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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Ryan Getzlaf C (Anaheim) - $7,700
Getzlaf has two goals and four points over his last nine games, which pales in comparison to his high-end center peers tonight. Steven Stamkos ($8,300) has four goals and six points in his last four games, Anze Kopitar ($7,800) is on a six-game point streak, and Claude Giroux ($7,900) has two goals and 10 points in his last 10 games. Given that none of them are significantly more expensive than Getzlaf, it would be best to spend that little extra for one of them if you can work it in your budget. Alternatively, as has become a rather routine statement from me lately, I'm a big fan of Joe Thornton ($6,800).
Wayne Simmonds RW (Philadelphia) - $7,400
This one's a bit weird because there's nothing particularly wrong with Simmonds. He's not cold - though with three points in his last five games he's not hot either - and he's not having a bad season. However, his 3.3 FanDuel points per game starts to look pretty bad at that price point when you consider what else is available at the high end. Patrick Kane is a steal at $8,200 given what he's done this season and while they're not quite as good bargains, it would be hard to suggest that Joe Pavelski ($8,100) or Vladimir Tarasenko ($8,000) would be bad pickups at their prices. So even in a scenario where you're looking to pick two high-end right wingers tonight it would be unlikely that your best bet would be to include Simmonds among them.
Zach Parise LW (Minnesota) - $6,700
Parise has been limited to a goal and two assists over his last nine games. It's also worth noting that while his average of 3.1 FanDuel points per game is fairly good at that price point, it falls short when compared to some of the other left wingers in his range such as Artemi Panarin (3.4 FanDuel points/ per game, $6,500), Max Pacioretty (3.3, $6,500), and Jaden Schwartz (3.3, $6,200).
Alex Pietrangelo D (St. Louis) - $6,100
Pietrangelo has been held off the scoresheet in seven of his last nine games. He's also been limited to 2.2 FanDuel points per game, which doesn't look particularly good when measured against Brent Burns (4.2, $8,100), Erik Karlsson (3.7, $7,000), Dustin Byfuglien (3.1, $6,300), or Drew Doughty (3, $5,900). I could actually go on if need be as no healthy blueliner with a cost of at least $5,500 has averaged less FanDuel points per game than Pietrangelo.
Logan Couture C (San Jose) - $6,400
Couture has only recorded at least one point in two of his last nine games. He's not that much cheaper than teammate Thornton ($6,800), who I see as a substantially better pick. But if you're not inclined to take Thornton, you should still consider Evgeny Kuznetsov ($6,900) or Jason Spezza ($6,300) before taking Couture. Both are having great seasons, especially relative to their price point, and have been fairly hot lately.
Frederik Andersen G (Anaheim) - $9,300
This is one of those nights where we have an expensive goaltender that's expected to spend the game on the bench. That being said, John Gibson at $8,200 isn't a bad option tonight against Montreal.
Andrew Ladd LW (Chicago) - $6,000
Ladd got off to a good start with Chicago, but he's calmed down lately with a goal and a minus-two rating in his last five games. That's particularly problematic given that he's averaged just 2.4 FanDuel points per game, which is pretty bad considering his price point. That price might be seen as acceptable if you were to buy into the idea that the shift from Winnipeg to Chicago significantly boosted his fantasy value, but the jury's still out on that in the midst of his current slump.
Jakob Silfverberg RW (Anaheim) - $5,900
Typically I don't put players that are hot on this list for obvious reasons, but I'm concerned that Silfverberg's recent play has led him to deviate too far from an acceptable price range for him. Silfverberg had a hat trick and an assist against the Devils on March 14 and has followed that up with a goal and an assist over his last three games. However, even with that factored in, Silfverberg has still averaged just 2.2 FanDuel points per game, which makes him the worst player by that measurement out of all the healthy right wingers that costs at least $5,000.
Erik Haula C (Minnesota) - $5,300
I tend to give hot players a pass, but today I'm picking on another one. Haula has recorded a single point in each of his last five games, which is presumably why he's valued at $5,300 despite averaging just 1.8 FanDuel points per game this season. My question is: Why chase the hot, but substantially over performing hand among centers when there are just so many good options to choose from. If you've read the other two centers I recommend avoiding, then you already know a handful of the alternatives to Haula, but just to throw some cheaper ones out there, there's Nicklas Backstrom, who is a steal at $5,800 or Alex Galchenyuk at $5,700. If you do want an inexpensive hot hand though, there's Mika Zibanejad. He also costs $5,300, is on a four-game point streak, and has been a better bet overall this season when compared to Haula.
Daniel Sedin LW (Vancouver) - $6,900
Sedin has been a good bet more often than not this season, but he's hit a bit of a rough patch. He has a goal and an assist in his last six games and has only recorded more than three FanDuel points in one contest over that span. In other words, if you took him consistently over that stretch you were unfortunately worth off for it. Keep him in mind going forward as it might not be long before he looks like a good bet again, but consider avoiding him in the short-term.