Every Tuesday during the season, NHL.com Correspondent Brian Metzer will provide you with an in-depth analysis of fantasy defensemen in our weekly segment: "On the 'D'-fence." From updated defensemen rankings to guys you should keep a close eye on and much more, Metzer will be your fantasy d-man expert all season long.
We have officially hit the midway point of the NHL season and with that, the midpoint of the fantasy season. Though it seems as if fantasy owners have reaped the benefits of defensemen that are scoring a bit more than the norm, they have also had to weather a number of significant injuries to players that were expected to be big-time contributors for their teams.
No less than 26 fantasy relevant defensemen have missed varying chunks of time during the first half, including Drew Doughty, Dustin Byfuglien, Kris Letang, Mike Green, and our preseason No. 1-ranked rearguard, Shea Weber. The silver lining is that these injuries have allowed others, such as Dennis Wideman (in Washington) and Matt Niskanen (in Pittsburgh) to make a larger fantasy impact than they likely would have under normal circumstances.
Though these injuries have been a big story during the first half, there are several other trends that should be on your radar when trying to determine the impact of defensemen on your fantasy lineup during the second half of the season.