The Short Term Outlook is Great for Torey Krug, Erik Gustafsson and Nate Schmidt

Out of the top 45 defensemen based on total projected fantasy points between now and 2/26, 17 have a projected rank that is substantially better than their actual rank. Torey Krug is currently the #15 player at his position, but over this time period he is projected to be the #6 ranked defenseman. Other defensemen who are projected to improve their ranking are Erik Gustafsson (#28) and Nate Schmidt (#26). There are 8 defensemen who are typically starting fantasy defensemen but are projected for fewer points than normal. Jakob Chychrun, for example, is projected to be just the #44 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. Dustin Byfuglien, at #5, 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) 15.4 FP, 5 GPC. Fowler (ANA) 8.8 FP, 6 GP +C. Parayko* (STL) 7 FP, 6 GP
K. Letang (PIT) 13.7 FP, 6 GPJ. Klingberg (DAL) 8.7 FP, 5 GP +Q. Hughes (VAN) 6.8 FP, 4 GP -
R. Josi (NSH) 12.6 FP, 5 GPR. Dahlin (BUF) 8.6 FP, 5 GP +A. Fox (NYR) 6.8 FP, 5 GP -
A. Pietrangelo (STL) 12.1 FP, 6 GPO. Klefbom (EDM) 8.6 FP, 6 GP +V. Dunn* (STL) 6.7 FP, 6 GP
D. Byfuglien* (WPG) 11.3 FP, 5 GPS. Theodore (LV) 8.4 FP, 5 GP -J. Morrissey (WPG) 6.7 FP, 6 GP +
T. Krug (BOS) 11.1 FP, 5 GP +R. Ellis (NSH) 8.2 FP, 5 GP +D. Severson* (NJ) 6.6 FP, 5 GP
C. Makar (COL) 11 FP, 5 GPH. Lindholm* (ANA) 8 FP, 6 GPR. Suter (MIN) 6.4 FP, 4 GP -
N. Pionk (WPG) 10.2 FP, 6 GPA. Ekblad (FLA) 7.7 FP, 5 GPJ. Muzzin (TOR) 6.4 FP, 5 GP +
A. DeAngelo (NYR) 10 FP, 5 GPM. Ekholm (NSH) 7.6 FP, 5 GPI. Cole* (COL) 6.2 FP, 5 GP
K. Yandle (FLA) 9.9 FP, 5 GPT. Barrie (TOR) 7.6 FP, 5 GP +R. Graves (COL) 6.2 FP, 5 GP -
T. Chabot (OTT) 9.4 FP, 6 GP +N. Schmidt (LV) 7.4 FP, 5 GP +O. Ekman-Larsson (ARI) 6.2 FP, 5 GP +
B. Burns (SJ) 9.2 FP, 5 GPM. Giordano (CGY) 7.4 FP, 4 GP +F. Hronek (DET) 6.2 FP, 5 GP +
Z. Werenski (CLB) 9.1 FP, 6 GPE. Gustafsson (CHI) 7.3 FP, 5 GP +J. Petry (MON) 6.1 FP, 4 GP -
D. Nurse (EDM) 9.1 FP, 6 GP +R. Pulock (NYI) 7.3 FP, 5 GPJ. Chychrun (ARI) 6.1 FP, 5 GP -
V. Hedman (TB) 9 FP, 4 GP -D. Doughty (LA) 7.3 FP, 5 GP +A. Edler (VAN) 6 FP, 4 GP

Top 30 Projected Goalies 2/16 to 2/26

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. Mike Smith, at #2, is the highest ranking goalie of this waiver wire group. There are only 3 goalies whose projected rank over the next 10 days is much better than their actual fantasy rank. Elvis Merzlikins, at #3, is the highest ranking goalie of this 'must start' group. There are 7 goalies that ordinarily are fantasy starters, that you may need to bench. Philipp Grubauer, for example, is projected to be just the #26 goalie during the upcoming stretch and some owners may have better options.

TOP 1-1011-2021-30
C. Hellebuyck (WPG) 28.2 FP, 6 GPF. Andersen (TOR) 21.4 FP, 5 GPM. Blackwood* (NJ) 17.7 FP, 5 GP
M. Smith* (EDM) 27.6 FP, 6 GPM. Hogberg* (OTT) 20.8 FP, 6 GPJ. Halak* (BOS) 17.4 FP, 5 GP
E. Merzlikins (CLB) 27.4 FP, 6 GP +D. Rittich (CGY) 20 FP, 4 GP -B. Bishop (DAL) 17.1 FP, 5 GP -
J. Binnington (STL) 26.6 FP, 6 GPH. Lundqvist* (NYR) 19.9 FP, 5 GPR. Lehner* (CHI) 16.9 FP, 5 GP
I. Samsonov (WAS) 26 FP, 5 GP +M. Fleury (LV) 19.2 FP, 5 GPP. Mrazek (CAR) 16.4 FP, 5 GP -
C. Hart (PHI) 24.3 FP, 4 GP +C. Hutton* (BUF) 18.5 FP, 5 GPP. Grubauer (COL) 16.2 FP, 5 GP -
A. Vasilevskiy (TB) 23.8 FP, 4 GP -S. Varlamov (NYI) 18.5 FP, 5 GPJ. Quick* (LA) 15.9 FP, 5 GP
J. Markstrom (VAN) 22.4 FP, 4 GPA. Dell* (SJ) 18.5 FP, 5 GPP. Rinne (NSH) 15.9 FP, 5 GP
T. Jarry (PIT) 21.6 FP, 6 GPJ. Gibson (ANA) 17.7 FP, 6 GPM. Murray (PIT) 15.3 FP, 6 GP
C. Price (MON) 21.6 FP, 4 GP -S. Bobrovsky (FLA) 17.7 FP, 5 GP -D. Dubnyk* (MIN) 14.8 FP, 4 GP

Top 45 Projected Centers 2/16 to 2/26

If you need help at center there are a number of players who are available in at least 35% of leagues and are projected to be in the top 45 in the short term. At #18, Ryan Getzlaf is the highest ranking one. There are 10 centers whose projected rank over the next 10 days is much better than their actual fantasy rank. Sidney Crosby, at #3, is the highest ranking center of this 'must start' group. There are only 6 centers who are projected to be short term fantasy busts. Connor McDavid, for example, is projected to be just the #42 center during the upcoming stretch and some owners may have better options.

TOP 1-1516-3031-45
L. Draisaitl (EDM) 26.6 FP, 6 GPB. Schenn (STL) 13.4 FP, 6 GP +W. Karlsson (LV) 10.2 FP, 5 GP +
E. Malkin (PIT) 20.7 FP, 6 GPN. Backstrom (WAS) 13.2 FP, 5 GP +A. Henrique* (ANA) 10 FP, 6 GP
S. Crosby (PIT) 20.6 FP, 6 GP +R. Getzlaf* (ANA) 12.9 FP, 6 GPJ. Pageau (OTT) 10 FP, 6 GP
N. MacKinnon (COL) 19.1 FP, 5 GPM. Barzal (NYI) 12.3 FP, 5 GPP. Stastny* (LV) 9.3 FP, 5 GP
J. Eichel (BUF) 16.4 FP, 5 GPJ. Toews (CHI) 12.2 FP, 5 GPN. Hischier* (NJ) 9.3 FP, 5 GP
M. Zibanejad (NYR) 16.3 FP, 5 GPT. Seguin (DAL) 12 FP, 5 GP +R. Johansen* (NSH) 9 FP, 5 GP
M. Scheifele (WPG) 16.2 FP, 6 GPP. Dubois (CLB) 11.7 FP, 6 GPE. Haula* (CAR) 9 FP, 5 GP
A. Matthews (TOR) 16.1 FP, 5 GPA. Kopitar (LA) 11.6 FP, 5 GPD. Larkin (DET) 8.9 FP, 5 GP +
P. Bergeron (BOS) 15.4 FP, 5 GPB. Nelson (NYI) 11.6 FP, 5 GPB. Horvat (VAN) 8.8 FP, 4 GP -
A. Barkov (FLA) 14.7 FP, 5 GPD. Krejci (BOS) 11.4 FP, 5 GPL. Eller* (WAS) 8.8 FP, 5 GP
R. O'Reilly (STL) 14.7 FP, 6 GP +E. Pettersson (VAN) 11.2 FP, 4 GP -R. Thomas* (STL) 8.8 FP, 6 GP
S. Aho (CAR) 14.6 FP, 5 GPB. Point (TB) 11.2 FP, 4 GP -C. McDavid (EDM) 8.6 FP, 2 GP -
B. Wheeler (WPG) 14.5 FP, 6 GP +M. Duchene (NSH) 10.8 FP, 5 GP +M. Domi (MON) 8.5 FP, 4 GP
E. Kuznetsov (WAS) 13.6 FP, 5 GP +S. Couturier (PHI) 10.7 FP, 4 GP -V. Trocheck* (FLA) 8.3 FP, 5 GP
J. Tavares (TOR) 13.4 FP, 5 GPR. Strome (NYR) 10.5 FP, 5 GP -A. Shaw* (CHI) 8.1 FP, 5 GP

Top 60 Projected Wings 2/16 to 2/26

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. At #20, Rickard Rakell is the highest ranking one. There are 12 wings whose projected rank over the next 10 days is much better than their actual fantasy rank. Mikko Rantanen, at #8, is the highest ranking wing of this 'must start' group. There are 7 wings who are typically starting fantasy wings but are projected for fewer points than normal. Matthew Tkachuk, for example, is projected to be just the #52 wing during the upcoming stretch and some owners may have better options.

TOP 1-2021-4041-60
D. Pastrnak (BOS) 20.4 FP, 5 GPG. Landeskog (COL) 12.5 FP, 5 GP +W. Nylander (TOR) 10.5 FP, 5 GP -
B. Marchand (BOS) 18.7 FP, 5 GPT. Hall (ARI) 12.3 FP, 5 GP +B. Tkachuk (OTT) 10.4 FP, 6 GP +
A. Ovechkin (WAS) 17.6 FP, 5 GPM. Hoffman (FLA) 12.1 FP, 5 GPP. Hornqvist* (PIT) 10.4 FP, 6 GP
P. Kane (CHI) 17.2 FP, 5 GPJ. Schwartz (STL) 12.1 FP, 6 GP +O. Bjorkstrand* (CLB) 10.2 FP, 6 GP
A. Panarin (NYR) 16.5 FP, 5 GPT. Oshie (WAS) 12 FP, 5 GPA. DeBrincat (CHI) 10.1 FP, 5 GP +
D. Perron (STL) 16.4 FP, 6 GPT. Wilson (WAS) 11.9 FP, 5 GP +C. Giroux (PHI) 10.1 FP, 4 GP -
J. Huberdeau (FLA) 16.3 FP, 5 GPC. Kreider (NYR) 11.8 FP, 5 GPA. Lee* (NYI) 10 FP, 5 GP
M. Rantanen (COL) 15.6 FP, 5 GP +J. Silfverberg* (ANA) 11.8 FP, 6 GPZ. Hyman* (TOR) 9.9 FP, 5 GP
K. Connor (WPG) 15.2 FP, 6 GPK. Yamamoto* (EDM) 11.8 FP, 6 GPN. Ritchie* (ANA) 9.8 FP, 6 GP
R. Nugent-Hopkins (EDM) 15 FP, 6 GP +A. Svechnikov (CAR) 11.5 FP, 5 GP -T. Tatar (MON) 9.7 FP, 4 GP -
N. Kucherov (TB) 14.9 FP, 4 GPN. Ehlers (WPG) 11.4 FP, 6 GPD. Kubalik (CHI) 9.7 FP, 5 GP
B. Rust (PIT) 14.8 FP, 6 GPV. Olofsson (BUF) 11.4 FP, 5 GP +M. Tkachuk (CGY) 9.7 FP, 4 GP -
M. Stone (LV) 14.6 FP, 5 GPE. Dadonov (FLA) 11.3 FP, 5 GPA. Chiasson* (EDM) 9.6 FP, 6 GP
M. Marner (TOR) 14.6 FP, 5 GPJ. Vrana (WAS) 11.2 FP, 5 GPJ. Eberle* (NYI) 9.6 FP, 5 GP
J. Zucker (PIT) 13.4 FP, 6 GP +R. Smith (LV) 11.2 FP, 5 GP -J. Bailey* (NYI) 9.5 FP, 5 GP
T. Teravainen (CAR) 13.2 FP, 5 GPF. Forsberg (NSH) 11 FP, 5 GP +J. McCann* (PIT) 9.5 FP, 6 GP
M. Pacioretty (LV) 13.1 FP, 5 GPJ. Marchessault (LV) 11 FP, 5 GPJ. DeBrusk (BOS) 9.5 FP, 5 GP
P. Laine (WPG) 13 FP, 6 GPS. Reinhart (BUF) 11 FP, 5 GPD. Strome* (CHI) 9.4 FP, 5 GP
S. Stamkos (TB) 12.7 FP, 4 GP -K. Palmieri (NJ) 10.7 FP, 5 GPJ. Benn (DAL) 9.3 FP, 5 GP +
R. Rakell* (ANA) 12.5 FP, 6 GPG. Nyquist* (CLB) 10.6 FP, 6 GPA. Duclair* (OTT) 9.3 FP, 6 GP