Welcome to FanDuel Fades where we highlight players we think you should pass on tonight. Below you'll also find a list of probable goaltenders, which will be updated during the afternoon.
Vincent Trocheck (FLA) - C - $5,900
The Panthers will be playing against New Jersey tonight and Cory Schneider is expected to be the Devils' starting goaltender. New Jersey is a tough team to score against when Schneider is between the pipes so I tend to shy away from picking the forwards that oppose him. Additionally Trocheck hasn't been particularly remarkable this season with four goals and one assist in 10 games.
Kris Letang (PIT) - D - $6,900
This one I'm a little bit on the fence about. Letang returned on Wednesday after missing five straight games with an upper-body injury and made up for lost time by recording a goal and an assist. However, he's now being asked to play again tonight on no rest and my concern is that the second half of the back-to-back set will be particularly tough on Letang given that he just came off of the sidelines. For that reason I would look at other defensive options tonight.
Anthony Beauvillier (NYI) - W - $3,000
For those looking for a super cheap option, Beauvillier has paid off at points in the early season. He has averaged 6.7 FanDuel points per game, which isn't great, but considering the price it's not bad. The issue tonight though is that he might be a healthy scratch. Islanders coach Jack Capuano hasn't been happy with his recent play and Beauvillier is at the nine-game mark, so if the Islanders play him again then this will count as the first season of his entry-level contract. in other words, scratching him tonight buys the Islanders a bit more time to make a decision. If for some reason you really want Beauvillier as a low-cost option tonight then at least wait until close to game time to set your roster so that you have a better indication as to whether Beauvillier will be used or not.
Jonathan Toews (CHI) - C - $6,400
Toews has gotten off to a somewhat quiet start with a goal and four assists in 10 games this season. He did record that first goal on Sunday, but then he didn't even register a shot Tuesday night. Toews is a great player, but there are quite a few centers available tonight in the same price range that are off to better starts.
Jamie Benn (DAL) - W - $7,400
Benn has been quiet lately with no goals and an assist in his last five games. On top of that, the Stars will be up against the St. Louis Blues tonight, which are a pretty tough team even if they are off to a mediocre 5-3-2 start.
Jaroslav Halak (NYI) - G - $8,300
Halak has struggled so far this season with a 3.15 GAA and .898 save percentage in six games and is in a difficult situation with the Islanders as one of three goaltenders on the active roster. On top of that, he has the possibility of being traded looming over him, though I personally would be surprised if the Islanders manage to find a taker for him anytime soon. All this combines to Halak being a pretty big risk right now.
John Carlson (WAS) - D - $5,900
Carlson did get an assist on Tuesday, but that was just his second point in nine games this season. He's still a fair bet to have a pretty good campaign offensively, but I'd rather see him pick things up a bit more before I start gambling on him.
John Tavares (NYI) - C - $7,400
Tavares is off to a good start this season, but compared to some of the other high-end centers he's lagged behind from a FanDuel points perspective as he's averaged 14.9. For example, you could get Matt Duchene for $6,900 and he has 15.8 FanDuel points per game or Tyler Seguin ($7,400) at 15.6 FanDuel points per game. You also have the option of gambling on Claude Giroux ($7,200), who is on a 10-game point streak.
Daniel Sedin (VAN) - W - $5,800
Sedin hasn't gotten off to a particularly good start with two goals and four points in 10 games. Part of the reason why I'm highlighting him tonight though is because the Canucks are playing in their second road game in two days, so fatigue is an added concern for the 36-year-old forward.
Blake Wheeler (WPG) - W - $7,200
Wheeler has been off to a good start this season with three goals and eight points in 10 games and he has recorded at least a point in three of his last four contests. However, the Jets will be playing against the tough Capitals tonight and Wheeler is capable of scoring against Washington, it does make him more of a risky pick tonight. If there were less games then I might be all for going with Wheeler anyways, but there's no shortage of alternatives.