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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Brayden Schenn (STL) – C - $7,200 FanDuel, $6,600 DraftKings
Schenn’s breakout campaign might be getting a dose of reality lately. He had an unbelievable run of seven goals and 19 points in eight games from Nov. 4-21, but he’s been more of a mixed bag since then and cold lately with a goal and four points in his last 10 contests.
Max Pacioretty (MON) – W - $6,500 FanDuel, $6,200 DraftKings
It’s been a while now since Pacioretty went on a strong run. He has just one goal in his last 21 games and none in his last 12 contests. He doesn’t even have a point in his most recent five games.
Daniel Sedin (VAN) – W - $5,800 FanDuel, $3,900 DraftKings
I don’t mind his DraftKings price, but his FanDuel price is too rich for my tastes. He’s had some good games this season, but overall he still has just 9.4 FanDuel points per contest, which is pretty bad given his price point.
Sidney Crosby (PIT) – C - $8,400 FanDuel, $7,000 DraftKings
This is applicable to FanDuel where Crosby is the fourth most expansive center as opposed to DraftKings where he’s tied for eighth. Crosby’s a superstar, so if you want to take him feel free, but he has just a goal and three points in his past nine games and this comes at a time when other high-end centers John Tavares and Steven Stamkos are red hot. Evgeni Malkin has been doing better than Crosby lately too and Malkin is a cheaper option in both FanDuel and DraftKings.
Nick Leddy (NYI) – D - $5,400 FanDuel, $5,300 DraftKings
Leddy had an amazing offensive run from Oct. 21 through Dec. 7 with him scoring six goals and 23 points in 21 contests. He’s gone quiet though with two assists in his last 11 contests. On top of that, the Islanders will be facing Boston and (at the time of writing) the likely starter will be Tuukka Rask, who has been red hot lately.
Jason Zucker (MIN) – W - $6,000 FanDuel, $6,000 DraftKings
Zucker has been quiet offensively for a little while now. Over his last 10 games, Zucker has been limited to a goal and an assist. It’s an unfortunate speed bump for him after he kicked off the season with 14 goals and 25 points in 29 games.
Anze Kopitar (LAK) – C - $7,000 FanDuel, $6,600 DraftKings
Kopitar is going through his first real slump of the 2017-18 campaign as he has a goal and an assist in his last eight games. Eventually he’ll break out of it, but for now I think it’s better to take a wait-and-see approach with him.
Aaron Ekblad (FLA) – D - $4,700 FanDuel, $5,100 DraftKings
I wouldn’t recommend picking Ekblad on either site, but I’m particularly reluctant to grab him on DraftKings tonight. Ekblad hasn’t been a great offensive force this season with his six goals and 12 points in 38 contests and rather than heat up, he has is in the midst of a nine-game point drought.
T.J. Oshie (WAS) – W - $5,700 FanDuel, $5,500 DraftKings
Oshie has been more miss than hit lately as he’s been held off the scoresheet in nine of his last 13 games. More recently, he has just one goal and no assists in his last seven contests.
Frederik Andersen (TOR) – G - $8,600 FanDuel, $7,300 DraftKings
At the time of writing, Andersen hasn’t been confirmed as the Maple Leafs’ goaltender, but he is probable. Unfortunately, he would be up against the Tampa Bay Lightning tonight and thus the toughest offense in the league. While this season’s Lightning are different and stronger than past versions, it’s worth noting that Andersen has traditionally struggled against Tampa Bay with a 1-4-0 record, 4.35 GAA, and .842 save percentage in five career games.