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Fantasy top 50 defenseman rankings for 2017-18

Vatanen, Butcher trending up for Devils; Holden, Gustafsson among valuable pickups

by Rob Reese @NHLReese / Fantasy Editor

Each week during the regular season, has you covered with an overview of the fantasy defenseman landscape. With production trends, injury news and top 50 rankings based on performance and upside in standard Yahoo leagues, fantasy owners should use this information as a basis for roster decision-making.


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Standard Yahoo categories include goals, assists, plus/minus, PIMs, PPP and SOG for skaters. ... Value has been quantified based on factors including but not limited to past production, defense pairs, power-play usage, team's offseason changes, injury history, age, sleeper, bounce-back or breakout potential, anticipated regression, contract status, Yahoo ADP and overall upside for the rest of the season. ... Any players with day-to-day injury concerns (DTD) are noted. NEW - INJ. indicates a player who has returned from injury and rejoined the rankings.

1. Victor Hedman, TBL (SAME)
2. Brent Burns, SJS (+1)
3. P.K. Subban, NSH (-1)
4. Dustin Byfuglien, WPG (SAME)
5. Drew Doughty, LAK (SAME)
6. Roman Josi, NSH (SAME)
7. Torey Krug, BOS (SAME)
8. Shayne Gostisbehere, PHI (SAME)
9. John Carlson, WSH (SAME)
10. John Klingberg, DAL (SAME)
11. Erik Karlsson, OTT (+2)
12. Dougie Hamilton, CGY (SAME)
13. Kris Letang, PIT (-2)
14. Tyson Barrie, COL (SAME)
15. Seth Jones, CBJ (SAME)
16. Mark Giordano, CGY (SAME)
17. Keith Yandle, FLA (SAME)
18. Ryan Ellis, NSH (SAME)
19. Alex Pietrangelo, STL (SAME)
20. Aaron Ekblad, FLA (SAME)
21. Ryan Suter, MIN (+1)
22. Zach Werenski, CBJ (+4)
23. Rasmus Ristolainen, BUF (+1)
24. Matt Dumba, MIN (-1)
25. Morgan Rielly, TOR (+2)
26. Jake Muzzin, LAK (-1)
27. Sami Vatanen, NJD (+10)
28. Jake Gardiner, TOR (-7)
29. Mikhail Sergachev, TBL (+10)
30. Mattias Ekholm, NSH (+8)
31. Ryan McDonagh, TBL (+5)
32. Justin Faulk, CAR (+1)
33. Ivan Provorov, PHI (-5)
34. Colton Parayko, STL (-4)
35. Justin Schultz, PIT (-3)
36. Tyler Myers, WPG (-5)
37. Cam Fowler, ANA (+3)
38. Oliver Ekman-Larsson, ARI (+3)
39. Colin Miller, VGK (-10)
40. Zdeno Chara, BOS (DTD)
41. Brandon Montour, ANA (+1)
42. Will Butcher, NJD (NEW)
43. Josh Manson, ANA (SAME)
44. Matt Niskanen, WSH (+2)
45. Jeff Petry, MTL (-10)
46. Nick Leddy, NYI (NEW)
47. Nikita Zadorov, COL (+3)
48. Mike Matheson, FLA (-1)
49. Mike Green (SAME)
50. Erik Gustafsson, CHI (NEW)

Just missed: Nick Holden, BOS; Ian Cole, CBJ; Duncan Keith, CHI; Matt Grzelcyk, BOS; Neal Pionk, NYR

Dropped out: Dion Phaneuf, LAK; Marc-Edouard Vlasic, SJS

Key injuries: Charlie McAvoy, BOS; Shea Weber, MTL; Kevin Shattenkirk, NYR; Jared Spurgeon, MIN (dropped out); Erik Johnson, COL


READ: Last week's Top 50 defenseman rankings

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