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Fantasy forward top 100 rankings for 2018-19

Palmieri joins first 75 after scorching start; Lindholm, Kapanen benefiting from lineup placement

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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Trending up: Center Auston Matthews and left wing Brad Marchand have joined the top five forward (and overall) rankings scoring at least two points per game entering Wednesday. … Movement into the top 20 forwards includes right wing Mitchell Marner rising (to 15th) and center Evgeny Kuznetsov (to 17th), who have elite linemates in John Tavares and Alex Ovechkin. … Additions to the top 50 forward list include wing Alex DeBrincat, who has the security of playing with Jonathan Toews this season, and center Brayden Schenn, who's covering all categories and getting frequent linemate Jaden Schwartz back from injury Wednesday. … It's worth noting wing Tomas Tatar (Montreal Canadiens) has back-to-back three-point games with a total of 10 shots on goal on a line with center Phillip Danault and right wing Brendan Gallagher. Tatar and/or Gallagher could join the rankings next week if their collective success continues.


Injury notes: Centers Ryan Getzlaf (Anaheim Ducks; groin), Alex Galchenyuk (Arizona Coyotes; lower body) and Joe Thornton (San Jose Sharks; knee infection) are nearing returns and worth considering in many fantasy formats ahead of top-six, first power-play roles. Rookie right wing Troy Terry is worth monitoring as he continues to skate with Getzlaf when the center is healthy, and Getzlaf's other linemate Rickard Rakell is worth buying low on after five straight games without a point. … Rookie standouts Elias Pettersson (Vancouver Canucks; concussion protocol) and Brady Tkachuk (Ottawa Senators; leg) have dropped out of the rankings because of injuries. There are mostly negative implications on the Canucks and Senators, but a player to watch is left wing Sven Baertschi, who plays on the first power play and has been moved back to the top line with center Bo Horvat and right wing Brock Boeser.


New additions to top 100: Right wing Kyle Palmieri (New Jersey Devils) has scored a goal in each of his first four games, totaling seven goals (four on power play) on 18 shots on goal. He's playing in his usual spot on the top line and first power play with reigning Hart Trophy winner Taylor Hall. … Forwards Elias Lindholm (Calgary Flames; with Johnny Gaudreau, Sean Monahan), Kasperi Kapanen (Toronto Maple Leafs; with Auston Matthews, Patrick Marleau) and Micheal Ferland (Carolina Hurricanes; with Sebastian Aho, Teuvo Teravainen) are worth adding since each has been productive on the top line for his respective team. … The Tampa Bay Lightning have shuffled their lines this week, with Tyler Johnson moving back to center on a familiar unit with Nikita Kucherov and Ondrej Palat (Kucherov played mostly with center Steven Stamkos last season). … Wing Jason Zucker (Minnesota Wild) cracks the top 100 forwards after five points (three goals, two assists), a plus-5 and 18 SOG over his past four games in his usual spot on the first line with center Eric Staal.



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


Just missed: Zach Hyman, LW, TOR; Ondrej Palat, LW, TBL; Conor Sheary, LW/RW, BUF; Jakob Silfverberg, RW, ANA* (DTD); Alex Galchenyuk, C/LW, ARI; Brendan Gallagher, RW, MTL; Justin Williams, RW, CAR*; Dominik Kahun, C/LW/RW, CHI; Nick Schmaltz, C/LW, CHI**; Bo Horvat, C, VAN; Ryan Kesler, C, ANA; Zach Parise, LW, MIN; Nick Bjugstad, C/LW/RW, FLA; Matt Duchene, C, OTT*; Tomas Tatar, LW/RW, MTL; Sven Baertschi, LW, VAN; Max Comtois, LW, ANA; Jakub Vrana, LW/RW, WSH**; Chris Kreider, LW, NYR; Ty Rattie, RW, EDM

Unsigned restricted free agent: William Nylander, C/RW, TOR

Suspended: Tom Wilson, RW, WSH

Dropped out: Travis Konecny, C/LW/RW, PHI**; Mika Zibanejad, C, NYR; Kevin Fiala, LW/RW, NSH**; Nino Niederreiter, LW/RW, MIN; Anthony Mantha, LW/RW, DET

Key injuries: Elias Pettersson, C, VAN (dropped out); Brady Tkachuk, LW, OTT (dropped out); James van Riemsdyk, LW, PHI; Ondrej Kase, RW, ANA; Dustin Brown, RW, LAK; Joe Thornton, C, SJS*; Alex Tuch, RW, VGK**; Paul Stastny, C, VGK; Corey Perry, RW, ANA


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