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Week 7: Fantasy top 100 forward rankings for 2017-18

NHL.com lists most valuable standard-league assets for rest of season

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

Each week during the regular season, NHL.com has you covered with an overview of the fantasy forward landscape. With production trends, injury news and top 100 rankings based on performance and upside in standard Yahoo leagues, fantasy owners should use this information as a basis for roster decision-making.

 
TRENDING UP

Johnny Gaudreau, LW, CGY: The Tampa Bay Lightning and St. Louis Blues' top-line trios continue to take the fantasy world by storm, but Gaudreau is quietly in the hunt for the NHL scoring title and the most valuable left wing based on performance this season. The top scorers in the NHL are the Tampa Bay duo of Steven Stamkos (35 points) and Nikita Kucherov (33), but Gaudreau (31) is alone in third, outscoring each member of the Blues' top line (Jaden Schwartz: 30; Brayden Schenn: 30; Vladimir Tarasenko: 26). He surpasses Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals this week and has dual-eligible category cog Jamie Benn of the Dallas Stars in his sights at the one-quarter mark. Gaudreau is doing his damage alongside usual center Sean Monahan and has put forward Micheal Ferland (LW/RW, 20 percent owned) on the cusp of the top 100 forwards. Gaudreau has a 10-game point streak with seven multipoint games in the span.

Carolina Hurricanes: Top-liners Teuvo Teravainen (C/LW/RW, 57 percent owned) and Sebastian Aho (LW/RW, 71 percent) are the biggest risers in this week's rankings, each emerging as a must-own fantasy player after a slow start. Teravainen is tied with Schenn for the NHL lead in points (10 in four games) since Nov. 13, and Aho has nine points (four goals, five assists) in that span (T-3rd). Aho was a preseason breakout candidate and Teravainen has been a sleeper in waiting for years, but Teravainen has become especially appealing with tri-eligibility in Yahoo leagues. Jordan Staal (C, 28 percent owned), the third piece to this puzzle, is also garnering fantasy attention.

Anthony Mantha, LW/RW, DET: The Detroit Red Wings forward has been one of the biggest fantasy steals of the season, translating his even-strength prowess as a rookie to an expanded power-play role in his second NHL season. Mantha is among the top 15 in Yahoo's performance-based rankings (14th), and clearly deserves to surpass underachieving forwards Nicklas Backstrom, Jack Eichel, Wayne Simmonds and Joe Pavelski in these rankings. He has 19 points (10 goals, nine assists) in 21 games with seven PPP and 55 SOG; he had three PPP in 60 games last season. Whether he's been with Henrik Zetterberg or bounce-back center Dylan Larkin, Mantha has been even better than advertised.

Video: CGY@DET: Mantha deflects home his second PPG

 
TRENDING DOWN

Ottawa Senators: There are a lot of moving pieces and chemistry to be found in the Senators' forward group; the Matt Duchene trade and Bobby Ryan's return from injury have led to line changes and some glaring dips in production. Duchene has no points on 21 shots on goal in five games with the Senators, Ryan has not scored in three games since returning, and fantasy standouts Mike Hoffman, Mark Stone and Derick Brassard have cooled off following hot starts. After a two-game sweep of the Colorado Avalanche in Sweden, the Senators have lost three straight (outscored 9-3). Their possession metrics must improve to turn things around, but fantasy owners should be patient with at least Hoffman, Stone and Duchene for the next few weeks based on their track records.

Joe Pavelski, C/RW, SJS: Hearing about a player's injury is never good news, but it at least sheds some light on Pavelski's fall from fantasy grace. The San Jose Sharks forward has reportedly been playing with an unspecified injury, explaining how his numbers have fallen off drastically compared to his past four seasons when he consistently covered five of the six standard fantasy categories. The hope is that Pavelski can benefit from Brent Burns' eventual turnaround and heal up during the upcoming holiday breaks. That said, it's alarming to see him ranked outside the top 200 (211th) in Yahoo with eight points (four goals, four assists) and only one PPP in 19 games.

Video: Pavelski playing with unspecified injury

 
YAHOO POSITION ELIGIBILITY UPDATES

Alex DeBrincat, CHI: +LW; now LW/RW
Jakob Silfverberg, ANA: +LW; now LW/RW
Ryan Hartman, CHI: +RW; now LW/RW
Pierre-Luc Dubois, CBJ: +C; now C/LW
Chandler Stephenson, WSH: +LW; now C/LW
Gemel Smith, DAL: +RW; now C/LW/RW
Danton Heinen, BOS: +LW; now C/LW/RW

 

TOP 100 FORWARD RANKINGS

Standard Yahoo categories include goals, assists, plus/minus, PIMs, PPP and SOG for skaters. ... Value has been quantified based on factors including but not limited to past production, line combinations, power-play usage, injury history, age, sleeper, bounce-back or breakout potential, anticipated regression, contract status, Yahoo ADP and overall upside for the rest of the season. ... Any players with day-to-day injury concerns (DTD) are noted. NEW - INJ. indicates a player who has returned from injury and rejoined the rankings.

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

 

Dropped out: Jordan Eberle, C/RW, NYI; Bobby Ryan, LW/RW, OTT

Just missedNick Schmaltz, C/LW, CHI; Micheal Ferland, LW/RW, CGY; William Karlsson, C/LW, VGK; Paul Stastny, C, STL; Yanni Gourde, C/RW, TBL; Alex DeBrincat, LW/RW, CHI; Alexander Kerfoot, C/RW, COL; Artem Anisimov, C, CHI; Nico Hischier, C, NJD; Reilly Smith, LW/RW, VGK; Milan Lucic, LW, EDM; Charlie Coyle, C/RW, MIN, NEW - INJ.; Jordan Staal, C, CAR; Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, C, EDM; Anthony Duclair, LW/RW, ARI

Key injuries: Ryan Getzlaf, C, ANA; Jeff Carter, C, LAK; Alexander Wennberg, C, CBJ; Kyle Palmieri, RW, NJD - dropped out; Andre Burakovsky, LW/RW, WSH; Marcus Johansson, LW, NJD; Zach Parise, LW, MIN; Patrick Eaves, RW, ANA; Ryan Kesler, C, ANA

 

READ: Last week's Top 100 forward rankings

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