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.
Please also keep in mind that you have two options today if you're building a FanDuel team as you can either participate in an early games tournament, which features the Penguins-Flyers, Hurricanes-Wild, and Rangers-Sharks, or an evening league with the other eight contests. The first few players I highlight will be for the early leagues and then the rest will be catering to the evening leagues.
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Rick Nash LW (NY Rangers) - $7,600
If you're going to play in an early league, you'll find that there's not much in the way of expensive left wingers available. In fact, Nash is the only one with a price tag at or over $7,000. I think this is one time where you should take the opportunity to go cheap when it comes to left wingers. Since missing roughly a month and a half with a leg injury, Nash has no points and a minus-two rating in four games. I'd like to see something out of him before I'll feel comfortable using him in daily leagues again.
Marc-Andre Fleury G (Pittsburgh) - $9,700
At the time of writing there's no confirmed goaltender for Pittsburgh, but there's a good chance that Fleury will get the nod. I think you should avoid him this afternoon though given how well Philadelphia has been playing lately. The Flyers have scored at least three goals in each of their last six games and they're probably getting Jakub Voracek (foot) back today on top of that. Fleury is a great goaltender and I wouldn't go as far as to suggest that the odds are against him, but $9,700 is a ton of money and I wouldn't spend that much betting against the Flyers at this time.
Jordan Staal C (Carolina) - $5,100
Similar to how I feel today's a good day to employ cheaper left wingers if you're participating in an early league, this might be a good time to pick some high-end centers. Sidney Crosby might be $10,000, but he's on fire right now and while I might be adverse to starting Fleury at a similar price, it's not like I think Pittsburgh will be blown out of the water. This could be a high scoring game and Crosby owners would certainly benefit from that regardless of who wins. In that vein, Claude Giroux wouldn't be a bad bet today at $8,100. And then there's one of my favorite bets: Joe Thornton at $6,600.
Max Domi LW (Arizona) - $5,500
Moving onto the evening picks, Domi has been fairly bland lately with four points - all assists - in his last 11 games. That wouldn't be too much of an issue if there wasn't so many hot left wingers available tonight. Milan Lucic ($6,300) has recorded at least a point in eight straight games, Jaden Schwartz ($5,900) is on a four-game point streak, and Jonathan Huberdeau ($6,300) has eight points in his last six games to name a few. If you need someone cheaper, there's also Loui Eriksson ($5,300), who has three goals and five points in his last four contests.
Anders Lee RW (NY Islanders) - $5,100
Lee might be cheap, but his 2.3 FanDuel points per game this season still isn't particularly appealing. He's only worth considering when he's hot, but Lee has an assist and minus-one rating in his last five games.
Tyler Johnson C (Tampa Bay) - $6,200
A lot of my preferred centers are in the early games today, but there's no shortage of high-end or hot centers in the league in general. Johnson isn't one of them - or more accurately he hasn't been this season. He's gone from scoring 29 goals and 72 points in 77 games last season to 12 goals and 33 points in 58 contests in 2015-16. He hasn't done any better lately either as Johnson has an assist and a minus-one rating in his last five games.
Nick Foligno RW (Columbus) - $5,300
Foligno has been a bad bet lately as he has no points and a minus-five rating in his last five games. Coming off last season's 73-point showing, he's been a frustrating in 2015-16, in part because he's had some superb showings that he wasn't able to build off of. Foligno has enjoyed three games where he's scored at least three points, but if you remove those from his totals, then he's left with just four goals and 24 points in 58 contests this season.
Jake Allen G (St. Louis) - $9,200
Allen is the second most expensive goaltender in the evening tournaments, but he's not expected to start tonight. Instead Brian Elliott should make his return from a lower-body injury. Allen might not have been a great choice anyways after allowing 13 goals in his last three games.
Matt Beleskey LW (Boston) - $5,200
Beleskey hasn't been particularly noteworthy this season with just 2.3 FanDuel points per game, but he's been particularly quiet lately. Over his last 10 games, he's been limited to a single assist. He's also pointless with a minus-three rating in his last five contests.
Johnny Boychuk D (NY Islanders) - $4,900
If you have been betting on Boychuk to record a point, you've been wrong far more often than not lately. In his last 14 games, he's been held off the scoresheet 12 times. Not that he's been a major offensive force this season anyways with his seven goals and 22 points in 58 contests.