Nicklas Backstrom C WAS 1 Month

Backstrom assisted on both of Alexander Ovechkin's goals in Sunday's win over Anaheim.Backstrom, who has five assists in his last four games, is now leading the NHL with a whopping 43 helpers in 57 games this season. The first-line center is having a fantastic season and is on pace for his best offensive campaign in six years. Sitting third in the NHL scoring race with 59 points in 57 games, the elite playmaker needs to be in your lineup every game.

Nicklas Backstrom C WAS 1 Month

Backstrom collected a pair of assists in Wednesday's 5-4 overtime win over the Sharks.Backstrom has one point or more in just over 63 percent of his games this campaign, making him one of the most dependable fantasy options. As an added bonus, the Swede has put up 21 of his 41 assists on the power play. Enjoy the ride if you're a Backstrom owner.

Nicklas Backstrom C WAS 2 Months

Backstrom churned out a goal and assist in Tuesday's win over the Kings.

It's the third two-point outing for Backstrom in three games, who is on track to turn in his best season since his 101-point outburst in 2009-10. The primary reason for his ascendance has been an increase in puck luck, as he's ridden a career-high 15.4 shooting percentage to 16 goals, just two fewer than his total from all of last season.

Nicklas Backstrom C WAS 2 Months

Backstrom picked up a pair of assists in Sunday's 4-3 loss to the Blues.

Backstrom took a game off the scoresheet on Saturday, but has recorded a point in six of his last seven including four multi-point efforts in that span. The 27-year-old remains a top fantasy option as his 37 assists are tied for second best in the league, and his 52 points are tied for fourth overall.

Nicklas Backstrom C WAS 2 Months

Backstrom collected two assists in Wednesday's 4-0 win over the Penguins.

Backstrom is one of the best passers in the entire NHL, and he's proving it again this season, as his 35 assists rank fourth in the league. He's currently on a five game point streak, and has racked up eight points over that span.

Nicklas Backstrom C WAS 2 Months

Backstrom scored his 14th goal of the season and added an assist in Saturday's loss to the Stars.

It really is a travesty this stud got snubbed from the all-star game once again this season. Backstrom has put up back-to-back multi-point outings, giving him 14 goals and 46 points in 45 games on the season. Sitting fifth in the NHL with 32 assists, this elite playmaker is a must-start every game.

Nicklas Backstrom C WAS 2 Months

Backstrom dished out a pair of helpers in Friday's loss to the Predators.

He's so consistent, it's crazy. Backstrom has eight points in his last nine games, giving him 13 goals and 44 points in 44 games on the season, to go with a plus-5 rating. Friday marked Backstrom's 13th multi-point game of the season -- ninth most in the NHL. With 31 assists, Backstrom is one of the best set-up men around, making him a must-start every game.

Nicklas Backstrom C WAS 3 Months

Backstrom picked up an assist in Saturday's win over Detroit.

He is one of the most consistent point producers in the NHL. He has been producing at a point-per-game pace over his entire career -- yes, you read that right. He has 535 points in 536 games. He's rarely shut down for more than a few games and is a particularly effective in weekly head-to-head formats.

Nicklas Backstrom C WAS 3 Months

Backstrom scored his 12th goal of the year and assisted on Alex Ovechkin's goal later in the third period Monday, helping the Caps send the game to overtime, though they ended up with a 4-3 loss to the Isles.

Backstrom had been held off the scoresheet for two straight games -- just the fourth time all year that's happened -- but as he so often does, he bounced back with a quality effort. With 12 goals in 36 games now, he's on pace for 27, which would be the second-best total of his career.

Nicklas Backstrom C WAS 3 Months

Backstrom scored two goals and added an assist in Saturday's win over the Devils. He has seven points, including five goals, in his last four games.

Cha-ching. That's the sound of fantasy owners cashing in on his current hot streak. He continues to flirt with the top-10 scoring list. Enjoy the ride.