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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Ryan Johansen (NAS) – C - $6,600 (FanDuel), $5,600 (DraftKings)
Johansen isn’t a bad bet right now in DraftKings, but I’d pass on him in FanDuel right now. He does have three assists in five games, but hasn’t found the back of the net yet. To make matters worse, he’s only recorded 12 shots on goal, which works out to 2.4 SOG/Game and far below his 2016-17 average of 3.4 SOG/Game.
Alexander Radulov (DAL) – W - $6,400 (FanDuel), $6,400 (DraftKings)
I wouldn’t take Radulov in either league today, but he’s a worse bet in DraftKings at the moment. Radulov has gotten off to a slow start with no goals and two assists in five games. He hasn’t even taken a lot of shots recently as he has just four in his last three games. As is the case with a lot of the players on today’s list though, he should heat up as the season drags on.
Erik Karlsson (OTT) – D - $7,000 (FanDuel), $6,700 (DraftKings)
Karlsson is making his season debut tonight after missing the first five games with a foot injury. He’s one of the league’s best offensive defenseman, but it might take him a bit of time to get back into the swing of things after missing the preseason and early weeks of the campaign.
Rick Nash (NYR) – W - $5,800 (FanDuel), $4,800 (DraftKings)
Nash is an okay bet in DraftKings, but I would still pass on him in FanDuel. I’m just not that big of a believer in Nash in general at this point and it doesn’t help that he’s been limited to a goal and no assists in six games this season.
Frederik Andersen (TOR) – G - $8,600 (FanDuel), $7,200 (DraftKings)
Andersen might have gotten off to a 4-1-0 start, but the Leafs have been all about offense to start the season and that’s had its toll on him. He has a 3.76 GAA and .880 save percentage so far. In the long run he might bounce back, but he’ll be up against the Washington Capitals on Tuesday, so it will be very difficult for him to start that comeback tonight.
Logan Couture (SJS) – C - $6,700 (FanDuel), $6,200 (DraftKings)
Keep an eye on Couture as there will be a point where he’s worth picking. Personally I’d wait until he starts heating up though. He’s been limited to a goal and no assists in his first four games.
Victor Hedman (TBL) – D - $6,400 (FanDuel), $6,100 (DraftKings)
Hedman has a goal and two assists in six games this season, which is solid for an offensive defenseman, even if it is below the pace we’re hoping for out of him after his 72-point showing in 2016-17. The bigger issue right now is that there are just a lot of hot blueliners available tonight that are either priced similarly or below Hedman, like P.K. Subban and John Klingberg.
Joe Pavelski (SJS) – W - $7,300 (FanDuel), $6,400 (DraftKings)
Like Couture, his teammate Pavelski has gotten off to a slow start with no goals and an assist in four contests. He’s also bound the heat up at some point, but I’d wait until that starts happening before betting on him.
Evgeni Malkin (PIT) – C - $8,000 (FanDuel), $7,000 (DraftKings)
In both FanDuel and DraftKings, Malkin is currently the sixth most expensive center, but he’s been on the quiet side lately. Malkin’s an elite player, but those no shortage of those on a night like this and you might be better off going with one of the hotter top-tier centers like Auston Matthews, Evgeny Kuznetsov, or teammate Sidney Crosby.
Max Pacioretty (SJS) – W - $7,300 (FanDuel), $6,400 (DraftKings)
Pacioretty found the back of the net in Montreal’s season opener, but he hasn’t recorded a point in the four games that followed. In addition to that he’s recorded seven shots on goal in his last three games, which is low by his standards. There are cheaper options on the wing that have gotten off to hotter starts, like Mike Hoffman, Blake Wheeler, and T.J. Oshie to name a few.
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