New year, new rankings.

The biggest risers and fallers happen to be because of injuries, with one notable example being Sidney Crosby. However, we have some other significant risers and fallers in the January 2020 Roto Rankings.

Can Nathan MacKinnon be fantasy’s top option by the end of the season? Will the slumping Sergei Bobrovsky climb his way back into the top 50? 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.

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.

 

Rank

Name

Dec 2019

Comments

1

Connor McDavid

1

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

2

Nathan MacKinnon

3

1/20 – Potential Art Ross and Hart Trophy candidate

3

David Pastrnak

6

12/19 – NHL goals leader as of mid January

4

Alex Ovechkin

2

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

5

John Carlson

5

12/19 – Running away with points lead among defensemen

6

Leon Draisaitl

4

1/20 – Plus/minus eating into big scoring returns

7

Nikita Kucherov

7

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

8

Brad Marchand

8

 

9

Jack Eichel

12

12/19 – Sabres struggles not affecting Eichel at all

10

Auston Matthews

9

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

11

Patrick Kane

10

 

12

Roman Josi

18

1/20 – In the Norris Trophy conversation

13

Artemi Panarin

21

1/20 – Scorching hot since Christmas

14

John Tavares

13

11/19 – Returned from broken finger

15

Aleksander Barkov

14

 

16

Victor Hedman

17

 

17

Jonathan Huberdeau

23

12/19 – He and Barkov piling up the points

18

Sidney Crosby

52

1/20 – Returned from hernia surgery

19

Ben Bishop

15

1/20 – Following up with another impressive season

20

Mikko Rantanen

11

1/20 – January hat trick followed by minor slump

21

Tuukka Rask

20

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

22

Patrice Bergeron

22

11/19 – Centering the league's top line

23

Steven Stamkos

24

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

24

Tyler Seguin

26

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

25

Claude Giroux

27

 

26

Matthew Tkachuk

29

 

27

Sebastian Aho

30

11/19 – Trying to rebound from frigid start

28

Elias Pettersson

31

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

29

Mitch Marner

58

12/19 – Recently returned from ankle injury

30

Dougie Hamilton

40

12/19 – Continuing to enjoy career season

31

Andrei Vasilevskiy

35

12/19 – Numbers quite ordinary after Vezina season

32

Mark Scheifele

34

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

33

Johnny Gaudreau

25

1/20 – January an improvement over so-so first half

34

Marc-Andre Fleury

19

1/20 – Ratios slipping in recent weeks

35

Brent Burns

16

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

36

Brayden Point

36

11/19 – Lightning's slow start affecting Point

37

Filip Forsberg

37

 

38

Taylor Hall

38

12/19 – Will value change with a trade?

39

Patrik Laine

39

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

40

Evgeny Kuznetsov

41

 

41

Kris Letang

42

12/19 – Back in business again

42

Evgeni Malkin

49

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

43

Mark Giordano

32

1/20 – Potential massive decline in scoring

44

Frederik Andersen

33

1/20 – Ratios slipping in recent weeks

45

Evander Kane

44

11/19 – Double-digit goals and great peripherals

46

Shea Weber

45

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

47

Blake Wheeler

46

12/19 – Age-related decline begun?

48

Mark Stone

48

11/19 – Fitting in nicely with new team

49

Erik Karlsson

43

1/20 – January assist streak preventing him from falling further

50

Gabriel Landeskog

51

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

51

Connor Hellebuyck

53

12/19 – Exceeded expectations behind Jets depleted D

52

Jordan Binnington

54

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

53

Alexander Radulov

55

 

54

Jonathan Marchessault

56

 

55

Mika Zibanejad

59

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

56

Teuvo Teravainen

60

 

57

Andrei Svechnikov

61

12/19 – Sophomore season clearly the breakout

58

Max Pacioretty

84

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

59

Nicklas Backstrom

57

1/20 – Still productive, but rather assist-heavy

60

Sergei Bobrovsky

47

1/20 – Still waiting for him to catch fire with new team

61

Keith Yandle

63

12/19 – Continues to be power-play dynamo

62

Carey Price

65

12/19 – Numbers do not reflect an elite goalie

63

Mike Hoffman

66

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

64

Sean Couturier

67

 

65

Pekka Rinne

64

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

66

Sean Monahan

68

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

67

Alex DeBrincat

69

11/19 – Blackhawks' slow start affecting the Cat

68

Drew Doughty

70

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

69

Ryan O'Reilly

73

 

70

Seth Jones

75

 

71

Rasmus Ristolainen

76

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

72

Brock Boeser

78

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

73

Alex Pietrangelo

NR

1/20 – Important cog on a Blues machine

74

Timo Meier

79

11/19 – Coming around after ice-cold start

75

Jamie Benn

80

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

76

Tomas Hertl

81

 

77

Tom Wilson

82

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

78

Elias Lindholm

83

 

79

Torey Krug

85

 

80

J.T. Miller

86

11/19 – On top line and scoring after trade

81

Darcy Kuemper

71

1/20 – Worth hanging onto before he returns

82

Cale Makar

100

1/20 – Returned from injury

83

Braden Holtby

74

1/20 – Lots of wins, but ratios leave a lot to be desired

84

David Perron

89

12/19 – Benefitting from Tarasenko injury

85

Carter Hart

88

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

86

Brady Tkachuk

NR

1/20 – Multicategory threat on better-than-expected team

87

Anze Kopitar

96

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

88

Brendan Gallagher

72

1/20 – Concussion issues, out indefinitely

89

Pierre-Luc Dubois

94

12/19 – In another scoring slump in early December

90

Tristan Jarry

99

12/19 – Wrestling starts away from Murray

91

Robin Lehner

NR

1/20 – Emerging as the Blackhawks starting goalie

92

Philipp Grubauer

98

12/19 – Only bumped down by injury

93

John Gibson

87

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

94

Dylan Larkin

77

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

95

Matt Murray

90

12/19 – Jarry now a legitimate threat

96

Phil Kessel

91

12/19 – Value plummeted with move to Arizona

97

Bryan Rust

NR

1/20 – Picking up the scoring slack with injuries

98

Tyson Barrie

NR

1/20 – Chance to rescue season with Rielly sidelined

99

Quinn Hughes

NR

1/20 – Pushing Makar in Calder Trophy race

100

Neal Pionk

NR

1/20 – Leaned on heavily and contributing as a result

       

Out

Thomas Greiss

97

Islanders goalie play slipping

 

Jeff Skinner

92

Was struggling, now injured

 

Cam Atkinson

93

Struggles further hindered by injury

 

Logan Couture

62

Out with broken ankle

 

Morgan Rielly

28

Out with broken foot

 

Jake Guentzel

50

Out for season with shoulder surgery

 

Anthony Mantha

95

Out until after All-Star break