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FanDuel Fades: October 20

by Ryan Dadoun
Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:04 pm ET

There was only one game on Monday and neither of the teams involved in it - the New York Rangers and San Jose Sharks - have a contest tonight, so every team is playing rested.  Be sure to check back later in the day as we will be updating the probable goaltenders list at the bottom.  Also, head here for the latest injury information.

 

Alexander Steen LW (St. Louis) - $7,300

 

The St. Louis Blues will be up against the hot Montreal Canadiens and elite goaltender Carey Price tonight.  Maybe they'll be the team that finally breaks through against Montreal, but why risk it?  If you must gamble on St. Louis tonight, at least make it with a cheaper option then Steen.

 

David Backes C (St. Louis) - $6,400

 

Like Steen, Backes' value obviously takes a hit because he's up against Montreal.  That being said, Backes has also gotten off to a slow start with two assists, a minus-two rating, and two penalty minutes in six contests.  While he might be worth owning later in this season, I wouldn't recommend picking him at this time even if St. Louis was up against a more favorable opponent.

 

Nikita Kucherov RW (Tampa Bay) - $6,500

 

The Triplets line, of which Kucherov is a part of, has been cold out of the gate this season.  They should bounce back eventually, but tonight's game in Nashville isn't the best opportunity for them to do so.  Nashville has allowed just nine goals in five contests.

 

Chris Kunitz LW (Pittsburgh) - $6,200

 

Kunitz took a big step back last season with just 40 points in 74 contests and he's been held off the scoresheet over the Penguins' five games this season.  At the age of 36, his days of being a significant offensive contributor might simply be behind him.  At the least, he's not a great bet at that price.

 

Patrick Sharp RW (Dallas) - $7,200

 

Like Kunitz, Sharp seems to be a victim of time.  He did record two assists on Saturday and has played alongside Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn, so there's certainly hope for Sharp.  But that's still a steep price point for a forward who seems to be on the decline.

 

Mark Giordano D (Calgary) - $6,100

 

The Flames are a team that are best to take a wait-and-see approach with given their early season struggles.  On top of that, Giordano in particular is off to a cold start with no points and a minus-five rating in his first five games.  Top-tier defensemen are pretty affordable at this time, so there's no reason to gamble on Giordano when he's cold.

 

Sergei Bobrovsky G (Columbus) - $7,900

 

At the time of writing, it's not clear if Bobrovsky will start tonight (keep an eye on the goaltenders list at the bottom later in the day to see if that changes).  However, even if he gets the nod, he's not worth picking up.  Granted, $7,900 is actually not that steep a price for a goaltender, but you need to get a return out of your goaltender and Bobrovsky is far too big of a gamble at this time given his 5.07 GAA and .835 save percentage.

 

Arizona (Mike Smith) confirmed @ New Jersey (Cory Schneider) confirmed

Florida (Roberto Luongo) confirmed @ Pittsburgh (Marc-Andre Fleury) confirmed

NY Islanders (Jaroslav Halak) confirmed @ Columbus (Curtis McElhinney) confirmed

Dallas (Antti Niemi) confirmed @ Philadelphia (Steve Mason) confirmed

St. Louis (Jake Allen) confirmed @ Montreal (Carey Price) confirmed

Tampa Bay (Ben Bishop) confirmed @ Nashville (Pekka Rinne)

Washington (Braden Holtby) confirmed @ Calgary (Karri Ramo) confirmed

Ryan Dadoun
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