As is the case with every NHL Fades, we are going to look at some players who you 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.
Keep in mind that FanDuel allows you to roster nine players (2C, 4W, 2D, 1G) with a salary cap of $55,000, while DraftKings has a cap of $50,000 for nine players (2C, 3W, 2D, 1G, 1UT).
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Aleksander Barkov (FLA) - C - $6,700 (FanDuel), $6,200 (DraftKings)
Barkov is a difficult fade to make because I am high on him this season, but he hasn’t had much success in the goal department against Tampa Bay in his career. He has found the back of the net once in 14 matches versus the Lightning. Barkov has registered eight assists, including three in three outings last year. He’s just a step below the upper echelon center options and others below him can produce just as well or better, so it’s not a great spot for him on Friday night.
Tyler Johnson (TBL) - C - $5,400 (FanDuel), $5,200 (DraftKings)
Johnson has battled injuries and inconsistency over the last two seasons. He is projected to center the third line on opening night between Ryan Callahan and Alex Killorn, which is unlikely to help him return to the form he displayed in his first two full campaigns in the NHL. Johnson also didn’t have a point in three outings against Florida last year.
Seth Jones (CBJ) - D - $4,800 (FanDuel), $5,100 (DraftKings)
Jones had a career year in 2016-17 with 12 goals and 42 points in 75 contests, but he earned just seven points on the power play. If you are seeking more bang for the buck in that area than you are probably better off paying up for Columbus teammate Zach Werenski, who is $400 more on FanDuel and $300 more on DraftKings. Surprisingly, Jones is $100 more expensive than John Klingberg on DraftKings. Jones contributed one goal and one assist in four appearances versus the Islanders last year.
David Perron (VGK) - W - $4,700 (FanDuel), $4,200 (DraftKings)
Perron is pricier than Evgenii Dadonov ($3,900) on FanDuel, which shouldn’t be the case. Still, he isn’t a very strong option for your Friday night lineup. Perron is slated to play on Vegas’ second line in the franchise’s first game and it will be a difficult one on the road versus Dallas. He scored two goals in four matches last year versus the Stars, but of course that was when the team didn’t have Ben Bishop between the pipes.
Keith Yandle (FLA) - D - $5,400 (FanDuel), $4,500 (DraftKings)
Yandle is an overvalued option on FanDuel, where he is the third-highest priced defender behind only Victor Hedman and John Klingberg. He did have success against the Lightning last year with four helpers in four games, but you won’t have trouble filling your roster without him. On DraftKings, he is a much more viable selection.
Sergei Bobrovsky (CBJ) - G - $8,800 (FanDuel), $8,200 (DraftKings)
On FanDuel, Bobrovsky is tied with Ben Bishop as the most expensive goaltender on the slate. He has a much tougher matchup with the Islanders as the opposition than Bishop has versus the expansion Golden Knights. Bishop is $200 more than Bobrovsky on DraftKings. The Blue Jackets netminder had a 1-1-0 record with an .889 save percentage and a 3.42 goals-against average in two contests against the Islanders last year.