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Week 24: Fantasy top 50 defenseman rankings for 2017-18

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

Dropped out: Nick Leddy, NYI; Erik Gustafsson, CHI; Jeff Petry, MTL; Mike Green, DET

Just missed: Dmitry Orlov, WSH; Nate Schmidt, VGK; Duncan Keith, CHI; Ian Cole, CBJ; Olli Maatta, PIT

Key injuries: Charlie McAvoy, BOS; Shea Weber, MTL; Kevin Shattenkirk, NYR; Jared Spurgeon, MIN; Zdeno Chara, BOS (dropped out); Jacob Trouba, WPG; Noah Hanifin, CAR; Oscar Klefbom, EDM

 

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