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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Kari Lehtonen G (Dallas) - $7,700
My philosophy is that whenever you have a chance to pass on Dallas goaltending, take it. The duo of Lehtonen and Antti Niemi have been, quite frankly, horrible. Lehtonen has been better as he is 16-20-6 with a 2.91 GAA and a .904 save percentage while Niemi is 11-10-4 with a 3.23 GAA and a .895 percentage. Which is to say, either one’s performance is nothing to write home about. Lehtonen is projected to start against San Jose on Sunday. Don’t take him.
Ryan McDonagh D (New York Rangers) - $5,400
The Rangers are not scoring of late and McDonagh is right there with them as he has only two points in his last nine games. He has three goals and 36 points in 6 games this season so he is due but he was a lot better earlier in the season as he has only eight points in his last 23 games.
John Carlson D (Washington) - $5,200
Carlson has been overshadowed of late by Kevin Shattenkirk and has lost his spot on the first power play to the former St. Louis defenseman. Carlson has not had a point in his last four games and while he does play on the first defense pairing, he also sees the opponent’s top line. Carlson has six goals and 32 points in 61 games which is fine, but his relegation on the power play hurts his fantasy value.
Mats Zuccarello W (New York Rangers) - $6,100
Zuccarello has been slumping of late with no goals in his last 10 games and only three assists in that span. He was having a nice season previous to that as he had 12 goals and 43 points in 57 games but his recent lack of offense has turned him into a run-of-the-mill winger. Look elsewhere until he is able to break loose.
Alexander Radulov W (Montreal) - $5,700
Radulov has a goal and four points in his last nine games but a closer look shows that all four points were in one game against the Devils on February 27. He has not played since March 2 but is expected to be in the lineup on Sunday against the Oilers. He was not on the top line with Max Pacioretty in practice Saturday, instead he was part of the Alex Galchenyuk, Artturi Lehkonen line. It does not look like a good spot for the Russian forward.
Ryan Kesler C (Anaheim) - $6,000
Kesler has had a great 2016-17 season to date with 19 goals and 47 points in 68 games. He is second in scoring on the Ducks to Ryan Getzlaf but Kesler held the lead for most of the season before slumping of late. He has no points in his last four games and only three assists in his last 11 contests. He has hit double digits in fantasy points only twice during this stretch and that is not conducive to winning in FanDuel.