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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Eric Staal LW (NY Rangers) - $5,300
Staal has had a rough campaign and those hoping that the move to New York would spark him unfortunately haven't gotten their wish. He has just one goal and two assists in 10 games with the Rangers, giving him 36 points in 73 games overall this season. He's averaged 2.3 FanDuel points per game, which isn't great even at his current price point.
Craig Smith RW (Nashville) - $5,500
As is the case with Staal, Smith has averaged 2.3 FanDuel points per game this season, but it looks even worse on Smith in part because of his slightly higher price, but also relative to the other right wingers available today. Reilly Smith and Mats Zuccarello are at 2.8 FanDuel points per game and each cost the same amount as Smith while Tyler Toffoli also costs $5,500 and his average is 3.3 points per game. Craig Smith was an interesting pick during his hot streak in late February and early March, but he has no points and a minus-five rating in his last five games.
Nazem Kadri C (Toronto) - $5,600
With the Maple Leafs playing out the final games of a dreary season, Kadri seems to have lost his scoring touch. He has been held off the scoresheet in eight of his last nine games and hasn't recorded a single point in his last five contests. Kadri also hasn't found the back of the net since February 29. What makes this all worse is the fact that, being a member of the Maple Leafs, his plus/minus rating is a frequent problem. He's sitting at a minus-seven rating for the month of March specifically.
Thomas Greiss G (NY Islanders) - $8,800
Philadelphia is coming off of a rough loss against Pittsburgh, but I'm still hesitant to bet against the Flyers right now. They've gone 10-3-2 dating back to Feb. 16 and are fighting to claw their way into the playoffs. While this game is important for the Islanders too, a loss tonight would be a big blow to Philadelphia as it would keep the Flyers three points behind Detroit in the battle for the second Wild Card spot while having played in only one less game than the Red Wings.
Drew Doughty D (Los Angeles) - $5,900
Doughty is having a tremendous season, but he's been a bit cold lately as far as his offensive production goes. Over his last five games, Doughty has no goals and one assist. That's still not terrible, but there better bets out there tonight, including Shea Weber ($5,800), who has nine points in nine games this month and Dougie Hamilton, who is coming off of a three-point game and will face the lowly Maple Leafs tonight.
Rick Nash LW (NY Rangers) - $7,400
Nash missed about a month and a half with a leg injury and since returning he's had no points and a minus-three rating. Give him some time and he'll get back into the swing of things, but until that happens, the safer bet would be to pass on him.