There are ten games tonight as the schedule gets busy on a Saturday night. 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.
Jimmy Howard G (Detroit) - $8,800
Jimmy Howard went on Friday and gave up five goals but coach Jeff Blashill already stated beforehand that Petr Mrazek would get the start against the Canadiens. Howard is now 2-1 but his price is too high, even when he is between the pipes.
Martin Jones G (San Jose) - $7,700
The best goaltender in the NHL in the early going was only 3:38 away from his third straight shutout on Friday before the Devils finally beat him late in the third with a power play goal. He set a San Jose franchise record with a shutout streak of 234:33 but it looks like Alex Stalock will get his first start of the season Saturday against the New York Islanders.
Eric Staal LW (Carolina) - $6,900
Staal had a goal and two assists on Friday but I can’t see him doing the same against Braden Holtby and the Washington Capitals. Staal has been on a downward trend for a couple of seasons and he is no longer an elite scorer. He has only 61 and 54 points in each of his last two seasons with a minus-13 rating in each year.
Scott Hartnell LW (Columbus) - $5,900
Hartnell scored his second power play goal of the season on Friday but the Blue Jackets have been horrible this season in losing all five games and they are in very tough with the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks. Look for the Blackhawks to shut down the Columbus attack making Hartnell a poor play in FanDuel.
Patric Hornqvist RW (Pittsburgh) - $7,300
The Penguins take on the Maple Leafs but it should be Phil Kessel taking charge and not Hornqvist who plays on the second line with Evgeni Malkin and David Perron. Hornqvist has been seeing first power play time and that may help but there are better bargains on the right side than Hornqvist on Saturday.
Cam Atkinson RW (Columbus) - $5,500
As mentioned previously with Scott Hartnell, the Blue Jackets have been less than stellar this season as they have lost all five. While he has a goal and three points this season, he already is a minus-seven and that really hurts your DFS. I suggest you stay away until the Blue Jackets prove they can score and win.
Duncan Keith D (Chicago) - $6,000
Keith always looks to be a top-notch blueliner but his fantasy value isn’t as high as most would think. He has had two outstanding seasons in which he has had 69 and 61 points but in a 10-year NHL career he has never been above 45 points in any other season. While nothing is wrong with a 45 point season, it isn’t an elite season. He has two assists and a minus-two rating in five games this season.
Zdeno Chara D (Boston) - $5,600
The 38-year-old defenseman is nearing the end of his career and even though he has two assists in two games this season, he managed only 20 points last season. His power play time has been curtailed and while he had two assists in his last contest against Colorado on Wednesday, it looks to be more of an anomaly than a trend. Look elsewhere for a rearguard.
Jonathan Toews C (Chicago) - $7,400
Toews is a much better hockey player than fantasy one and he’s a good fantasy player so that tells you his real value. His cap hit is too high at this time and there are plenty of better bargains at center.
Evgeny Kuznetsov C (Washington) - $5,900
Kuznetsov moves down to the second line on Saturday as he loses Alex Ovechkin and T.J. Oshie as linemates with the return of Nicklas Backstrom to the lineup. That is enough reason not to put him in your FanDuel lineup.