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).
Jordan Staal (CAR) – C - $5,200 FanDuel, $5,900 DraftKings
Staal had a great run from Nov. 10-16 where he recorded eight points in four games, but he’s gone cold since then. Over his past five contests he has a goal and no assists. On top of that he’s been limited to a single shot on goal in three of those five games, which made him even less helpful.
Jonathan Huberdeau (FLA) – W - $6,100 FanDuel, $6,600 DraftKings
I’d hesitate to take Huberdeau right now in general, but I’m particularly reluctant in DraftKings. He’s having a good season, but is in the midst of a cold patch with an assist and a minus-four rating in his last six games. It’s also worth noting that the Panthers will be up against the New York Rangers, which will likely start hot goaltender Henrik Lundqvist.
Mark Giordano (CGY) – D - $5,700 FanDuel, $4,800 DraftKings
Giordano might be slowing down offensively at the age of 34. His 39-point showing in 2016-17 was his first season under the 45-point milestone since the lockout shortened 2013 campaign and so far this season it’s looking like he’ll decline further after scoring three goals and eight points in 23 contests. He started off okay, but has just five points in his last 17 games and is on a three-game point drought.
Jamie Benn (DAL) – W/C - $7,600 FanDuel, $7,000 DraftKings
Benn is listed as a winger in FanDuel and a center in DraftKings. Personally, I’d be more reluctant to take him in DraftKings due to the positional difference. He’s also a touch on the cold side right now as he has been held off the scoresheet in four of his last five contests, which is made more noticeable by how many hot, top-end forwards there are right now.
Sebastian Aho (CAR) – W - $6,400 FanDuel, $5,700 DraftKings
Aho enjoyed a five-game goal scoring streak, but he has been held off the scoresheet in his last two contests. In other words, he seems to have cooled down and that corresponds with Carolina gearing up against for a game against Columbus, which is a particularly tough opponent to score against.
Zach Werenski (CLM) – D - $5,100 FanDuel, $4,900 DraftKings
Werenski can sometimes be pretty good for that price point, but he hasn’t been a gamble that’s paid off recently. Over his last nine games he’s been limited to two goals and no assists. Keep an eye on him though as he should heat up again in the not too distant future.
Ben Bishop (DAL) – G - $8,500 FanDuel, $7,300 DraftKings
Bishop has been pretty hit-and-miss lately as he’s allowed three or more goals in four of his last six games. However, this has less to do with Bishop and more to do with his opponent, Vegas. The Golden Knights are on a five-game winning streak and have scored at least four goals in each of those games. Vegas has been a surprise success this season and part of that comes from its offensive might as the squad ranks second to only Tampa Bay in goals per game.
Gustav Nyquist (DET) – W - $5,600 FanDuel, $4,300 DraftKings
You could do worse than gambling on him in DraftKings given his price, but I’d pass on him in FanDuel. He’s not having a particularly good season with his six goals and 11 points in 24 contests and he’s been cold lately with a goal and three points in his last nine contests.
Steven Stamkos (TBL) – C - $8,700 FanDuel, $7,900 DraftKings
Stamkos has been one of the best options overall this season, but when it comes to high priced forwards even a minor cold streak can put them a bit behind the other options in the short-term. That’s the case for Stamkos right now as he’s in his first real slump of the season after being limited to an assist over his last four games. It’s not really cause for concern, but there are plenty of hot centers to chose from tonight so you might want to wait for Stamkos to bounce back before you start paying top dollar for him again.
Tyler Toffoli (LAK) – W - $5,600 FanDuel, $5,500 DraftKings
Toffoli has a noteworthy 10 goals and 16 points in 24 contests, but a lot of that comes from a stretch from Oct. 26 through Nov. 9 when he had six goals and eight points in seven contests. Since then he has two goals and three points in eight contests, so it seems best to take a wait-and-see approach with him.