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Week 16: Fantasy defenseman top 50 rankings for 2018-19

Byfuglien, Klefbom, Schultz rejoin list from injuries; Gostisbehere gains value on Flyers power play

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, SJS (SAME)
2. Erik Karlsson, SJS* (DTD)
3. John Carlson, WSH (SAME)
4. Morgan Rielly, TOR (SAME)
5. Mark Giordano, CGY (SAME)
6. Victor Hedman, TBL (SAME)
7. Kris Letang, PIT (+1)
8. Seth Jones, CBJ (-1)
9. Dustin Byfuglien, WPG (NEW - INJ.)
10. John Klingberg, DAL (-1)
11. Torey Krug, BOS (-1)
12. Tyson Barrie, COL (-1)
13. Roman Josi, NSH (-1)
14. Thomas Chabot, OTT (-1)
15. Shea Weber, MTL (SAME)
16. Mattias Ekholm, NSH (SAME)
17. P.K. Subban, NSH (-3)
18. Rasmus Ristolainen, BUF (-1)
19. Keith Yandle, FLA (SAME)
20. Jeff Petry, MTL (+3)
21. Ryan Suter, MIN (+3)
22. Jake Muzzin, TOR (+3)
23. Drew Doughty, LAK (-2)
24. Rasmus Dahlin, BUF (-2)
25. Oliver Ekman-Larsson, ARI (+1)
26. Ryan Ellis, NSH (-6)
27. Zach Werenski, CBJ** (-9)
28. Aaron Ekblad, FLA (+1)
29. Jake Gardiner, TOR* (+3)
30. Erik Gustafsson, CHI (+7)
31. Dougie Hamilton, CAR (+4)
32. Shayne Gostisbehere, PHI (+6)
33. Jacob Trouba, WPG** (+3)
34. Justin Schultz, PIT (NEW - INJ.)
35. Jared Spurgeon, MIN (-2)
36. Alexander Edler, VAN* (DTD)
37. Darnell Nurse, EDM (-3)
38. Alex Pietrangelo, STL (-8)
39. Charlie McAvoy, BOS** (-8)
40. Miro Heiskanen, DAL (+6)
41. TJ Brodie, CGY (-2)
42. Ryan McDonagh, TBL (-2)
43. Oscar Klefbom, EDM (-2)
44. Shea Theodore, VGK (SAME)
45. Jaccob Slavin, CAR (-2)
46. Mike Green, DET (-18)
47. Ryan Pulock, NYI (SAME)
48. Mikhail Sergachev, TBL (-6)
49. Josh Morrissey, WPG (DTD)
50. Justin Faulk, CAR (NEW)
 
Dropped out: Nick Leddy, NYI; Brandon Montour, ANA; Colin Miller, VGK
 
Key injury: Matt Dumba, MIN
 
Just Missed: Ivan Provorov and Travis Sanheim, PHI**; Ryan Murray, CBJ; Vince Dunn and Carl Gunnarsson, STL; Mike Matheson, FLA; Will Butcher, NJD

 

READ: Last week's Top 50 defenseman rankings

 

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