There are 12 games set for Friday, but five of them fall into the "early" category and will be matinee contests. We will cover all the match-ups here.
Remember to come back later in the day to check for confirmation on the starting goaltenders and keep an eye on the injury page.
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Ben Bishop G (Tampa Bay) - $8,400
Bishop is actually reasonably priced and he has played well in his last three outings, but he has struggled in his career against Washington. He owns a 1-4-1 record with a 3.96 goals-against average in seven appearances versus the Capitals. Tampa Bay will also be the visiting team and Verizon Center hasn't been kind to the opposition this season. Washington has a 9-3-1 record at home in 2015-16.
Rick Nash LW (New York Rangers) - $9,500
Nash is less expensive than just Alex Ovechkin and Jamie Benn, who will both cost $10,200. That's a hefty price to pay because he has racked up five goals on 16 shots in his last three games. Nash will have his hands full with Zdeno Chara and Patrice Bergeron's checking line on Friday afternoon. The Bruins should be able to get their line matches, as the home team, and that could put Nash's hot streak in jeopardy.
Antti Niemi G (Dallas) - $8,300
Niemi has surrendered three goals or more in eight of his 13 appearances. He has had some impressive outings, but he owns a .907 save percentage and a 2.64 goals-against average. Niemi will be counted on as the top goaltender because of Kari Lehtonen's upper-body injury, but his inconsistencies should scare away most poolies especially in daily formats. Niemi can be used in certain match-up situations, but I would't trust him against Vancouver on Friday night.
Zach Parise LW (Minnesota) - $8,700
Parise may be back in the lineup Friday for a matinee contest versus Winnipeg. He has been sidelined since Nov. 5 because of a knee injury and if he plays then there is bound to be some rust. Parise was initially considered to be doubtful to play this week, so the Wild may err on the side of caution and keep him out. Whether he plays or not, I don't feel comfortable investing that kind of cap space in him at this time.
Patric Hornqvist RW (Pittsburgh) - $7,300
Hornqvist has been disappointing this season despite seeing most of his playing with either Sidney Crosby or Evgeni Malkin. He has no goals and two assists in his past five outings and just eight points in 21 games this year. Keep him off your roster until he shows signs that he's heating up. Jason Pominville RW (Minnesota) - $6,500 Even if Parise returns, I don't think it helps Pominville end his horrible 20-game goalless drought. He got close to scoring on Wednesday, but he had just two shots on goal in four outings before that.
Wayne Simmonds RW (Philadelphia) - $6,200
Simmonds hasn't posted four points on FanDuel in his last five contests. He doesn't have a point on the scoresheet during that time despite generating 18 shots and 16 penalty minutes. Simmonds has a minus-13 rating working against his numbers this year and he has scored just three goals in 22 matches. Philadelphia has averaged a league-low 1.73 goals for per game and it won't be easy to score on Pekka Rinne and the Nashville Predators on Friday afternoon.
Gustav Nyquist RW (Detroit) - $5,900
Nyquist has been skating on the third line with Riley Sheahan and Tomas Tatar for the past few games. He doesn't have a point in his last four contests and has gone without a point in nine of his past 11 appearances. Nyquist has great chemistry with Henrik Zetterberg, but when he's played away from him this year he hasn't been nearly as successful.
Andrew Shaw LW (Chicago) - $4,400
Shaw notched a goal and an assist on Wednesday against San Jose, but you shouldn't get too excited. He has been playing with Jonathan Toews and Ryan Garbutt, but that could change if Teuvo Teravainen gets back into the lineup on Friday from an upper-body injury. Shaw has recorded just seven points in 22 games this campaign and he could drop back down the depth chart quickly, so he isn't quite the bargain that he appears to be based on his current role and recent production.
Zdeno Chara D (Boston) - $6,000
Chara is a fairly expensive defender even though he has averaged just 2.6 fantasy points per game. He also didn't come close to that mark in his last two games (0.5 and -0.1). Chara has contributed 11 points in 19 games this season, but I wouldn't expect him much from against the Rangers because he'll likely spend most of the game shadowing Rick Nash.