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Fantasy hits league draft guide for 2019-20

75 players with proven production in standard category; Wilson, Tkachuk brothers gain value in format

by Pete Jensen @NHLJensen / NHL.com Senior Fantasy Editor

NHL.com identifies 75 skaters worth targeting in fantasy hockey leagues that count hits,a standard category in Yahoo. These players, in addition to their upside in other categories, have proven production in the hits category. For more fantasy coverage, visit NHL.com/Fantasy and subscribe for free to the NHL Fantasy on Ice podcast.

 

MORE FANTASY COVERAGE: Top 250 | Face-offs guide | Cheat sheet

PROJECTIONS: Forward points | D-men | Goalie/team wins | Mock draft

 

NOTE: Players are listed in order of NHL.com rank with their Yahoo position eligibility. Hits totals and averages from last season are listed next to each player in parentheses.

 

PLAYERS TO PRIORITIZE IN FANTASY HITS LEAGUES

1. Alex Ovechkin, LW, WSH (223; 2.8)
2. Sidney Crosby, C, PIT (85; 1.1)
3. Brent Burns, D, SJS (90; 1.1)
4. Blake Wheeler, RW, WPG (81; 1.0)
5. Vladimir Tarasenko, RW, STL (88; 1.2)
6. Jake Guentzel, LW/RW, PIT (105; 1.3)
7. Matthew Tkachuk, LW, CGY (104; 1.3)
8. Gabriel Landeskog, C/LW, COL (120; 1.6)
9. Kris Letang, D, PIT (116; 1.8)
10. Filip Forsberg, LW, NSH (100; 1.6)
11. Seth Jones, D, CBJ (106; 1.4)
12. Mika Zibanejad, C, NYR (134; 1.6)
13. Jamie Benn, C/LW, DAL (142; 1.8)
14. Max Pacioretty, LW, VGK (119; 1.8)
15. Timo Meier, LW/RW, SJS (99; 1.3)
16. Jonathan Marchessault, C/LW, VGK (98; 1.2)
17. Dustin Byfuglien, D, WPG (77; 1.8)
18. Dylan Larkin, C, DET (80; 1.1)
19. Erik Gustafsson, D, CHI (100; 1.3)
20. Shea Weber, D, MTL (129; 2.2)
21. Thomas Chabot, D, OTT (71; 1.0)
22. Matt Dumba, D, MIN (60; 1.9)
23. Oliver Ekman-Larsson, D, ARI (162; 2.0)
24. Rasmus Dahlin, D, BUF (97; 1.2)
25. Tom Wilson, RW, WSH (200; 3.2)
26. Brayden Schenn, C/LW, STL (111; 1.5)
27. Elias Lindholm, C/RW, CGY (82; 1.0)
28. Drew Doughty, D, LAK (168; 2.0)
29. Dougie Hamilton, D, CAR (160; 2.0)
30. Brendan Gallagher, RW, MTL (126; 1.5)
31. Evander Kane, LW, SJS (173; 2.3)
32. Charlie McAvoy, D, BOS (92; 1.7)
33. Rickard Rakell, LW/RW, ANA (82; 1.2)
34. Jacob Trouba, D, NYR (112; 1.4)
35. Aaron Ekblad, D, FLA (114; 1.4)
36. Kyle Palmieri, RW, NJD (98; 1.3)
37. T.J. Oshie, RW, WSH (133; 1.9)
38. Anthony Mantha, LW/RW, DET (67; 1.0)
39. Andrei Svechnikov, LW/RW, CAR (123; 1.5)
40. Vincent Trocheck, C, FLA (112; 2.0)
41. Brady Tkachuk, LW, OTT (174; 2.5)
42. Ivan Provorov, D, PHI (123; 1.5)
43. Roope Hintz, C/LW, DAL (87; 1.5)
44. Nazem Kadri, C, COL (85; 1.2)
45. Mikhail Sergachev, D, TBL (97; 1.3)
46. Pierre-Luc Dubois, C, CBJ (115; 1.4)
47. Rasmus Ristolainen, D, BUF (235; 3.0)
48. Jake Muzzin, D, TOR (172; 2.1)
49. J.T. Miller, LW/RW, VAN (115; 1.5)
50. Ryan Johansen, C, NSH (95; 1.2)
51. Chris Kreider, LW, NYR (159; 2)
52. Alexander Edler, D, VAN (127; 2.3)
53. Colton Parayko, D, STL (127; 1.6)
54. Ryan Pulock, D, NYI (143; 1.7)
55. Patric Hornqvist, RW, PIT (150; 2.2)
56. Anders Lee, LW, NYI (103; 1.3)
57. Nino Niederreiter, LW/RW, CAR (94; 1.1)
58. Dustin Brown, RW, LAK (150; 2.1)
59. Justin Faulk, D, CAR (156; 1.9)
60. Filip Hronek, D, DET (66; 1.4)
61. Ryan Getzlaf, C, ANA (150; 2.2)
62. Tyler Bertuzzi, LW/RW, DET (76; 1.0)
63. Max Comtois, LW, ANA (27; 2.7)
64. Ryan McDonagh, D, TBL (98; 1.2)
65. Yanni Gourde, LW/RW, TBL (83; 1.0)
66. Josh Anderson, RW, CBJ (214; 2.6)
67. Mike Green, D, DET (60; 1.4)
68. Esa Lindell, D, DAL (143; 1.7)
69. Jason Zucker, LW/RW, MIN (87; 1.1)
70. Kasperi Kapanen, RW, TOR (92; 1.2)
71. Jeff Petry, D, MTL (190; 2.3)
72. Ondrej Palat, LW, TBL (104; 1.6)
73. Jared Spurgeon, D, MIN (91; 1.1)
74. Wayne Simmonds, RW, NJD (137; 1.7)
75. Darnell Nurse, D, EDM (162; 2.0)

*NOTE: Byfuglien has been granted a personal leave of absence.

Other players with hits coverage and scoring upside: Zack Kassian, RW, EDM (191; 2.4); Alex Tuch, RW, VGK (92; 1.2); Dmitry Orlov, D, WSH (137; 1.7); Micheal Ferland, LW/RW, VAN (182; 2.6); Zach Hyman, C/LW, TOR (102; 1.4); Andrew Shaw, C/RW, CHI (128; 2); Brandon Montour, D, BUF (99; 1.2); Nick Foligno, C/LW, CBJ (175; 2.4); Jordan Staal, C, CAR (122; 2.4); Blake Coleman, LW/RW, NJD (225; 2.9); Colin Miller, D, BUF (122; 1.9); Zach Aston-Reese, LW/RW, PIT (138; 3.2); Bryan Rust, LW/RW, PIT (119; 1.7); Nick Bjugstad, C/RW, PIT (126; 2); Frank Vatrano, LW/RW, FLA (139; 1.7); Nikita Zadorov, D, COL (228; 3.3); Radko Gudas, D, WSH (255; 3.3)

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