There are 12 games on Saturday including 11 that start at 7 pm ET or later. I’m going to give you some fades as these players either should not be in your lineup or tread carefully if you want them on your FanDuel squad. We will also be updating the goaltending matchups at the bottom of the column all season (up to the 7pm start times for most lineups) so check the column and Rotoworld’s daily blurbs for the latest updates.
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Marc-Andre Fleury G (Pittsburgh) - $10,000
The Penguins played a tough game on Friday night and Fleury was called upon to face 43 shots. It looks like Pittsburgh should go with Jeff Zatkoff as they play the second game of back-to-back games.
Corey Crawford G (Chicago) - $9,100
The situation with the Blackhawks is the exact same as the Penguins above. Crawford played on Friday against the Ducks and even though Chicago doesn’t have to travel as they are still in the Los Angeles area to play the Kings, it’s likely that Scott Darling will get the start.
Mark Giordano D (Calgary) - $6,700
Even though Giordano scored his fifth goal of the season Friday, he still has only two assists in 23 games. He has a lot of shots on goal (54) but his minus-15 rating should not make him the fourth highest valued defenseman in FanDuel Saturday. Take a pass.
Dennis Wideman D (Calgary) - $5,600
It looks like I have a dislike for Calgary rearguards today but Wideman is having a horrible season after a 15 goal, 56 point season in 2014-15. Wideman has only nine assists in 23 games this season with a minus-10 rating after being plus-six last year. He also has only 28 shots on goal in 23 games and that certainly does not help out your FanDuel lineup.
Jason Pominville RW (Minnesota) - $6,500
It’s hard to believe that the Wild have played 21 games this season and Pominville has yet to pick up a single goal. He does have 10 assists and 47 shots on goal in 21 games but you have to score in DFS or you are just not worth taking. Pominville will eventually break out (he has to) but facing the Dallas Stars tonight may not be his best matchup.
Patric Hornqvist RW (Pittsburgh) - $7,300
Hornqvist has not had a good season thus far and skating alongside Sidney Crosby has not helped as Crosby has been held down as well. But Crosby has five points in his last four games while Hornqvist has struggled with only one. The native of Sweden has four goals and eight points in 22 games and although he is getting plenty of shots on goal with 57, he certainly has not taken advantage of his opportunities.
Filip Forsberg LW (Nashville) - $7,000
Forsberg got off to a great start last season and poolies still remember that. He was only ordinary the second half of the season and has only three goals and 13 points for the Predators heading into action on Saturday. Forsberg did have a goal and an assist on Friday but don’t expect more of the same against the Sabres.
Chris Kunitz LW (Pittsburgh) - $6,100
It’s hard to believe that anyone would want to spend $5,900 on Chris Kunitz at this time. I could possibly understand it when he was playing with Crosby but he is now on the third line with Nick Bonino and Beau Bennett and you are still paying the price that he is with Sid the Kid. Kunitz has only three goals with no assists in 22 games this season.
Anze Kopitar C (Los Angeles) - $6,400
Kopitar is a plus-nine but his seven goals and 11 points in 22 games is nothing to write home about for the man who has led the Kings in scoring in each of the last eight seasons. He has only 36 shots on goal so his scoring percentage is certainly not sustainable. Kopitar has been an assists machine during his career but with only four in 22 games, he needs better wingers.
Brandon Dubinsky C (Columbus) - $6,000
I actually like Dubinsky in fantasy but he could be suspended as early as today for his cross-check to the neck on the Penguins Sidney Crosby Friday. If not, there probably will not be a ruling today, so it will be hanging over his head. Dubinsky is a good scorer as he has four goals and 12 points in 18 games this season on 31 shots.