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Fantasy Top 60 'D': Wisniewski, Johnson featured

by Staff Writer / Columbus Blue Jackets

Every Wednesday during the season, NHL.com 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.

TRENDING UP
Michael Del Zotto, Philadelphia Flyers

We mentioned Del Zotto last week as a player who could help you in the second half, and he's done nothing to change that thinking over the past seven days. MDZ has been red-hot and is riding a six-game scoring streak that has seen him pick up seven points (three goals). He's been more physical, picking up 21 hits and 10 blocked shots over that span. He seems to be shooting the puck more as his confidence grows and he has 11 shots over his past three games. He is owned in just 11 percent of Yahoo Standard Leagues.

TRENDING DOWN
Marek Zidlicky, New Jersey Devils

Zidlicky had an assist Tuesday in a 2-1 win against the Ottawa Senators, but that was just his second point over his past nine games and third in 13. The Devils have played better of late, but it hasn't been enough to make Zidlicky a No. 1 fantasy option. His ownership has dropped to 31 percent in Yahoo Standard Leagues, and while he has value in deeper formats we'd look elsewhere for production.

KEEP AN EYE ON
Oscar Klefbom, Edmonton Oilers

Klefbom might not be a fantasy force this season, but anytime a player picks up four points (one goal) over five games it is noteworthy. The young defenseman is still adjusting to the NHL game, but he's been effective over his past five games, scoring those aforementioned points, putting 10 shots on goal and registering a plus-5 rating. He is not owned in Yahoo Standard Leagues at this time, so if you're in a deep or dynasty league he could help you out.

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TOP 60 FANTASY DEFENSEMEN

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. Kris Letang, PIT (+3)

2. Mark Giordano, CGY (SAME)

3. Shea Weber, NSH (+2)

4. Brent Burns, SJS (-1)

5. Erik Karlsson, OTT (+1)

6. Keith Yandle, ARI (+2)

7. Dustin Byfuglien, WPG (SAME)

8. P.K. Subban, MTL (+1)

9. Duncan Keith, CHI (+3)

10. Sami Vatanen, ANA (SAME)

11. TJ Brodie, CGY (SAME)

12. John Carlson, WSH (+5)

13. Mark Streit, PHI (SAME)

14. Victor Hedman, TBL (SAME)

15. Oliver Ekman-Larsson, ARI (+3)

16. Alex Pietrangelo, STL (-1)

17. Drew Doughty, LAK (-1)

18. Roman Josi, NSH (+5)

19. Johnny Boychuk, NYI (+3)

20. Niklas Kronwall, DET (-1)

21. Tyson Barrie, COL (-1)

22. Ryan Suter, MIN (SAME)

23. Andrei Markov, MTL (-1)

24. Zdeno Chara, BOS (-1)

25. Ryan McDonagh, NYR (+1)

26. Torey Krug, BOS (+5)

27. Cam Fowler, ANA (SAME)

28. Brent Seabrook, CHI (SAME)

29. Cody Franson, TOR (SAME)

30. Lubomir Visnovsky, NYI (NR - IR)

31. Alex Goligoski, DAL (-1)

32. Dennis Wideman, CGY (+1)

33. Jake Muzzin, LAK (+1)

34. Justin Faulk, CAR (+2)

35. Trevor Daley, DAL (+2)

36. James Wisniewski, CBJ (-4)

37. Mike Green, WSH (+4)

38. Tobias Enstrom, WPG (-3)

39. Aaron Ekblad, FLA (SAME)

40. Nick Leddy, NYI (-2)

41. Dougie Hamilton, BOS (+4)

42. Jacob Trouba, WPG (+4)

43. Michael Del Zotto, PHI (+5)

44. Jason Garrison, TBL (-1)

45. Hampus Lindholm, ANA (+2)

46. John Klingberg, DAL (+7)

47. Marek Zidlicky, NJD (-5)

48. Anton Stralman, TBL (-4)

49. Seth Jones, NSH (NEW)

50. Justin Schultz, EDM (-1)

51. Matt Niskanen, WSH (SAME)

52. Brian Campbell, FLA (+2)

53. Danny DeKeyser, DET (-3)

54. Jack Johnson, CBJ (+1)

55. Zach Bogosian, WPG (-3)

56. Alexander Edler, VAN (+1)

57. Jared Spurgeon, MIN (+2)

58. Marc-Edouard Vlasic, SJS (+2)

59. Andrej Sekera, CAR (-3)

60. Kevin Klein, NYR (-2)

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