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 6 pm start times for most lineups) so check the column and Rotoworld’s daily blurbs for the latest updates.
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Robin Lehner G (Buffalo) - $7,700
Lehner gave up four goals in the Sabres loss on Thursday to Montreal and now faces the high-flying Edmonton Oilers who have scored 12 times in their first two games. Edmonton has Connor McDavid among others so Lehner will have his hands full all game. With only three games on tap for Sunday, the Lehner versus the Oilers matchup looks like the worst one on the docket.
Justin Faulk D (Carolina) - $5,400
Faulk is the highest priced rearguard on Sunday and while he managed an assist in the Hurricanes opener, he is coming off a lower body injury and his stats last year happened early on. He slumped for most of the second half and the Hurricanes do not need to rely on him as much. The Canucks allowed only one goal on Saturday (and that was Loui Eriksson putting it into his own net), so their style of play could hurt Carolina’s chances of scoring a lot.
Travis Hamonic D (Islanders) - $4,000
Hamonic is a solid defenseman but his offensive skills are not nearly as good as his outstanding defensive game. As mentioned earlier, there aren’t a lot of choices as there are only three games today, so take players with a better track record.
Patrick Maroon W (Edmonton) - $5,100
Maroon opened the season with a four shot and one goal game but the third liner had only one shot on goal in his most recent game with Calgary. Maroon looked like a top-six forward last season after his trade from Anaheim as he had 14 points in his last 16 games but he has been moved down the depth charts and that will hurt his fantasy value.
Jannik Hansen W (Vancouver) - $4,600
I’m a little wary of putting Hanson on this list as he could return to the top line with the Sedin twins, but while coach Willie Desjardins continues to play Loui Eriksson there, I don’t think that Hanson is being used to his full potential. This all goes out the window if Desjardins decides tonight is the night to put Hanson back on the top line but until then he remains as a fade.
Ryan Getzlaf C (Anaheim) - $7,600
After a horrible start last season in which he had only one assist in his first eight games, Getzlaf came on strong with 62 points in his last 69 games. This season the Saskatchewan native already has a couple of assists in his first two games but this will be his third game in four nights and I would look elsewhere rather than spending so much of your salary cap on Getzlaf.