NHL.com’s fantasy hockey top 50 defenseman rankings are based on past production and expectations for the rest of the 2019-20 season in standard leagues.

NHL.com’s fantasy hockey top 50 defenseman rankings are based on past production and expectations for the rest of the 2019-20 season in standard leagues.

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TOP 50 DEFENSEMAN RANKINGS
Standard fantasy categories include goals, assists, plus/minus, power-play points, shots on goal and hits for skaters. Value has been quantified based on factors including but not limited to past production, projected line combinations, power-play usage, injury history, sleeper upside, anticipated regression or bounce-back candidacy, age and contract status (current unrestricted and restricted free agents listed below). Potential 2020 UFAs (*) and RFAs (**) are noted.
1. John Carlson, WSH (SAME)2. Roman Josi, NSH (SAME)3. Victor Hedman, TBL (+1)4. Alex Pietrangelo, STL* (-1)5. Cale Makar, COL (SAME)6. Kris Letang, PIT (SAME)7. Quinn Hughes, VAN (SAME)8. Torey Krug, BOS* (SAME)9. Shea Theodore, VGK (SAME)10. Zach Werenski, CBJ (SAME)11. Neal Pionk, WPG (+4)12. Keith Yandle, FLA (-1)13. Rasmus Dahlin, BUF (SAME)14. Brent Burns, SJS (+2)15. Shea Weber, MTL (-1)16. Ryan Ellis, NSH (+1)17. Mark Giordano, CGY (DTD
)18. Tyson Barrie, TOR* (-6)19. Tony DeAngelo, NYR** (+2)20. John Klingberg, DAL (SAME)21. Jeff Petry, MTL (-2)22. Charlie McAvoy, BOS (SAME)23. Ivan Provorov, PHI (+3)24. Miro Heiskanen, DAL (SAME)25. Mikhail Sergachev, TBL** (SAME)26. Jaccob Slavin, CAR (-3)27. Mattias Ekholm, NSH (SAME)28. Alexander Edler, VAN (+5)29. Jacob Trouba, NYR (+1)30. Matt Niskanen, PHI (+2)31. Aaron Ekblad, FLA (+3)32. Ryan Graves, COL (-3)33. Rasmus Ristolainen, BUF (+6)34. Thomas Chabot, OTT (-6)35. Alec Martinez, VGK
(+10)36. Colton Parayko, STL (NEW)37. Mike Green, EDM
* (NEW)38. Erik Gustafsson, CGY
* (+5)39. Jared Spurgeon, MIN (+2)40. Jakob Chychrun, ARI (DTD
)41. Ryan Suter, MIN (-7)42. Alex Goligoski, ARI (+5)43. Kevin Shattenkirk, TBL* (+5)44. Ryan Pulock, NYI** (SAME)45. Oliver Ekman-Larsson, ARI (-10)46. Adam Fox, NYR (-10)47. Nate Schmidt, VGK (-8)48. Darnell Nurse, EDM (-11)49. Damon Severson, NJD (-7)50. Dmitry Orlov, WSH (NEW)
Dropped out: Jake Muzzin, TOR (INJ
.); Drew Doughty, LAK; Rasmus Andersson, CGY
Just missed: Brandon Montour, BUF**; Markus Nutivaara, CBJ; Cam Fowler, ANA; Brenden Dillon, WSH
; Sami Vatanen (DTD
), CAR
*
Key injuries: Dougie Hamilton, CAR; Erik Karlsson, SJS; Morgan Rielly, TOR; Seth Jones, CBJ; Oscar Klefbom, EDM; Josh Morrissey, WPG

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