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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Jamie Benn (DAL) - W - $7,400 (FanDuel), $6,800 (DraftKings)
Benn has contributed an assist in each of the last three games, but he hasn’t scored a goal in the past eight matches. The Stars captain didn’t have a point in five straight contests before his present assist spree. Benn also didn’t get on the scoresheet in Dallas’ 4-2 loss to St. Louis back on Oct. 7. He should get back on track eventually, but he may not be worth the cap investment on Thursday because of his recent struggles and a tough matchup.
Patrice Bergeron (BOS) - C - $7,000 (FanDuel), $6,900 (DraftKings)
Bergeron hasn’t scored a goal in five games and he has found the back of the net once in his last 10 matches. He has accounted for just four points during that 10-game span. Bergeron has not been raking in fantasy points lately and he hasn’t registered a power-play point since Oct. 30.
Mike Hoffman (OTT) - W - $7,000 (FanDuel), $6,300 (DraftKings)
Hoffman will face a difficult matchup on Thursday night versus Los Angeles. The Kings have won six straight games, own the league’s best penalty kill (89.58 percent), and possess the NHL’s best goals against per game (2.17). Hoffman had an assist against Los Angeles in a 3-2 shootout loss back on Oct. 24, but that’s his only point in his last three contests against the Kings. Ottawa’s offense has dried up since returning from Sweden in mid-November. The Senators have been held to two goals or less in nine of 10 matches, while posting a 1-8-1 record.
Logan Couture (SJS) - C - $6,700 (FanDuel), $6,000 (DraftKings)
Couture hasn’t had much success in his career against Carolina, with two goals, one assist and 20 shots in 10 games. He also hasn’t picked up a point in his past three outings and he has failed to record a shot on goal in two of those contests. The Hurricanes have permitted just 29.46 shots against per game (second fewest in the league), so opportunities may be scarce for Couture and the Sharks on Thursday night.
Erik Karlsson (OTT) - D - $6,600 (FanDuel), $6,000 (DraftKings)
Karlsson’s 10-game point slump is the longest of his career and he hasn’t been piling up shots like he normally does during that stretch. He has been credited with two shots or less five times during that span. Karlsson was also quiet against Los Angeles on Oct. 24 with no points and one shot. The Senators captain should bounce back soon rather than later, but waiting until he heats up again is probably a wise decision.
Max Pacioretty (MTL) - W - $6,500 (FanDuel), $6,300 (DraftKings)
Pacioretty has one goal in the past 11 games. He has been held off the scoresheet completely in eight of those 11 contests. His only goal during that span was a garbage time power-play marker that put Montreal up 6-2 in what would become a 6-3 victory over Detroit. Pacioretty’s recent play should not inspire much confidence. He also doesn’t have a point in his last four tilts with Calgary.
Victor Hedman (TBL) - D - $5,600 (FanDuel), $6,200 (DraftKings)
This fade is mostly for DraftKings, where the price tag is too high for a defender who has struggled to produce for a while now. Hedman has gone 10 straight games without a goal and he hasn’t registered a point in five consecutive contests. He has chipped in four helpers during his goal drought and only two of them have come on the power play. His discounted price is far more attractive on FanDuel.
Vladislav Namestnikov (TBL) - W - $6,200 (FanDuel), $6,200 (DraftKings)
Namestnikov has taken full advantage of his playing time alongside Steven Stamkos and Nikita Kucherov this season. However, he has slowed down a bit lately with one goal and one assist in the past five games. Kucherov was also bumped down to the second line at even strength, but they are still together on the power play. Still, Namestnikov is a bit pricey for his current production.
Carey Price (MTL) - G - $9,000 (FanDuel), $7,900 (DraftKings)
This fade recommendation is weighted towards FanDuel much more than DraftKings. Price is the second-most expensive on the slate on FanDuel and it’s a hefty price tag. He had been on an impressive roll following his return from injury, but St. Louis put an end to that on Tuesday when he surrendered four goals on 30 shots. Price has had some trouble with Calgary in his career. He has gone 4-5-0 against the Flames with a .909 save percentage and a 2.76 goals-against average. The Flames did play Wednesday night at Toronto, but they have won the second game of a back-to-back set two out of three times this year.