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Fantasy top 100 forwards: Line combinations crucial

by Staff Writer / 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 forwards all season long.

When it comes to fantasy forwards at this time of year, it starts and ends with line combinations.

Early-season formations may or may not stick for the full 82-game schedule, but these trials lay the groundwork for the games ahead.

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).

1Sidney Crosby, C

2Steven Stamkos, C

3Corey Perry, RW

4John Tavares, C

5Evgeni Malkin, C/RW

6Ryan Getzlaf, C

7Claude Giroux, C/RW

8Alex Ovechkin, RW

9Patrick Kane, C/RW

10Jamie Benn, LW

11Anze Kopitar, C

12Jonathan Toews, C

13Phil Kessel, RW

14Tyler Seguin, C/RW

15Nathan MacKinnon, C/RW

16Joe Pavelski, LW/C

17Chris Kunitz, LW

18Patrick Sharp, LW/C

19Zach Parise, LW

20Taylor Hall, LW/C

21Patrice Bergeron, C

22Nicklas Backstrom, C

23Matt Duchene, LW/C

24Logan Couture, LW/C

25David Backes, C/RW

26Wayne Simmonds, RW

27Ryan Johansen, C/RW

28Daniel Sedin, LW

29Joe Thornton, C

30Patric Hornqvist, RW

31Ryan Kesler, C/RW

32Rick Nash, LW/RW

33Henrik Zetterberg, LW/C

34Marian Hossa, RW

35Henrik Sedin, C

36Gabriel Landeskog, LW

37Max Pacioretty, LW

38Patrick Marleau, LW/C

39Marian Gaborik, RW

40Jason Spezza, C

41Milan Lucic, LW

42Kyle Okposo, RW

43Martin St. Louis, RW

44Jeff Carter, C/RW

45Jarome Iginla, RW

46Jakub Voracek, RW

47David Krejci, C

48James van Riemsdyk, LW

49Eric Staal, C

50Blake Wheeler, RW

51Paul Stastny, C

52Loui Eriksson, LW/RW

53Pascal Dupuis, LW/RW

54Jaromir Jagr, RW

55Brandon Saad, LW/RW

56Gustav Nyquist, C/RW

57Thomas Vanek, LW/RW

58Ryan O'Reilly, LW/C

59James Neal, LW/RW

60Jordan Eberle, RW

61Alexander Steen, LW/C

62Bobby Ryan, LW/RW

63David Perron, LW/RW

64Mikael Granlund, C

65T.J. Oshie, C/RW

66Jason Pominville, RW

67Radim Vrbata, RW

68Jaden Schwartz, LW

69Bryan Little, C/RW

70Kyle Turris, C

71Ondrej Palat, LW

72Mikko Koivu, C

73Vladimir Tarasenko, RW

74Brock Nelson, C

75Tomas Hertl, LW

76Nazem Kadri, C

77Andrew Ladd, LW

78Chris Kreider, LW

79Valtteri Filppula, LW/C

80Brayden Schenn, LW/C

81Mark Scheifele, C

82Mike Cammalleri, LW/C

83Scott Hartnell, LW

84Brad Marchand, LW

85Tyler Toffoli, RW

86Alex Galchenyuk, LW/C

87Joffrey Lupul, LW/RW

88Valeri Nichushkin, RW

89Tomas Plekanec, C

90Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, C

91Carl Soderberg, LW/C

92Patrik Elias, LW/C

93Ryan Callahan, RW

94Reilly Smith, RW

95Mikkel Boedker, LW

96Alexander Semin, LW/RW

97Matt Moulson, LW

98Filip Forsberg, C/RW

99Tyler Bozak, C

100Shane Doan, LW/RW

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