The Short Term Outlook is Not Great for Justin Faulk, Ryan Suter and Erik Gustafsson

Out of the top 45 defensemen based on total projected fantasy points between now and 10/19, 17 have a projected rank that is substantially worse than their actual rank. A couple defensemen who are projected to come up below their season rank in the short term are Ryan Suter (#27) and Erik Gustafsson (#19). But of all the defensemen with a lower short term ranking, Justin Faulk is the lowest ranking one at #45, down from #35(actual fantasy rank). There are 17 defensemen 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. Dustin Byfuglien, at #3, is the highest ranking defenseman of this 'must start' group. There are only 3 defensemen projected to be major short term fantasy contributors who are widely available on waiver wires. At #18, Damon Severson is the highest ranking one.

[NOTE: In the early part of a season we include stats from last year in our 'actual' fantasy rankings.]

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

TOP 1-1516-3031-45
M. Giordano (CGY) 14.3 FP, 6 GPJ. Klingberg (DAL) 9.7 FP, 6 GP +J. Petry (MON) 8.5 FP, 6 GP -
K. Letang (PIT) 13.9 FP, 6 GPS. Theodore (LV) 9.3 FP, 6 GP +E. Karlsson (SJ) 8.5 FP, 4 GP
D. Byfuglien (WPG) 13.4 FP, 5 GP +D. Severson* (NJ) 9.2 FP, 6 GPJ. Muzzin (TOR) 8.3 FP, 5 GP -
M. Rielly (TOR) 12.2 FP, 5 GPE. Gustafsson (CHI) 9.1 FP, 4 GP -F. Hronek (DET) 8.2 FP, 5 GP +
J. Carlson (WAS) 11.5 FP, 5 GPD. Nurse (EDM) 9 FP, 5 GPR. Ristolainen (BUF) 7.8 FP, 6 GP +
T. Barrie (TOR) 11.2 FP, 5 GPM. Dumba (MIN) 9 FP, 5 GP +O. Klefbom (EDM) 7.8 FP, 5 GP +
B. Burns (SJ) 11.2 FP, 4 GPK. Shattenkirk (TB) 8.9 FP, 5 GP +J. Schultz (PIT) 7.8 FP, 6 GP +
D. Doughty (LA) 11.1 FP, 6 GP +A. Pietrangelo (STL) 8.9 FP, 5 GPO. Ekman-Larsson (ARI) 7.8 FP, 5 GP -
R. Dahlin (BUF) 11.1 FP, 6 GP +P. Subban (NJ) 8.8 FP, 6 GP +C. Makar (COL) 7.6 FP, 6 GP +
T. Krug (BOS) 10.8 FP, 5 GPM. Ekholm (NSH) 8.8 FP, 5 GP -S. Jones (CLB) 7.4 FP, 5 GP -
R. Josi (NSH) 10.7 FP, 5 GPT. Chabot (OTT) 8.6 FP, 5 GP -R. Ellis (NSH) 7.4 FP, 5 GP -
S. Weber (MON) 10.3 FP, 6 GP +R. Suter (MIN) 8.6 FP, 5 GP -C. Miller* (BUF) 7.4 FP, 6 GP
V. Hedman (TB) 10.2 FP, 5 GPN. Pionk (WPG) 8.5 FP, 5 GP +A. Ekblad (FLA) 7.1 FP, 5 GP -
A. Edler (VAN) 10 FP, 5 GP +N. Schmidt* (LV) 8.5 FP, 6 GPS. Gostisbehere (PHI) 7 FP, 5 GP +
K. Yandle (FLA) 9.7 FP, 5 GPD. Hamilton (CAR) 8.5 FP, 5 GP -J. Faulk (STL) 7 FP, 5 GP -

Top 30 Projected Goalies 10/9 to 10/19

There are 9 goalies whose projected rank over the next 10 days is much better than their actual fantasy rank. Philipp Grubauer, at #1, is the highest ranking goalie of this 'must start' group. There are 8 goalies that ordinarily are fantasy starters, that you may need to bench. John Gibson, for example, is projected to be just the #29 goalie during the upcoming stretch and some owners may have better options. There are a number of goalies projected to be major short term fantasy contributors who are widely available on waiver wires. At #2, Carter Hutton is the highest ranking one.

TOP 1-1011-2021-30
P. Grubauer (COL) 26.5 FP, 6 GP +A. Vasilevskiy (TB) 22.9 FP, 5 GP -J. Quick* (LA) 19 FP, 6 GP
C. Hutton* (BUF) 26.4 FP, 6 GPF. Andersen (TOR) 22.6 FP, 5 GP -C. Hellebuyck (WPG) 19 FP, 5 GP -
J. Binnington (STL) 25.9 FP, 5 GP +B. Holtby (WAS) 22.1 FP, 5 GPJ. Howard* (DET) 18.7 FP, 5 GP
B. Bishop (DAL) 25.2 FP, 6 GP +J. Markstrom (VAN) 21.1 FP, 5 GPD. Kuemper (ARI) 18.7 FP, 5 GP -
M. Murray (PIT) 24.2 FP, 6 GP +J. Korpisalo* (CLB) 20.7 FP, 5 GPD. Dubnyk (MIN) 18.6 FP, 5 GP -
D. Rittich (CGY) 23.9 FP, 6 GP +M. Smith* (EDM) 20.5 FP, 5 GPC. Anderson* (OTT) 17.2 FP, 5 GP
M. Fleury (LV) 23.8 FP, 6 GPC. Crawford* (CHI) 20.4 FP, 4 GPS. Bobrovsky (FLA) 16.6 FP, 5 GP -
M. Jones (SJ) 23.3 FP, 4 GP +C. Schneider (NJ) 20.2 FP, 6 GP +P. Mrazek (CAR) 16.1 FP, 5 GP
P. Rinne (NSH) 23 FP, 5 GPC. Hart (PHI) 19.7 FP, 5 GP +J. Gibson (ANA) 15.3 FP, 5 GP -
T. Rask (BOS) 23 FP, 5 GP +C. Price (MON) 19.7 FP, 6 GP -S. Varlamov (NYI) 14.6 FP, 5 GP

Top 45 Projected Centers 10/9 to 10/19

There are a number of centers projected to be major short term fantasy contributors who are widely available on waiver wires. At #29, Travis Zajac is the highest ranking one. There are 8 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. Jack Eichel, at #4, is the highest ranking center of this 'must start' group. There are 8 centers that ordinarily are fantasy starters, that you may need to bench. Pierre-Luc Dubois, for example, is projected to be just the #44 center during the upcoming stretch and some owners may have better options.

TOP 1-1516-3031-45
C. McDavid (EDM) 22.5 FP, 5 GPM. Duchene (NSH) 14 FP, 5 GPB. Horvat (VAN) 11 FP, 5 GP
N. MacKinnon (COL) 20.1 FP, 6 GPA. Kopitar (LA) 14 FP, 6 GP +K. Hayes* (PHI) 10.9 FP, 5 GP
S. Crosby (PIT) 19.6 FP, 6 GPS. Couturier (PHI) 13.9 FP, 5 GPC. Glass* (LV) 10.9 FP, 6 GP
J. Eichel (BUF) 17.4 FP, 6 GP +P. Stastny (LV) 13.8 FP, 6 GP +P. Danault* (MON) 10.9 FP, 6 GP
A. Matthews (TOR) 16.4 FP, 5 GP +R. O'Reilly (STL) 13.4 FP, 5 GPL. Couture (SJ) 10.6 FP, 4 GP -
S. Monahan (CGY) 15.9 FP, 6 GPS. Aho (CAR) 13.2 FP, 5 GP -C. Eakin* (LV) 10.5 FP, 6 GP
T. Seguin (DAL) 15.8 FP, 6 GPE. Kuznetsov (WAS) 12.7 FP, 5 GPD. Krejci (BOS) 10.4 FP, 5 GP -
M. Domi (MON) 15.8 FP, 6 GPE. Pettersson (VAN) 12.6 FP, 5 GPM. Zibanejad (NYR) 10.3 FP, 3 GP -
M. Scheifele (WPG) 15.7 FP, 5 GPN. Backstrom (WAS) 11.9 FP, 5 GPT. Hertl (SJ) 10.2 FP, 4 GP -
B. Point (TB) 15.3 FP, 5 GPR. Nugent-Hopkins (EDM) 11.8 FP, 5 GP +E. Haula* (CAR) 10.2 FP, 5 GP
A. Barkov (FLA) 15.3 FP, 5 GPJ. Toews (CHI) 11.5 FP, 4 GP -J. McCann* (PIT) 10.1 FP, 6 GP
P. Bergeron (BOS) 15 FP, 5 GPN. Hischier (NJ) 11.4 FP, 6 GP +R. Getzlaf* (ANA) 10.1 FP, 5 GP
J. Tavares (TOR) 15 FP, 5 GP -A. Athanasiou (DET) 11.3 FP, 5 GP +J. Staal* (CAR) 9.9 FP, 5 GP
D. Larkin (DET) 14.6 FP, 5 GPT. Zajac* (NJ) 11.2 FP, 6 GPP. Dubois (CLB) 9.5 FP, 5 GP -
W. Karlsson (LV) 14.2 FP, 6 GP +R. Johansen (NSH) 11.2 FP, 5 GPB. Schenn (STL) 9.5 FP, 5 GP

Top 60 Projected Wings 10/9 to 10/19

There are 15 wings whose projected rank over the next 10 days is much better than their actual fantasy rank. At #3, Mark Stone is the highest ranking must start. There are 7 wings who are typically starting fantasy wings but are projected for fewer points than normal. Tom Wilson, for example, is projected to be just the #60 wing during the upcoming stretch and some owners may have better options. There are a number of wings projected to be major short term fantasy contributors who are widely available on waiver wires. At #38, Dustin Brown is the highest ranking one.

TOP 1-2021-4041-60
L. Draisaitl (EDM) 20.8 FP, 5 GPE. Lindholm (CGY) 14.6 FP, 6 GPV. Olofsson (BUF) 11.9 FP, 6 GP +
M. Rantanen (COL) 20.7 FP, 6 GPM. Pacioretty (LV) 14.2 FP, 6 GP +A. Tuch* (LV) 11.8 FP, 6 GP
M. Stone (LV) 20.6 FP, 6 GP +J. Guentzel (PIT) 14.1 FP, 6 GPC. Atkinson (CLB) 11.8 FP, 5 GP -
N. Kucherov (TB) 19.1 FP, 5 GPC. Giroux (PHI) 14.1 FP, 5 GPA. DeBrincat (CHI) 11.6 FP, 4 GP -
J. Gaudreau (CGY) 19 FP, 6 GPM. Hoffman (FLA) 14 FP, 5 GPZ. Parise (MIN) 11.6 FP, 5 GP
B. Marchand (BOS) 18.4 FP, 5 GPJ. Marchessault (LV) 13.8 FP, 6 GPT. Oshie (WAS) 11.5 FP, 5 GP
T. Hall (NJ) 17.5 FP, 6 GP +A. Mantha (DET) 13.7 FP, 5 GP +K. Connor (WPG) 11.5 FP, 5 GP -
M. Tkachuk (CGY) 16.7 FP, 6 GPT. Teravainen (CAR) 13.5 FP, 5 GP -P. Laine (WPG) 11.2 FP, 5 GP
G. Landeskog (COL) 16.7 FP, 6 GPK. Palmieri (NJ) 13.4 FP, 6 GP +J. van Riemsdyk (PHI) 11.2 FP, 5 GP +
D. Pastrnak (BOS) 16.6 FP, 5 GPT. Tatar (MON) 12.6 FP, 6 GPJ. Drouin* (MON) 11 FP, 6 GP
A. Radulov (DAL) 16.3 FP, 6 GPF. Forsberg (NSH) 12.6 FP, 5 GP +J. Benn (DAL) 11 FP, 6 GP -
P. Kane (CHI) 16 FP, 4 GPB. Gallagher (MON) 12.4 FP, 6 GPI. Kovalchuk* (LA) 11 FP, 6 GP
S. Stamkos (TB) 15.8 FP, 5 GPD. Perron (STL) 12.4 FP, 5 GP +B. Pirri* (LV) 10.9 FP, 6 GP
J. Skinner (BUF) 15.6 FP, 6 GP +A. Galchenyuk (PIT) 12.2 FP, 6 GP +E. Dadonov (FLA) 10.7 FP, 5 GP -
M. Marner (TOR) 15.5 FP, 5 GPJ. Voracek (PHI) 12.1 FP, 5 GP +J. Bratt* (NJ) 10.6 FP, 6 GP
A. Ovechkin (WAS) 15.2 FP, 5 GPV. Tarasenko (STL) 12.1 FP, 5 GPT. Bertuzzi (DET) 10.5 FP, 5 GP
R. Smith (LV) 15 FP, 6 GP +V. Arvidsson (NSH) 12 FP, 5 GPR. Dzingel* (CAR) 10.5 FP, 5 GP
B. Wheeler (WPG) 14.9 FP, 5 GPD. Brown* (LA) 12 FP, 6 GPT. Konecny* (PHI) 10.4 FP, 5 GP
S. Reinhart (BUF) 14.7 FP, 6 GP +B. Boeser (VAN) 11.9 FP, 5 GP +M. Granlund* (NSH) 10.4 FP, 5 GP
J. Huberdeau (FLA) 14.6 FP, 5 GPB. Coleman* (NJ) 11.9 FP, 6 GPT. Wilson (WAS) 10.2 FP, 5 GP -