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Updated Top 50 Fantasy Hockey Defensemen Rankings

Victor Hedman surges to the top of our defensemen rankings. He is producing at over a PPG rate and continues to lead a dynamic team in Tampa to the top of their divisional standings. Hedman is setting the bar for two-way defensemen in the NHL as he continues to dominate at both ends of the ice.

The top 5 include last year’s rookie of the year, Cale Makar, and the runner-up, Quinn Hughes, in the second and third spots. Both players are proving their rookie seasons were just the starting point of their NHL stardom. Quinn leads all defensemen in points and Makar is playing slightly over a PPG clip.

The fourth and fifth spots belong to John Carlson and Roman Josi who were in the #1 and 2 spots in our pre-season rankings. I would look for both of these players to be at or near the top of this ranking as this year moves along.

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Rookies on Fire

With COVID impacting the schedule, as well as the lack of games and training camp players, have faced over the past year, there are a number of players playing below their expected levels. This has resulted in a number of young defensemen such as K’Andre Miller, Ty Smith, and Alexander Romanov jumping into our top 50. With an influx of younger players making their way in, a number of older players who were once sure things in fantasy hockey are either dropping down the rankings or have been squeezed out altogether. Brett Burns, Kris Letang, and Erik Karlsson are players who have recently dominated the rankings but who now find themselves looking up the list. Time will tell if some of these players can climb their way up again, like Duncan Keith has done this season, or if we will continue to see them drop further down as the season plays out.

2021 Updated Fantasy Hockey Defenseman Rankings

RnkPlayerTeamPrev. Rnk
1Victor HedmanTBL3
2Cale MakarCOL4
3Quinn HughesVAN19
4John CarlsonWAS1
5Roman JosiNSH2
6Seth JonesCBJ16
7Thomas ChabotOTT11
8Charlie McAvoyBOS28
9Darnell NurseEDM32
10Jeff PetryMTL27
11Jakub ChychrunARZ35
12Morgan RiellyTOR20
13Adam FoxNYR36
14Tyson BarrieEDM18
15Neil PionkWPG23
16John KlingbergDAL30
17Dougie HamiltonCAR6
18Shea TheodoreVGK10
19Miro HeiskanenDAL13
20Alex PietrangeloVGK7
21Torey KrugSTL9
22Rasmus DahlinBUF12
23Brett BurnsSJS5
24Zach WerenskiCBJ8
25Aaron EkbladFLA38
26Ivan ProvorovPHI21
27Shea WeberMTL17
28Mikhail SergachevTBL45
29Colton ParaykoSTL33
30Justin FaulkSTLNR
31Ryan EllisNSH37
32Jake MuzzinTOR50
33Drew DoughtyLAK29
34Oliver Ekman-LarssonARZ34
35Ty SmithNJDNR
36Rasmus RistolainenBUF26
37Mario FerraroSJSNR
38Filip HronekDET47
39Kris LetangPIT14
40Jacob TroubaNYR39
41K’Andre MillerNYRNR
42Noah DobsonNYINR
43Mark GiordanoCAL24
44Sam GirardCOLNR
45Rasmus AnderssonCALNR
46Duncan KeithCHINR
47Alexander RomanovMTLNR
48Ryan PulockNYI25
49Justin HollTORNR
50Tyler MyersVANNR

Once you digest Ian’s Defensemen Rankings you’ll also want to head on over and check out Brandon Altomonte’s Goalie Rankings!

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