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Updated top-175 overall fantasy hockey rankings

By Matt Cubeta - NHL.com Staff Writer

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Updated top-175 overall fantasy hockey rankings
NHL.com fantasy expert Matt Cubeta provides fans with his updated top-175 overall fantasy hockey rankings at the midpoint of the 2011-12 season.
Welcome to the second half of the NHL season. With the midway point of the 2011-12 campaign officially behind us as of Monday, Jan. 9, it's time re-rank every fantasy player.

These rankings take everything into effect. They are based on a standard fantasy league (categories: goals, assists, plus/minus, penalty minutes, power-play points, shots on goal, goalie wins, save percentage, goals-against average and shutouts), with fantasy being the key word. These rankings are not an ordered list of the best NHL players -- they are based solely on their fantasy hockey value.

These rankings are based on expectations for the remainder of the 2011-12 season. Obviously what a player has done up to this point plays a critical role on where they are ranked, but just because Bobby Ryan has had a rough first half, doesn't necessarily mean we think he's going to struggle as much in the second half. They also include players that are currently injured or listed on IR -- their rank takes into consideration how long that player is expected to be sidelined. 

Lastly, these rankings have been compiled solely by NHL.com's fantasy guru, Matt Cubeta -- therefore you may see he has goalies in a different order than Justin Goldman's "In the Cage" rankings, or different from Brian Metzer's defenseman rankings in his "On the 'D'-fence" weekly feature.

Breaking down our updated top-50 players



Rank
Team
Player
1. Evgeni Malkin
2. Daniel Sedin
3. Steven Stamkos
4. Claude Giroux
5. Henrik Lundqvist
6. Henrik Sedin
7. Pavel Datsyuk
8. Jonathan Toews
9. Tim Thomas
10. Alex Ovechkin
11. Phil Kessel
12. Corey Perry
13. Marian Hossa
14. Patrick Kane
15. Jimmy Howard
16. Erik Karlsson
17. Nicklas Backstrom (injured)
18. Jonathan Quick
19. Joffrey Lupul
20. James Neal
21. Shea Weber
22. Zdeno Chara
23. Thomas Vanek (injured)
24. Marian Gaborik
25. Anze Kopitar
26. Pekka Rinne
27. Zach Parise
28. Jarome Iginla
29. Ryan Kesler
30. Teemu Selanne
31. Jason Spezza
32. Ilya Kovalchuk
33. Henrik Zetterberg
34. Johan Franzen
35. Antti Niemi
36. Roberto Luongo
37. Scott Hartnell
38. Martin St. Louis
39. Brad Richards
40. Marc-Andre Fleury
41. Nicklas Lidstrom
42. Jamie Benn
43. Kris Versteeg
44. Ryan Getzlaf
45. Patrick Marleau
46. Tyler Seguin
47. Dion Phaneuf
48. Carey Price
49. Patrick Sharp (IR)
50. David Backes
51. Niklas Backstrom
52. Jason Pominville
53. Rick Nash
54. Eric Staal
55. Taylor Hall
56. Bobby Ryan
57. Brad Marchand
58. Milan Lucic
59. Brian Elliott
60. Tomas Fleischmann
61. Miikka Kiprusoff
62. Evander Kane
63. Stephen Weiss
64. Alexander Edler
65. John Tavares
66. Ryan Callahan
67. Joe Pavelski
68. Mikko Koivu
69. Logan Couture
70. Danny Briere
71. Dany Heatley
72. Dustin Byfuglien (IR)
73. Mike Richards
74. Kari Lehtonen
75. Jaromir Jagr
76. Dan Boyle
77. Jaroslav Halak
78. Ryane Clowe
79. Patrice Bergeron
80. Joe Thornton
81. Alexander Semin
82. Duncan Keith
83. Alexandre Burrows
84. Loui Eriksson
85. Ilya Bryzgalov
86. Jordan Eberle (injured)
87. Ryan Miller
88. Kevin Bieksa
Rank
Team
Player
89. Brian Campbell
90. Jeff Carter (injured)
91. Vincent Lecavalier
92. Patrik Elias
93. Tomas Plekanec
94. Keith Yandle
95. Mike Smith
96. Ondrej Pavelec
97. Jeff Skinner (IR)
98. Milan Michalek
99. Ray Whitney
100. Lubomir Visnovsky
101. Kris Letang (IR)
102. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (IR)
103. Ryan Suter
104. Radim Vrbata
105. Chris Kunitz
106. Ryan Smyth
107. Erik Cole
108. Brenden Morrow
109. Tomas Vokoun
110. Drew Doughty
111. Michael Cammalleri
112. Dustin Brown
113. Nathan Horton
114. Kevin Shattenkirk
115. Max Pacioretty
116. Corey Crawford
117. Mike Green (injured)
118. Olli Jokinen
119. Tuukka Rask
120. Blake Wheeler
121. Cam Ward
122. Martin Brodeur
123. Daniel Alfredsson
124. Matt Duchene (IR)
125. Valtteri Filppula
126. T.J. Oshie
127. Ian White
128. Michael Del Zotto
129. Semyon Varlamov
130. Nikolai Khabibulin
131. Chris Stewart
132. James van Riemsdyk
133. Adam Henrique
134. Derek Stepan
135. P.K. Subban
136. James Reimer
137. Craig Anderson
138. Shane Doan
139. Tobias Enstrom
140. Mike Ribeiro
141. Kimmo Timonen
142. Brandon Dubinsky
143. Dennis Wideman
144. Gabriel Landeskog
145. David Krejci
146. Matt Moulson
147. David Clarkson
148. Michael Ryder
149. John Carlson
150. Niklas Kronwall
151. Steve Ott
152. Cory Schneider
153. Joe Corvo
154. Alexander Steen (IR)
155. Jean-Sebastien Giguere
156. Jonas Hiller (injured)
157. PA Parenteau
158. Sheldon Souray (IR)
159. John-Michael Liles (IR)
160. Milan Hejduk
161. Matt Read
162. Rich Peverley
163. Justin Williams
164. Marc-Andre Bergeron
165. Jordan Staal (IR)
166. Sergei Gonchar
167. Dan Hamhuis
168. Vinny Prospal
169. Derek Roy
170. Alex Pietrangelo
171. Jason Garrison
172. Sidney Crosby (IR)
173. Brent Burns
174. Jose Theodore (IR)
175. Craig Smith


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RANK TEAM PLAYER
1. Sidney crosby
2. Steven Stamkos
3. Corey Perry
4. Evgeni Malkin
5. alex Ovechkin

CUBETA & JENSEN'S COMPLETE RANKINGS