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Fantasy top 50 defenseman rankings for 2017-18

Barrie rises after injury to Johnson, five-point game; Vlasic, Matheson among new additions

by Rob Reese @NHLReese / NHL.com Fantasy Editor

Each week during the regular season, NHL.com 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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TOP 50 DEFENSEMAN RANKINGS

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

 

Dropped out: Esa Lindell, DAL; Darnell Nurse, EDM; Ryan Pulock, NYI; Shea Theodore, VGK

Just missed: Jaccob Slavin, CAR; Dion Phaneuf, LAK; Samuel Girard, COL; Alec Martinez, LAK; Vince Dunn, STL

Key injuries: Shea Weber, MTL; Kevin Shattenkirk, NYR; Jacob Trouba, WPG; Ryan McDonagh, NYR; Erik Johnson, COL (dropped out)

 

READ: Last week's Top 50 defenseman rankings

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