The coronavirus has halted the season at a point where fantasy teams are doing whatever it takes to compete for a title. Before the NHL decided to suspend operations, I'll share what I had planned to write for March:

"Now that we are into the final month of the season, benches will get shortened for teams that are still competing for a fantasy title. So use these rankings with a grain of salt, as your universe of available players expands based on specific category or scheduling needs. In other words, more players become worth an add, while certain injured or slumping studs might be worth moving on from in order to meet more immediate concerns."

Although we don't know what's in store and when NHL hockey will return, treat these rankings as though regular-season games will be rescheduled at some point. If and when games are rescheduled, take the above paragraph into account.

Also keep in mind that the injured players dropped from this list this month and in previous months may make their returns to the list. These returns are now more of a possibility now that the season has been delayed.

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 Feb-20 Comments
1 David Pastrnak 1 2/20 – Seems like a lock for 50 goals at this point
2 Leon Draisaitl 5 3/20 – Plus/minus might be all that keeps him from #1?
3 Connor McDavid 9 3/20 – Back from quad injury
4 Nathan MacKinnon 2 1/20 – Potential Art Ross and Hart Trophy candidate
5 Alex Ovechkin 3 2/20 – Showing no age-related decline in goals
6 John Carlson 4 12/19 – Running away with points lead among defensemen
7 Nikita Kucherov 6 2/20 – Player, team recovering after slow start
8 Brad Marchand 7 2/20 – Along for ride with huge year from Pastrnak
9 Auston Matthews 8 2/20 – Pushing for the Rocket Richard Trophy
10 Patrick Kane 11 3/20 – Was on pace for nearly 100 points again
11 Roman Josi 12 1/20 – In the Norris Trophy conversation
12 Artemi Panarin 13 1/20 – Scorching hot since Christmas
13 Jack Eichel 10 3/20 – Extended slump, worries about playing through injury
14 John Tavares 14 11/19 – Returned from broken finger
15 Jonathan Huberdeau 17 12/19 – He and Barkov piling up the points
16 Sidney Crosby 18 1/20 – Returned from hernia surgery
17 Tuukka Rask 19 11/19 – Sparkling ratios make up for lack of starts
18 Andrei Vasilevskiy 22 2/20 – Back in the Vezina conversation
19 Patrice Bergeron 23 11/19 – Centering the league’s top line
20 Matthew Tkachuk 26 3/20 – Must-own in bangers leagues
21 Sebastian Aho 27 11/19 – Trying to rebound from frigid start
22 Elias Pettersson 28 11/19 – No sophomore slump, scoring alone bumps him up
23 Mitch Marner 29 12/19 – Recently returned from ankle injury
24 Mika Zibanejad 48 3/20 – Scoring at a goal-per-game pace in Feb/Mar
25 Evgeni Malkin 39 3/20 – As long as he doesn’t get injured
26 Patrik Laine 36 3/20 – You’ve been rewarded if you took a chance
27 Mark Scheifele 30 12/19 – A center who is a better points league option
28 Ben Bishop 20 3/20 – Losing starts to Khudobin
29 Johnny Gaudreau 31 1/20 – January an improvement over so-so first half
30 Aleksander Barkov 15 3/20 – Won’t meet last season’s numbers
31 Brayden Point 33 11/19 – Lightning’s slow start affecting Point
32 Victor Hedman 16 3/20 – Day-to-day with lower-body injury
33 Brent Burns 32 12/19 – Numbers across the board are down, especially plus minus
34 Tyler Seguin 25 3/20 – SOG total props up declining scoring numbers
35 Taylor Hall 35 12/19 – Will value change with a trade?
36 Kris Letang 38 12/19 – Back in business again
37 Claude Giroux 41 3/20 – Benefitting from Flyers’ win streak
38 Evander Kane 42 11/19 – Double-digit goals and great peripherals
39 Blake Wheeler 43 12/19 – Age-related decline begun?
40 J.T. Miller 62 3/20 – Now a top-20 scorer at over a point per game
41 Gabriel Landeskog 45 3/20 – Not his best season, but top-10 option over past month
42 Connor Hellebuyck 46 12/19 – Exceeded expectations behind Jets depleted D
43 Jordan Binnington 47 12/19 – Picked up where he left off from last season
44 Teuvo Teravainen 49 3/20 – On pace to match last season’s total
45 Andrei Svechnikov 50 12/19 – Sophomore season clearly the breakout
46 Alex Pietrangelo 63 1/20 – Important cog on a Blues machine
47 Frederik Andersen 40 3/20 – Ratios down from previous seasons
48 Evgeny Kuznetsov 37 3/20 – On pace for a downturn
49 Jonathan Marchessault 52 3/20 – Propped up by high shot total
50 Nicklas Backstrom 53 1/20 – Still productive, but rather assist-heavy
51 Keith Yandle 55 12/19 – Continues to be power-play dynamo
52 Carey Price 56 12/19 – Numbers do not reflect an elite goalie
53 Filip Forsberg 34 3/20 – Drop to ranking with more comparable scorers
54 Sean Couturier 57 3/20 – On pace for just under last season’s total
55 Sean Monahan 58 12/19 – Trying to get back on track after slow start
56 Kyle Connor 91 2/20 – Place on the list for Jets leading scorer long overdue
57 Ryan O’Reilly 60 3/20 – On pace for just under last season’s total
58 Mike Hoffman 64 3/20 – Consistent as they come as a goal scorer
59 Brady Tkachuk 73 1/20 – Multicategory threat on better-than-expected team
60 Tom Wilson 67 11/19 – Scoring and hitting – what more do you want?
61 Carter Hart 95 3/20 – Benefitting from Flyers’ win streak
62 Cale Makar 70 2/20 – Calder favorite with near point-per-game numbers
63 Quinn Hughes 86 1/20 – Pushing Makar in Calder Trophy race
64 David Perron 72 12/19 – Benefitting from Tarasenko injury
65 Shea Weber NR 3/20 – Return was earlier than expected
66 Anze Kopitar 74 9/19 – Veteran C being drafted well after pick 100 in Yahoo
67 Marc-Andre Fleury 61 3/20 – Lehner will cut into starts
68 Elias Lindholm 68 3/20 – On pace to finish below last season’s total
69 Drew Doughty 59 3/20 – Still a strong contributor, but dragged down by +/-
70 Torey Krug 69 3/20 – Day-to-day with upper-body injury
71 Brendan Gallagher 75 1/20 – Concussion issues, out indefinitely
72 Rasmus Ristolainen 76 2/20 – Value hurt a little by Buffalo woes
73 Alex DeBrincat 71 3/20 – Scoring down, but strong rebound candidate
74 Jamie Benn 66 3/20 – Hits total, not scoring, keeping him afloat here
75 Timo Meier 65 3/20 – Decent peripherals, if you don’t include plus/minus
76 Pierre-Luc Dubois 78 3/20 – CBJ offense doesn’t have much else at the moment
77 Tristan Jarry 79 12/19 – Wrestling starts away from Murray
78 Robin Lehner 80 3/20 – Will battle Fleury for starts
79 Ilya Samsonov 82 2/20 – Wrestling starting job away from struggling Holtby
80 Neal Pionk 92 1/20 – Leaned on heavily and contributing as a result
81 Dylan Larkin 84 12/19 – Not even leading last-place Wings in scoring
82 Darcy Kuemper 96 3/20 – Finally returned from injury
83 Tony DeAngelo NR 3/20 – Top-5 scoring blueliner as of early March
84 Kevin Fiala NR 3/20 – On a tear and shooting a ton
85 Elvis Merzlikins 54 3/20 – Surprise goalie just returned from concussion
86 Bryan Rust 90 1/20 – Picking up the scoring slack with injuries
87 Ondrej Palat 94 2/20 – Okay numbers but +/- and hits gets him on the list
88 Oscar Klefbom 97 2/20 – Showing what he is capable of on PP1
89 Jeff Petry 98 2/20 – Player of interest: Weber injury and trade rumors
90 Shea Theodore 99 2/20 – Already surpassed career best numbers
91 Morgan Rielly NR 3/20 – Returned, but well off last season’s pace
92 Tyson Barrie 100 1/20 – Chance to rescue season with Rielly sidelined
93 Pavel Francouz NR 3/20 – Filling in admirably for Grubauer
94 Ryan Strome NR 3/20 – Piling on the assists
95 Joonas Korpisalo NR 3/20 – Back right when Elvis is injured
96 Brock Boeser NR 3/20 – Returned from rib injury
97 Matt Murray 85 3/20 – Seems to be in timeshare with Jarry
98 Dominik Kubalik NR 3/20 – 30-goal rookie campaign difficult to ignore
99 Juuse Saros NR 3/20 – Taken the starting goalie job away from Rinne
100 Brayden Schenn NR 3/20 – Providing balanced scoring and hit totals
Out Steven Stamkos 24 3/20 – Out 6 to 8 weeks to undergo surgery
Mikko Rantanen 21 3/20 – Out for several weeks
Pekka Rinne 87 3/20 – Losing starting job to Saros
Mark Stone 44 3/20 – Week to week
Philipp Grubauer 83 3/20 – Out with lower-body injury
Chris Kreider 93 3/20 – Out 4-6 weeks with fractured foot
Sergei Bobrovsky 88 3/20 – Slumping and now injured
Jacob Markstrom 81 3/20 – Out indefinitely, return date not known
Alexander Radulov 77 3/20 – Scoring down, now missed time with illness
Max Pacioretty 51 3/20 – Out week-to-week with lower-body injury