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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Corey Perry (ANA) – W - $5,700 FanDuel, $5,200 DraftKings
Perry has left plenty to be desired this season with his seven goals and 23 points in 37 contests. That underperformance is likely the reason why he practiced on the fourth line on Monday. Hopefully that demotion will be temporary and even spark him, but for now I recommend avoiding him in single-day leagues.
Steven Stamkos (TBL) – C - $8,300 FanDuel, $7,200 DraftKings
I’m putting forth Stamkos a bit reluctantly, but part of the reason for his inclusion is that there are some very hot high-end centers right now like Sidney Crosby and Patrice Bergeron that make Stamkos less desirable by comparison. Plus, the Lightning are facing a tough opponent in Nashville and might be fatigued as this is their third game in four days.
Evander Kane (BUF) – W - $6,600 FanDuel, $5,900 DraftKings
The Sabres would doubtlessly like Kane to be excelling in the leadup to the trade deadline, but so far that hasn’t happened. Instead, Kane has been limited to a goal and an assist in his last 10 contests, making this his worst stretch in the 2017-18 campaign thus far.
Brock Boeser (VAN) – W - $6,200 FanDuel, $6,200 DraftKings
Young players in general and rookies in particular can be prone to more pronounced hot-and-cold streaks than veterans and right now it seems that Boeser might be entering his first real cold spell. He has one assist over his last five games and his current stretch of six contests without a goal matches his longest drought of 2017-18.
Erik Karlsson (OTT) – D - $6,700 FanDuel, $5,900 DraftKings
I recommend avoiding Karlsson in FanDuel leagues where he’s the third most expensive option, but I would consider gambling on him in DraftKings at that price. At FanDuel’s price, I’d rather bet on the red-hot Brent Burns, even if the matchup isn’t preferable as I’ll mention below when we get to Couture, or John Klingberg, who has been outstanding lately as well. Meanwhile, Karlsson has a goal and no assists in his last five games.
Nico Hischier (NJD) – C - $5,700 FanDuel, $5,600 DraftKings
Hischier has been on the cold side recently with two assists in his last six games. It doesn’t help matters that Hischier will be missing linemate Taylor Hall tonight, who is dealing with a hand injury.
Jakub Voracek (PHI) – W - $6,800 FanDuel, $6,400 DraftKings
Voracek has been a great choice on many nights this season. I’m just recommending a brief break on him because he’s been held off the scoresheet for four straight games and is getting ready for his third contest in the span of just four days.
Logan Couture (SJS) – C - $6,600 FanDuel, $6,100 DraftKings
Couture has been limited to a pair of assists over his last five games. I do expect Couture to bounce back, I’m just not confident it will happen tonight. Keep in mind that this is the Sharks’ third game in four days and they’re up against a strong adversary in Washington.
Carey Price (MON) – G - $8,400 FanDuel, $7,300 DraftKings
The Canadiens will be facing Colorado, which is on a 10-game winning streak. Meanwhile, Price has lost his last four stats and has allowed at least three goals in all of those contests. Price has had a rough season overall with his 13-16-4 record, 2.96 GAA, and .908 save percentage in 33 starts.
Vladislav Namestnikov (TBL) – W - $5,900 FanDuel, $5,700 DraftKings
Namestnikov has slowed down after exceeding expectations for much of the campaign. Over his last nine games he’s been held to two assists. As I noted when talking about Stamkos, this is also an inopportune time in the Lightning’s schedule.