Welcome to the FanDuel Fades where we highlight players that we think you should avoid tonight. It's worth emphasizing that this is meant exclusively for daily leagues and the players are being weighed against their FanDuel prices. This is NOT meant to provide any insight into how we view these players in season-long fantasy leagues. After the recommendations you'll find today's list of probable goaltenders, which we update during the afternoon.
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Victor Hedman D (Tampa Bay) - $5,300
Hedman has 37 points this season, but he's been cold for a while now. He has no goals and just one assist over his last 12 contests, making this his least productive stretch of the season from an offensive perspective. Keep an eye on him as he will thaw out eventually, but for now I recommend continuing to avoid him in daily leagues.
Chris Kunitz LW (Pittsburgh) - $6,200
Kunitz has had some great stretches this season, but he's also endured some prolonged cold streaks. That makes me a little more hesitant to gamble on him when all isn't well, especially at that price. Kunitz has been held off the scoresheet in four of his last five games and while that's not a terribly long cold streak, he's someone I'd prefer to take when he's hot rather than by default. Another major factor in him being on the list is Milan Lucic, who is very close to him in price ($6,100), but is having a more productive season by FanDuel's measure and is on a six-game point streak. Fellow left winger Jonathan Huberdeau ($6,400) has seven points in his last four games, making him another great option if you're looking for a player in that price range.
Tomas Plekanec C (Montreal) - $5,200
Plekanec had seven goals and 24 points in his first 25 contests in 2015-16, but much like the Canadiens as a whole, the good times didn't last. To be fair to Plekanec, he has had some good stretches since that hot start, but the news has been more bad than good as he has five goals and 22 points in his last 44 contests. On top of that he's been struggling lately as he's recorded no points and a minus-three rating in his last six games.
Alex Killorn LW (Tampa Bay) - $5,400
Killorn has struggled this season with an average of just 2.2 FanDuel points per game. He was outperforming that pace for a stretch in late February, but he's gone cold again with just one point in his last seven games.
Martin Jones G (San Jose) - $9,000
Jones has been one of the league's best bets recently as he's allowed two or fewer goals in each of his last seven starts. He's not expected to get a chance to continue that trend tonight though as James Reimer has been penciled in for the start against Boston.
Jiri Hudler RW (Florida) - $5,100
I recommend taking a pass on Hudler yesterday too and one of the reasons I cited was his lack of ice time in Florida. Monday only served to reinforce that problem as he had no points and a minus-one rating in 12:33 minutes of playing time. Under other circumstances $5,100 would be a very reasonable price for Hudler, but right now he looks like a trap to bargain hunters due to his less than ideal role with the Panthers.
Jacob Muzzin D (Los Angeles) - $5,300
Muzzin is having a great season, but he's been limited to two points over his last eight games. When competing against blueliners like standout rookie Shayne Gostisbehere ($5,400) or Ryan Suter, who has 45 points, but is only $4,700 tonight, it seems Muzzin is someone to pass on for now.
Ryan Strome RW (NY Islanders) - $4,700
Strome has so much offensive potential, but it just hasn't manifested this season. Even at $4,700, his average of 1.9 FanDuel points per game is still low and things only look worse if you narrow your focus to Strome's recent play. Over his last 10 games, Strome has a goal, no assists, and a minus-one rating. It's best to look elsewhere if you need a cheap right winger.