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Week 23: Fantasy defenseman top 50 rankings for 2018-19

Byfuglien nearing return for Jets; Chabot, DeMelo valuable from Senators; Hughes could make NHL debut this week

by Rob Reese @NHLReese / NHL.com Fantasy Editor

NHL.com'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 NHL.com/Fantasy.

 

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FANTASY TOP 50 DEFENSEMAN RANKINGS

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

Dropped out: Travis Sanheim, D, PHI**; Damon Severson, NJD; Mike Matheson, FLA; Dmitry Orlov, WSH

Key injuries: Erik Karlsson, SJS*; Matt Dumba, MIN; Josh Morrissey, WPG; Jake Gardiner, TOR*; Mike Green, DET

 

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