As is the case with every FanDuel Fades, we are going to look at some players who should think twice about placing in your lineup or who you should avoid using entirely. Remember to check back on this page later in the day for confirmations on starting goalies and keep an eye on Rotoworld’s daily blurbs for all your fantasy hockey needs.
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Tuukka Rask (BOS) - G - $9,200
Rask may be back in the lineup on Saturday from a lower-body injury. He has missed the last three games and just resumed skating on Friday, so there could be some rust or tentativeness. If Rask does get the start then his numbers against Detroit haven’t been spectacular either. He is 6-5-1 with a 2.94 goals-against average and an .889 save percentage. There are just goaltenders more expensive than Rask, so you won’t be short on options if you decide to go in another direction.
Steven Stamkos (TBL) - C - $8,400
This is a difficult fade to make considering the Devils will be playing the second game of a back-to-back situation and Stamkos has played very well against New Jersey in the past. Still, I think Stamkos will miss injured winger Nikita Kucherov. Kucherov has been directly involved in four of the Lightning captain’s nine points and he has played alongside him for five of them. Cory Schneider has also been difficult to beat this season and the Devils have been stingy defensively early in the year.
Logan Couture (SJS) - C - $6,500
Couture hasn’t topped 10 fantasy points on FanDuel in each of his last five outings. He has produced one assist during that span and he has scored just two goals in eight matches this season.
David Krejci (BOS) - C - $5,300
Krejci hasn’t scored a goal in seven games this year and he has been credited with a mere eight shots. He has chipped in two assists in the last three games, but he isn’t doing enough to make much of a worthy contribution to your lineup at this time. Perhaps that will change once David Backes is ready to return from an elbow injury.
Filip Forsberg (NSH) - $6,500
It’s been a sluggish start to the season for Forsberg, who is still looking for his first goal of the year. He has recorded 15 shots and five assists in seven contests. Forsberg has registered just one multi-point performance this season, so he hasn’t been providing much bang for the buck yet. Keep him on the back burner until he heats up.
T.J. Oshie (WSH) - $5,900
The Capitals changed up line combinations on Friday at practice. Oshie ended up falling to the third line with Lars Eller and Andre Burakovsky. He still could be on the top power-play unit, but his even-strength role takes some of the shine off his value going into Saturday’s match with Vancouver.
Loui Eriksson (VAN) - $5,100
Eriksson hasn’t been lighting it up alongside the Sedin twins early into the season. He has no goals and four assists in eight games this campaign. Two of those helpers came versus Anaheim last Sunday, but aside from that he has surpassed 10 fantasy points in just one other contest. Eriksson shot total (10) and his lack production don’t make him an attractive option against a Washington team that isn’t surrendering many goals this season.
John Carlson (WSH) - D - $6,100
Carlson has not reached 10 fantasy points on FanDuel in each of his six games this season. He has generated 21 shots, but he doesn’t have a goal to show for his efforts and he has contributed just one assist. There are just five defenders active on Saturday who will cost more than Carlson and he isn’t worth that kind of investment at this time.
Alex Pietrangelo (STL) - D - $5,700
Pietrangelo has performed very well in some contests, but he has posted more meager totals on FanDuel than impressive ones early into the season. He has gone pointless in four of his last five contests, as the Blues haven’t been able to produce much collectively over that span.