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Fantasy top 60 'D': Wisniewski, Johnson among top fantasy defenseman

by Staff Writer / Columbus Blue Jackets

Every Wednesday during the season, fantasy hockey correspondent Brian Metzer will provide you with in-depth defensemen analysis. From updated weekly top 60 rankings to trending players and more, Metzer will be your go-to guy for fantasy blue line advice all season long.

These rankings are based on expectations for the season ahead. Value is quantified by defense pairings, overall upside and past performance in standard Yahoo categories (goals, assists, plus-minus, penalty minutes, power-play points and shots on goal).

NOTE: Players with D/RW eligibility in Yahoo leagues (Dustin Byfuglien, Brent Burns) have been ranked as defensemen.

1. P.K. Subban, Canadiens

2. Shea Weber, Predators

3. Erik Karlsson, Senators

4. Duncan Keith, Blackhawks

5. Dustin Byfuglien, Jets

6. Victor Hedman, Lightning

7. Keith Yandle, Coyotes

8. Ryan Suter, Wild

9. Alex Pietrangelo, Blues

10. Kris Letang, Penguins

11. Drew Doughty, Kings

12. Kevin Shattenkirk, Blues

13. Mark Giordano, Flames

14. Oliver Ekman-Larsson, Coyotes

15. Brent Burns, Sharks

16. Ryan McDonagh, Rangers

17. Brent Seabrook, Blackhawks

18. Zdeno Chara, Bruins

19. Andrei Markov, Canadiens

20. Christian Ehrhoff, Penguins

21. James Wisniewski, Blue Jackets

22. Torey Krug, Bruins

23. Niklas Kronwall, Red Wings

24. Cam Fowler, Ducks

25. Jason Garrison, Lightning

26. Matt Niskanen, Capitals

27. Jacob Trouba, Jets

28. Justin Schultz, Oilers

29. Slava Voynov, Kings

30. Johnny Boychuk, Islanders

31. Alex Goligoski, Stars

32. Brian Campbell, Panthers

33. Andrej Sekera, Hurricanes

34. Marek Zidlicky, Devils

35. Mark Streit, Flyers

36. John Carlson, Capitals

37. Jay Bouwmeester, Blues

38. Cody Franson, Maple Leafs

39. Tyson Barrie, Avalanche

40. Matt Carle, Lightning

41. Paul Martin, Penguins

42. Jack Johnson, Blue Jackets

43. Sami Vatanen, Ducks

44. Olli Maatta, Penguins

45. Dion Phaneuf, Maple Leafs

46. Tobias Enstrom, Jets

47. Mike Green, Capitals

48. TJ Brodie, Flames

49. Jake Gardiner, Maple Leafs

50. Dennis Wideman, Flames

51. Alec Martinez, Kings

52. Alexander Edler, Canucks

53. Roman Josi, Predators

54. Hampus Lindholm, Ducks

55. Tyler Myers, Sabres

56. Justin Faulk, Hurricanes

57. Dougie Hamilton, Bruins

58. Marc-Edouard Vlasic, Sharks

59. Erik Johnson, Avalanche

60. Zach Bogosian, Jets

Key injuries: Dan Boyle, Jake Muzzin, Lubomir Visnovsky, Ryan Murray, Kimmo Timonen, Sergei Gonchar

Author: Brian Metzer | Correspondent

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