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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Jack Eichel (BUF) - C - $7,400 (FanDuel), $7,200 (DraftKings)
Eichel amassed seven shots on goal in Saturday’s 5-1 loss to Dallas, but his goalless skid extended to five straight games. He has chipped in just two assists during that span and oddly enough has two helpers in five career outings against Washington.
Evander Kane (BUF) - W - $6,500 (FanDuel), $7,000 (DraftKings)
Kane’s price tag is far too expensive on DraftKings for Tuesday night’s slate, especially since his production has slowed recently. He has one goal and one assist in his last five outings. Kane also didn’t register a point in three games versus the Washington Capitals last year.
Ryan Johansen (NSH) - C - $6,300 (FanDuel), $4,800 (DraftKings)
Johansen is much more of a fade option on FanDuel, where he is overpriced when you consider he has averaged just 6.5 fantasy points per game this season. He hasn’t been providing much bang for the buck with no goals, 18 shots, three power-play points and seven assists through 14 games this campaign. Johansen didn’t have a point against Anaheim this past Friday. The Predators pivot also has one assist in his last five outings versus the Ducks.
James Neal (VGK) - W - $7,200 (FanDuel), $6,300 (DraftKings)
Neal has been better of late with a goal and an assist in his last two games, but he is still being overvalued on FanDuel and DraftKings because of his hot start to the year. Neal has eight goals this season, but six came in the first four contests. He has generated four points in his last eight outings and he has two power-play points in 14 contests. Neal also has just two helpers in his past five appearances against Montreal.
Corey Perry (ANA) - W - $6,300 (FanDuel), $5,500 (DraftKings)
Perry ended a 12-game goalless drought this past Saturday, but it is not time to jump back on the bandwagon. It’s been an inconsistent start to the season for Perry, who still does not have a power-play point through 14 matches. Additionally, he only posted two assists in five appearances against Los Angeles in 2016-17.
Mark Giordano (CGY) - D - $5,700 (FanDuel), $5,700 (DraftKings)
Giordano has accounted for one goal and one helper in his past three games, but collecting points has been an issue for him this season. He has only five points in 14 appearances, which includes just two power-play assists. Giordano scored one of his two markers this year versus Vancouver on Oct. 14, but he hasn’t nearly done nearly enough to warrant his hefty price tag in daily formats.
Oscar Klefbom (EDM) - C - $5,600 (FanDuel), $5,800 (DraftKings)
Klefbom tallied his first goal of the season last week when he scored against New Jersey to snap an 11-game drought. He has collected just three points in 13 contests this campaign. Klefbom has racking up hits and blocks, but until he gets going on offense it is probably better to look elsewhere.
Cam Talbot (EDM) - G - $8,600 (FanDuel), $7,300 (DraftKings)
Talbot was excellent in 2016-17, but he has had trouble establishing a rhythm this campaign. He has a 4-7-1 record with a 3.17 goals-against average and a .903 save percentage through 12 starts. Talbot has permitted three goals or more in each of his last five appearances, while posting a mark of 2-3-0 during that span. The Islanders have averaged 3.79 goals for per game and will be a difficult matchup for the Edmonton netminder.
Cory Schneider (NJD) - G - $8,400 (FanDuel), $7,700 (DraftKings)
Schneider has a 3.09 goals-against average and a .916 save percentage this season despite a 6-2-0 record. He was burned for five goals on 41 shots by Edmonton on Nov. 3 in his last start and will face a tough opponent on Tuesday with the St. Louis Blues in town. Schneider has only three wins in 10 appearances versus the Blues in his career.