Good Fantasy Buys: Nikita Kucherov, Aleksander Barkov, and Andrei Vasilevskiy

In our latest rest of season projection there are 22 wings whose projected rank is much better than their actual rank. A couple wings who are projected to improve their ranking are Chris Kreider (#42) and Mike Hoffman (#15). But of all the wings with improved projected ranking, Nikita Kucherov is the highest ranking one.

There are 13 wings who are expected to trend down in fantasy production. Nikolaj Ehlers, for example, is projected to be just the #53 wing and some owners may have better options. There are a number of wings widely available on waiver wires that will be quality fantasy starters the rest of the season. Pavel Buchnevich, at #35, is the highest ranking wing of this waiver wire group.

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[*] = Owned in Under 65% of Leagues, [+/-] = Players With Better/Worse Ranking vs Actual

TOP 1-2021-4041-60
D. Pastrnak (BOS) 279 FP, 4.3 perA. Radulov (DAL) 161 FP, 2.6 perB. Gallagher (MON) 138 FP, 2.2 per -
B. Marchand (BOS) 278 FP, 4.3 perE. Lindholm (CGY) 160 FP, 2.6 per -C. Kreider (NYR) 137 FP, 2.1 per +
L. Draisaitl (EDM) 262 FP, 4.2 perB. Boeser (VAN) 160 FP, 2.5 per -K. Connor (WPG) 137 FP, 2.2 per +
N. Kucherov (TB) 244 FP, 3.7 per +J. Guentzel (PIT) 158 FP, 2.5 per +J. Marchessault (LV) 136 FP, 2.2 per +
J. Huberdeau (FLA) 231 FP, 3.6 perA. DeBrincat (CHI) 158 FP, 2.4 per +J. Drouin (MON) 135 FP, 2.1 per -
A. Ovechkin (WAS) 230 FP, 3.7 perJ. Skinner (BUF) 157 FP, 2.4 per +J. Silfverberg (ANA) 133 FP, 2.1 per -
P. Kane (CHI) 221 FP, 3.4 per +D. Perron (STL) 156 FP, 2.5 per -P. Laine (WPG) 132 FP, 2.1 per
M. Stone (LV) 212 FP, 3.4 perR. Smith (LV) 156 FP, 2.5 per -R. Dzingel* (CAR) 132 FP, 2.1 per
M. Rantanen (COL) 210 FP, 3.4 per +K. Palmieri (NJ) 155 FP, 2.4 perT. Meier (SJ) 130 FP, 2.1 per +
M. Marner (TOR) 198 FP, 3.2 perT. Wilson (WAS) 154 FP, 2.5 per -J. Bailey* (NYI) 128 FP, 2 per
A. Panarin (NYR) 196 FP, 3 perM. Pacioretty (LV) 154 FP, 2.5 perA. Svechnikov (CAR) 128 FP, 2 per -
T. Hall (NJ) 190 FP, 2.9 per +G. Landeskog (COL) 151 FP, 2.5 per +P. Kessel (ARI) 126 FP, 2 per +
M. Tkachuk (CGY) 172 FP, 2.8 perT. Tatar (MON) 151 FP, 2.4 per -N. Ehlers (WPG) 125 FP, 2 per -
E. Dadonov (FLA) 172 FP, 2.7 per +J. Voracek (PHI) 148 FP, 2.3 per +A. Shaw* (CHI) 125 FP, 1.9 per
M. Hoffman (FLA) 170 FP, 2.6 per +P. Buchnevich* (NYR) 147 FP, 2.3 perB. Connolly* (FLA) 124 FP, 1.9 per
J. Gaudreau (CGY) 170 FP, 2.8 perA. Mantha (DET) 146 FP, 2.3 per -J. van Riemsdyk (PHI) 124 FP, 1.9 per +
T. Teravainen (CAR) 170 FP, 2.7 per +T. Oshie (WAS) 144 FP, 2.3 perA. Galchenyuk (PIT) 124 FP, 1.9 per +
F. Forsberg (NSH) 169 FP, 2.7 per +S. Reinhart (BUF) 144 FP, 2.2 per +A. Lee* (NYI) 122 FP, 1.9 per
M. Duchene (NSH) 168 FP, 2.6 per +V. Arvidsson (NSH) 142 FP, 2.2 perS. Baertschi* (VAN) 122 FP, 1.9 per
E. Kane (SJ) 167 FP, 2.7 perT. Konecny (PHI) 142 FP, 2.2 per -V. Olofsson (BUF) 122 FP, 1.9 per

Top 30 Projected Goalies Rest of Season

There are 9 goalies that you will want to make sure are starting with a much better projected rank than actual rank. At #1, Andrei Vasilevskiy is the highest ranking must start. There are 9 goalies that have been fantasy starters, that you may need to bench in weeks the rest of the way. John Gibson, for example, is projected to be just the #26 goalie and some owners may have better options. There are only 6 goalies projected to be major fantasy contributors who are widely available on waiver wires. At #24, Corey Crawford is the highest ranking one.

TOP 1-1011-2021-30
A. Vasilevskiy (TB) 313 FP, 5.8 per +P. Grubauer (COL) 277 FP, 5.5 perM. Murray (PIT) 249 FP, 5.6 per -
T. Rask (BOS) 309 FP, 5.9 per +C. Hellebuyck (WPG) 276 FP, 5.3 per -M. Smith (EDM) 249 FP, 4.9 per -
B. Holtby (WAS) 307 FP, 6 per +C. Price (MON) 274 FP, 5.3 perB. Bishop (DAL) 247 FP, 4.9 per -
S. Bobrovsky (FLA) 300 FP, 5.7 per +F. Andersen (TOR) 273 FP, 5.4 per -C. Crawford* (CHI) 245 FP, 4.8 per
J. Binnington (STL) 293 FP, 5.7 perM. Fleury (LV) 272 FP, 5.4 per -C. Schneider* (NJ) 243 FP, 4.7 per
P. Rinne (NSH) 290 FP, 5.6 perJ. Markstrom (VAN) 272 FP, 5.3 perJ. Gibson (ANA) 242 FP, 4.7 per -
H. Lundqvist (NYR) 284 FP, 5.2 per +D. Rittich (CGY) 264 FP, 5.3 per -C. Anderson* (OTT) 225 FP, 4.2 per
P. Mrazek (CAR) 283 FP, 5.4 per +C. Hutton (BUF) 262 FP, 5 per -J. Korpisalo* (CLB) 222 FP, 4.3 per
S. Varlamov (NYI) 280 FP, 5.4 per +M. Jones (SJ) 258 FP, 5 per +J. Quick* (LA) 217 FP, 4.2 per
D. Kuemper (ARI) 278 FP, 5.4 perC. Hart (PHI) 257 FP, 4.9 per +J. Howard* (DET) 216 FP, 4.2 per

Top 45 Projected Centers Rest of Season

There are 19 centers that you will want to make sure are starting with a much better projected rank than actual rank. At #2, Aleksander Barkov is the highest ranking must start. There are 9 centers that have been fantasy starters, that you may need to bench in weeks the rest of the way. Nazem Kadri, for example, is projected to be just the #45 center and some owners may have better options. There are only 5 centers projected to be major fantasy contributors who are widely available on waiver wires. Erik Haula, at #28, is the highest ranking center of this waiver wire group.

TOP 1-1516-3031-45
C. McDavid (EDM) 255 FP, 4.1 perE. Kuznetsov (WAS) 170 FP, 2.7 perJ. Toews (CHI) 147 FP, 2.3 per +
A. Barkov (FLA) 226 FP, 3.5 per +S. Couturier (PHI) 168 FP, 2.6 per +B. Horvat (VAN) 147 FP, 2.3 per
N. MacKinnon (COL) 222 FP, 3.5 perC. Giroux (PHI) 167 FP, 2.6 perA. Kopitar (LA) 145 FP, 2.3 per -
S. Stamkos (TB) 216 FP, 3.2 per +M. Domi (MON) 167 FP, 2.6 perD. Krejci* (BOS) 142 FP, 2.2 per
A. Matthews (TOR) 215 FP, 3.4 perT. Hertl (SJ) 167 FP, 2.7 perR. Johansen (NSH) 140 FP, 2.2 per
P. Bergeron (BOS) 209 FP, 3.2 perR. O'Reilly (STL) 159 FP, 2.6 per -M. Barzal (NYI) 140 FP, 2.2 per -
M. Zibanejad (NYR) 208 FP, 3.2 per +W. Karlsson (LV) 159 FP, 2.5 per -R. Strome* (NYR) 135 FP, 2.1 per
B. Point (TB) 208 FP, 3.1 per +S. Monahan (CGY) 152 FP, 2.5 perB. Schenn (STL) 134 FP, 2.1 per -
S. Crosby (PIT) 204 FP, 3.2 perB. Wheeler (WPG) 152 FP, 2.4 per +R. Getzlaf (ANA) 133 FP, 2.1 per -
J. Eichel (BUF) 196 FP, 3 per +L. Couture (SJ) 151 FP, 2.4 per +R. Nugent-Hopkins (EDM) 130 FP, 2.1 per +
J. Tavares (TOR) 193 FP, 3.1 per +P. Stastny (LV) 151 FP, 2.4 per +E. Staal* (MIN) 130 FP, 2 per
E. Pettersson (VAN) 187 FP, 2.9 per -N. Backstrom (WAS) 151 FP, 2.4 per +D. Strome* (CHI) 127 FP, 2 per
E. Malkin (PIT) 182 FP, 2.9 per +E. Haula* (CAR) 150 FP, 2.4 perN. Schmaltz (ARI) 123 FP, 1.9 per -
S. Aho (CAR) 175 FP, 2.8 per +T. Seguin (DAL) 148 FP, 2.4 per +V. Trocheck (FLA) 122 FP, 1.9 per +
M. Scheifele (WPG) 175 FP, 2.8 per +D. Larkin (DET) 148 FP, 2.4 per +N. Kadri (COL) 120 FP, 1.9 per -

Top 45 Projected Defensemen Rest of Season

There are 18 defensemen whose projected rank is much better than their actual fantasy rank. At #3, Brent Burns is the highest ranking must start. There are 7 defensemen who are expected to trend down in fantasy production. Jaccob Slavin, for example, is projected to be just the #43 defenseman and some owners may have better options. There are only 6 defensemen projected to be major fantasy contributors who are widely available on waiver wires. At #30, Michal Kempny is the highest ranking one.

TOP 1-1516-3031-45
J. Carlson (WAS) 192 FP, 3.1 perS. Weber (MON) 118 FP, 1.9 perB. Montour* (BUF) 99 FP, 1.5 per
M. Rielly (TOR) 164 FP, 2.6 perJ. Muzzin (TOR) 118 FP, 1.9 perN. Pionk (WPG) 98 FP, 1.5 per -
B. Burns (SJ) 162 FP, 2.6 per +R. Ellis (NSH) 116 FP, 1.8 per -D. Nurse (EDM) 94 FP, 1.5 per +
R. Josi (NSH) 157 FP, 2.5 perE. Karlsson (SJ) 116 FP, 1.9 per +O. Ekman-Larsson (ARI) 92 FP, 1.5 per +
V. Hedman (TB) 149 FP, 2.2 per +A. Pietrangelo (STL) 114 FP, 1.8 per -S. Vatanen* (NJ) 92 FP, 1.4 per
T. Krug (BOS) 149 FP, 2.3 per +A. Ekblad (FLA) 112 FP, 1.7 per +N. Schmidt* (LV) 91 FP, 1.5 per
K. Letang (PIT) 147 FP, 2.4 perR. Dahlin (BUF) 111 FP, 1.7 per +M. Weegar* (FLA) 90 FP, 1.4 per
K. Yandle (FLA) 139 FP, 2.2 per +T. Barrie (TOR) 108 FP, 1.7 per +R. Suter (MIN) 90 FP, 1.4 per +
D. Hamilton (CAR) 138 FP, 2.2 perQ. Hughes (VAN) 107 FP, 1.7 perJ. Trouba (NYR) 89 FP, 1.4 per +
M. Giordano (CGY) 136 FP, 2.2 perM. Ekholm (NSH) 106 FP, 1.7 per -H. Lindholm* (ANA) 89 FP, 1.4 per
A. DeAngelo (NYR) 133 FP, 2 perD. Doughty (LA) 105 FP, 1.7 per +J. Morrissey (WPG) 89 FP, 1.4 per +
K. Shattenkirk (TB) 133 FP, 2 perT. Chabot (OTT) 105 FP, 1.6 per +M. Sergachev (TB) 87 FP, 1.3 per -
C. Makar (COL) 121 FP, 1.9 perE. Gustafsson (CHI) 105 FP, 1.6 per +J. Slavin (CAR) 87 FP, 1.4 per -
D. Byfuglien (WPG) 120 FP, 2.4 perJ. Petry (MON) 104 FP, 1.6 per -J. Spurgeon (MIN) 87 FP, 1.4 per +
A. Edler (VAN) 119 FP, 1.9 perM. Kempny* (WAS) 104 FP, 1.7 perS. Theodore (LV) 86 FP, 1.4 per +