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The RotoWire 200: Overall Rankings For Points Leagues

Andrew Fiorentino

Managing hockey editor, talent wrangler, football columnist, FSWA's 2015 fantasy hockey writer of the year. Twitter: @akfiorentino

The RotoWire 200

This list is based on projected value in a head-to-head points league that rewards goals, assists, plus-minus, power-play points, penalty minutes and shorthanded goals for skaters, and wins, saves (detracting for goals allowed) and shutouts for goalies.

In practical terms, that means this list heavily weights goaltenders who see a lot of playing time and goalies who face a lot of shots ó meaning bad goaltenders on bad teams who are slated to see a lot of playing time have a lot of value compared to decent or even good goaltenders stuck in timeshares.

1 Steven Stamkos TAM C Beats out the Kid thanks to health edge and near-guaranteed 50 goals
2 Sidney Crosby PIT C Just stop getting hit so much, alright?
3 Erik Karlsson OTT D The only defenseman you can count on to score like an elite forward
4 Evgeni Malkin PIT C As with Crosby, injuries can be worrisome, but he's healthy now
5 Alexander Ovechkin WAS RW Looked like old-time Ovi again last year; banking on that continuing
6 Patrick Kane CHI RW Playoff MVP looked pretty sick in the regular season last year too
7 Henrik Lundqvist NYR G Still the King
8 Daniel Sedin VAN LW Coming off a down year, but look for a big bounce-back
9 John Tavares NYI C Should challenge or surpass 40 goals
10 Braden Holtby WAS G .923 save mark in his first 57 NHL games; ready to step up to elite status
11 Pekka Rinne NAS G Coming off his worst season; expect a rebound
12 James Neal PIT RW Goal-scoring machine, and not injury-prone like his fellow elite Penguins
13 Rick Nash NYR LW Good first year in NY; second will be better
14 Phil Kessel TOR RW Can be painfully streaky, but piles up points
15 Sergei Bobrovsky CLM G Still kind of in shock over him winning the Vezina, but he deserved it
16 Kris Letang PIT D Another Penguin who gets hurt, but puts up points when healthy
17 Anze Kopitar LOS C One of my favorite players in the league
18 Henrik Sedin VAN C Stats depressed last year thanks to Daniel not finishing enough
19 Tuukka Rask BOS  G In categorical formats, I'd have him above Rinne and Bobrovsky
20 Claude Giroux PHI C If he's as dominant as in '11-'12, he'll outperform this draft spot; still just 25
21 Shea Weber NAS D The most reliable blueliner in the game
22 Martin St. Louis TAM RW We're still waiting for him to realize he's old; he still hasn't
23 Antti Niemi SAN G Career-high save percentage last year probably not sustainable over 82 games
24 P.K. Subban MON D Could reasonably outscore every defenseman but Karlsson
25 Jimmy Howard DET G Goalie rankings are really like splitting hairs sometimes
26 Corey Perry ANA  RW As points-and-PIM combos go, he's the best
27 Dustin Byfuglien WPG D Down season last year, but expect another strong full-length campaign
28 Jonathan Toews CHI C Two-way game is so good, it depresses his offense a little
29 Jordan Eberle EDM RW Going to be a big star, in my view
30 Ryan Getzlaf ANA  C Huge bounceback campaign last year, but he's lost Bobby Ryan
31 Tyler Seguin DAL C Point-scoring explosion could come now that he's got top-dog status
32 Eric Staal CAR C Could quite reasonably rank higher on this list, but can be inconsistent
33 Loui Eriksson BOS RW Should return to 70-point status and get that Bruins plus-minus boost
34 Mike Green WAS D Another injury-shortened campaign last year, but his offensive production returned
35 Thomas Vanek BUF LW Arguably the league's best scorer in the first half last year
36 Jakub Voracek PHI RW Super-consistent already, and hasn't reached his offensive ceiling
37 Zach Parise MIN LW Good-but-not-awesome first year in Minnesota, but he gets a mulligan
38 Zdeno Chara BOS  D Age and mediocre '12-'13 drop him, but still a good goals + PIM provider on D
39 Henrik Zetterberg DET LW Still piles up points, but you can't count on him for more than 20-25 goals
40 Jamie Benn DAL RW Stars' new captain enters this season with a clean slate and Seguin to feed him
41 Taylor Hall EDM LW Could play some center; dual eligibility would help in some leagues, esp. Yahoo
42 Evander Kane WPG LW Has the skills to pot 40; will this be the year he does it?
43 Pavel Datsyuk DET C Maybe the NHL's best all-around player, but now he's 35
44 Corey Crawford CHI G Has never played more than 57 games; otherwise, he'd be up there with the elites
45 Nicklas Backstrom WAS C Still one of the game's top assist men
46 Alex Pietrangelo STL D Former top pick saw a dip last year, but should get back at it this season
47 Jonathan Quick LOS G .902 save mark last year was ugly, but Bernier trade shows Kings are committed
48 Duncan Keith CHI D A reliable blue-line presence, but not as exciting as we once hoped
49 Kevin Shattenkirk STL D Huge, huge offensive upside, but his points tend to come in bunches or not at all
50 Derek Stepan NYR C Holdout could affect early returns
51 Oliver Ekman-Larsson PHO D Could have this year's Subban-style breakout
52 Bobby Ryan OTT RW Alfie's replacement should find a happy home with Spezza & Co., deliver 30 goals
53 Logan Couture SAN C A rising star; should continue to take on more scoring responsibility
54 Roberto Luongo VAN G With Schneider gone, the job's finally all his again
55 Patrick Sharp CHI RW One of the league's best finishers; should rebound after injury-shortened '12-'13
56 Jason Spezza OTT C A top-30 player if not for ongoing injury concerns
57 Keith Yandle PHO D Provides reliably in all stat categories, and never gets hurt
58 Nazem Kadri TOR C Point-per-game upside
59 Max Pacioretty MON LW Has established himself as the Habs' go-to guy on offense
60 Dion Phaneuf TOR D Year-to-year inconsistency can be a turnoff, but I like him this year
61 Joe Thornton SAN C Keeps steadily declining offensively, but still good for a pile of assists
62 Matt Moulson NYI LW Always scores goals, but added 29 helpers in 47 games last year
63 Patrice Bergeron BOS  C Appears recovered from rib injuries suffered in the playoffs
64 Carey Price MON G Inconsistent, but still a solid goaltending option with upside
65 Patrik Elias NJD LW Not getting any younger, but still good for 50-60 points
66 Niklas Kronwall DET D The promise of double-digit goals lands him here, but needs to collect more helpers
67 Mark Streit PHI D He'll slot in as the Flyers' top D-man and QB the PP, which is quite valuable
68 Chris Kunitz PIT LW Repeat of point-per-game performance unlikely, but still a fine option
69 Milan Lucic BOS  LW At age 25, gets a mulligan on last year; still a terrific points+PIM guy
70 Dan Boyle SAN D Horrible regular season last year, but looked revived in the playoffs
71 Jarome Iginla BOS RW Looked revived in Pittsburgh last year; at 36, will that continue in Boston?
72 Tobias Enstrom WPG D When healthy, an elite producer on the blue line, especially on the PP
73 Slava Voynov LOS D Big-time breakout coming
74 Andrew Ladd WPG LW If the Jets are any good, he'll be a big part of why
75 Justin Schultz EDM D No sophomore slump here; expect a big scoring bump in his second season
76 Patrick Marleau SAN LW 14 points in first seven games last year; 17 points in next 41
77 Alexander Semin CAR LW Point-per-game pace last year could persist, but always an injury risk
78 Matt Duchene COL C Made positive strides last year; star status awaits
79 Ryan Suter MIN D Known more for his D, but finished third among defensemen in points last year
80 David Krejci BOS  C Terrific player, but the depth at C keeps him ranked below his linemates
81 David Backes STL C Just six goals last year, but we know he's better than that
82 Kari Lehtonen DAL G An injury risk for sure, but he's been nothing but reliable when between the pipes
83 Marian Gaborik CLM RW One of the league's biggest question marks, but this is a contract year
84 Ryan Kesler VAN C Finally healthy again, a very high-upside fantasy selection
85 Drew Doughty LOS D Others may rank him higher, but this is a results-oriented business
86 Devan Dubnyk EDM G Looked great in '12-'13, and plenty of offensive talent in front of him; is this the year?
87 Mike Smith PHO G Incredible '11-'12 campaign looking awful mirage-like, but still a starter
88 Joffrey Lupul TOR LW Amazing when healthy, but never seems to stay on the ice for a full season
89 Gabriel Landeskog COL LW Should return to '11-'12 scoring levels (50-some points), with upside for more
90 Marian Hossa CHI RW Banged up already, which has to be concerning
91 Johan Franzen DET RW Always a reliable contributor of PPG
92 Mike Ribeiro PHO C Point-per-game performance unlikely to be repeated now that he's in Phoenix
93 Ryan Miller BUF G Will he end the season in a Sabres uniform? Guessing no
94 Brad Richards NYR C All offseason reports positive after disappointing 2012-'13; an upside pick
95 Alexandre Burrows VAN RW May be pushed off the Sedins' line, which would hurt a lot
96 Cam Ward CAR G Healthy and looking to prove that he's Carolina's long-term answer
97 Jiri Tlusty CAR LW Stunning breakout last year; more to come for the super-talented winger
98 Brent Burns SAN LW Gets a huge boost on this list in leagues where he still qualifies at D
99 Nail Yakupov EDM RW 31 in 48 while playing just 14 minutes is pretty great; should take a step forward
100 Vladimir Tarasenko STL RW Went stone-cold after hot start last year, but enormous upside
101 Alexander Edler VAN D Double-digit goals likely for the Canucks' top defenseman
102 Blake Wheeler WPG RW Looked awesome down the stretch last year
103 Alex Goligoski DAL D Career-high scoring rate last year; can he build on it?
104 Wayne Simmonds PHI RW A key cog in the Philadephia power play, which accounts for much of his value
105 Tyler Ennis BUF C Much upside, and should have C/LW eligibility
106 Jack Johnson CLM D Do the Jackets have enough around him to project a return to 40 points?
107 Derick Brassard NYR C Looked electric after being traded to New York last year
108 Pierre Parenteau COL RW One of the most underrated players in the league
109 Ryan Nugent-Hopkins EDM C A world of upside, but shoulder injury and slight build are concerning
110 Brad Marchand BOS  LW Good for solid points and great plus-minus, as usual, but never a PP producer
111 Teddy Purcell TAM RW Averaging more than 60 points per 82 games over the last two seasons
112 Viktor Stalberg NAS LW Finally out from under the shadow of 'Hawks stars, could have a big year
113 Christian Ehrhoff BUF D Probably won't regain that 14-goal touch, but 10-11, sure
114 Tomas Fleischmann FLA LW Safe, but not very exciting on Florida's top line
115 Justin Williams LOS RW Drop in PP production is quite concerning
116 Brent Seabrook CHI D Solid defender, but not a guy you want headlining your fantasy D corps
117 Ryan McDonagh NYR D Already one of the best defenders, will his offense become more consistent?
118 John Carlson WAS D Always like the upside of young defenders who get a lot of shots on goal
119 Jonathan Bernier TOR G Expected timeshare with Reimer will damage his totals
120 Mike Richards LOS C Practically useless at even strength, but all those PP points help
121 Jonathan Huberdeau FLA LW Middling talent around him, but should keep developing; massive upside
122 Dustin Brown LOS RW Huge value in leagues that count hits, but also a consistent 50-plus points
123 Jason Pominville MIN RW Looked rejuvenated after being dealt to the Wild las year
124 Michael Del Zotto NYR D Should once again see a lot of time on the Rangers' PP
125 Marc-Andre Fleury PIT G If Vokoun is out long-term, Fleury goes way, way up; this rank assumes timeshare
126 Cody Hodgson BUF C Last year's improvement was dramatic; things could be even better this year
127 Craig Anderson OTT G Expect Robin Lehner to start displacing Anderson this year
128 Marcus Johansson WAS LW First-line gig could lead to a huge year
129 Ryane Clowe NJD LW Looked revived as a Ranger; a good fit for NJ's system, replacing Clarkson
130 Joe Pavelski SAN C Third-line assignment will make it tough to average 19 minutes like last year
131 Pascal Dupuis PIT LW A reliable source of secondary scoring for Pittsburgh even at ae 34
132 Ondrej Pavelec WPG G Has upside and plays a lot, but you can't count on the Jets to defend
133 Cam Fowler ANA D Playing better on D, but at the cost of offense; can he find a balance?
134 Kimmo Timonen PHI D A dependable producer his whole career, but 38 and coming off a fractured foot
135 Brendan Smith DET D Should see more ice and provide more points this season
136 Brayden Schenn PHI C Extra valuable in leagues that count hits, and lots of offensive upside
137 David Clarkson TOR RW The Leafs' very own Bobby Holik?
138 Niklas Backstrom MIN G Played a lot last year, and just a .909 save mark isn't awesome
139 Jakob Silfverberg ANA RW Young Swede has incredible upside; could blow up if given a big role
140 Jaroslav Halak STL G Only scheduled to see 60 percent of the starts for St. Louis
141 Cory Conacher OTT LW Move to Ottawa was not the greatest for his fantasy value
142 Kyle Palmieri ANA RW The better Palmieri
143 Ray Whitney DAL LW Terribly old and brittle, but he can still score points
144 Nathan MacKinnon COL C First overall pick should have a fine rookie year if he can stay healthy
145 Tim Thomas FLA G Betting on Thomas to not only make the roster, but also make majority of the starts
146 Milan Michalek OTT LW A star when he's healthy, but almost never plays full seasons
147 Jeff Skinner CAR LW Potential third-line job is murder to his value
148 Tomas Plekanec MON C Well-rounded, but doesn't do anything extremely well
149 James van Riemsdyk TOR LW Should build on last year's career-high scoring pace
150 Jeff Carter LOS C One of the most bizarre seasons ever last year -- 26 goals and 7 assists
151 Vincent Lecavalier PHI C It's a bad contract, but the first couple years should still be good
152 Valeri Nichushkin DAL LW One of this year's most exciting rookies; could win a big role early on
153 Andrei Markov MON D Slowed after big start last year, but still ended on 51-point pace; PP points for days
154 Jordan Staal CAR C Should look better in his second Hurricanes season
155 Scott Hartnell PHI LW Should bounce back, but 60 points again? No way
156 David Desharnais MON C Impressive playmaker, but the Habs don't have a lot of finishers
157 Tyler Myers BUF D Just another guy for the "Great Rookie Season, Steadily Worse Since" category
158 Michael Ryder NJD RW Playing time should be there, but New Jersey's offense doesn't project to be great
159 Stephen Weiss DET C Should see a nice boost with this change of scenery
160 Adam Henrique NJD C Coming off an atrocious year, but young and put up 51 points two years ago
161 Kyle Turris OTT C 60-point upside, 30-point downside -- show me some consistency, kid
162 Cody Franson TOR D Having trouble coming together with the Leafs on a contract
163 Mikko Koivu MIN C Very consistent assist man, but not known for putting many pucks home
164 Evgeni Nabokov NYI G At 38 years old, still the man in goal for the Isles
165 Jason Garrison VAN D Should tally double-digit goals, but doesn't get many assists
166 Dougie Hamilton BOS  D Great scoring rate as a rook despite limited ice time; should see more this season
167 Brendan Gallagher MON RW Surprisingly productive as a rookie, but lack of size hurts his upside
168 Sven Baertschi CGY LW Just about the only good thing the Flames have going for them
169 Alex Galchenyuk MON C Great to own in keeper leagues, but probably inconsistent again this year
170 Patric Hornqvist NAS RW Healthy, signed long-term; should be a big factor in the offense
171 Drew Stafford BUF RW Consecutive 50-point seasons before last year's disaster, and he's just 27
172 Ryan Callahan NYR RW Could miss about the first 10 games of the year
173 T.J. Oshie STL RW Not for the first time, we ask: Can he stay healthy?
174 David Perron EDM LW Has been very inconsistent, but still room to grow at age 25
175 Cory Schneider NJD G Outplays Martin Brodeur and takes the big end of the timeshare
176 Brandon Saad CHI LW Huge offensive potential and second-line ice time -- 50-plus points doable
177 Dennis Wideman CGY D A good player, but not a No. 1 defenseman; hard to expect much
178 Semyon Varlamov COL G Well, he'll play a lot
179 Karri Ramo CGY G Like Varlamov, a lot of playing time, but ugly stats
180 Zach Bogosian WPG D Upside in points and PIM, rare on the blue line, but health always an issue
181 Radim Vrbata PHO RW Always misses some time, but a steady contributor who'll see big minutes
182 Anders Lindback TAM G Will have to fight off Ben Bishop for PT
183 Zack Kassian VAN RW Upside power forward who could play alongside the Sedins -- enticing
184 Shane Doan PHO RW Could benefit from being paired with Ribeiro
185 Jiri Hudler CGY LW Another of the few bright spots in the Calgary gulag
186 Steve Ott BUF C Ever-steady -- a near-lock for 2-plus PIM and 0.5 points per game
187 Mikhail Grabovski WAS C Has the upside to step into the gap left by Ribeiro
188 Valtteri Filppula TAM C Fell off badly last year, but has looked great in camp with the Bolts
189 Daniel Alfredsson DET RW It's gonna be weird to see him in a Wings jersey
190 Alexander Killorn TAM LW Ice time + Stamkos = yes
191 Gustav Nyquist DET C One of the higher-upside third-liners; could well be a star one day
192 Sam Gagner EDM C Had a big opportunity, but a broken jaw has him out indefinitely
193 Mats Zuccarello NYR RW Norwegian Hobbit Wizard!
194 Cam Atkinson CLM RW Someone's gotta score for Columbus, and he's penciled in as the first-line LW
195 Jonathan Drouin TAM LW Already penciled into a second-line spot, and could rise to the first
196 Nathan Horton CLM RW Will miss the first couple months with a shoulder injury
197 Ryan Strome NYI C Ready to make the jump; not much talent standing in his way
198 Alex Tanguay COL LW Still a steady producer
199 Paul Stastny COL C Health always an issue, and it's seemingly sapped some of his skill
200 Travis Zajac NJD C The Devils' top-line center... for now