Fantasy Hockey Rankings: Defense

Last modified: September 26, 2017 at 11:51 am

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Unlike in recent years, there is some uncertainty at the top of the D-rankings. After Brent Burns, Erik Karlsson enters the season banged up and the oft-injured Kris Letang comes in with some neck concerns. If the injury red flags are scaring you away, look no further than Victor Hedman and Roman Josi.

If you pass on the high-end defensemen, fear not because the position is loaded. All of the top defenseman are in the same jerseys they were last year, expect for Kevin Shattenkirk, who is with the Rangers now.

Second-year blueliners, Zach Werenski, Ivan Provorov and Nikita Zaitsev enjoyed great rookie seasons and won’t go undrafted this time around! The new rookie crop consists of Thomas Chabot and Charlie McAvoy, who are both expected to make a fantasy impact in the Atlantic Division.

Rank Player Name
1 Brent Burns
2 Erik Karlsson
3 Kris Letang
4 Shea Weber
5 Victor Hedman
6 Roman Josi
7 Justin Faulk
8 Dustin Byfuglien
9 P.K. Subban
10 Oliver Ekman-Larsson
11 Dougie Hamilton
12 Kevin Shattenkirk
13 Mark Giordano
14 Duncan Keith
15 Drew Doughty
16 Rasmus Ristolainen
17 John Klingberg
18 Aaron Ekblad
19 Zach Werenski
20 Torey Krug
21 Shayne Gostisbehere
22 Ivan Provorov
23 Justin Schultz
24 Tyson Barrie
25 Alex Pietrangelo
26 Cam Fowler
27 Keith Yandle
28 John Carlson
29 Seth Jones
30 Nick Leddy
31 T.J. Brodie
32 Ryan Suter
33 Colton Parayko
34 Brent Seabrook
35 Mike Green
36 Matt Dumba
37 Thomas Chabot
38 Shea Theodore
39 Jacob Trouba
40 Alex Goligoski
41 Damon Severson
42 Nikita Zaitsev
43 Alec Martinez
44 Charlie McAvoy
45 Ryan McDonagh
46 Matt Niskanen
47 Oscar Klefbom
48 Jake Gardiner
49 Morgan Rielly
50 Brandon Montour
51 Noah Hanifin
52 Dmitri Orlov
53 Sami Vatanen
54 Colin Miller
55 Erik Johnson
56 Jake Muzzin
57 Dion Phaneuf
58 Jared Spurgeon
59 Andrej Sekera
60 Jason Demers
61 Jeff Petry
62 Anton Stralman
63 Ryan Ellis
64 Madison Bowey
65 Jaccob Slavin
66 Brady Skjei
67 Marc-Edouard Vlasic
68 Johnny Boychuk
69 Ben Hutton
70 Trevor Daley