The Short Term Outlook is Great for Brent Burns, Filip Hronek and Erik Gustafsson

Out of the top 45 defensemen based on total projected fantasy points between now and 2/23, 17 have a projected rank that is substantially better than their actual rank. Filip Hronek (#43) and Erik Gustafsson (#32) are a couple defensemen who are projected to improve on their season rank in the short term. But of all the defensemen with improved short term ranking, Brent Burns is the highest ranking one at #10, up from #21(actual fantasy rank). There are only 5 defensemen who are projected to be short term fantasy busts. Ryan Graves, for example, is projected to be just the #42 defenseman during the upcoming stretch and some owners may have better options. There are a number of defensemen projected to be major short term fantasy contributors who are widely available on waiver wires. At #15, Dustin Byfuglien is the highest ranking one.

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

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J. Carlson (WAS) 18.8 FP, 6 GPJ. Klingberg (DAL) 9.7 FP, 6 GP +R. Suter (MIN) 8 FP, 5 GP -
R. Josi (NSH) 14.3 FP, 6 GPT. Chabot (OTT) 9.7 FP, 6 GP +E. Gustafsson (CHI) 7.8 FP, 5 GP +
A. Pietrangelo (STL) 13.6 FP, 7 GPA. Ekblad (FLA) 9.6 FP, 6 GP +C. Parayko* (STL) 7.8 FP, 7 GP
C. Makar (COL) 13.2 FP, 6 GPZ. Werenski (CLB) 9.3 FP, 6 GP -J. Trouba (NYR) 7.5 FP, 6 GP +
K. Letang (PIT) 13.1 FP, 6 GPR. Ellis (NSH) 9.1 FP, 6 GP +D. Severson* (NJ) 7.5 FP, 6 GP
K. Yandle (FLA) 12.5 FP, 6 GPC. Fowler (ANA) 9 FP, 6 GP +K. Shattenkirk (TB) 7.4 FP, 5 GP -
A. DeAngelo (NYR) 12.2 FP, 6 GPN. Schmidt (LV) 9 FP, 6 GP +J. Petry (MON) 7.4 FP, 5 GP -
T. Krug (BOS) 11.7 FP, 5 GPM. Ekholm (NSH) 8.6 FP, 6 GP +I. Cole* (COL) 7.4 FP, 6 GP
V. Hedman (TB) 11.3 FP, 5 GPD. Nurse (EDM) 8.5 FP, 6 GP +O. Ekman-Larsson (ARI) 7.4 FP, 6 GP +
B. Burns (SJ) 11 FP, 6 GP +R. Dahlin (BUF) 8.4 FP, 5 GP +M. Weegar* (FLA) 7.3 FP, 6 GP
N. Pionk (WPG) 10.7 FP, 6 GPA. Fox (NYR) 8.4 FP, 6 GPB. Skjei* (NYR) 7.3 FP, 6 GP
S. Theodore (LV) 10.3 FP, 6 GPJ. Muzzin (TOR) 8.3 FP, 6 GP +R. Graves (COL) 7.3 FP, 6 GP -
E. Karlsson (SJ) 10.1 FP, 6 GPO. Klefbom (EDM) 8.3 FP, 6 GP +F. Hronek (DET) 7.3 FP, 6 GP +
T. Barrie (TOR) 10 FP, 6 GP +R. Pulock (NYI) 8.2 FP, 6 GPS. Vatanen* (NJ) 7.3 FP, 6 GP
D. Byfuglien* (WPG) 9.8 FP, 4 GPH. Lindholm* (ANA) 8.2 FP, 6 GPV. Dunn* (STL) 7.2 FP, 7 GP

Top 30 Projected Goalies 2/13 to 2/23

If you need help at goalie there are a number of players who are available in at least 35% of leagues and are projected to be in the top 30 in the short term. At #10, Devan Dubnyk is the highest ranking one. There are 8 goalies whose projected rank over the next 10 days is much better than their actual fantasy rank. At #1, Ilya Samsonov is the highest ranking must start. There are only 6 goalies who are projected to be short term fantasy busts. Carey Price, for example, is projected to be just the #30 goalie during the upcoming stretch and some owners may have better options.

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I. Samsonov (WAS) 31.9 FP, 6 GP +P. Mrazek (CAR) 23.1 FP, 5 GP +M. Smith* (EDM) 19.6 FP, 6 GP
C. Hellebuyck (WPG) 31.4 FP, 6 GPA. Vasilevskiy (TB) 23 FP, 5 GP -T. Greiss* (NYI) 19.5 FP, 6 GP
J. Binnington (STL) 30.2 FP, 7 GPB. Bishop (DAL) 22.6 FP, 6 GPA. Dell* (SJ) 19.5 FP, 6 GP
T. Jarry (PIT) 29.8 FP, 6 GP +H. Lundqvist* (NYR) 22.1 FP, 6 GPC. Hart (PHI) 19.5 FP, 5 GP +
P. Grubauer (COL) 29.7 FP, 6 GP +P. Rinne (NSH) 21.8 FP, 6 GP +M. Blackwood* (NJ) 18.8 FP, 6 GP
S. Bobrovsky (FLA) 28.7 FP, 6 GP +M. Hogberg* (OTT) 20.9 FP, 6 GPR. Lehner (CHI) 17 FP, 5 GP -
E. Merzlikins (CLB) 26.9 FP, 6 GP +A. Raanta* (ARI) 20.3 FP, 6 GPJ. Bernier* (DET) 17 FP, 6 GP
M. Fleury (LV) 24.2 FP, 6 GPC. Hutton* (BUF) 19.9 FP, 5 GPS. Varlamov (NYI) 16.6 FP, 6 GP -
F. Andersen (TOR) 24.1 FP, 6 GPJ. Gibson (ANA) 19.9 FP, 6 GPJ. Markstrom (VAN) 15.9 FP, 3 GP -
D. Dubnyk* (MIN) 23.6 FP, 5 GPT. Rask (BOS) 19.9 FP, 5 GP -C. Price (MON) 15.4 FP, 5 GP -

Top 45 Projected Centers 2/13 to 2/23

There are 12 centers that you will want to make sure are starting for you because they are projected to be better over the next 10 days than their actual rank. At #5, Mika Zibanejad is the highest ranking must start. There are only 4 centers who are projected to be short term fantasy busts. Anze Kopitar, for example, is projected to be just the #36 center during the upcoming stretch and some owners may have better options. There are a number of centers projected to be major short term fantasy contributors who are widely available on waiver wires. Ryan Getzlaf, at #23, is the highest ranking center of this waiver wire group.

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L. Draisaitl (EDM) 25.8 FP, 6 GPB. Schenn (STL) 15.1 FP, 7 GP +P. Stastny* (LV) 11.9 FP, 6 GP
N. MacKinnon (COL) 22.5 FP, 6 GPB. Wheeler (WPG) 14.9 FP, 6 GP +D. Larkin (DET) 10.8 FP, 6 GP +
E. Malkin (PIT) 20.4 FP, 6 GPM. Barzal (NYI) 14.4 FP, 6 GPN. Hischier* (NJ) 10.8 FP, 6 GP
A. Matthews (TOR) 20.3 FP, 6 GPB. Point (TB) 14.2 FP, 5 GP -V. Trocheck* (FLA) 10.7 FP, 6 GP
M. Zibanejad (NYR) 19.8 FP, 6 GP +E. Kuznetsov (WAS) 14 FP, 5 GPJ. Pageau (OTT) 10.6 FP, 6 GP
S. Crosby (PIT) 19.6 FP, 6 GP +T. Seguin (DAL) 13.5 FP, 6 GP +A. Kopitar (LA) 10.6 FP, 5 GP -
A. Barkov (FLA) 18.5 FP, 6 GP +B. Nelson (NYI) 13.4 FP, 6 GPL. Eller* (WAS) 10.5 FP, 6 GP
J. Tavares (TOR) 17.2 FP, 6 GP +R. Getzlaf* (ANA) 13.1 FP, 6 GPM. Domi (MON) 10.3 FP, 5 GP
M. Scheifele (WPG) 17 FP, 6 GPR. Strome (NYR) 12.8 FP, 6 GPA. Henrique* (ANA) 10.2 FP, 6 GP
R. O'Reilly (STL) 16.5 FP, 7 GP +W. Karlsson (LV) 12.7 FP, 6 GP +R. Johansen* (NSH) 10.2 FP, 6 GP
N. Backstrom (WAS) 16.2 FP, 6 GP +J. Toews (CHI) 12.5 FP, 5 GPS. Monahan (CGY) 10 FP, 5 GP
S. Stamkos (TB) 16 FP, 5 GPS. Couturier (PHI) 12.5 FP, 5 GP -E. Haula* (CAR) 10 FP, 5 GP
P. Bergeron (BOS) 16 FP, 5 GPM. Duchene (NSH) 12.1 FP, 6 GP +R. Thomas* (STL) 9.8 FP, 7 GP
J. Eichel (BUF) 15.9 FP, 5 GP -P. Dubois (CLB) 12.1 FP, 6 GPE. Staal* (MIN) 9.6 FP, 5 GP
S. Aho (CAR) 15.7 FP, 5 GPD. Krejci (BOS) 12 FP, 5 GPN. Schmaltz* (ARI) 9.3 FP, 6 GP

Top 60 Projected Wings 2/13 to 2/23

There are 17 wings whose projected rank over the next 10 days is much better than their actual fantasy rank. At #9, Mikko Rantanen is the highest ranking must start. There are 9 wings who are typically starting fantasy wings but are projected for fewer points than normal. Jakub Voracek, for example, is projected to be just the #60 wing during the upcoming stretch and some owners may have better options. If you need help at wing there are a number of players who are available in at least 35% of leagues and are projected to be in the top 60 in the short term. Rickard Rakell, at #32, is the highest ranking wing of this waiver wire group.

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A. Ovechkin (WAS) 21.8 FP, 6 GPT. Teravainen (CAR) 14.2 FP, 5 GPT. Tatar (MON) 11.6 FP, 5 GP -
D. Pastrnak (BOS) 21.1 FP, 5 GPE. Dadonov (FLA) 14.2 FP, 6 GP +C. Giroux (PHI) 11.5 FP, 5 GP
J. Huberdeau (FLA) 20.2 FP, 6 GPR. Nugent-Hopkins (EDM) 14.2 FP, 6 GP +A. Lee* (NYI) 11.5 FP, 6 GP
A. Panarin (NYR) 19.9 FP, 6 GPR. Smith (LV) 13.9 FP, 6 GPJ. Gaudreau (CGY) 11.4 FP, 5 GP
B. Marchand (BOS) 19.2 FP, 5 GPJ. Vrana (WAS) 13.8 FP, 6 GPJ. Benn (DAL) 11.1 FP, 6 GP +
N. Kucherov (TB) 18.7 FP, 5 GPP. Laine (WPG) 13.7 FP, 6 GP -J. Bailey* (NYI) 11 FP, 6 GP
M. Marner (TOR) 18.6 FP, 6 GPA. Radulov (DAL) 13.6 FP, 6 GP +J. Eberle* (NYI) 11 FP, 6 GP
D. Perron (STL) 18.4 FP, 7 GPJ. Schwartz (STL) 13.5 FP, 7 GP +S. Reinhart (BUF) 10.9 FP, 5 GP -
M. Rantanen (COL) 18.2 FP, 6 GP +W. Nylander (TOR) 13.4 FP, 6 GPE. Lindholm (CGY) 10.9 FP, 5 GP -
M. Stone (LV) 17.7 FP, 6 GPE. Kane (SJ) 13.2 FP, 6 GPT. Meier (SJ) 10.9 FP, 6 GP +
P. Kane (CHI) 17.7 FP, 5 GPJ. Marchessault (LV) 13.1 FP, 6 GP +V. Olofsson (BUF) 10.9 FP, 5 GP
M. Pacioretty (LV) 15.8 FP, 6 GPR. Rakell* (ANA) 12.7 FP, 6 GPG. Nyquist* (CLB) 10.8 FP, 6 GP
K. Connor (WPG) 15.8 FP, 6 GPF. Forsberg (NSH) 12.7 FP, 6 GP +Z. Kassian* (EDM) 10.8 FP, 6 GP
M. Hoffman (FLA) 15.5 FP, 6 GP +K. Palmieri (NJ) 12.6 FP, 6 GPA. Mantha (DET) 10.7 FP, 6 GP +
G. Landeskog (COL) 14.9 FP, 6 GP +Z. Hyman* (TOR) 12.6 FP, 6 GPP. Buchnevich* (NYR) 10.7 FP, 6 GP
T. Hall (ARI) 14.8 FP, 6 GP +J. Zucker* (PIT) 12.5 FP, 6 GPB. Tkachuk (OTT) 10.6 FP, 6 GP +
T. Oshie (WAS) 14.7 FP, 6 GP +A. Svechnikov (CAR) 12.3 FP, 5 GP -A. DeBrincat (CHI) 10.6 FP, 5 GP +
B. Rust (PIT) 14.6 FP, 6 GPJ. Silfverberg* (ANA) 12 FP, 6 GPR. Hintz* (DAL) 10.6 FP, 6 GP
T. Wilson (WAS) 14.4 FP, 6 GP +M. Tkachuk (CGY) 12 FP, 5 GP -T. Konecny (PHI) 10.5 FP, 5 GP -
C. Kreider (NYR) 14.4 FP, 6 GPN. Ehlers (WPG) 11.9 FP, 6 GP -J. Voracek (PHI) 10.5 FP, 5 GP -