Top 60 Fantasy Hockey Defensemen - October 16, 2018

Our first in-season look at the top 60 defensemen in fantasy hockey. With the NHL schedule barely underway, it's important to not overreact to any player's hot or cold start. That said, there are already some surprising situations worth keeping an eye on.

Surging up the rankings are Morgan Rielly and Thomas Chabot, while Kevin Shattenkirk, Shea Theodore and Oliver Ekman-Larsson are among the biggest disappointments so far. Even the best defensemen go through droughts, so it's important not to make any rash decisions until a larger sample size is available.

Our fantasy hockey defenseman rankings are for the next 2 to 3 seasons, and consider each player's track record, upside, age, team and injury history. Because fantasy league categories vary widely, these rankings focus on point production.

1Erik Karlsson, SJStill finding chemistry with his new squad. 1028.4
2Victor Hedman, TB2027.8
3Brent Burns, SJ3033.6
4John Klingberg, DAL4026.1
5Shayne Gostisbehere, PHI5025.5
6P.K. Subban, NAS6029.4
7John Carlson, WASGot his payday. Still putting in the work.7028.7
8Roman Josi, NAS8028.3
9Tyson Barrie, COL9027.2
10Morgan Rielly, TORLoving life on the Leafs' deadly PP1.14424.6

11Drew Doughty, LA10-128.8
12Alex Pietrangelo, STL11-128.7
13Torey Krug, BOSBack late October at the earliest.12-127.5
14Seth Jones, CBJOut until early November. 15124.0
15Kris Letang, PITHas the talent to finish top 5 in d-men scoring.19431.5
16Dustin Byfuglien, WPG13-333.5
17Dougie Hamilton, CARSlow start and is on the 2nd pp unit.16-125.3
18Zach Werenski, CBJWill be expected to step up in Jones' absence.17-121.2
19Keith Yandle, FLA21232.1
20Matt Dumba, MIN20024.2
21Ryan Suter, MIN23233.7
22Oliver Ekman-Larsson, AZWhole team has had scoring troubles.18-427.2
23Rasmus Ristolainen, BUF22-123.9
24Ivan Provorov, PHI24021.7
25Charlie McAvoy, BOSCould thrive with Krug on the shelf.27220.8
26Ryan Ellis, NAS30427.8
27Rasmus Dahlin, BUF28118.5
28Mark Giordano, CGY32435.0
29Aaron Ekblad, FLA29022.7
30Jake Gardiner, TORStuck on the 2nd PP unit.26-428.3
31Kevin Shattenkirk, NYRIn the coach's doghouse. Not a great start.25-629.7
32Oscar Klefbom, EDM34225.2
33Shea Weber, MTLSkating again, but won't be back for a while.35233.1
34Jake Muzzin, LA36229.6
35Justin Faulk, CAR38326.5
36Mikhail Sergachev, TB31-520.3
37Nick Leddy, NYI37027.5
38Ryan Pulock, NYIPotential to outscore Leddy this season.39124.0
39Colton Parayko, STL40125.4
40Brandon Montour, ANH41124.5
41Thomas Chabot, OTTTaking full advantage of expanded role.48721.7
42Shea Theodore, VGKVegas, Theodore off to a sluggish start.33-923.2
43Will Butcher, NJ42-123.7
44Duncan Keith, CHI43-135.2

45Jared Spurgeon, MIN44-128.9
46Dmitry Orlov, WAS45-127.2
47Jacob Trouba, WPG49224.6
48Colin Miller, VGKMay challenge for time on top Vegas PP.52425.9
49Sami Vatanen, NJ47-227.3
50Cam Fowler, ANH46-426.8
51Jeff Petry, MTL55430.8
52Mattias Ekholm, NAS54228.4
53TJ Brodie, CGY50-328.3
54Justin Schultz, PITOut for at least 4 months.51-328.3
55Matt Niskanen, WAS53-231.8
56Marc-Edouard Vlasic, SJ57131.5
57Mike Green, DET56-133.0
58Alex Goligoski, AZ58033.2
59Alex Edler, VAN--32.5
60Jacob Slavin, CAR59-124.4

On the bubble (no particular order):

Tyler Myers, WPG
Noah Hanifin, CAR
Miro Heiskanen, DAL
Ryan McDonagh, TB
Brent Seabrook, CHI
Alec Martinez, LA
Samuel Girard, COL
Nate Schmidt, VGK
Josh Manson, ANH
Maxime Lajoie, OTT
Hampus Lindholm, ANH

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