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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Tyler Seguin (DAL) - C - $7,800 (FanDuel), $7,200 (DraftKings)
It’s been a quiet road trip so far for Seguin, who has one assist and two shots in two games. Skating alongside players like Devin Shore, Mattias Janmark and Jason Dickinson, who is back in the minors, hasn’t done his fantasy value much good. Seguin has been back with Jamie Benn and Alexander Radulov on the power play, but he has only has one point on the man advantage in the last four matches.
Taylor Hall (NJD) - W - $7,500 (FanDuel), $7,100 (DraftKings)
Hall has enjoyed a productive season and he ended a season-high three-game point skid on Sunday with a goal and a helper against Chicago. However, he hasn’t had much in the way of success versus Toronto recently. Hall has accounted for only one assist in his last five matches against the Leafs. He didn’t have a point in New Jersey’s 6-3 win over Toronto back on Oct. 11 despite posting four shots on goal.
Patrice Bergeron (BOS) - C - $7,200 (FanDuel), $7,000 (DraftKings)
Bergeron will be playing the second half of a back-to-back situation Thursday night versus a stingy Los Angeles team that ranks second in the league with just 2.44 goals against per game. He won’t have Brad Marchand, who is out with an injury, back on his wing against the Kings either.
Mikael Granlund (MIN) - W - $6,400 (FanDuel), $5,100 (DraftKings)
Granlund hasn’t been lighting it up offensively this year like he did in 2016-17. He has managed to generate five points in his last seven outings, but he hasn’t been raking in fantasy points during that time. That’s because Granlund has scored one goal in 12 games this campaign, while recording one power-play point and one multi-point effort. He needs a breakthrough performance to get back on the daily fantasy radar, especially on FanDuel where he is a bit overpriced at the moment.
Sebastian Aho (CAR) - W - $6,000 (FanDuel), $5,100 (DraftKings)
Aho finally got his first goal of the season on Monday night in his 16th game. He had three points against Dallas, but another big showing Thursday doesn’t appear likely if his past matches versus the Islanders are any indication. Aho didn’t have a point in five meetings with New York last year.
Nicklas Backstrom (WSH) - C - $5,900 (FanDuel), $5,500 (DraftKings)
Backstrom won’t put a significant dent in your cap situation, but he hasn’t been doing nearly enough for a a while now. He has not scored a goal in 12 straight games and he has registered just three assists during that span. Backstrom has been credited with one shot or less six times during his goalless slump. He also hasn’t picked up a power-play point since Oct. 20. It’s probably best to look elsewhere until he heats up again.
Clayton Keller (ARI) - W - $5,600 (FanDuel), $5,800 (DraftKings)
Keller started the season with a bang, but he has slowed down of late. He hasn’t recorded a point in four straight games and scoring on Montreal may be difficult on Thursday night, as the Canadiens have been playing better since Charlie Lindgren got into the crease. Keller will probably experience more highs and lows as his rookie season progresses, but getting back on track at Montreal may not be in the cards for him.
Shayne Gostisbehere (PHI) - D - $5,800 (FanDuel), $5,300 (DraftKings)
Gostisbehere registered four multi-point performances in his first six outings, but his scoring pace has slowed since then. He has chipped in five helpers in his last nine appearances, but he hasn’t scored a goal since Oct. 17 and has gone two games in a row without securing a point. Gostisbehere hasn’t been returning enough value for his price.
Justin Faulk (CAR) - D - $4,800 (FanDuel), $4,600 (DraftKings)
Faulk has collected a mere three points (one goal, two assists) in 16 contests this campaign. He has gone six straight games without hitting the scoresheet and he hasn’t earned a point on the man advantage since Oct. 17 when he had two power-play helpers against Edmonton. On FanDuel, Nick Leddy is the same price and is a much better option for Thursday night.
Matt Murray (PIT) - G - $8,800 (FanDuel), $7,500 (DraftKings)
Murray has surrendered three goals or more in four of his last six starts. He has a 3-3-0 record during that span. Murray has gone 2-1-1 with a 2.48 goals-against average and a .919 save percentage against Ottawa in his career, but he has had trouble with consistency this year. His peripherals (2.98 GAA and .903 save percentage) don’t inspire much confidence despite his 10-4-1 record.