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Fantasy defenseman top 50 rankings for 2018-19

Letang rejoins list from injury; Gostisbehere biggest riser; Klefbom, Vlasic, Myers among new additions

by Rob Reese @NHLReese / Fantasy Editor's fantasy hockey defenseman top 50 rankings are based on past production and expectations for the rest of the season in standard Yahoo leagues. For more fantasy hockey coverage, visit


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Standard Yahoo categories include goals, assists, plus/minus, power-play points, shots on goal and now hits for skaters. ... Value has been quantified based on factors including but not limited to past production, defense pairs, power-play usage, injury history, sleeper, bounce-back or breakout potential, anticipated regression, age and contract status (potential 2019 UFA: *; RFA: **). DTD indicates players with day-to-day injury concerns.

1. Brent Burns, SJS (SAME)
2. Mark Giordano, CGY (+1)
3. John Carlson, WSH (+1)
4. Victor Hedman, TBL (+1)
5. Morgan Rielly, TOR (-3)
6. Kris Letang, PIT (NEW - INJ.)
7. John Klingberg, DAL (+1)
8. Seth Jones, CBJ (-2)
9. Torey Krug, BOS (DTD)
10. Roman Josi, NSH (-1)
11. Tyson Barrie, COL (SAME)
12. Erik Gustafsson, CHI (SAME)
13. Keith Yandle, FLA (-3)
14. Shea Weber, MTL (-1)
15. Charlie McAvoy, BOS** (+1)
16. Shea Theodore, VGK (+1)
17. Oliver Ekman-Larsson, ARI (+1)
18. Drew Doughty, LAK (+5)
19. Jake Muzzin, TOR (+2)
20. Alex Pietrangelo, STL (-6)
21. Dougie Hamilton, CAR (+1)
22. Ryan Pulock, NYI (-2)
23. P.K. Subban, NSH (-8)
24. Ryan Suter, MIN (-5)
25. Ryan Ellis, NSH (-1)
26. Aaron Ekblad, FLA (+4)
27. Shayne Gostisbehere, PHI (+15)
28. Zach Werenski, CBJ** (SAME)
29. Justin Faulk, CAR (+3)
30. Duncan Keith, CHI (+3)
31. Ryan McDonagh, TBL (+6)
32. Jacob Trouba, WPG** (-5)
33. Mattias Ekholm, NSH (-8)
34. Brandon Montour, BUF (SAME)
35. Nate Schmidt, VGK (SAME)
36. Rasmus Dahlin, BUF (-7)
37. Jared Spurgeon, MIN (+3)
38. Justin Schultz, PIT (-12)
39. Alexander Edler, VAN* (+7)
40. Dmitry Orlov, WSH (+8)
41. Colton Parayko, STL (+8)
42. Oscar Klefbom, EDM (NEW)
43. Tyler Myers, WPG* (NEW)
44. Travis Sanheim, PHI** (-13)
45. Darnell Nurse, EDM (-9)
46. Vince Dunn, STL (NEW)
47. Cam Fowler, ANA (SAME)
48. Damon Severson, NJD (+2)
49. Marc-Edouard Vlasic, SJS (NEW)
50. Mike Matheson, FLA (NEW)

Dropped out: Jeff Petry, MTL; Rasmus Ristolainen, BUF; Ivan Provorov, PHI**; Mikhail Sergachev, TBL; Miro Heiskanen, DAL; Nick Leddy, NYI

Key injuries: Erik Karlsson, SJS*; Dustin Byfuglien, WPG; Matt Dumba, MIN; Thomas Chabot, OTT; Josh Morrissey, WPG; Jake Gardiner, TOR*; Mike Green, DET; Quinn Hughes, VAN

Just Missed: Michal Kempny, WSH; Tony DeAngelo, NYR; Colin Miller, VGK; Erik Cernak, TBL


 Read: Last week's Top 50 defenseman rankings


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