The Short Term Outlook is Great for Kris Letang, Nate Schmidt and Jacob Trouba

In our latest short term projection (today through 3/7) there are 18 defensemen whose short term projected rank is much better than their actual fantasy rank. A couple defensemen who are projected to improve their short term ranking are Nate Schmidt (#15) and Jacob Trouba (#30). But of all the defensemen with improved short term ranking, Kris Letang is the highest ranking one at #2, up from #10(actual fantasy rank). There are 9 defensemen who are typically starting fantasy defensemen but are projected for fewer points than normal. Ryan Pulock, for example, is projected to be just the #45 defenseman during the upcoming stretch and some owners may have better options. There are only 6 defensemen projected to be major short term fantasy contributors who are widely available on waiver wires. Mike Green, at #25, is the highest ranking defenseman of this waiver wire group.

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

TOP 1-1516-3031-45
J. Carlson (WAS) 14.4 FP, 5 GPD. Nurse (EDM) 9 FP, 6 GP +R. Graves (COL) 7.6 FP, 6 GP -
K. Letang (PIT) 13.8 FP, 6 GP +J. Spurgeon (MIN) 8.8 FP, 6 GP +T. Chabot (OTT) 7.6 FP, 5 GP +
R. Josi (NSH) 13.7 FP, 6 GPT. Barrie (TOR) 8.6 FP, 5 GP +D. Severson* (NJ) 7.4 FP, 6 GP
C. Makar (COL) 13.3 FP, 6 GPM. Ekholm (NSH) 8.6 FP, 6 GPD. Doughty (LA) 7.3 FP, 5 GP +
A. DeAngelo (NYR) 12.2 FP, 6 GPA. Edler (VAN) 8.6 FP, 5 GP +I. Cole* (COL) 7.3 FP, 6 GP
V. Hedman (TB) 11.9 FP, 5 GPM. Giordano (CGY) 8.6 FP, 5 GP +M. Sergachev (TB) 7.2 FP, 5 GP -
S. Theodore (LV) 10.7 FP, 5 GPA. Ekblad (FLA) 8.6 FP, 5 GPR. Ristolainen (BUF) 7.2 FP, 6 GP
T. Krug (BOS) 10.6 FP, 5 GPS. Weber (MON) 8.3 FP, 5 GP -E. Gustafsson (CGY) 7 FP, 5 GP +
K. Yandle (FLA) 10 FP, 5 GP +K. Shattenkirk (TB) 8.2 FP, 5 GP -J. Petry (MON) 7 FP, 5 GP -
B. Burns (SJ) 9.9 FP, 5 GP +M. Green* (EDM) 8.2 FP, 6 GPA. Martinez* (LV) 6.8 FP, 5 GP
R. Dahlin (BUF) 9.8 FP, 6 GP +J. Muzzin (TOR) 8 FP, 5 GP +Z. Werenski (CLB) 6.8 FP, 4 GP -
R. Suter (MIN) 9.8 FP, 6 GP +A. Fox (NYR) 8 FP, 6 GPS. Girard* (COL) 6.7 FP, 6 GP
Q. Hughes (VAN) 9.7 FP, 5 GPA. Pietrangelo (STL) 7.8 FP, 4 GP -N. Pionk (WPG) 6.5 FP, 4 GP -
R. Ellis (NSH) 9.5 FP, 6 GP +J. Klingberg (DAL) 7.8 FP, 5 GP +Z. Bogosian* (TB) 6.5 FP, 5 GP
N. Schmidt (LV) 9.2 FP, 5 GP +J. Trouba (NYR) 7.8 FP, 6 GP +R. Pulock (NYI) 6.4 FP, 5 GP -

Top 30 Projected Goalies 2/26 to 3/7

There are a number of goalies projected to be major short term fantasy contributors who are widely available on waiver wires. Thatcher Demko, at #1, is the highest ranking goalie of this waiver wire group. There are only 4 goalies whose projected rank over the next 10 days is much better than their actual fantasy rank. At #2, Marc-Andre Fleury is the highest ranking must start. There are 7 goalies who are typically starting fantasy goalies but are projected for fewer points than normal. David Rittich, for example, is projected to be just the #30 goalie during the upcoming stretch and some owners may have better options.

TOP 1-1011-2021-30
T. Demko* (VAN) 29.5 FP, 5 GPD. Dubnyk* (MIN) 21.3 FP, 6 GPC. Price (MON) 18.8 FP, 5 GP -
M. Fleury (LV) 27.4 FP, 5 GP +B. Bishop (DAL) 20.1 FP, 5 GPM. Blackwood (NJ) 18.3 FP, 6 GP -
T. Jarry (PIT) 26.7 FP, 6 GP +J. Gibson (ANA) 20 FP, 5 GPB. Holtby (WAS) 18.1 FP, 5 GP -
A. Vasilevskiy (TB) 26 FP, 5 GPJ. Korpisalo (CLB) 19.7 FP, 4 GP +C. Hutton* (BUF) 17.3 FP, 6 GP
J. Binnington (STL) 23.6 FP, 4 GPM. Smith* (EDM) 19.3 FP, 6 GPM. Koskinen* (EDM) 17.1 FP, 6 GP
H. Lundqvist* (NYR) 23.3 FP, 6 GPP. Francouz* (COL) 19.2 FP, 6 GPP. Grubauer (COL) 17.1 FP, 6 GP -
P. Rinne (NSH) 22.5 FP, 6 GP +C. Hellebuyck (WPG) 19.2 FP, 4 GP -S. Bobrovsky (FLA) 16.7 FP, 5 GP -
F. Andersen (TOR) 22.5 FP, 5 GPC. Hart (PHI) 19.1 FP, 5 GPJ. Bernier* (DET) 16.7 FP, 4 GP
T. Rask (BOS) 21.8 FP, 5 GPA. Dell* (SJ) 19 FP, 5 GPC. Crawford* (CHI) 16.1 FP, 5 GP
S. Varlamov (NYI) 21.7 FP, 5 GPM. Hogberg* (OTT) 18.9 FP, 5 GPD. Rittich (CGY) 14.1 FP, 5 GP -

Top 45 Projected Centers 2/26 to 3/7

There are a number of centers projected to be major short term fantasy contributors who are widely available on waiver wires. Paul Stastny, at #22, is the highest ranking center of this waiver wire group. There are only 5 centers whose projected rank over the next 10 days is much better than their actual fantasy rank. At #5, Sidney Crosby is the highest ranking must start. There are only 5 centers who are projected to be short term fantasy busts. Ryan O'Reilly, for example, is projected to be just the #37 center during the upcoming stretch and some owners may have better options.

TOP 1-1516-3031-45
C. McDavid (EDM) 27.2 FP, 6 GPS. Couturier (PHI) 12.8 FP, 5 GPD. Krejci (BOS) 10.6 FP, 5 GP
L. Draisaitl (EDM) 27 FP, 6 GPE. Kuznetsov (WAS) 12.7 FP, 5 GPL. Couture (SJ) 10.5 FP, 5 GP +
N. MacKinnon (COL) 22.8 FP, 6 GPN. Backstrom (WAS) 12.5 FP, 5 GP +M. Domi (MON) 10.3 FP, 5 GP
E. Malkin (PIT) 21.5 FP, 6 GPB. Horvat (VAN) 12 FP, 5 GPR. Johansen* (NSH) 10.2 FP, 6 GP
S. Crosby (PIT) 21.4 FP, 6 GP +M. Duchene (NSH) 11.8 FP, 6 GP +R. Getzlaf* (ANA) 10 FP, 5 GP
M. Zibanejad (NYR) 20.9 FP, 6 GPA. Kopitar (LA) 11.8 FP, 5 GPN. Hischier* (NJ) 9.7 FP, 6 GP
J. Eichel (BUF) 18.7 FP, 6 GPP. Stastny* (LV) 11.8 FP, 5 GPR. O'Reilly (STL) 9.6 FP, 4 GP -
A. Matthews (TOR) 17.2 FP, 5 GPJ. Toews (CHI) 11.6 FP, 5 GPS. Monahan (CGY) 9.5 FP, 5 GP
A. Barkov (FLA) 15.7 FP, 5 GPE. Staal* (MIN) 11.6 FP, 6 GPE. Haula* (FLA) 9.3 FP, 5 GP
P. Bergeron (BOS) 15 FP, 5 GPJ. Pageau (NYI) 11.4 FP, 5 GPK. Hayes* (PHI) 9.3 FP, 5 GP
B. Point (TB) 14.8 FP, 5 GPS. Aho (CAR) 11.3 FP, 4 GP -A. Henrique* (ANA) 9.1 FP, 5 GP
J. Tavares (TOR) 14.8 FP, 5 GPM. Barzal (NYI) 11.2 FP, 5 GP -A. Cirelli* (TB) 9 FP, 5 GP
E. Pettersson (VAN) 14.7 FP, 5 GPT. Seguin (DAL) 11.2 FP, 5 GPN. Bonino* (NSH) 8.8 FP, 6 GP
R. Strome (NYR) 13.5 FP, 6 GPM. Scheifele (WPG) 10.7 FP, 4 GP -J. McCann* (PIT) 8.8 FP, 6 GP
W. Karlsson (LV) 13 FP, 5 GP +B. Nelson (NYI) 10.6 FP, 5 GP -P. Danault* (MON) 8.6 FP, 5 GP

Top 60 Projected Wings 2/26 to 3/7

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. Andreas Athanasiou, at #8, is the highest ranking wing of this waiver wire group. There are 12 wings 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 #12, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins is the highest ranking must start. There are 8 wings that ordinarily are fantasy starters, that you may need to bench. Andre Burakovsky, for example, is projected to be just the #56 wing during the upcoming stretch and some owners may have better options.

TOP 1-2021-4041-60
A. Panarin (NYR) 20.6 FP, 6 GPB. Coleman* (TB) 12.9 FP, 5 GPE. Kane (SJ) 11.1 FP, 5 GP
D. Pastrnak (BOS) 19.8 FP, 5 GPV. Olofsson (BUF) 12.4 FP, 6 GP +T. Ennis* (EDM) 11 FP, 6 GP
N. Kucherov (TB) 19.5 FP, 5 GPF. Forsberg (NSH) 12.3 FP, 6 GP +P. Buchnevich* (NYR) 10.8 FP, 6 GP
B. Marchand (BOS) 18.2 FP, 5 GPS. Reinhart (BUF) 12.3 FP, 6 GP +Z. Hyman* (TOR) 10.8 FP, 5 GP
M. Stone (LV) 17.9 FP, 5 GPI. Kovalchuk* (WAS) 12.1 FP, 5 GPJ. Vrana (WAS) 10.7 FP, 5 GP -
J. Huberdeau (FLA) 17.2 FP, 5 GPK. Palmieri (NJ) 12 FP, 6 GPJ. Gaudreau (CGY) 10.7 FP, 5 GP
S. Stamkos (TB) 17 FP, 5 GPC. Giroux (PHI) 12 FP, 5 GPA. Radulov (DAL) 10.7 FP, 5 GP
A. Athanasiou* (EDM) 16.5 FP, 6 GPW. Nylander (TOR) 11.9 FP, 5 GPO. Kase* (BOS) 10.6 FP, 5 GP
A. Ovechkin (WAS) 16.4 FP, 5 GPE. Dadonov (FLA) 11.9 FP, 5 GP +M. Kaut* (COL) 10.6 FP, 6 GP
P. Kane (CHI) 16.3 FP, 5 GPT. Oshie (WAS) 11.6 FP, 5 GPD. Perron (STL) 10.4 FP, 4 GP -
M. Pacioretty (LV) 16.3 FP, 5 GPN. Ritchie* (BOS) 11.6 FP, 5 GPA. Killorn (TB) 10.3 FP, 5 GP -
R. Nugent-Hopkins (EDM) 15.6 FP, 6 GP +M. Tkachuk (CGY) 11.6 FP, 5 GP -E. Lindholm (CGY) 10.2 FP, 5 GP -
M. Marner (TOR) 15.4 FP, 5 GPJ. Miller (VAN) 11.5 FP, 5 GP -J. Voracek (PHI) 10.2 FP, 5 GP
B. Rust (PIT) 15.3 FP, 6 GPP. Hornqvist* (PIT) 11.5 FP, 6 GPM. Granlund* (NSH) 10 FP, 6 GP
G. Landeskog (COL) 15.1 FP, 6 GP +V. Namestnikov* (COL) 11.5 FP, 6 GPV. Arvidsson (NSH) 10 FP, 6 GP +
C. Kreider (NYR) 14.4 FP, 6 GPT. Konecny (PHI) 11.5 FP, 5 GPA. Burakovsky (COL) 9.8 FP, 6 GP -
R. Smith (LV) 14.1 FP, 5 GPT. Tatar (MON) 11.4 FP, 5 GP -M. Zuccarello* (MIN) 9.8 FP, 6 GP
J. Zucker (PIT) 13.6 FP, 6 GP +T. Wilson (WAS) 11.3 FP, 5 GPK. Fiala* (MIN) 9.8 FP, 6 GP
J. Marchessault (LV) 13.3 FP, 5 GP +Z. Parise (MIN) 11.3 FP, 6 GP +Z. Kassian* (EDM) 9.8 FP, 5 GP
M. Hoffman (FLA) 13.3 FP, 5 GPT. Toffoli (VAN) 11.2 FP, 5 GP +T. Meier (SJ) 9.7 FP, 5 GP +