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FanDuel Fades: October 28

by Corey Abbott
Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:04 pm ET

Just three games are scheduled for Wednesday night. Pittsburgh will be playing the first game of a back-to-back situation at Washington before heading home to face Buffalo.

 

Keep an eye on the goaltenders at the bottom of the page, as we will update the probable starters throughout the day. Check out Rotoworld's injury list as well for the status of players across the league.

 

Sidney Crosby C (PIT) - $9,000

 

This is a tough decision, as Crosby could break out at any time with a multi-point effort, but his early-season struggles have made him too unpredictable. Is it contrarian to pick him or leave him off? I would prefer to seek less costly options at center who haven't been snakebitten offensively. Crosby is the most expensive center and the second-highest cap hit among forwards behind only Alex Ovechkin ($10,000). He has generated points in just one of his eight games this season.

 

Patrick Marleau LW (SJS) - $6,800

 

Marleau is not a stranger to running hot and cold over the course of a season and he has been cold of late. He ended a three-game pointless skid last Saturday against Carolina with an assist, but he hasn't been producing much since Logan Couture was injured. Marleau's shots on goal have dropped from 15 in three games with Couture to 13 in five matches without him. He also has two points during that span.

 

Mike Hoffman LW (OTT) - $5,600

 

Hoffman is considered doubtful to play Wednesday. He suffered a lower-body injury last Thursday and wasn't able to play in Saturday's loss to Arizona. If Hoffman is unable to play then Shane Prince or Matt Puempel could skate on the top line his place.

 

Mike Fisher C (NSH) - $5,500

 

Fisher has been quiet offensively at the start of the 2015-16 season. He notched a goal and an assist on Oct. 20 versus Tampa Bay, but he hasn't picked up a point in his other seven appearances. Fisher's lack of production is surprising given that he has been skating alongside a red-hot James Neal and Filip Forsberg. He also has just nine shots in eight games.

 

Dennis Wideman D (CGY) - $5,600

 

Wideman has chipped in five assists and 15 shots in nine games this season, which looks pretty good on paper. However, he hasn't earned a point in his last four contests and he doesn't have a goal yet after scoring 15 a season ago. Wideman also has a minus-3 rating and he didn't do anything of statistical merit on Monday against the Islanders. Perhaps the trade rumors are having an impact on his play.

 

Mikael Backlund C (CGY) - $4,900

 

Backlund has been playing a bit better lately, but he still has one goal and no assists in nine games. His only point of the season to this point came on Oct. 16 against Winnipeg.

 

Goaltenders

 

Calgary (Jonas Hiller) confirmed @ Ottawa (Craig Anderson) confirmed

Pittsburgh (Marc-Andre Fleury) confirmed @ Washington (Braden Holtby) confirmed

Nashville (Pekka Rinne) @ San Jose (Martin Jones) confirmed

Corey Abbott

Corey Abbott is an Editor for Hockey on Rotoworld. Feel free to follow him on Twitter @CoreAbbott.