Phil Kessel, RW, Toronto ($8300 vs FLA): The Maple Leafs have not been as dominant over the past few games after a lengthy winning streak, but Kessel has kept on ticking. Over his past 10 games, he has been especially impressive, posting seven goals with 10 assists. He has at least 4.2 Fantasy points in nine of those 10 outings, making him a must-have until he cools down.
If you spend big up top, you're going to need some fillers to bring down your average per player salary. Check out these steals from the bargain bin:
Thomas Greiss, G, Phoenix ($7200 vs BUF): Greiss is scheduled to get the nod Thursday against the Buffalo Sabres after blanking the Los Angeles Kings in his last outing Tuesday. There are 25 other goaltenders available with higher salaries, including several injured options. Greiss has an ultra-favorable matchup, and he comes with a nice price. He is a must-start on this evening.
Jaromir Jagr, RW, New Jersey ($7300 at DAL): Jagr is showing no signs of slowing down, and he might just be a machine instead of a human. His production level, despite being almost 42 years old, is amazing. Jagr has three goals with nine points and a plus-8 rating over his past nine games. That's a point-per-game clip, and some more heralded players half his age aren't even doing that.
Oliver Ekman-Larsson, D, Buffalo ($4400 vs BUF): OEL posted a pair of goals last time out against Los Angeles, and he should carry over the momentum to Thursday's game, which is a much more favorable matchup. At this price level, and with his offensive upside, he is a must-start.
Tom Gilbert, D, Florida ($3600 at TOR): Gilbert has fired into a three-way tie for the team scoring lead with his point barrage lately. He has six assists over his past four games. Gilbert plays heavy minutes for the Panthers, but he isn't a big-time shooter. In fact, he has just four shots on goal over his past six outings. He comes with a little bit of risk, and his plus-minus rating can be a deterrent. But at this salary level, given his recent production, you can certainly do worse.
Nathan MacKinnon, C, Colorado ($5500 vs MIN): MacKinnon has shown no signs of slowing down, as the No. 1 pick overall continues to produce in his rookie season. In fact, lately he has been one of the few sources of offense in Denver. MacKinnon has three goals with six points and a plus-2 rating over his past five games, posting at least 3.4 Fantasy points in four of those outings.
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