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Jeff Skinner LW (Carolina) - $6,400
Skinner hasn't scored a goal for the last six games and he has three assists over that span along with an even plus-minus rating. He has surpassed four fantasy points on FanDuel twice during that time and his latest appearance hit that mark because of an uncharacteristic 14 penalty minutes. Skinner has accounted for just 38 minutes in the sin bin in 73 games this season. Skinner isn't worth that kind of price right now.
Daniel Sedin LW (Vancouver) - $6,700
Sedin left Wednesday's practice early and an update was not provided on his status. He appears to be questionable to play Thursday night at this time. Even if he does manage to suit up, Sedin has no goals and one assist in the last five contests. The Canucks have been shut out in three straight matches and they have scored three goals as a group in the last five.
Jakub Voracek RW (Philadelphia) - $7,100
Voracek has been playing with Nick Cousins and Matt Read since he returned to the lineup from a lower-body injury. He has earned one assist and five shots in three games. Voracek may not be back up to game speed yet and now he is playing his third game in four nights. I would steer clear of him for the time being, especially at that price.
Connor McDavid C (Edmonton) - $7,100
McDavid has picked up seven assists over a five-game point streak, but he has a tough match-up ahead of him on Thursday at San Jose. The Sharks have allowed just two goals against in the past three games and McDavid wasn't able to solve them earlier this month. Back on Mar. 8, San Jose blanked Edmonton 3-0 and the dynamic rookie had two shots.
Dustin Byfuglien D (Winnipeg) - $6,300
Byfuglien hasn't scored a goal since Mar. 1 against Florida and he has four assists in the last 10 games. He hasn't hit the scoresheet in his past four matches and he has been piling up minus ratings. Byfuglien has recored a minus-7 rating in 11 games this month. There are only three defensemen on Thursday's slate more expensive than Byfuglien and he isn't worth that kind of cap space right now.
Semyon Varlamov G (Colorado) - $9,700
Philadelphia will be playing for a third time in four nights, but every point is crucial for them in their Wild Card race. Varlamov has been inconsistent this season, while sporting a 2.66 goals-against average and a .917 save percentage. He owns a 2-1-1 record versus the Flyers in his career, but he also has a 2.80 GAA and a .914 save percentage. Varlamov is surprisingly tied with Marc-Andre Fleury as the most expensive goaltender for Thursday night. There are much safer options available.
Tuukka Rask G (Boston) - $8,800
It's unclear if Rask will get the nod on Thursday after he was pulled Wednesday against the New York Rangers. He was battling an illness going into the game and received the hook after allowing two goals on eight shots in one period of action. Rask has played very well versus Florida this season and over his career, but he may not be back to 100 percent yet.
Jakob Silfverberg RW (Anaheim) - $6,200
Silfverberg has earned three multi-point performances in his last nine games. He has produced seven goals and three assists during that span, which is sure to give him some attention. However, he has never enjoyed much success in his career versus Toronto. Silfverberg has one goal and one assist in 10 career outings against the Leafs.
Aleksander Barkov C (Florida) - $6,100
Barkov has gone three consecutive games without a point and he has posted minus-2 ratings in each of his last two appearances. I wouldn't count on him being held scoreless for much longer, but there are better options available. He also has two goals and a minus-2 rating in seven career contests versus Boston.
Craig Smith RW (Nashville) - $5,600
Smith isn't that pricey and he's still playing with Filip Forsberg, but he has cooled down considerably from his late February to early March hot streak. He hasn't found the back of the net in six straight matches and he ended his five-game scoring skid on Monday against Los Angeles. Smith surpassed one point on FanDuel once during that five-game span and he had negative numbers in three of those outings.