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Fantasy Top 100 forwards: Emerging trios by the slice

by BlueJackets.com Staff / Columbus Blue Jackets


Every Tuesday during the season, NHL.com fantasy hockey insider Pete Jensen will provide you with in-depth forward analysis. From updated weekly top 100 rankings to trending players and more, Jensen will be your go-to guy for fantasy forward advice all season long.

It's tough to order pizza by the pie in fantasy hockey. Grabbing a slice is much more realistic.

Because of frequent changes to forward combinations and injuries over the course of the regular season, it's always tough to land an under-the-radar point pair, let alone all three pieces of an emerging line. But, in many cases, one slice of the pie can be satisfying.

Three examples have come into fruition over the first two weeks of this season. Each of these trios was either underrated or unlikely entering the season, but has meshed so well that each component has turned into a commodity. The quicker you land a piece of one of these trios, either via trade or the waiver wire, the quicker your team can reap the benefits.

Ryan Johansen (93 percent owned), Nick Foligno (29) and Cam Atkinson (25)

The best point pair in the NHL this season is … Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry? Nope. Sidney Crosby and Chris Kunitz? Wrong again. Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin? You'll never guess … it's Johansen and Foligno (six team goals where each has recorded a point), and the Johansen-Atkinson pair is right behind them (four team goals). Considering Johansen missed all of training camp because of a contract dispute and his frequent linemates Nathan Horton and Boone Jenner are out with injuries, it's remarkable that Johansen has shaken off the rust so quickly and that Foligno and Atkinson have filled in the gaps. Foligno has points in each of his first five games and touches on penalty minutes, shots on goal and hits. Atkinson put up 216 shots on goal last season and has clear 30-goal potential. Each is seeing upwards of three minutes per game for the Columbus Blue Jackets on the power play. If you're in a deep league, don't miss out on Foligno and/or Atkinson.

TOP 100 FANTASY FORWARDS
These rankings are based on expectations for the season ahead. Value is quantified by line combinations, overall upside and past performance in standard Yahoo categories (goals, assists, plus-minus, penalty minutes, power-play points and shots on goal).

1. Sidney Crosby, C (SAME)

2. Steven Stamkos, C (SAME)

3. Corey Perry, RW (SAME)

4. John Tavares, C (SAME)

5. Evgeni Malkin, C/RW (SAME)

6. Ryan Getzlaf, C (SAME)

7. Claude Giroux, C/RW (SAME)

8. Alex Ovechkin, RW (SAME)

9. Jamie Benn, LW (+1)

10. Tyler Seguin, C/RW (+4)

11. Patrick Kane, C/RW (-2)

12. Jonathan Toews, C (SAME)

13. Anze Kopitar, C (-2)

14. Phil Kessel, RW (-1)

15. Joe Pavelski, LW/C (+1)

16. Chris Kunitz, LW (+1)

17. Patrick Sharp, LW/C (+1)

18. Nathan MacKinnon, C/RW (-3)

19. Zach Parise, LW (SAME)

20. Nicklas Backstrom, C (+2)

21. Patrice Bergeron, C (SAME)

22. Patric Hornqvist, RW (+8)

23. Taylor Hall, LW/C (-3)

24. Ryan Johansen, C/RW (+3)

25. Wayne Simmonds, RW (+1)

26. Rick Nash, LW/RW (+6)

27. Daniel Sedin, LW (+1)

28. Joe Thornton, C (+1)

29. David Backes, C/RW (-4)

30. Matt Duchene, LW/C (-7)

31. Logan Couture, LW/C (-7)

32. Henrik Zetterberg, LW/C (+1)

33. Pavel Datsyuk, LW/C (NR - INJ.)

34. Henrik Sedin, C (+1)

35. Ryan Kesler, C/RW (-4)

36. Patrick Marleau, LW/C (+2)

37. Jason Spezza, C (+3)

38. Kyle Okposo, RW (+4)

39. Max Pacioretty, LW (-2)

40. Jakub Voracek, RW (+6)

41. Martin St. Louis, RW (+2)

42. Jeff Carter, C/RW (+2)

43. Marian Hossa, RW (-9)

44. Gabriel Landeskog, LW (-8)

45. David Krejci, C (+2)

46. Jarome Iginla, RW (-1)

47. Milan Lucic, LW (-6)

48. Loui Eriksson, LW/RW (+4)

49. James van Riemsdyk, LW (-1)

50. Gustav Nyquist, C/RW (+6)

51. Blake Wheeler, RW (-1)

52. Mike Cammalleri, LW/C (+30)

53. Jaromir Jagr, RW (+1)

54. Brandon Saad, LW/RW (+1)

55. Jonathan Drouin, LW (NR - INJ.)

56. Ryan O'Reilly, LW/C (+2)

57. Tyler Toffoli, RW (+28)

58. James Neal, LW/RW (+1)

59. Alexander Steen, LW/C (+2)

60. Jaden Schwartz, LW (+8)

61. Pascal Dupuis, LW/RW (-8)

62. Jordan Eberle, RW (-2)

63. Alex Galchenyuk, LW/C (+23)

64. Brayden Schenn, LW/C (+16)

65. Radim Vrbata, RW (+2)

66. Thomas Vanek, LW/RW (-9)

67. Bobby Ryan, LW/RW (-5)

68. Mikael Granlund, C (-4)

69. Kyle Turris, C (+1)

70. Vladimir Tarasenko, RW (+3)

71. Jason Pominville, RW (-5)

72. Ondrej Palat, LW (-1)

73. Brock Nelson, C (+1)

74. Bryan Little, C/RW (-5)

75. Tomas Hertl, LW (SAME)

76. David Perron, LW/RW (-13)

77. T.J. Oshie, C/RW (-12)

78. Valtteri Filppula, LW/C (+1)

79. Mikkel Boedker, LW (+16)

80. Filip Forsberg, C/RW (+18)

81. Chris Kreider, LW (-3)

82. Tanner Pearson, LW (NEW)

83. Scott Hartnell, LW (SAME)

84. Ryan Callahan, RW (+9)

85. Mikko Koivu, C (-13)

86. Nazem Kadri, C (-10)

87. Carl Soderberg, LW/C (+4)

88. Tomas Plekanec, C (+1)

89. Mark Scheifele, C (-8)

90. Shane Doan, LW/RW (+10)

91. Jeff Skinner, LW/RW (NR - INJ.)

92. Andrew Ladd, LW (-15)

93. Nick Foligno, LW (NEW)

94. Brendan Gallagher, RW (NEW)

95. Tyler Bozak, C (+4)

96. Brad Marchand, LW (-12)

97. Joffrey Lupul, LW/RW (-10)

98. Reilly Smith, RW (-4)

99. Cam Atkinson, RW (NEW)

100. Patrik Elias, LW/C (-8)

Key injuries: Marian Gaborik, Evander Kane, Eric Staal, Paul Stastny, Brandon Dubinsky, Derek Stepan, Valeri Nichushkin, Nathan Horton

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