The engine of most fantasy teams, having a good forward group is critical to success in most of the scoring categories. From established superstars to rising prospects and fading veterans, here's a look at how the forward tiers shake out. Please note that this is not a precise ranking, but more a measure of what general level of value a player provides. Same tier, roughly same fantasy value.
Tier 1 - Dynamic duos and unquestioned superstars
Connor McDavid, Leon Draisaitl, Nathan MacKinnon, Mikko Rantanen, Nikita Kucherov, Brayden Point, Brad Marchand, David Pastrnak, Auston Matthews, Mitch Marner, Patrick Kane, Alex DeBrincat, Artemi Panarin, Sebastian Aho
The grand majority of this best-of-the-best tier consists of dynamic partnerships. These are six of the best duos in the league, and they'll typically share top-line minutes with first-unit power-play time. All of these players have a legitimate chance at 40-goal, 100-point seasons – don't expect to scoop any of them up later than the second round. Honorable mentions to Panarin and Aho, who don't quite have a teammate that's on par with their capabilities, but they remain clear superstars in their own right. You probably can't expect to unite any of these pairings on one fantasy squad, but just getting one of these players is a great place to start.
Tier 2 - 30-goal and/or point-per-game potential