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Carey Price (MTL) - G - $9,600
If you select Price as your starter, you are paying a premium for a goaltender facing a tough matchup. He has been outstanding this year, but his career numbers versus Tampa Bay are nothing to write home about. Price has gone 10-11-5 with a 2.53 goals-against average and a .916 save percentage in 26 previous starts against the Lightning.
Ryan Johansen (CBJ) - C - $6,100
Johansen has been relatively quiet at the start of the 2016-17 season. He isn’t the only Predators forward struggling to get going offensively, but he has accounted for more than five fantasy points on FanDuel just one time in his past five outings. Johansen has one assist and only six shots during that span. He is also still looking to score his first goal of the season.
Ryan O'Reilly (BUF) - C - $6,100
O’Reilly has been forced to shoulder the load with Jack Eichel sidelined with a high-ankle sprain. He has stepped up with six points in five games even though four of those points came in one game. I don’t think he’ll explode like that Thursday against a stingy Wild team. Devan Dubnyk could make it a long night for Buffalo’s shooters.
Nazem Kadri (TOR) - C - $5,900
Kadri has contributed two goals and two assists in his last four games, but he will probably have his hands full with Florida’s top line Thursday night. The best you can hope for is another power-play point and the Panthers have been solid on the penalty kill this season. Still, your resources should probably be spent elsewhere because Roberto Luongo will be tough to beat.
Andrew Ladd (NYI) - W - $5,400
Ladd has contributed just one assist in seven games for the Islanders this campaign. He will be playing the second game of a back-to-back situation against Pittsburgh on Thursday night and it wouldn’t be surprising if his drought continued.
Phil Kessel (PIT) - W - $6,700
Kessel has recorded two goals and two assists over the last six games. All of his points have come on the power play, which could have trouble producing against an Islanders’ penalty kill that ranks third in the league. His shots per game are down so far this season and he has no even-strength points, so you could be left with next to nothing from Kessel if the Penguins go cold on the man advantage Thursday.
Zach Bogosian (BUF) - D - $4,900
Bogosian is easy to avoid right now. He doesn’t have a point in five games and he has been credited with only six shots. It’s puzzling that he costs the same as teammate Rasmus Ristolainen and that he is just $100 more expensive than John Klingberg. There are much better options above and below Bogosian.
Mike Green (DET) - D - $5,100
Green has cooled down after a hot start to the season. He hasn’t scored a goal since he recorded a hat trick on Oct. 17 versus Ottawa and he has been credited with one shot in his last four games.
Jake Allen (STL) - G - $8,500
Allen has faced the Red Wings three times in his career and he hasn’t enjoyed much success against the team. He owns a 1-0-2 record along with a 2.91 goals-against average and an .880 save percentage. Allen was burned by Detroit last year for four goals on 32 shots. The Wings have been hot, winning five straight contests, so this has the potential to be a tough matchup for Allen.