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Top 50 Defensemen Fantasy Hockey Updated Rankings

Victor Hedman holds onto the top ranking of our defensemen rankings. Hedman continues to set the bar for two-way defensemen in the NHL as he continues to average just over a PPG while bringing positive contributions right across most fantasy point categories.

The top 5 remains mostly unchanged with Cale Makar, Quinn Hughes, and John Carlson holding onto spots 2-4. We could not dismiss Darnell Nurse any longer and we have moved him into the top 5. Nurse is proving he is not a flash in the pan, putting up excellent fantasy point totals all season.

While Dougie Hamilton has rejoined the top 15, other than some juggling of spots, all positions are held by the same players as our last ranking,

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Return of the Veterans

The early part of this season created a challenge for many players to get into game shape. There were the long layoffs, COVID cancellations, and new divisions to sort out. Accordingly, a number of vets had a slow start and there was concern in some cases it may be indicative of the beginning of a decline. While we are still dealing with some game postponements due to COVID protocols, we have seen a number of veterans regain their form and the hot starts of rookies such as Noah Dobson, Ty Smith and Alexander Romanov subside. This has resulted in the resurgence of perennial top 50 defensemen like Kris Letang, Drew Doughty and Erik Karlsson back into the rankings and into spots we are more accustomed to seeing them.

2021 Updated Fantasy Hockey Defenseman Rankings

RnkPlayerTeamPrev. Rnk
1Victor HedmanTBL1
2Cale MakarCOL2
3Quinn HughesVAN3
4John CarlsonWAS4
5Darnell NurseEDM9
6Dougie HamiltonCAR17
7Jeff PetryMTL10
8Thomas ChabotOTT7
9Jakub ChychrunARZ11
10Seth JonesCBJ6
11Adam FoxNYR13
12Morgan RiellyTOR12
13Tyson BarrieEDM14
14Neil PionkWPG15
15Shea TheodoreVGK18
16Charlie McAvoyBOS8
17Roman JosiNSH5
18Kris LetangPIT39
19Drew DoughtyLAK33
20Aaron EkbladFLA25
21Brett BurnsSJS23
22Mikhail SergachevTBL28
23Shea WeberMTL27
24John KlingbergDAL16
25Justin FaulkSTL30
26Torey KrugSTL21
27Ivan ProvorovPHI26
28Mackenzie WeegerFLANR
29Devon ToewsCOLNR
30Alex PietrangeloVGK20
30Sam GirardCOL44
31Mark GiordanoCAL43
32Mario FerraroSJS37
33Jake MuzzinTOR32
34Miro HeiskanenDAL20
35Rasmus AnderssonCAL45
36Zach WerenskiCBJ24
37Rasmus DahlinBUF22
38Filip HronekDET38
39Rasmus RistolainenBUF36
40Ryan PulockNYI48
41Josh MorriseyWPGNR
42Alec MartinezVGKNR
43Tyler MyersVAN50
44Duncan KeithCHI46
45Colton ParaykoSTL29
46Jacob TroubaNYR40
47Ryan EllisNSH31
48Erik KarlssonSJSNR
49K’Andre MillerNYR41
50Noah DobsonNYI42
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