Fantasy hockey rankings update: Top picks for the week ahead

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Fantasy hockey rankings update: Top picks for the week ahead

Evgenii Dadonov, W, Vegas Golden Knights:So, this is how Knights get it. Jack EichelBelow the salary cap Mark StoneGoing the Nikita Kucherovroute and being placed on long-term injury reserve in order to make room for Eichel's Vegas debut. Stone must be sent to the LTIR in order for Eichel to play. This opens up the possibility of Eichel bringing another winger to the top line. Max Pacioretty. Dadonov is the ideal candidate. Dadonov has played in top six teams, and his three seasons playing with the Panthers after his KHL stint are fantasy relevant. He averaged fantasy points of 1.9, 1.8, and 1.6 per game during those seasons. While his stats were not good after the moves to Ottawa last year and to the Golden Knights top six this season, Dadonov is able to stay with Eichel (at both even strength) and Pacioretty on the power play.

Dadonov is available to 52 percent ESPN leagues. It's likely that he hasn't done much offensively this year. His 21 fantasy points (FPPG) in 46 games translate into 1.3 fantasy points per match (FPPG), and 4.74 fantasy point per 60 minutes (FPP60). His FPPG should increase to at least 1.8 if he is in a leadership role.

Fantasy hockey rankings update: Top picks for the week ahead

Tyler Toffoli, W, Calgary Flames:The Flames would benefit greatly from a top-six winger. He would be a good addition to the second line. Mikael Backlund Blake ColemanToffoli could be anywhere on the top 3 lines of the Flames and make them a more dangerous team. It doesn't matter where Toffoli goes at strength, he can still be fantasy-targeted because there is a strong chance that he will take over the fourth forward role on the power play currently held by Sean Monahan. Monahan's power-play points are 12 this season. However, that's only one of his total 19 points. Since sliding down the depth charts last season, he hasn't been an efficient scorer. It's like a bunch of onions shared the ice by. Matthew Tkachuk, Elias Lindholm Johnny GaudreauThe advantage would also have 12 power play points at this point.

Enter Toffoli at 28. Toffoli posted 2.1 goals per game for a Habs team other than a dumpster fire. He's been a bright spot even on a Habs team that's a dumpster fire. His 1.7 FPPG was easily the highest on the team before his trade. Even if Toffoli does end up at even strength, I think a jump from 1.7 FPPG to 1.9 is reasonable. He is available in 75 percent ESPN leagues.


Fantasy hockey rankings update: Top picks for the week ahead

Alex Tuch, W, Buffalo Sabres Tuch has moved up 17 places to No. 72): Tuch is now No. Tuch has scored 17 points in 15 games since his Sabres debut. He also has 2.5 FPPG (and 7.42 FPP60) Tuch's rate stats compare favorably to those of Mitch Marner. David PastrnakOder Mats Zuccarello. However, these rate stats are still far superior to what Tuch has achieved in the past. Tuch was able to post 1.6 FPPG last season and 5.86 FPP60 in a smaller capacity. The question is, did Tuch really breakout in his 25-year-old season? Or was it a 15-game streak of great play? I'm not sure what to think. I'll say it's partially both. That's why I rank him at 72 instead. His FPPG suggests 43.



Alex Tuch scores a goal in the third period to make it 3-1 Sabres.

Fantasy hockey rankings update: Top picks for the week ahead

Boone Jenner, C, Columbus Blue Jackets (Up 10 spots to No. 86): I believe there is a way to define “underrated” in fantasy. Jordan KyrouJenner has Jenner on a smaller number of fantasy rosters. If he had a stronger fantasy roster, his 2.1 FPPG might have been even greater. Patrik LaineI hadn't missed a lot of the season.

Fantasy hockey rankings update: Top picks for the week ahead

Ryan Hartman, W, Minnesota Wild (Secondary No. 21) 103): He is still an asset to fantasy, but not as bright as he was in December and November. The appearance of the Kevin FialaMatt BoldyCombination has reduced the offense. Hartman's Linemates Kirill KaprizovThey take no hits, Mats Zuccarello and Hartman. Instead, they get to spend time with the top power-play unit. Hartman doesn't.

On the move: Defensemen

Fantasy hockey rankings update: Top picks for the week ahead

Dougie Hamilton, D, New Jersey Devils Up five spots to No. 65: Hamilton is expected to return to the lineup soon, but Hamilton is currently wearing new headgear in order to protect his damaged jaw. I'd love to see him back in line and scoring on the Power Play with Jack HughesBefore considering a ranking among the top 50.

Fantasy hockey rankings update: Top picks for the week ahead

Quinn Hughes, D, Vancouver Canucks (Down 10 spots to No. 185): Hughes' fantasy relevance aside from his untapped potential is very limited. However, I believe Hughes should be worried. Oliver Ekman-LarssonThis week,'s work on power play. OEL posted 3.6FPPG in the three games Hughes missed and helped the power-play score three times on 10 opportunities (compared to seven goals on 41 chances during January when Hughes was at the helm). Hughes remains ranked here because Canucks personnel still have the capability to produce fantasy content before the end. Ekman Larsson and Hughes are unlikely to be considered fantasy relevant in the remaining campaign.

Goaltenders moving

Fantasy hockey rankings update: Top picks for the week ahead

Ville Husso, G, St. Louis Blues (Up 82 spots to No. 80): All-in. This is where fence-sitting does not help, so I will not include “Jordan BinningtonCould find his form” or Binnington may be just slumping. Binnington out, Husso in. It's possible that this is incorrect. However, the sample size allows us to consider it more than a temporary issue.

Rankings updated

Evgenii Dadonov, (winger to Eichel), Jeremy Swayman, Mason Marchment, Ryan McDonagh, Brett Pesce, Tanner Jeannot.

Just missed

Ryan Lindgren, Scott Mayfield, Damon Severson, Brian Dumoulin, Adam Pelech, Erik Cernak.

Dropped out

Mark Stone (yes, you can overcome disappointment by dropping Mark from your fantasy roster), Carter Hart(Please, no more. Maybe next year). Sean Couturier(Done for season), Jordan Binnington. (I'm out). Filip Hronek, Mikko Koskinen.

Top-250 Rankings

1. Connor McDavidF1, EDM (F1)
2. Auston Matthews, F,TOR (F2)
3. Leon Draisaitl, F, EDM, (F3)
4. Nathan MacKinnonF, F, COL, (F4)
5. Andrei VasilevskiyG, G, TB (G1)
6. Nikita Kucherov, F, TB, (F5)
7. Mikko Rantanen?, F, COL, (F6)
8. Igor ShesterkinG, NYR (G2)
9. Brad Marchand, F, BOS (F7)
10. Cale Makar, D., COL (D1)
11. Jack Campbell, G., TOR (G3)
12. Alex OvechkinF, FSH (F8)
13. Adam Fox, D, NYR, (D2)
14. Roman Josi, D, NSH, (D3)
15. David Pastrnak, F, BOS (F9)
16. Timo Meier, F, SJ, (F10)
17. Frederik Andersen, G, CAR, (G4)
18. Gabriel Landeskog, F, CO (F11).
19. Juuse SarosG, G-NSH (G5)
20. Jake Guentzel, F, F12, PIT
21. Tristan JarryG, G. PIT (G6)
22. Aleksander Barkov, F. FLA (F13).
23. Kirill KaprizovF14, F, MIN
24. Sebastian Aho, F, CAR, (F15).
25. Mika ZibanejadF16, F, NYR
26. Kyle ConnorF, F. WPG (F17).
27. Nazem Kadri?, F, COL (F18).
28. Filip Forsberg, F, NSH, (F19).
29. Charlie McAvoy, D, BOS (D4)
30. Steven StamkosF20, F, TB
31. Max Pacioretty, F, VGS, (F21).
32. Anze Kopitar, F. LA (F22).
33. Elias Lindholm, F, C, CGY (F23).
34. Victor Hedman, D., TB (D5)
35. Jacob MarkstromG, G. CGY (G7)
36. Chris Kreider, F. NYR (F24).
37. Brady Tkachuk, F, OOTT (F25).
38. Sidney Crosby, F. PIT (F26).
39. Jonathan Huberdeau, F. FLA (F27).
40. Alex Pietrangelo, D, VGS, (D6)
41. Jack EichelF, F, BUF, (F28).
42. Bryan Rust, F, F29, PIT
43. Kris Letang, D., PIT (D7)
44. Vladimir Tarasenko, F. STL (F30).
45. Joe PavelskiF31, F, DAL
46. Patrice Bergeron, F, BOS (F32)
47. Seth Jones, D, CHI (D8)
48. Mitch Marner, F, TOR (F33)
49. Matthew Tkachuk, F, C, CGY (F34).
50. John TavaresF35, F, TOR
51. Drew Doughty, D, LA (D9)
52. Noah Dobson, D, NYI, D10
53. Mats Zuccarello, F. MIN (F36).
54. Sergei BobrovskyG, G, FLA, (G8)
55. Patrik Laine, F, CLS, (F37).
56. Aaron Ekblad, D FLA (D11).
57. Devon Toews, D, CO (D12).
58. Artemi Panarin, F. NYR (F38).
59. Darnell Nurse, D (D13), EDM (D13).
60. Ilya SorokinG, NYI, G9
61. Johnny Gaudreau, F. CGY (F39).
62. Evander Kane, F EDM (F40).
63. J.T. Miller, F, VAN, (F41).
64. Jack Hughes, F. NJ (F42).
65. Dougie Hamilton, D (D14),
66. Jacob Trouba, D. NYR (D15).
67. Mark ScheifeleF, F, WPG, (F43).
68. Roope Hintz, F. DAL (F44).
69. Jason Robertson, F, DAL, (F45).
70. Tyler Bertuzzi, F, DET (F46)
71. Ryan Pulock, D. NYI (D16).
72. Alex Tuch, F. BUF (F47).
73. Cam TalbotG, G-MIN (G10)
74. Andrei Svechnikov, F, CAR, (F48).
75. Evgeni Malkin, F, F49, PIT
76. MacKenzie Weegar, D. FLA (D17).
77. Morgan Rielly, D. TOR (D18).
78. Brayden Point, F, TB, (F50).
79. William Nylander, F. TOR (F51).
80. Ville HussoG, G, STL, (G11).
81. John Carlson, D, WSH, (D19).
82. Zach Werenski, D. CLS (D20).
83. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, F, EDM, (F52).
84. Alex DeBrincatF53, F, F53
85. Pierre-Luc DuboisF54, F, WPG
86. Boone Jenner, F. CLS (F55).
87. Connor HellebuyckG, G, WPG, (G12)
88. Thomas Chabot, D., OTT (D21).
89. Jordan Kyrou, F, STL, (F56).
90. Dylan Larkin, F, DET (F57)
91. Brent Burns, D. SJ (D22).
92. Thatcher DemkoG, VAN (G13).
93. Matt Duchene, F, NSH, (F58).
94. Darcy KuemperG, G. COL (G14).
95. Brock NelsonF59, F, NYI
96. Tony DeAngelo, D CAR (D23).
97. Joel Eriksson Ek, F, MINIM (F60).
98. Alec Martinez, D. VGS (D24).
99. Moritz Seider, D, DET (D25)
100. Sam Bennett, F, FLA, (F61).
101. Evan Bouchard, D (D26), EDM (D26).
102. Tyler Toffoli, F, C, CGY (F62).
103. Ryan HartmanF, F, MIN, (F63).
104. Josh Norris, F, OTT (F64).
105. Elias Pettersson, F, VAN, (F65).
106. Teuvo Teravainen, F, CAR, (F66).
107. Tomas Hertl, F. SJ (F67).
108. Anthony Duclair, F FLA (F68).
109. Colton Parayko, D, STL, (D27).
110. Evgeny Kuznetsov, F. WSH (F69).
111. Robin LehnerG, VGS (G15).
112. Pavel Buchnevich, F, STL, (F70).
113. Patrick KaneF, F, CHI (F71).
114. Mario Ferraro, D. SJ (D28).
115. Troy Terry, F, ANA, (F72).
116. Matthew Boldy F, MIN, (F73).
117. Mathew Dumba D. MIN (D29).
118. Miro Heiskanen, D-DAL (D30).
119. Taylor Hall, F, BOS (F74)
120. Ivan Provorov, D. PHI (D31).
121. Kevin Fiala, F, MINIM (F75).
122. Marcus Foligno, F, MINIM (F76).
123. Cam Atkinson, F, F77, PHI
124. Claude Giroux, F. PHI (F78).
125. Nicklas Backstrom, F, FSH (F79).
126. Blake Wheeler, F, WPG, (F80).
127. Logan Couture, F, SJ, (F81).
128. John Gibson, G ANA (G16).
129. Jaccob Slavin, D, CAR, (D32).
130. Valeri NichushkinF82, F82, F.
131. Sam Reinhart, F FLA (F83).
132. Shayne Gostisbehere, D., ARI (D33).
133. Tom Wilson, F. WSH (F84).
134. Ondrej Palat, F. TB (F85).
135. Esa Lindell?, D, DAL (D34).
136. Vincent Trocheck, F CAR (F86).
137. Rasmus Andersson, D, CGY, D35
138. Artem Zub, D., OTT (D36).
139. T.J. OshieF, FSH (F87).
140. Mathew BarzalF88, F88
141. Neal Pionk, D. WPG (D37).
142. Samuel Girard, D, CO (D38).
143. Zach Whitecloud, D. VGS (D39).
144. Ivan Barbashev, F. STL (F89).
145. Rasmus Dahlin, D, BUF, (D40).
146. Erik Johnson?, D, COL(D41)
147. Clayton KellerF, F, ARI, (F90).
148. Jared Spurgeon, D. MIN (D42).
149. Tage Thompson, F. BUF (F91).
150. Andrew Mangiapane, F, C, CGY (F92).
151. Mark Giordano, D. SEA (D43).
152. Shea Theodore, D, VGS, (D44).
153. Jonathan MarchessaultF93
154. Viktor Arvidsson, F, LA, (F94).
155. Jonas Brodin, D. MIN (D45).
156. Andre BurakovskyF95, F, F, COL
157. Jakob Chychrun, D, AR (D46).
158. Connor Murphy, D, CHI (D47).
159. Tim Stutzle, F, OOTT (F96).
160. Zach Hyman, F EDM (F97).
161. Nikolaj EhlersF, F, and WPG (F98).
162. Andrew CoppF, F, and WPG (F99).
163. Pavel FrancouzG, G. COL (G17).
164. Brock Boeser, F VAN (F100).
165. Elvis MerzlikinsG, GCLS (G18).
166. Anton Lundell, F FLA (F101).
167. Oliver Bjorkstrand, F. CLS (F102).
168. Alex Iafallo, F. LA (F103).
169. Brayden McNabb, D. VGS (D48).
170. Evgenii Dadonov, F, VGS, (F104).
171. Jared McCannF, F, SEA, (F105).
172. Adam Larsson, D, SEA, (D49).
173. Jeff Carter, F, F106 (PIT)
174. Jesper Bratt, F, NJ, (F107).
175. Rickard Rakell, F. ANA (F108).
176. Brayden Schenn, F. STL (F109).
177. Linus Ullmark, G, BOS (G19)
178. Anthony Cirelli, F. TB (F110).
179. Ryan Johansen, F, NSH, (F111).
180. Ryan GetzlafF112 -?, F, ANA
181. Torey Krug, D (D50),
182. Jordan Eberle, F SEA (F113).
183. Ryan Graves, D, NJ, (D51).
184. Alex Killorn, F. TB (F114).
185. Quinn Hughes, D. VAN (D52).
186. Joshua Morrissey, D, WPG (D53)
187. Lucas Raymond, F, DET (F115)
188. Connor Brown, F, OOTT (F116).
189. Jonathan QuickG, LA (G20).
190. Ilya Mikheyev, F. TOR (F117).
191. John Klingberg, DAL, DAL (D54).
192. Oliver WahlstromF118, F, NYI
193. Kevin Shattenkirk, D, ANA, D55
194. Alex Goligoski, D, MIN, D56
195. Jesse Puljujarvi, F, EDM, (F119).
196. Bo Horvat, F, VAN, (F120).
197. Jamie Benn, F, DAL, (F121).
198. Mikhail SergachevD57, D, TB
199. Ryan StromeF122, F122
200. Ryan O'Reilly, F. STL (F123).
201. Cam Fowler, D. ANA (D58).
202. Nate Schmidt, D, WPG, (D59).
203. Justin Faulk, D. STL (D60).
204. Adrian Kempe, F, LA, (F124).
205. Adam HenriqueF, F, A, ANA (F125).
206. Nico Hischier, F, NJ, (F126).
207. Nick SuzukiF127, F127
208. Mikael Granlund, F, NSH, (F128)
209. Anders LeeF, NYI, p.
210. Jeff Skinner, F, BOUF (F130).
211. Mike Smith, G EDM (G21).
212. Trevor Zegras, F, ANA, (F131).
213. Tyler Seguin, F, DAL, (F132).
214. David Perron, F. STL (F133).
215. Blake Coleman, F, C, CGY (F134).
216. Tyson Barrie, D, EDM, (D61).
217. Jaden Schwartz, F, SE (F135)
218. Chandler StephensonF136, F, FGS
219. Vladislav Gavrikov, D, CLS, (D62).
220. Marc-Andre FleuryG, G, CHI, (G22).
221. Calvin de Haan, D, CHI (D63).
222. Ilya SamsonovG, GSH (G23),
223. Rasmus Ristolainen, D, PHI, (D64).
224. Evan Rodrigues, F, F137
225. Jake OettingerG, G. DAL (G24).
226. Matt Roy, D, LA, (D65).
227. Lawson Crouse, F. ARI (F138).
228. Sean Durzi, D. LA (D66).
229. Kaapo KahkonenG, G, MIN, (G25).
230. Jeremy Swayman, G, BOS (G26)
231. Ondrej Kase, F. TOR (F139).
232. Ben Chiarot, D, MOON (D67).
233. Jakub Vrana, F, DET (F140)
234. J.T. Compher, F, CO (F141).
235. James ReimerG, SJ (G27).
236. Michael Bunting, F. TOR (F142).
237. Reilly SmithF, F. VGS (F143).
238. Robert Thomas, F. STL (F144).
239. Carter Verhaeghe, F FLA (F145).
240. Braden HoltbyG, G. DAL (G28).
241. Oliver Ekman-Larsson, D, VAN, (D68).
242. Radko Gudas, D. FLA (D69).
243. Mason Marchment, F, FLA, (F146).
244. Tyler Myers, D. VAN (D70).
245. Justin Braun, D, PHI, D71
246. Nathan Bastian, F. NJ (F147).
247. Cole Perfetti, F. WPG (F148).
248. Ryan McDonagh, D, TB, (D72).
249. Brett Pesce, D, CAR, (D73).
250. Tanner Jeannot, F. NSH (F149).

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