1. John Tavares
You could probably make an argument for any of the top 3 on this list, but Tavares sets himself apart from the others for one main reason. Consistency.
Tavares has played in at least 77 games for five straight seasons, and that’s very important for fantasy hockey. There’s nothing worse than drafting a star player who ends up missing weeks of action due to an injury. Injuries can be hard to predict, but staying healthy has been something you can count on from Tavares.
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He scored a career-high 47 goals last season playing on a line with Mitch Marner, and I expect a 90-100 point campaign assuming that duo stays together.
What was most impressive about Tavares’ campaign is that he set a new career with 37 goals at even strength and only had 10 with the man advantage. If he can get more production on the powerplay he could make a legitimate case to hit 50 goals for the first time in his career.
A real question will be debating where the 28-year-old goes because you know he’ll be a first-round pick in most leagues. Fantasy hockey fans should be very happy if they’re able to get Tavares on their team.
Which Leafs player do you think is a must-own in fantasy? Is there a player who should have been included on the list? Let us know in the comments below.