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Week 18 Fantasy forward top 100 rankings for 2018-19

Lightning have three among first 10; Niederreiter point-per-game player since trade; Vatrano among surprise 20-goal scorers

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

NHL.com'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 NHL.com/Fantasy.

 

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FANTASY TOP 100 FORWARD RANKINGS

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. Nikita Kucherov, RW, TBL (SAME)

2. Patrick Kane, RW, CHI (SAME)

3. Alex Ovechkin, LW, WSH (+1)

4. Connor McDavid, C, EDM (-1)

5. Sidney Crosby, C, PIT (+1)

6. Steven Stamkos, C/RW, TBL (+1)

7. Brad Marchand, LW, BOS (+1)

8. Johnny Gaudreau, LW, CGY (-3)

9. Brayden Point, C, TBL** (+5)

10. Patrice Bergeron, C, BOS (+7)

11. Mitchell Marner, C/RW, TOR** (+2)

12. Blake Wheeler, C/RW, WPG (-3)

13. Leon Draisaitl, C/LW/RW, EDM (+5)

14. Vladimir Tarasenko, RW, STL (+8)

15. Artemi Panarin, LW, CBJ* (+6)

16. Jack Eichel, C, BUF (-4)

17. Nathan MacKinnon, C, COL (-7)

18. Mikko Rantanen, RW, COL** (-7)

19. Mark Scheifele, C, WPG (-4)

20. John Tavares, C, TOR (-4)

21. Auston Matthews, C, TOR (+2)

22. Elias Pettersson, C, VAN (+2)

23. Sebastian Aho, C/LW/RW, CAR** (+3)

24. Tyler Seguin, C, DAL (-5)

25. Elias Lindholm, C/RW, CGY (SAME)

26. Sean Monahan, C, CGY (-6)

27. Jeff Skinner, C/LW, BUF* (SAME)

28. Evgeni Malkin, C, PIT (+3)

29. Filip Forsberg, LW, NSH (-1)

30. Evgeny Kuznetsov, C, WSH (-1)

31. Phil Kessel, RW, PIT (+2)

32. Gabriel Landeskog, LW, COL (-2)

33. Evander Kane, LW, SJS (-1)

34. Joe Pavelski, C/RW, SJS* (+1)

35. Mark Stone, RW, OTT* (+2)

36. Matt Duchene, C, CBJ* (+2)

37. Dylan Larkin, C, DET (+5)

38. Ryan O'Reilly, C, STL (+11)

39. Cam Atkinson, RW, CBJ (-5)

40. Claude Giroux, C/LW, PHI (-4)

41. Nicklas Backstrom, C, WSH (-1)

42. Viktor Arvidsson, LW/RW, NSH (+1)

43. Alex DeBrincat, LW/RW, CHI (+4)

44. Brock Boeser, RW, VAN** (+1)

45. Jake Guentzel, C/LW, PIT (+1)

46. Jonathan Toews, C, CHI (+2)

47. Matthew Tkachuk, LW, CGY** (-8)

48. Tomas Hertl, C/LW/RW, SJS (-7)

49. Pierre-Luc Dubois, C/LW, CBJ (-5)

50. Ryan Johansen, C, NSH (SAME)

51. Timo Meier, LW/RW, SJS** (+1)

52. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, C/LW, EDM (+3)

53. Teuvo Teravainen, LW/RW, CAR (+7)

54. Mathew Barzal, C, NYI (-3)

55. Jamie Benn, C/LW, DAL (DTD)

56. Max Pacioretty, LW, VGK (SAME)

57. Mika Zibanejad, C, NYR (+1)

58. Aleksander Barkov, C, FLA (+3)

59. Brayden Schenn, C/LW, STL (INJ.)

60. Patrik Laine, LW/RW, WPG** (-6)

61. Alexander Radulov, RW, DAL (-4)

62. Logan Couture, C/LW, SJS (SAME)

63. Jonathan Drouin, C/LW, MTL (-4)

64. Mike Hoffman, LW/RW, FLA (+1)

65. Sean Couturier, C, PHI (+2)

66. Jakub Voracek, RW, PHI (+2)

67. Nino Niederreiter, LW/RW, CAR (+3)

68. Jonathan Marchessault, C/LW, VGK (-5)

69. Zach Parise, LW, MIN (-5)

70. T.J. Oshie, RW, WSH (-1)

71. Chris Kreider, LW, NYR (+3)

72. Alex Tuch, RW, VGK (-1)

73. Sam Reinhart, C/RW, BUF (SAME)

74. Kyle Connor, LW, WPG** (-2)

75. Anders Lee, LW, NYI* (+1)

76. Mats Zuccarello, RW, DAL* (INJ.)

77. Gustav Nyquist, LW/RW, DET* (SAME)

78. Anze Kopitar, C, LAK (-3)

79. Brendan Gallagher, RW, MTL (SAME)

80. Tom Wilson, RW, WSH (SAME)

81. Dylan Strome, C, CHI (+6)

82. Bo Horvat, C, VAN (SAME)

83. Jonathan Huberdeau, LW, FLA (SAME)

84. Max Domi, C/LW, MTL (SAME)

85. Mikael Granlund, C/RW, MIN (SAME)

86. William Karlsson, C/LW, VGK** (SAME)

87. Tyler Johnson, C/LW/RW, TBL (+2)

88. Paul Stastny, C, VGK (SAME)

89. Kyle Palmieri, RW, NJD (+1)

90. Frank Vatrano, C/LW/RW, FLA (+5)

91. Nick Bjugstad, C/LW/RW, PIT (+3)

92. Vincent Trocheck, C, FLA (-11)

93. Reilly Smith, LW/RW, VGK (+5)

94. Josh Anderson, RW, CBJ (+5)

95. Micheal Ferland, LW/RW, CAR* (NEW)

96. Evgenii Dadonov, LW/RW, FLA (-4)

97. Ryan Dzingel, LW/RW, CBJ* (-4)

98. Travis Konecny, C/LW/RW, PHI** (-2)

99. Jake DeBrusk, LW/RW, BOS (NEW)

100. Joe Thornton, C, SJS* (NEW)

 

Dropped out: Patric Hornqvist, RW, PIT; Nico Hischier, C, NJD; Danton Heinen, C/LW/RW, BOS** 

Just missed: Ondrej Palat, LW, TBL; Josh Bailey, RW, NYI; William Nylander, C/RW, TOR; Tomas Tatar, LW/RW, MTL; Yanni Gourde, C/LW/RW, TBL; Jakub Vrana, LW/RW, WSH**; Wayne Simmonds, RW, PHI*; David Krejci, C, BOS; Kasperi Kapanen, RW, TOR**; Kevin Hayes, C, NYR*; Alex Galchenyuk, C/LW, ARI; Clayton Keller, C/LW/RW, ARI; Ryan Getzlaf, C, ANA; Nazem Kadri, C, TOR; Brady Tkachuk, LW, OTT; Justin Williams, RW, CAR*; Jaden Schwartz, LW, STL; Rickard Rakell, C/LW/RW, ANA; Andreas Athanasiou, C/LW/RW, DET; Dominik Kahun, C/LW/RW, CHI; Dustin Brown, RW, LAK; James van Riemsdyk, LW, PHI; Ilya Kovalchuk, LW/RW, LAK; Jakob Silfverberg, RW, ANA*; Marcus Johansson, LW, NJD* 

Key injuries: David Pastrnak, RW, BOS; Taylor Hall, LW, NJD; Nikolaj Ehlers, LW/RW, WPG; David Perron, LW/RW, STL 

Out for season: Ondrej Kase, RW, ANA; Nick Schmaltz, C/LW, ARI**; Mikko Koivu, C, MIN

 

[READ: Last Week's Top 100 Forward Rankings]

 

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