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NHL Fades: Monday

by Michael Finewax
Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:04 pm ET

I’m going to give you some fades as these players either should not be in your lineup or tread carefully if you want them on your FanDuel and/or DraftKings squad. We will also be updating the goaltending matchups at the bottom of the column all season (up to the 7 pm start times for most lineups) so check the column and Rotoworld’s daily blurbs for the latest updates.


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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Corey Crawford G (Chicago) - $8,700 FanDuel, $7,600 DraftKings


Crawford has been outstanding this season with two wins and has given up only two goals on 62 shots to Pittsburgh and Columbus, both 100-plus point teams last season. But on Monday night, Crawford will face the Toronto Maple Leafs who have scored 15 goals in their first two games, the most by a Toronto squad in 100 years. It will be the unstoppable force versus the immovable object and I think the unstoppable force will win out at home.


Update: Anton Forsberg will start Monday and Crawford will play Tuesday against Montreal.


Toby Enstrom D (Winnipeg) - $3,700 FanDuel, $3,200 DraftKings


Enstrom is a better buy in DraftKings but I still don’t like him on Monday. Enstrom used to be a fine offensive defenseman but sees no power play time anymore and hasn’t seen the 30 point mark since 2013-14. In the last two seasons he has 30 points in 132 games and has been passed on the blueline by Byfuglien, Trouba, Morrissey and Tyler Myers.


Jake Dotchin D (Tampa Bay) - $3,600 FanDuel, $3,300 DraftKings


Dotchin was a healthy scratch on Friday and was held off the scoresheet on Saturday although he did get into a fight and was a minus-two. He was a sleeper pick heading into the season but until he does something, pretend you are from Missouri and have Dotchin show you something.


Sean Monahan C (Calgary) - $6,800 FanDuel, $6,000 DraftKings


Monahan is off to a slow start with only one assist in his first two games. He should be good for 60-65 points this season but he has gotten off to slow starts before so you should pass on Monahan tonight against the Ducks in Anaheim. He is a better bargain in DraftKings than FanDuel but it is not that great a difference to matter.


Patrick Marleau W (Toronto) - $5,700 FanDuel, $5,200 DraftKings


Marleau got off to a fantastic start with two goals on five shots against Winnipeg and an assist against the Rangers. The problem with Marleau is that he is 38 and he was a 45-50 point player the last two seasons of his career in San Jose. There has been a revival in the early going in Toronto but he is still playing third line minutes, albeit, with first line power play time.


Milan Lucic W (Edmonton) - $5,000 FanDuel, $4,500 DraftKings

Lucic and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins make up two-thirds of the second line but in the third game of the season Monday, they will have their third new linemate, Anton Slepyshev. Kailer Yamamoto started game 1 while Zack Kassian was their linemate in game 2. Slepyshev is a talented Russian but he missed the preseason with an ankle injury and went down to Bakersfield to play one minor league game before his callup. It’s asking an awful lot from the veterans Lucic and Nugent-Hopkins to adapt so quickly. I like the line but in another week or two.



Chicago (Anton Forsberg) Confirmed @ Toronto (Frederik Andersen)

Washington (Philipp Grubauer) Confirmed @ Tampa Bay Andrei Vasilevskiy) Confirmed

Winnipeg (Connor Hellebuyck) Confirmed @ Edmonton (Cam Talbot) Confirmed

 Calgary (Mike Smith)  @ Anaheim (John Gibson) Confirmed

Michael Finewax

Michael Finewax is entering his 15th season as the Senior Hockey Writer and Editor for Rotoworld. You can follow him on Twitter @mfinewaxhockey.