Welcome to FanDuel Fades where we focus on players that we think you should avoid tonight. Be sure to check out the list of probable goaltenders below as well. We'll update it during the afternoon, so please keep that in mind.
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Justin Faulk D (Carolina) - $5,600
Faulk got off to an amazing start to the 2015-16 campaign, but that's behind him now. Starting with Dec. 29, Faulk has no goals, three assists, and a minus-seven rating in 14 games. It wouldn't be surprising if he bounces back, but it'd be best to avoid him for now.
Evander Kane LW (Buffalo) - $6,300
Kane is coming off of a rough game where he finished with a minus-three rating, giving him a minus-seven rating in his last four games. Buffalo is playing in its second game in as many nights on Tuesday, so fatigues going to be a factor for them in general and given Kane's less than encouraging performance in the first half of this back-to-back stretch, it might be best to avoid him entirely for now.
Craig Smith RW (Nashville) - $4,700
In Smith's last 10 games, he has just one goal and no assists. In fact, Smith actually hasn't gotten a helper since Dec. 26 and before that his last assist was on Dec. 3. Not that he's been a particularly prolific goal scorer either as he has 15 points in 48 contests this season.
Semyon Varlamov G (Colorado) - $9,500
Varlamov is the second-most expense goaltender available tonight, but he's expected to get the game off. In other words, it would likely be a crippling blow to your team if you took him.
Patrick Marleau C (San Jose) - $5,500
Marleau was very strong in November and December, but he's tapered off in recent weeks. Over his last 10 games he has just one goal and an assist, making this the worst period of the season for him to date.
Jarome Iginla RW (Colorado) - $5,200
It's impressive that Iginla has 13 goals and 25 points in 50 games at the age of 38, but obviously his best years are behind him. Combined with his minus-15 rating, which is a drag on his average FanDuel point total and Iginla is a rather subpar option. There might be days when he's worth gambling on, but when there's a relatively full schedule like there is tonight, you have better options.
Marc-Andre Fleury G (Pittsburgh) - $9,300
The Penguins' offense has picked up lately and that's partially masked the fact that Fleury is working through a bit of a rough patch. In his last five starts, he's allowed at least three goals on four occasions. Tonight, the Penguins will be going up against New Jersey, which has won its last four games and will start Cory Schneider. This will be a tough contest for the Penguins and while Fleury might come out on top, it's a bit too much of a gamble to make him worth that high price tag tonight.
Andrew Ladd LW (Winnipeg) - $5,900
Ladd has recorded no points, five shots on goal, and a minus-three rating in his last three games. That translates to minus-2.8 FanDuel points over the span of three contests. That's obviously not desirable under any circumstances and it's only made worse by the fact that Ladd is a mid-range player in terms of expense. Granted that's not a particularly long stretch, but he hasn't been that great this season overall as he's averaged just 2.3 FanDuel points per game. By comparison, Artemi Panarin is averaging 3.4 and he costs $5,800 while Boone Jenner is averaging 2.6 and costs $5,700. That's two alternatives, but they're far from the only left wingers that have been better value than Ladd this season.
Alex Galchenyuk LW (Montreal) - $4,000
Galchenyuk's low price tag gives me pause, as it likely does others, but there's a reason for that steep discount. In his last eight games he has no points and a minus-eight rating. Over that eight-game span, he finished with a negative FanDuel score - meaning that he was worse than a healthy scratch - three times. He just hasn't been a good bet and with the Canadiens still in a freefall and likely exhausted going into their third game in four days, I'd recommend continuing to avoid him for now.