-power and play their top lines against each other, I don't like Getzlaf's chances. Anaheim has struggled to score goals this season, ranking last in the league with 1.90 goals for per game, while Dallas is first in the NHL with 3.34 goals for per match. It looks a recipe for a minus rating for Getzlaf, which would make it an uphill climb for fantasy points even if he extends his assist streak to a fourth straight game.

 

Robin Lehner G (Buffalo) - $6,400

 

Lehner will play in his first game Friday night since Buffalo's season opener. He sustained a high-ankle sprain back on Oct. 8 and is finally ready to return. Lehner didn't post impressive numbers in the AHL during his conditioning stint, with a 3.36 goals-against average and an .888 save percentage in three games, which doesn't inspire confidence. He would certainly save some money as a crease option, but there is bound to be some rust and it's too risky of a play for me.

 

Goaltenders

 

Vancouver (Jacob Markstrom) confirmed @ Carolina (Cam Ward)

Chicago (Scott Darling) @ Toronto (James Reimer) confirmed

Boston (Tuukka Rask) @ Buffalo (Robin Lehner) confirmed

Pittsburgh (Marc-Andre Fleury) @ Tampa Bay (Andrei Vasilevskiy) confirmed

Winnipeg (Michael Hutchinson) @ Minnesota (Devan Dubnyk) confirmed

Dallas (Kari Lehtonen) @ Anaheim (John Gibson)

Corey Abbott

Corey Abbott is an Editor for Hockey on Rotoworld. Feel free to follow him on Twitter @CoreAbbott.