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FanDuel Fades: March 1

by Ryan Dadoun
Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:04 pm ET

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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Ryan Strome RW (NY Islanders) - $5,100

 

There was some home that Strome would take a step forward this season after reaching the 50-point mark in 2014-15, but he's followed a different route.  After playing in 49 games this season, he has seven goals and 23 points in 49 games.  That looks even worse from a FanDuel perspective as he's average just 1.9 FanDuel points per game, which puts him well behind the other right wingers in his price range.  On top of that, he's on a five game point drought right now.

 

Chris Kunitz LW (Pittsburgh) - $6,400

 

Kunitz recorded a goal and an assist on Monday and he's been pretty decent for a while now after enduring a slow start to the 2015-16 campaign, so he might seem like an odd choice for this list.  The problem is that the 36-year-old doesn't respond well to the second half of back-to-back sets.  So far this season Kunitz has a goal and an assist in 12 games when asked to play on no rest.  Tuesday will be his 13th no rest game and you might be better off passing on him as a result.

 

Ryan Johansen C (Nashville) - $6,300

 

Being acquired by the Predators seemed to provide Johansen with a spark, but that's faded as time's gone on.  He doesn't have a single point in his last seven games and is minus-three over that span.  Wait for him to break out of this slump before you start using him again.

 

Anders Lee LW (NY Islanders) - $5,100

 

Lee had an impressive 41 points in his first full NHL season in 2014-15, but he hasn't been able to build on that this season.  Instead he has nine goals and 26 points in 60 contests.  He hasn't shown signs of turning things around lately either as he's been held off the scoresheet in six of his last seven games.

 

T.J. Oshie RW (Washington) - $5,400

 

Oshie has slowed down dramatically, with a goal and three points in his last 12 contests.  You would think that'd do better given that he's been mostly playing alongside Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom, but it seems working with those ideal linemates hasn't translated into an increase in production for Oshie.

 

Cam Ward G (Carolina) - $6,900

 

Ward would typically be decent value at that price and the fact that the New Jersey Devils, which are last in goals per game this season, are the Hurricanes' opponents tonight only makes him more appealing.  The issue though is that Eddie Lack is expected to start.  Be sure to check the probable goaltenders list below for other potential matchups.

 

Nail Yakupov RW (Edmonton) - $3,000

 

It might seem silly to even mention a player that's this cheap, but at the same time, people might see a former first overall pick for just $3,000 and think he's worth the gamble.  The thing to keep in mind though is that Edmonton seems to have given up on Yakupov.  There were rumors that he was going to be traded at the deadline and while that didn't happen, he will still probably be shipped over the summer.  It's gotten to the point where Yakupov has logged 10:00 minutes and 10:27 minutes in Edmonton's last two contests.  He has just one point in his last 14 games and five points in his last 30 contests.  Don't bother with him at any price.

 

Mikael Backlund C (Calgary) - $5,700

 

Backlund is a solid, but not remarkable center from an offensive perspective.  Through 62 games this season, Backlund has 11 goals and 31 points, which is more or less par for the course for him.  It's not enough to justify his $5,700 price point though, especially when Nicklas Backstrom is just $6,600 and Aleksander Barkov ($6,300) has been on fire lately.  If those two are still too expensive for you, there's always Jason Spezza at $5,500 too.

 

Mark Giordano D (Calgary) - $5,900

 

Giordano has been fine lately, but for $100 less you could get John Klingberg, who has 52 points in 64 games this season.  Torey Krug ($5,700) is also worth a look over Giordano right now as Krug has five points in his last seven games.  Then of course there's the more expensive, but typically worth it alternatives of Erik Karlsson ($7,400), Kris Letang ($7,400), and Dustin Byfuglien ($7,100).

 

Goaltenders

Calgary (Joni Ortio) confirmed @ Boston (Tuukka Rask) confirmed

Carolina (Eddie Lack) confirmed @ New Jersey (Cory Schneider) confirmed

Pittsburgh (Matt Murray) confirmed @ Washington (Braden Holtby) confirmed

Edmonton (Cam Talbot) confirmed @ Buffalo (Robin Lehner) confirmed

St. Louis (Jake Allen) confirmed @ Ottawa (Craig Anderson) confirmed

Dallas (Kari Lehtonen) @ Nashville (Pekka Rinne)

Colorado (Semyon Varlamov) confirmed @ Minnesota (Devan Dubnyk) confirmed

Florida (Roberto Luongo) confirmed @ Winnipeg (Ondrej Pavelec) confirmed

NY Islanders (Thomas Greiss) confirmed @ Vancouver (Jacob Markstrom) confirmed 

Ryan Dadoun
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