Welcome to NHL Fades, where I’ll offer some players you might want to avoid using in daily fantasy leagues tonight. These are necessarily bad players, just players that aren’t ideal right now when measured against their price tag.
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). Also remember to check back in this afternoon to see the probable goaltender list at the bottom as it will be updated.
Victor Hedman (TBL) – D - $6,700 (FanDuel), $6,100 (DraftKings)
Hedman is a more desirable option in DraftKings, but he’s the second most expensive defenseman tonight in FanDuel and he hasn’t been producing well enough to justify that. That’s not meant as an insult. His goal and four points in nine games isn’t a bad start by any stretch of the imagination, but there are hotter defensemen available right now like Shayne Gostisbehere and Drew Doughty to name a couple.
Nathan MacKinnon (COL) – C - $5,300 (FanDuel), $4,900 (DraftKings)
MacKinnon got off to a solid start this season, but he’s slowed down with a goal and no assists over his last four games. He’s also only taken seven shots over that span, which has further dampened his recent value. Tonight Colorado will be up against Dallas and the Stars have done well defensively with Ben Bishop between the pipes.
Scott Darling (CAR) – G - $7,900 (FanDuel), $7,100 (DraftKings)
Darling has a 2.57 GAA and subpar .898 save percentage in five starts this season. The bigger concern though is that he’ll be facing the Tampa Bay Lightning tonight, which have been one of the toughest teams to defend against so far in 2017-18. The Lightning are also coming off a superb 7-1 victory over Pittsburgh.
Max Pacioretty (MON) – W - $6,600 (FanDuel), $6,000 (DraftKings)
Pacioretty found the back of the net in the season opener, but he hasn’t registered a point since. It’s only a matter of time before the Canadiens forward breaks out of this slump, but I would recommend waiting until that happens before you start using him rather than trying to guess at which game the drought will end.
Carey Price (MON) – G - $8,700 (FanDuel), $7,200 (DraftKings)
I’d be interested in gambling on Price in DraftKings given how cheap he is there at this point, but I see him as too expensive in FanDuel at the moment to make him worth that risk. Traditionally Price has been one of the safer bets out there and it wouldn’t be surprising to see him get back at that level again, but he’s been very cold so far. Price has a 3.95 GAA and .881 save percentage in seven games and has shown no signs of thawing out soon as he’s allowed at least four goals in each of his last three starts.
Ryan Getzlaf (ANA) – C - $7,300 (FanDuel), $7,000 (DraftKings)
Getzlaf should draw back into the lineup after missing three straight games, but I’d avoid him for now. It doesn’t have as much to do with him as it does the other high-end center options. Steven Stamkos has been red hot so far, John Tavares is coming off a three-point contest and facing the lowly Arizona Coyotes, and Sean Monahan has found the back of the net in five of his last six games. That’s a lot of really good alternatives to spend your money on at the moment.
Brandon Saad (CHI) – W - $6,600 (FanDuel), $6,500 (DraftKings)
Saad started the season with a hat trick and recorded at least a point in each of his first four games. He’s slowed down though with just one point in his last five contests. He hasn’t even gotten many shots on goal lately. Over his first six games he had 26 SOG, but he has a mere two SOG in his last three contests. There are plenty of hot wingers available tonight so there’s no pressing need to gamble on a cold one.
Jason Spezza (DAL) – C - $5,600 (FanDuel), $3,900 (DraftKings)
I’m recommending avoiding him in FanDuel, but he’s far more reasonably priced in DraftKings (and also regarded as a winger on that site). Spezza should heat up eventually, but he’s gotten off to a very cold start this season, which is the cause of my current reluctance when it comes to him. Through eight games he has no goals and three assists.
Alex Galchenyuk (MON) – W - $3,600 (FanDuel), $4,000 (DraftKings)
Galchenyuk had 30 goals and 56 points in 82 contests in 2015-16 and at the age of 23 he still has a lot of upside, so it would be understandable to eye him as a potential cheap gamble. He was recently given a shot on the top line though and even logged 18:03 minutes on Friday, but the results were lackluster. As a result, he’s been bumped back down to the fourth line for tonight’s action. He might be worth gambling on another day, but as far as Tuesday’s contest goes, I’d pass on him.
Jordan Eberle (NYI) – W - $5,900 (FanDuel), $5,100 (DraftKings)
I don’t mind his DraftKings price too much, but his FanDuel cost is a bit of a stretch for now. Those hoping that a change of scenery would spark Eberle have been disappointed thus far. He has no goals and four assists in eight games with the Islanders this season. Eberle’s worth keeping an eye on as he has been getting ice time with John Tavares, but I’m still waiting for him to step up.