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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J.T. Miller (NYR) – C/W - $5,800 FanDuel, $4,400 DraftKings
Miller is listed as a winger in FanDuel, but a center in DraftKings. At any rate, he’s been held off the scoresheet for four straight games and nine of his last 11 contests. His recent slump has come at a particularly inopportune time for the Rangers given that they’re already missing Chris Kreider, who has now been sidelined for seven straight games. The Rangers are 2-4-1 since Kreider was forced to the sidelines and they’ve been held to two or fewer goals in six of those games.
Nazem Kadri (TOR) – C - $5,600 FanDuel, $5,200 DraftKings
Kadri got off to such a strong start this season, but he’s fallen off a cliff offensively. After scoring 13 goals and 23 points in 27 contests through November, he’s been held to a single point over his last 16 contests. It’s best to avoid him until he starts to bounce back, especially given that the Maple Leafs will be up against a stingy team tonight in the St. Louis Blues.
Anders Lee (NYI) – W - $6,700 FanDuel, $6,500 DraftKings
Lee is going through a bit of a cold streak in what has otherwise been a great season for him. He has a goal, no assists, and a minus-six rating in his last seven games. This is also the Islanders third game in four days, so in addition to Lee being in a slump, fatigue is something of a concern here.
Kyle Turris (NSH) – C - $4,900 FanDuel, $5,300 DraftKings
Turris looked good when he was first acquired by the Predators from Ottawa, but he’s fallen on hard times. He has just a goal and an assist in his last 10 games. It’s in stark contrast to the seven-game point streak that immediately preceded it where he recorded two goals and 10 points.
Rick Nash (NYR) – W - $5,700 FanDuel, $5,200 DraftKings
As mentioned above, the Rangers have been cold offensively and Nash is one of the key examples of that. He has no goals and an assist in his last 12 contests. Overall this season Nash has just nine goals and 18 points in 44 games as he limps towards the end of his eight-year, $62.4 million contract. It’ll be interesting to see if the Rangers trade him before the deadline, assuming there’s even an interested party out there for him, and if such a change of scenery can spark Nash. As it stands, Nash’s six season tenure with the Rangers hasn’t been all bad, but it’s been more miss than hit, especially in the latter half of it.
Nick Leddy (NYI) – D - $5,400 FanDuel, $5,400 DraftKings
At this point, Leddy’s hot start to the season offensively has been largely quelled by his output dating back to Dec. 9. Over that 17-game stretch, he has been limited to four assists while posting an ugly minus-18 rating. As mentioned above, fatigue is also a consideration here for the Islanders given that this will be their third game in four days.