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Fantasy forward top 100 rankings for 2018-19

Stone, Duchene biggest risers; impact of van Riemsdyk's return; Blackhawks, Oilers lines in flux

by Pete Jensen @NHLJensen / Senior Fantasy Editor's fantasy hockey forward top 100 rankings are based on past production and expectations for the rest of the season in standard Yahoo leagues. For more fantasy coverage, visit


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-- The Ottawa Senators were not targeted until late in most fantasy drafts but have been a surprising source of fantasy firepower. Right wing Mark Stone and center Matt Duchene are thriving on separate lines in contract years (potential 2019 unrestricted free agents); Stone has 16 points (five goals, 11 assists) and is plus-10 in his past 10 games, and Duchene has 15 points (six goals, nine assists) and is plus-9 in his past seven games. Ottawa also features three rookies in its top six; left wing Brady Tkachuk is at a point-per-game pace (10 points in 10 games), and Colin White (with Stone, Tkachuk) and Drake Batherson (on Duchene's line) have been productive and are worth streaming in deep leagues.

-- Despite frequent line flux for the San Jose Sharks because of injuries and production swings, versatile forward Joe Pavelski is one of the hottest scorers in the NHL over the past week with four straight multipoint games totaling nine points (six goals, three assists). Pavelski, another potential 2019 UFA, has been playing on a line with Logan Couture and Timo Meier in recent games, but forward Tomas Hertl (lower body) is expected to return Tuesday, prompting a line change. Pavelski will now be on a line with left wing Evander Kane and right wing Joonas Donskoi, and Hertl will rejoin Couture and Meier upon his return.

-- Philadelphia Flyers left wing James van Riemsdyk returned to the lineup Thursday and had three points (one goal, two assists), two on the first power-play unit, against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday. Van Riemsdyk has already sparked the value of struggling right wing Wayne Simmonds, who snapped a six-game goal and four-game point drought with the tying goal, assisted by van Riemsdyk. But right wing Jakub Voracek's value has plummeted lately; he has one goal and no assists over his past four games and now has two goals and is minus-6 in his past 12 games. Voracek remains on the first power play but is playing on a separate even-strength line from fantasy-relevant forwards Claude Giroux, Sean Couturier, van Riemsdyk and Simmonds, hurting his rest-of-season appeal.

-- The Edmonton Oilers and Chicago Blackhawks have loaded up their first lines with their best forwards, Connor McDavid with Leon Draisaitl and Patrick Kane with Jonathan Toews. Although this boosts the stock of Draisaitl and Toews, it could significantly derail the value of hot starters Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Alex DeBrincat. Forwards Brandon Saad (LW, 17 percent owned in Yahoo) and Drake Caggiula (LW/RW, 6 percent) have been productive since joining the loaded units, and each commands attention on the fantasy waiver wire. The Oilers' line combinations could change further after they fired coach Todd McLellan on Tuesday, replacing him with Ken Hitchcock. 



Standard Yahoo categories include goals, assists, plus/minus, power-play points, shots on goal and hits for skaters. Forward positions indicate Yahoo eligibility for 2018-19 season (subject to additions, but never subtractions, at Yahoo's discretion). ... Value has been quantified based on factors including but not limited to past production, projected line combinations, power-play usage, injury history, sleeper upside, anticipated regression or bounce-back candidacy, age and contract status (potential 2019 UFA: *; RFA: **). ... DTD indicates player with day-to-day injury.

1. Connor McDavid, C, EDM (SAME)
2. Alex Ovechkin, LW, WSH (SAME)
3. Nathan MacKinnon, C, COL (SAME)
4. David Pastrnak, RW, BOS (SAME)
5. Sidney Crosby, C, PIT (DTD)
6. Jamie Benn, C/LW, DAL (+1)
7. John Tavares, C, TOR (+1)
8. Nikita Kucherov, RW, TBL (+1)
9. Brad Marchand, LW, BOS (-3)
10. Tyler Seguin, C, DAL (SAME)
11. Evgeni Malkin, C, PIT (SAME)
12. Patrick Kane, RW, CHI (SAME)
13. Mitchell Marner, C/RW, TOR** (SAME)
14. Blake Wheeler, C/RW, WPG (+1)
15. Mikko Rantanen, RW, COL** (+9)
16. Claude Giroux, C/LW, PHI (-2)
17. Patrice Bergeron, C, BOS (DTD)
18. Sebastian Aho, C/LW/RW, CAR** (+1)
19. Jack Eichel, C, BUF (+1)
20. Artemi Panarin, LW, CBJ* (+2)
21. Evgeny Kuznetsov, C, WSH (DTD)
22. Nicklas Backstrom, C, WSH (+6)
23. Mark Scheifele, C, WPG (+7)
24. Jeff Skinner, C/LW, BUF* (+8)
25. Jonathan Marchessault, C/LW, VGK (+4)
26. Taylor Hall, LW, NJD (-1)
27. Patrik Laine, RW, WPG** (-9)
28. Johnny Gaudreau, LW, CGY (-7)
29. Vladimir Tarasenko, RW, STL (-6)
30. Filip Forsberg, LW, NSH (-4)
31. Alexander Radulov, RW, DAL (+2)
32. Brayden Point, C, TBL** (+9)
33. Phil Kessel, RW, PIT (+1)
34. Gabriel Landeskog, LW, COL (+1)
35. Leon Draisaitl, C/RW, EDM (+1)
36. Steven Stamkos, C/RW, TBL (-9)
37. Aleksander Barkov, C, FLA (-6)
38. Joe Pavelski, C/RW, SJS* (+9)
39. Sean Monahan, C, CGY (SAME)
40. Timo Meier, LW/RW, SJS** (+3)
41. Mike Hoffman, LW/RW, FLA (+13)
42. Matthew Tkachuk, LW, CGY** (-5)
43. Elias Pettersson, C, VAN (-3)
44. Logan Couture, C/LW, SJS (-2)
45. Elias Lindholm, C/RW, CGY (+13)
46. Mark Stone, RW, OTT* (+29)
47. Max Domi, C/LW, MTL (+12)
48. Evgenii Dadonov, LW/RW, FLA (-3)
49. Mikael Granlund, C/RW, MIN (-1)
50. Ryan O'Reilly, C, STL (-1)
51. Mathew Barzal, C, NYI (+2)
52. Evander Kane, LW, SJS (-1)
53. William Karlsson, C/LW, VGK** (-1)
54. Yanni Gourde, C/LW/RW, TBL (+10)
55. Matt Duchene, C, OTT* (+43)
56. Clayton Keller, C/LW/RW, ARI (-9)
57. Ryan Getzlaf, C, ANA (SAME)
58. Rickard Rakell, C/LW/RW, ANA (-14)
59. Jakub Voracek, RW, PHI (-21)
60. Anders Lee, LW, NYI* (+5)
61. Ryan Johansen, C, NSH (SAME)
62. Dylan Larkin, C, DET (+5)
63. Brady Tkachuk, LW, OTT (-1)
64. Anze Kopitar, C, LAK (-14)
65. James van Riemsdyk, LW, PHI (+3)
66. Kyle Connor, LW, WPG** (+5)
67. Micheal Ferland, LW/RW, CAR* (+9)
68. Pierre-Luc Dubois, C/LW, CBJ (+10)
69. Cam Atkinson, RW, CBJ (+23)
70. T.J. Oshie, RW, WSH (DTD)
71. Brayden Schenn, C, STL (NEW - INJ.)
72. Sean Couturier, C, PHI (+2)
73. Teuvo Teravainen, LW/RW, CAR** (+4)
74. Mika Zibanejad, C, NYR (+6)
75. Zach Parise, LW, MIN (+6)
76. Tomas Hertl, C/LW/RW, SJS (-4)
77. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, C/LW, EDM (-20)
78. Alex Galchenyuk, C/LW, ARI (-15)
79. Max Pacioretty, LW, VGK (SAME)
80. Vincent Trocheck, C, FLA (DTD)
81. Ilya Kovalchuk, LW/RW, LAK (-26)
82. Josh Bailey, RW, NYI (SAME)
83. Alex Tuch, RW, VGK** (+3)
84. Kyle Palmieri, RW, NJD (+1)
85. Bo Horvat, C, VAN (+5)
86. Patric Hornqvist, RW, PIT (+9)
87. Jonathan Drouin, C/LW, MTL (+9)
88. Jonathan Toews, C, CHI (+9)
89. Tom Wilson, RW, WSH (NEW)
90. Chris Kreider, LW, NYR (NEW)
91. Alex DeBrincat, LW/RW, CHI (-22)
92. Wayne Simmonds, RW, PHI* (-22)
93. Jonathan Huberdeau, LW, FLA (-20)
94. Nikolaj Ehlers, LW/RW, WPG (-11)
95. Eric Staal, C, MIN* (-11)
96. Jake Guentzel, C/LW, PIT** (-9)
97. J.T. Miller, C/LW/RW, TBL (-9)
98. Jason Zucker, LW/RW, MIN (-9)
99. Nazem Kadri, C, TOR (-8)
100. Jason Pominville, RW, BUF* (NEW)


Dropped out: Sam Reinhart, C/RW, BUF; Brendan Gallagher, RW, MTL; Andrei Svechnikov, RW, CAR; Tyler Johnson, C/RW, TBL

Just missed: Patrick Marleau, C/LW, TOR; Nico Hischier, C, NJD (DTD); Kasperi Kapanen, RW, TOR**; Travis Konecny, C/LW/RW, PHI**; Tomas Tatar, LW/RW, MTL; David Krejci, C, BOS; Ondrej Kase, RW, ANA; Mikko Koivu, C, MIN; Andreas Athanasiou, C/LW, DET; Jakub Vrana, LW/RW, WSH**; Tyler Toffoli, RW, LAK; Jason Spezza, C/RW, DAL*; Kyle Turris, C, NSH; Brandon Saad, LW, CHI; Dustin Brown, RW, LAK; Cody Eakin, C, VGK; Colin White, C, OTT**; Derick Brassard, C, PIT*; Craig Smith, RW, NSH; Jake DeBrusk, LW/RW, BOS; Andrew Shaw, C/RW, MTL; Drake Caggiula, LW/RW, EDM; Drake Batherson, C, OTT; Filip Chytil, C, NYR

Key injuries: Auston Matthews, C, TOR**; Brock Boeser, RW, VAN**; Viktor Arvidsson, LW/RW, NSH; Jaden Schwartz, LW, STL; Ondrej Palat, LW, TBL; Paul Stastny, C, VGK; Corey Perry, RW, ANA; Mats Zuccarello, RW, NYR*; Pavel Buchnevich, RW, NYR**; Max Comtois, LW, ANA; Sven Baertschi, LW, VAN; Erik Haula, C/LW, VGK

Other left off list: William Nylander, C/RW, TOR (restricted free agent)


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