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Ben Bishop (TB) - G - $9,300
This is not an easy fade because he has been excellent against Colorado in his career (1.99 GAA and a .933 save percentage in five starts). However, he surrendered four goals in his first outing versus Detroit and three goals to Florida on Tuesday night. The Avalanche were blanked by the Capitals on Tuesday and mustered just 18 shots, so they will be probably be firing from everywhere Thursday. That could work in Bishop’s favor, but his recent play hasn’t been all that encouraging.
Ryan Kesler (ANA) - C - $6,300
Kesler doesn’t have a goal in four games this year and he has gone two straight matches without a point. He has also been credited with only six shots this season and four of them came in one appearance. Kesler is projected to center the third line between Ryan Garbutt and Nick Sorensen, so he shouldn’t be expected to break out Thursday night.
Tomas Plekanec (MTL) - C - $5,500
Plekanec has been sluggish out of the gate with one assist in three games to go with six shots. He hasn’t been clicking with Alexander Radulov and Artturi Lehkonen during even-strength situations and he has averaged just 1:12 of power-play time per match. Several players who cost $5,500 have more upside than Plekanec Thursday night, including Mikko Koivu and Joe Thornton.
Matt Duchene (COL) - W - $6,400
Slow starts aren’t new for Duchene. He had one goal and one assist in the first 10 games of the 2015-16 campaign after going pointless in his first four appearances. Duchene hasn’t picked up a point on any of Colorado’s 10 goals this year. He has recorded only six shots as well. Wait a little longer before jumping back on his bandwagon. A year ago, Duchene didn’t turn it on offensively until November.
Patrick Sharp (DAL) - W - $6,000
This is more about Sharp’s current position in the lineup than his unproductive start. He is slated to play with Devin Shore and Brett Ritchie and he isn’t skating with the big guns (Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn) on the power play. Sharp hasn’t scored a goal yet after three games and he has contributed one assist.
Brayden Schenn (PHI) - W - $5,600
Schenn will make his season debut Thursday after returning from a three-game suspension. I like his price and his spot on Philadelphia’s top line, but rust could be an issue here. It could take him most of the game to get going, as his last outing was the Flyers’ second to last preseason game. He also has chipped in a mere two assists in seven career games against Anaheim.
Torey Krug (BOS) - D - $5,600
Krug faced a goal outage last season, with four goals in 81 games, and he isn’t off to a good start in 2016-17. He doesn’t have a point in three straight contests. Krug amassed 244 shots a year ago and he has seven so far this campaign. There are better and cheaper options available on the back end for Thursday night’s slate.
Keith Yandle (FLA) - D - $5,200
It won’t be long before Yandle picks up his first point with the Panthers, but it will be tough against Braden Holtby and the Capitals on Thursday night. Once Florida gets its power play working Yandle will be a more attractive option. The team is 0-for-8 so far this year.
Jeff Petry (MTL) - D - $4,300
Petry has averaged 25.9 fantasy points per game on FanDuel during his two matches this season. He scored twice in his first appearance and he had two helpers in his second. However, you shouldn’t expect that kind of production to continue. Petry isn’t known for his offensive contributions and his early success is unlikely to last.
Brian Elliott (CGY) - G $7,600
He is expected to start and should be better after two poor showings versus Edmonton, but I’m still not confident giving him a spot in the lineup. Elliott has allowed 10 goals on 55 shots, so he has plenty of work to do to build up some trust. Carolina haven’t been pushovers offensively this year either with nine goals in their first three games.