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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Chris Kunitz LW (Pittsburgh) - $6,500
Although this column has the word Fades in the headline, the objective here isn't solely to select players that are on the decline. There's certainly that element to it, but that's not the only factor I consider. Kunitz isn't on this list because he has no fantasy value or because he's struggled recently. He's on this list because you can only pick two left wingers and among those that I think you might be seriously considering, Kunitz is one of the ones I'd highlight to consider avoiding tonight. Pittsburgh is facing a hot Islanders team and while Kunitz hasn't been bad lately, he also hasn't been remarkable. But the real problem with Kunitz is that a lot of his competition is overperforming right now from Filip Forsberg (five goals and nine points in his last four games) to some players cheaper than Kunitz like Ondrej Palat, who is on a three-game goal scoring streak. So sure, Kunitz isn't bad, but I wouldn't say that he's one of your better bets tonight.
Victor Hedman D (Tampa Bay) - $5,800
I recommended passing on Hedman on Monday because he's been cold lately and that slump continued with him recording no points and a minus-one rating in a 4-2 loss against Philadelphia. The Lightning will play against Boston next and in addition to Hedman still being cold, I'm a little concerned about fatigue being a factor as this will be his third game in four days.
Mats Zuccarello RW (NY Rangers) - $5,600
Zuccarello certainly has days where he's worth picking up, but he hasn't had many of those recently. He's been held off the scoresheet in six of his last eight contests, recording just a goal and an assist over that span.
Henrik Zetterberg LW (Detroit) - $5,600
Zetterberg would have been a steal at that price in almost any other season, but we haven't seen him at his most productive in 2015-16 from an offensive perspective. He has 12 goals and 41 points in 65 contests, which means that this might be just the third time in his career that he finishes with less than 50 points in a season where he participated in at least 60 contests - and the only other two examples of that are his rookie and sophomore campaigns. Zetterberg is also in the midst of a rather bad cold streak as he has no points and a minus-five rating in his last seven games.
Craig Smith RW (Nashville) - $6,100
This is a weird one to put on the list. Smith is on a four-game point streak and has five goals and 12 points in his last 10 games, so at first glance, there would be no reason why he should be on this list. When I looked at the list of right wingers as a whole though, I began to reevaluate Smith. The reality is that Smtih is far from the only hot RW that you have to choose from with Patric Hornqvist, Nikita Kucherov, Kyle Okposo, and Mark Stone being among those other examples. The difference with Smith is that I think his hot streak has inflated his price to the point where he's no longer worth the risk. Smith is a player that was going for $4,700 in mid-January and $5,100 in mid-February. Earlier in his hot streak when his price was still relatively low, Smith was great value, but now that he's on par with teammate James Neal and just below Eberle in terms of cost, I think we've gone past the point where Smith is fair value.
J.T. Miller LW (NY Rangers) - $5,400
This is a case where I'm basing this on the most recent information I have available, but there might be more news about his situation later in the day, so if you have the luxury of re-evaluating your lineup late in the afternoon, you might want to take another look at Miller. Regardless the reason why I'm suggesting that you pass on Miller is a simple one: He was demoted to the fourth line during Saturday's game and remained on that unit during Monday's practice. If he ends up playing on the fourth line then the chances of him living up to that $5,400 price point are remote, but I do have to add the disclaimer that Rangers coach Alain Vigneault didn't commit to using Monday's practice lines on Tuesday, so it's still possible that Miller will end up with a decent role on Tuesday. However, as things stand at the time of writing, I don't feel like he's worth that gamble.
Logan Couture C (San Jose) - $7,000
This is a similar story to Kunitz in the sense that I'm recommending passing on a great forward only because there are several even more desirable options out there. Among those that you should consider over Couture tonight are Joe Thornton, who is on a five-game point streak and remains one of the best value propositions out there at $6,600, and Mark Scheifele ($7,000), who has nine goals and 14 points in his last nine games. Tyler Seguin has been cold lately, but he's dropped in price to $6,900, which makes him a very tempting pickup despite his recent struggles.
Thomas Greiss G (NY Islanders) - $9,000
As we'll highlight in the goaltending probables below, Greiss isn't expected to start tonight. Otherwise I might have considered him given that he's won seven of his last eight starts.