There are some significant risers and fallers in the December edition of the Roto Rankings.

Mikko Rantanen returns to the top 20 after a month-long injury, while Shea Weber forces his way into the top 50 with his strongest play as a member of the Habs. Connor Hellebuyck and Jordan Binnington show the highest gains among netminders, as Hellebuyck outplays his draft-day value and Binnington continues to establish himself.

Two players in new homes plummet down the rankings. Phil Kessel’s struggles in defense-first Arizona push him well down the rankings, while Tyson Barrie’s inability to score in Toronto lands him outside the top 100.

Keep in mind that these are single-season rankings for a head-to-head or rotisserie league using the following settings: G, A, +/-, PPP, SOG, HIT, W, GAA, SV%. In other words, this list is focused on the 2019-20 season, but not beyond. This list could also be used by keeper owners with a “win now” mentality.

Is John Carlson really a top-5 fantasy option? Does Brent Burns still deserve a spot in the top 20? These rankings are a work in progress, so please feel free to leave feedback below. I will take comments into consideration for the following month’s rankings. I may also explain certain ranking decisions in upcoming Ramblings.

 

Rank

  Name

Nov 2019

  Comments

1

   Connor McDavid

1

10/19 – Knee injury no longer a concern, wingers better than expected

2

  Alex Ovechkin

2

8/19 – Still a beast, but when does the decline begin?

3

   Nathan MacKinnon

3

 

4

   Leon Draisaitl

5

12/19 – Art Ross contender in mid December

5

   John Carlson

9

12/19 – Running away with points lead among defensemen

6

   David Pastrnak

6

12/19 – NHL goals leader as of mid December

7

   Nikita Kucherov

4

11/19 – Not even in top 50 in scoring in mid November

8

    Brad Marchand

7

 

9

   Auston Matthews

10

11/19 – Strong start with lots of goals and shots

10

   Patrick Kane

11

 

11

   Mikko Rantanen

59

12/19 – Back from injury, his PTS/GP is among the elite

12

   Jack Eichel

16

12/19 – Sabres struggles not affecting Eichel at all

13

    John Tavares

12

11/19 – Returned from broken finger

14

   Aleksander Barkov

20

 

15

   Ben Bishop

14

9/19 – Ranking a reflection of what kind of pick you'll need

16

   Brent Burns

8

12/19 – Numbers across the board are down, especially plus minus

17

   Victor Hedman

19

 

18

   Roman Josi

21

11/19 – On pace for a career season with Subban gone

19

   Marc-Andre Fleury

22

9/19 – Top second-tier goalie, ranking reflects ADP

20

   Tuukka Rask

23

11/19 – Sparkling ratios make up for lack of starts

21

   Artemi Panarin

39

12/19 – Shining in his first season on Broadway

22

   Patrice Bergeron

24

11/19 – Centering the league's top line

23

   Jonathan Huberdeau

36

12/19 – He and Barkov piling up the points

24

   Steven Stamkos

17

11/19 – Lightning's lukewarm start, injuries, affecting production

25

   Johnny Gaudreau

15

12/19 – Affected by overall team decline in offense

26

   Tyler Seguin

27

11/19 – Stars' offense one of the league's worst

27

   Claude Giroux

29

 

28

   Morgan Rielly

30

7/19 – Addition of Barrie could affect time on PP1

29

   Matthew Tkachuk

31

 

30

   Sebastian Aho

33

11/19 – Trying to rebound from frigid start

31

   Elias Pettersson

34

11/19 – No sophomore slump, scoring alone bumps him up

32

   Mark Giordano

32

12/19 – Potential massive decline in scoring

33

   Frederik Andersen

35

9/19 – Bump in ranking moves goalie closer to ADP

34

   Mark Scheifele

26

12/19 – A center who is a better points league option

35

    Andrei Vasilevskiy

13

12/19 – Numbers quite ordinary after Vezina season

36

   Brayden Point

37

11/19 – Lightning's slow start affecting Point

37

   Filip Forsberg

38

 

38

   Taylor Hall

40

12/19 – Will value change with a trade?

39

   Patrik Laine

41

10/19 – Paying off for those who gambled on him with fast start

40

   Dougie Hamilton

47

12/19 – Continuing to enjoy career season

41

   Evgeny Kuznetsov

42

 

42

   Kris Letang

61

12/19 – Back in business again

43

   Erik Karlsson

43

11/19 – Coming back to life after slow start

44

   Evander Kane

44

11/19 – Double-digit goals and great peripherals

45

   Shea Weber

84

12/19 – 6-week hot run bumps him up further

46

   Blake Wheeler

28

12/19 – Age-related decline begun?

47

   Sergei Bobrovsky

18

12/19 – October slow start has spilled into November

48

   Mark Stone

48

11/19 – Fitting in nicely with new team

49

   Evgeni Malkin

49

11/19 – Back in business, but injuries an ongoing concern

50

   Jake Guentzel

55

12/19 – Crosby injury having no effect on production

51

   Gabriel Landeskog

51

12/19 – Returned to health, now has to get back on track

52

    Sidney Crosby

25

11/19 – Could be out multiple weeks with a sports hernia

53

   Connor Hellebuyck

88

12/19 – Exceeded expectations behind Jets depleted D

54

   Jordan Binnington

76

12/19 – Picked up where he left off from last season

55

   Alexander Radulov

52

 

56

   Jonathan Marchessault

53

 

57

   Nicklas Backstrom

57

 

58

   Mitch Marner

58

12/19 – Recently returned from ankle injury

59

   Mika Zibanejad

60

11/19 – Fast start stalled by day-to-day injury

60

   Teuvo Teravainen

62

 

61

   Andrei Svechnikov

83

12/19 – Sophomore season clearly the breakout

62

   Logan Couture

79

12/19 – 1.5 PTS/GP pace over much of November

63

   Keith Yandle

68

12/19 – Continues to be power-play dynamo

64

   Pekka Rinne

45

12/19 – 2019-20 numbers very un-Rinne like

65

   Carey Price

46

12/19 – Numbers do not reflect an elite goalie

66

   Mike Hoffman

63

9/19 – Hoffman has slight edge over Skinner in single-season leagues

67

   Sean Couturier

64

 

68

   Sean Monahan

54

12/19 – Trying to get back on track after slow start

69

   Alex DeBrincat

70

11/19 – Blackhawks' slow start affecting the Cat

70

   Drew Doughty

71

9/19 – Declines in many areas, Kings' struggles could affect value

71

   Darcy Kuemper

92

12/19 – Goalie-friendly system and getting it done

72

   Brendan Gallagher

72

12/19 – Top-10 shot total justifies position

73

   Ryan O'Reilly

73

 

74

   Braden Holtby

75

9/19 – Bump in ranking moves goalie closer to ADP

75

   Seth Jones

77

 

76

   Rasmus Ristolainen

78

7/19 – Miller trade and news he won't be traded could affect scoring

77

   Dylan Larkin

56

12/19 – Not even leading last-place Wings in scoring

78

   Brock Boeser

80

11/19 – Canucks' top line catching fire early on

79

   Timo Meier

81

11/19 – Coming around after ice-cold start

80

   Jamie Benn

82

11/19 – Good multicat, but continued lack of scoring

81

   Tomas Hertl

85

 

82

   Tom Wilson

86

11/19 – Scoring and hitting – what more do you want?

83

   Elias Lindholm

87

 

84

   Max Pacioretty

95

11/19 – Bounce-back candidate shooting a ton on great line

85

   Torey Krug

91

 

86

   J.T. Miller

93

11/19 – On top line and scoring after trade

87

   John Gibson

74

12/19 – Better real-life goalie than fantasy goalie

88

   Carter Hart

94

11/19 – Struggling youngster being forced into timeshare with Elliott

89

   David Perron

NR

12/19 – Benefitting from Tarasenko injury

90

   Matt Murray

69

12/19 – Jarry now a legitimate threat

91

   Phil Kessel

50

12/19 – Value plummeted with move to Arizona

92

   Jeff Skinner

65

12/19 – Sabres seem to be using in a secondary role

93

   Cam Atkinson

67

12/19 – Underwhelming scoring could be product of no Panarin

94

   Pierre-Luc Dubois

66

12/19 – In another scoring slump in early December

95

   Anthony Mantha

96

10/19 – Fast start, might be on verge of breakout

96

   Anze Kopitar

97

9/19 – Veteran C being drafted well after pick 100 in Yahoo

97

   Thomas Greiss

99

11/19 – Timeshare with Varlamov, yet immaculate ratios

98

   Philipp Grubauer

90

12/19 – Only bumped down by injury

99

   Tristan Jarry

NR

12/19 – Wrestling starts away from Murray

100

   Cale Makar

98

12/19 – Injury may hinder momentum

       

Out

   Jakub Voracek

89

 
 

   Tyson Barrie

100