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).
William Karlsson (VGK) – C - $5,800 FanDuel, $6,100 DraftKings
For most of the season, Karlsson has been a good bet for his price as he’s scored 15 goals and 27 points in 32 contests. Those are already new career-highs for the 25-year-old in both goals and points. However, he’s a bit of a bigger risk right now as he’s been limited to a goal and an assist in his last six games and in three of those contests he didn’t even record a single shot.
Rickard Rakell (ANA) – W - $6,200 FanDuel, $5,200 DraftKings
Rakell did get an assist on Monday, but there are a couple reasons why I’m hesitant to take him tonight. The first is that, even with that helper he still has just three assists in his last nine games, so he has been struggling. Plus there is some danger of fatigue given that this isn’t just his second road game in as many nights, but also his third away contest in the span of just four days. It’s also worth noting that Rakell’s Ducks will be up against the Rangers, which have allowed just 48 goals against them in 20 games since the start of November.
Derek Stepan (ARI) – C - $5,400 FanDuel, $4,200 DraftKings
This is more of a recommendation for FanDuel than DraftKings. Stepan has an assist and a minus-eight rating in his last five contests, so you might want to pass on him regardless, but in FanDuel he’s similarly priced to the red-hot Kyle Turris as well as some other pretty hot centers like Henrik Zetterberg. There’s a wider gap between Stepan and the likes of Turris and Zetterberg in DraftKings, so that’s not a factor.
Mike Hoffman (OTT) – W - $6,700 FanDuel, $5,300 DraftKings
As is the case with Stepan, this is more of a recommendation when it comes to FanDuel than DraftKings. The Ottawa Senators might have turned a corner after winning back-to-back games against the Rangers and Canadiens, but Hoffman didn’t contribute to either of those victories. Since Ottawa began its prolonged slump with a loss to Pittsburgh on Nov. 16, Hoffman has three goals and six points in 15 contests. He should rebound, but until he does, there are other options to consider in daily leagues.
Oliver Ekman-Larsson (ARI) – D - $5,200 FanDuel, $4,500 DraftKings
Ekman-Larsson has been one of the few bright spots for Arizona for much of this season. Unfortunately, he’s gone through his last eight contests without recording a single point. On top of that, there’s an outside chance that he won’t draw into the lineup on Tuesday. He’s been battling an illness that caused him to miss Monday’s practice. At the time of writing he was still regarded as probable, but you’ll want to check in on that situation if you do intend to pick him today.
Tyler Seguin (DAL) – C - $7,800 FanDuel, $7,300 DraftKings
Seguin has been cold lately with two assists and a minus-six rating in his last seven contests. When you’re talking about a superstar like that, there’s always a chance that he’ll have a big game regardless of what’s happened recently, but as long as you’re spending top dollar, you might as well attempt to ride a hot hand like Jack Eichel or Patrice Bergeron.
Nick Leddy (NYI) – D - $5,400 FanDuel, $5,400 DraftKings
Leddy is having a strong season, but he is going through a bit of a slump. He has no points in his last five contests. Additionally, he’s taken just seven shots on goal over that span, compared to his average this season of 2.4 SOG per game.
Max Pacioretty (MON) – W - $6,500 FanDuel, $6,400 DraftKings
With eight goals and 18 points in 33 contests this season, Pacioretty has been down in 2017-18 compared to his recent string of three straight campaigns with at least 30 goals and 60 points. To make matters more discouraging, what offensive production he has enjoyed largely came from one clump from Oct. 24 through Nov. 11. During that stretch he had six goals and 11 points in 10 contests. Since then, he has a goal and six points in 16 games.
Mikko Koivu (MIN) – C - $5,300 FanDuel, $4,600 DraftKings
Koivu got off to a great start this season, but he’s been ineffective offensively for a while now. He’s gone 24 games without a goal and he hasn’t even recorded a single point in his last 11 contests.
Gustav Nyquist – W - $5,600 FanDuel, $4,500 DraftKings
Nyquist did have a three-point game on Dec. 5, but unfortunately he didn’t build on that as he’s been scoreless over the four contests that have followed. Even factoring in that three-point game, he has a modest two goals and four points in his last 10 contests.