Welcome to FanDuel Fades where we highlight some players you might be better off avoiding tonight. After that you’ll also find a list of probable goaltenders, which gets updated during the afternoon.
Evander Kane (BUF) – W - $6,200
Kane has returned from broken ribs, but he hasn’t been offensively productive since then. He has no points and a minus-five rating in four games. His playing time has also been somewhat inconsistent and on average he’s logged 16:38 minutes compared with 21:02 minutes per contest in 2015-16. With all that in mind it’s best to look elsewhere for now.
Ryan Getzlaf (ANA) – C - $7,300
Getzlaf is having a great season with 14 points in 14 games, but 13 of those points have been assists and that lack of goals has contributed to him being less valuable from a FanDuel perspective. He’s averaging 13.2 FanDuel points per game, which is a meaningful decline from Mark Scheifele’s 16.5 despite the fact that Scheifele is just $200 more expensively. Plus Anaheim is playing against New Jersey while Winnipeg is facing Philadelphia and between the two, I’d rather pick a forward from the team against the Flyers.
Patrice Bergeron (BOS) – C - $6,500
Bergeron has gotten off to a sluggish start this season with two goals and four points in 13 games this season. I do expect him to bounce back, but rather than grab him today in the hopes that this marks the end of his cold streak, it might be better to wait for him to show some signs of life before you start betting on him.
Jamie Benn (DAL) – W - $7,900
Similar to Getzlaf, Benn is a player that’s been having a good season, but not in an optimal way for the accumulation of FanDuel points. With four goals and 14 points in 17 contests, Benn has been averaging 12.2 FanDuel points per game. There are a slew of players cheaper than him that have been more productive this season from a FanDuel perspective.
P.K. Subban (NSH) – D - $6,200
Subban had a goal and an assist on Nov. 8, but outside of that he’s recorded just one assist since Oct. 22. He should heat up as the season goes on, but for now he’s not playing up to expectations or his current price.
Craig Anderson (OTT) – G - $9,100
Anderson is one of the most expensive goaltenders available right now and for good reason given his strong start, but he’s not expected to play Thursday night. Check below for the full list of probable goaltenders.
Connor McDavid (EDM) – C - $7,800
McDavid is never a terrible choice, but the Oilers are struggling right now and he hasn’t found the back of the net since Oct. 28. With that in mind, I’d sooner pass on McDavid today and wait for him to start finding the back of the net again.
Dustin Byfuglien (WPG) – D - $6,200
Byfuglien has been kind of quiet lately with just one point in his last six games. He’s also typically good for around 20 goals, but so far he hasn’t found the back of the net. There should be times down the road where he’s worth owning, but a lot of other good options tonight.
Nikita Kucherov (TBL) – W - $7,600
This is one I’m putting out there with some hesitation, so I wouldn’t blame anyone that ignores this advice. Certainly Kucherov has been superb this season with eight goals and 21 points in 16 contests, making him on the surface well worth that asking price. However, he’s typically had the luxury of playing with Stamkos so far this season and in fact Stamkos shared in to five of his last seven points. With Stamkos now out due to a knee injury, it upsets the balance of the Lightning and it will take time to see how that will impact each player. Kucherov might not be as effective without him and it might be better to wait-and-see rather than use him in daily leagues right now.
Jussi Jokinen (FLA) – W - $5,400
This has been a rough start to 2016-17. He missed nine games due to a lower-body injury and when he has been able to play, he hasn’t been terribly effective. After reaching the 60-point mark in 2015-16, he has no goals and three assists in seven games. Jokinen isn’t expensive, but he’s also not great value for that price unless he starts to heat up.