The Short Term Outlook is Great for Victor Hedman, Adam Fox and Kris Letang

In our latest short term projection (today through 12/12) there are 20 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 Adam Fox (#18) and Kris Letang (#6). But of all the defensemen with improved short term ranking, Victor Hedman is the highest ranking one at #1, up from #9(actual fantasy rank). There are only 5 defensemen who are projected to be short term fantasy busts. Ryan Ellis, 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. Brandon Montour, at #21, 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
V. Hedman (TB) 15 FP, 6 GP +E. Gustafsson (CHI) 10 FP, 6 GP +O. Klefbom (EDM) 7.7 FP, 5 GP +
J. Carlson (WAS) 14.2 FP, 5 GPR. Josi (NSH) 9.6 FP, 4 GP -S. Theodore (LV) 7.6 FP, 6 GP +
B. Burns (SJ) 14 FP, 6 GP +A. Fox (NYR) 9.2 FP, 6 GP +R. McDonagh* (TB) 7.5 FP, 6 GP
T. Krug (BOS) 13.5 FP, 6 GP +M. Sergachev (TB) 8.9 FP, 6 GPJ. Petry (MON) 7.4 FP, 5 GP +
K. Shattenkirk (TB) 12.7 FP, 6 GPN. Schmidt (LV) 8.8 FP, 6 GP +C. Fowler* (ANA) 7.3 FP, 5 GP
K. Letang (PIT) 12.3 FP, 5 GP +B. Montour* (BUF) 8.7 FP, 6 GPB. Skjei* (NYR) 7.2 FP, 6 GP
E. Karlsson (SJ) 11.5 FP, 6 GP +D. Nurse (EDM) 8.4 FP, 5 GP +J. Klingberg (DAL) 7.2 FP, 4 GP +
A. DeAngelo (NYR) 11.5 FP, 6 GPA. Ekblad (FLA) 8.3 FP, 5 GPJ. Morrissey (WPG) 7.2 FP, 5 GP
D. Hamilton (CAR) 11.2 FP, 5 GPT. Chabot (OTT) 8.2 FP, 5 GP +R. Ristolainen (BUF) 7.1 FP, 6 GP +
K. Yandle (FLA) 11.1 FP, 5 GPJ. Trouba (NYR) 8.2 FP, 6 GP +Q. Hughes (VAN) 7.1 FP, 4 GP -
S. Weber (MON) 10.7 FP, 5 GPA. Pietrangelo (STL) 8 FP, 5 GP -S. Jones (CLB) 7 FP, 5 GP
M. Giordano (CGY) 10.6 FP, 5 GP +N. Pionk (WPG) 7.9 FP, 5 GPO. Ekman-Larsson (ARI) 7 FP, 6 GP +
D. Doughty (LA) 10.3 FP, 6 GP +J. Muzzin (TOR) 7.8 FP, 5 GPH. Lindholm* (ANA) 6.8 FP, 5 GP
M. Rielly (TOR) 10.3 FP, 5 GPT. Barrie (TOR) 7.8 FP, 5 GP +A. Goligoski* (ARI) 6.8 FP, 6 GP
C. Makar (COL) 10.2 FP, 5 GP -R. Dahlin (BUF) 7.8 FP, 5 GPR. Ellis (NSH) 6.7 FP, 4 GP -

Top 30 Projected Goalies 12/2 to 12/12

There are 9 goalies who are typically starting fantasy goalies but are projected for fewer points than normal. Marc-Andre Fleury, for example, is projected to be just the #28 goalie during the upcoming stretch and some owners may have better options. There are 7 goalies 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 #1, Andrei Vasilevskiy is the highest ranking must start. There are a number of goalies projected to be major short term fantasy contributors who are widely available on waiver wires. At #4, Mike Smith is the highest ranking one.

TOP 1-1011-2021-30
A. Vasilevskiy (TB) 30.4 FP, 6 GP +B. Bishop (DAL) 22 FP, 4 GPB. Holtby (WAS) 17.6 FP, 5 GP -
T. Rask (BOS) 29.3 FP, 6 GPJ. Binnington (STL) 21.7 FP, 5 GP -F. Andersen (TOR) 17.5 FP, 5 GP -
C. Hellebuyck (WPG) 25.2 FP, 5 GPP. Rinne (NSH) 21.4 FP, 4 GP +S. Bobrovsky (FLA) 17.1 FP, 5 GP
M. Smith* (EDM) 25 FP, 5 GPR. Lehner* (CHI) 21.3 FP, 6 GPJ. Quick* (LA) 16.3 FP, 6 GP
M. Murray (PIT) 24.8 FP, 5 GP +H. Lundqvist (NYR) 20.8 FP, 6 GP +C. Price (MON) 16.1 FP, 5 GP -
D. Rittich (CGY) 24 FP, 5 GPP. Mrazek (CAR) 20.2 FP, 5 GPP. Grubauer (COL) 15.7 FP, 5 GP -
S. Varlamov (NYI) 22.9 FP, 6 GP +L. Ullmark* (BUF) 19.7 FP, 6 GPJ. Bernier* (DET) 15.6 FP, 4 GP
J. Markstrom (VAN) 22.6 FP, 4 GP +J. Gibson (ANA) 19.7 FP, 5 GP -M. Fleury (LV) 15.1 FP, 6 GP -
C. Hart (PHI) 22.2 FP, 4 GP +M. Jones (SJ) 18.2 FP, 6 GP -L. Domingue* (NJ) 14.7 FP, 5 GP
D. Kuemper (ARI) 22.1 FP, 6 GPJ. Korpisalo (CLB) 18 FP, 5 GP -A. Nilsson* (OTT) 14 FP, 5 GP

Top 45 Projected Centers 12/2 to 12/12

There are 13 centers whose projected rank over the next 10 days is much better than their actual fantasy rank. Mika Zibanejad, at #4, is the highest ranking center of this 'must start' group. There are only 6 centers who are projected to be short term fantasy busts. Nazem Kadri, for example, is projected to be just the #43 center during the upcoming stretch and some owners may have better options. There are only 5 centers projected to be major short term fantasy contributors who are widely available on waiver wires. At #22, Brendan Gaunce is the highest ranking one.

TOP 1-1516-3031-45
C. McDavid (EDM) 25.1 FP, 5 GPS. Aho (CAR) 14 FP, 5 GPP. Stastny (LV) 11.5 FP, 6 GP +
L. Draisaitl (EDM) 24 FP, 5 GPJ. Tavares (TOR) 14 FP, 5 GP +E. Pettersson (VAN) 11.4 FP, 4 GP -
J. Eichel (BUF) 19.4 FP, 6 GPM. Scheifele (WPG) 13.9 FP, 5 GPD. Strome (CHI) 11.2 FP, 6 GP
M. Zibanejad (NYR) 19.4 FP, 6 GP +W. Karlsson (LV) 13.5 FP, 6 GPR. Getzlaf (ANA) 11.2 FP, 5 GP -
P. Bergeron (BOS) 18.9 FP, 6 GP +J. Toews (CHI) 13.5 FP, 6 GP +A. Cirelli* (TB) 10.8 FP, 6 GP
B. Point (TB) 18.6 FP, 6 GP +M. Barzal (NYI) 13.2 FP, 6 GPB. Schenn (STL) 10.2 FP, 5 GP -
N. MacKinnon (COL) 17.6 FP, 5 GPB. Gaunce* (BOS) 12.6 FP, 6 GPT. Seguin (DAL) 10.1 FP, 4 GP
A. Barkov (FLA) 16.4 FP, 5 GPB. Wheeler (WPG) 12.4 FP, 5 GP +S. Couturier (PHI) 10 FP, 4 GP -
E. Malkin (PIT) 16.1 FP, 5 GP +S. Monahan (CGY) 12.2 FP, 5 GP +M. Duchene (NSH) 10 FP, 4 GP
L. Couture (SJ) 15.5 FP, 6 GPM. Domi (MON) 12.1 FP, 5 GP +N. Schmaltz (ARI) 9.8 FP, 6 GP
T. Hertl (SJ) 15.3 FP, 6 GP +R. Strome (NYR) 12.1 FP, 6 GPT. Johnson* (TB) 9.6 FP, 6 GP
A. Matthews (TOR) 15.2 FP, 5 GPR. Nugent-Hopkins (EDM) 12 FP, 5 GP +P. Dubois (CLB) 9.6 FP, 5 GP
A. Kopitar (LA) 15.1 FP, 6 GPR. O'Reilly (STL) 11.7 FP, 5 GPN. Kadri (COL) 9.6 FP, 5 GP -
E. Kuznetsov (WAS) 14.5 FP, 5 GP -B. Nelson (NYI) 11.6 FP, 6 GPP. Danault* (MON) 9.6 FP, 5 GP
D. Krejci (BOS) 14.2 FP, 6 GPN. Backstrom (WAS) 11.6 FP, 5 GP +V. Trocheck* (FLA) 9.2 FP, 5 GP

Top 60 Projected Wings 12/2 to 12/12

There are 17 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 #5, Steven Stamkos is the highest ranking must start. There are 10 wings that ordinarily are fantasy starters, that you may need to bench. Jakub Vrana, for example, is projected to be just the #58 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. Pavel Buchnevich, at #24, is the highest ranking wing of this waiver wire group.

TOP 1-2021-4041-60
B. Marchand (BOS) 24.8 FP, 6 GPR. Smith (LV) 12.8 FP, 6 GPA. Killorn* (TB) 10.8 FP, 6 GP
D. Pastrnak (BOS) 24.5 FP, 6 GPT. Meier (SJ) 12.5 FP, 6 GP +D. Brown* (LA) 10.5 FP, 6 GP
N. Kucherov (TB) 23.7 FP, 6 GPJ. Skinner (BUF) 12.4 FP, 6 GP +O. Palat* (TB) 10.5 FP, 6 GP
P. Kane (CHI) 22.2 FP, 6 GPP. Buchnevich* (NYR) 12.3 FP, 6 GPB. Gallagher (MON) 10.3 FP, 5 GP
S. Stamkos (TB) 19.5 FP, 6 GP +C. Kreider (NYR) 12.2 FP, 6 GP +B. Saad* (CHI) 10.2 FP, 6 GP
A. Panarin (NYR) 18.8 FP, 6 GPT. Hall (NJ) 12.1 FP, 5 GP +R. Rakell* (ANA) 10.2 FP, 5 GP
A. Ovechkin (WAS) 17.1 FP, 5 GPG. Landeskog (COL) 12.1 FP, 5 GP +J. Silfverberg (ANA) 10.1 FP, 5 GP
M. Stone (LV) 17.1 FP, 6 GP +E. Dadonov (FLA) 12.1 FP, 5 GPF. Forsberg (NSH) 10.1 FP, 4 GP +
J. Huberdeau (FLA) 16.4 FP, 5 GPM. Hoffman (FLA) 12 FP, 5 GP +J. Bailey* (NYI) 10.1 FP, 6 GP
M. Rantanen (COL) 16.3 FP, 5 GP +D. Perron (STL) 12 FP, 5 GP -N. Ehlers (WPG) 10.1 FP, 5 GP -
E. Kane (SJ) 14.7 FP, 6 GPT. Tatar (MON) 12 FP, 5 GPK. Palmieri (NJ) 10.1 FP, 5 GP
A. DeBrincat (CHI) 14.3 FP, 6 GP +K. Connor (WPG) 11.8 FP, 5 GP +A. Radulov (DAL) 10 FP, 4 GP -
M. Pacioretty (LV) 14.3 FP, 6 GPJ. Marchessault (LV) 11.8 FP, 6 GP +Z. Kassian* (EDM) 10 FP, 5 GP
M. Tkachuk (CGY) 14 FP, 5 GPP. Laine (WPG) 11.5 FP, 5 GP -J. DeBrusk* (BOS) 9.9 FP, 6 GP
J. Guentzel (PIT) 14 FP, 5 GPA. Svechnikov (CAR) 11.5 FP, 5 GP -P. Kessel (ARI) 9.9 FP, 6 GP +
T. Teravainen (CAR) 13.6 FP, 5 GPY. Gourde* (TB) 11.4 FP, 6 GPC. Giroux (PHI) 9.8 FP, 4 GP -
J. Gaudreau (CGY) 13.2 FP, 5 GP +T. Oshie (WAS) 11.2 FP, 5 GP -B. Boeser (VAN) 9.8 FP, 4 GP -
S. Reinhart (BUF) 13 FP, 6 GP +T. Wilson (WAS) 11.1 FP, 5 GP -J. Vrana (WAS) 9.8 FP, 5 GP -
E. Lindholm (CGY) 12.9 FP, 5 GPA. Shaw* (CHI) 11 FP, 6 GPI. Kovalchuk* (LA) 9.8 FP, 6 GP
V. Olofsson (BUF) 12.8 FP, 6 GP +B. Rust* (PIT) 11 FP, 5 GPP. Maroon* (TB) 9.5 FP, 6 GP