Welcome to FanDuel Fades where we recommend players you'd be better off avoiding tonight. Below you'll also find a list of today's probable goaltenders.
Carter Hutton (STL) - G - $8,100
Hutton is expected to get the start against Columbus just a day after the Blue Jackets earned a stunning 10-0 victory against Montreal. Getting a blowout win like that doesn't guarantee that Columbus is going to have another strong outing tonight, but the Blue Jackets have been pretty good lately with three straight wins against a trio of good teams. It just seems like Hutton is a risk you're better off not taking this time around.
Tyler Johnson (TBL) - C - $5,800
Johnson did show signs of rebounding on Thursday as he scored two goals, but he's still been a mixed bag this season with four goals and six points in 11 contests. Under better circumstances I might be tempted to roll the dice on him today anyways in the hopes that his showing on Thursday is the start of a hot streak, but given that the Lightning will be up against Cory Schneider and the Devils, I think passing is the better option.
Filip Forsberg (NAS) - W - $6,500
Forsberg is a good example of a player that hasn't been playing into the FanDuel scoring system particularly well. Seven points in 10 games is pretty good, but they've all been assists and in addition to his lack of goals, he hasn't been getting all that many SOG thus far (18 in total). As a result, he has gotten an average of 9.3 FanDuel points per game, which isn't good for that price point. Eventually Forsberg should start getting the puck to the net more and end that goal scoring slump, but for now it would be better to pick someone else.
Torey Krug (BOS) - D - $5,400
Krug did get an assist on Thursday, but it was his first point of the campaign. I'd like to see more out of him before I start selecting him in FanDuel leagues. That's especially true on a day like today as there's so many great defensemen to choose from.
Aleksander Barkov (FLA) - C - $5,700
Barkov got off to a good start this season, but he's gone seven straight games without a point. I think it's just a matter of time before he breaks out of that cold streak, but it might be best to take a wait-and-see approach rather than try to time his exit from it. Plus he'll be playing against Washington tonight, so that's not an ideal opponent for a struggling player anyways.
Nathan MacKinnon (COL) - C - $6,200
You'll only have the option of taking MacKinnon if you pick an all-day game as this game has a 3:00 p.m. ET start time. If you do go that route though, you'd probably be better off skipping MacKinnon on Saturday. He's been pretty cold lately with no goals and an assist in his last five contests and he'll be facing the typically stingy Minnesota Wild.
Johnny Gaudreau (CAL) - W - $6,500
Gaudreau has averaged 9.9 FanDuel points per game, which is lackluster compared to some of his competition in the same price range. He's been quiet lately too with no points in his last three games. He should start to find the back of the net more often as the season goes on, but for now it might be better to pass on him.
Roberto Luongo (FLA) - G - $8,600
Luongo will be tasked with facing the Washington Capitals, which is almost always a tall order and is a particularly difficult task right now. Washington is on a four-game winning streak, improving to 7-2-1 this season, and has scored at least three goals in each of those four contests. Luongo faced the Capitals earlier this season and ended up stopping 25 of 29 shots in a losing effort.
Phil Kessel (PIT) - W - $7,000
Honestly, putting Kessel on this list is a symptom of their being too many good options tonight. There's nothing wrong with Kessel, but his 12.6 FanDuel points per game is a step below the other wingers you can get in that price range. Artemi Panarin ($7,000) for example has three goals and seven points in his last four games and Jeff Skinner ($6,800) has worked exceptionally well within the FanDuel formula as he's averaging 20.5 FanDuel points per contest. Rick Nash is around that price point too at $6,800 and he's on a three-game goal scoring streak.
Brent Seabrook (CHI) - D - $5,100
Seabrook has a goal and seven points in 11 games, but that's mostly thanks to two great games he had early in the season. In his last seven contests he has no goals and two assists and he hasn't provided more than 8.5 FanDuel points in any contest over that span.