Fantasy Hockey Defenseman Rankings - January 11, 2022

Jan 11th update: First crack at the top 50 D of 2022. Enjoy.

Our fantasy hockey defenseman rankings project value for the next 1 to 2 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.

1Cale Makar, COL Young stud just scratching the surface
2Adam Fox, NYR  
3John Carlson, WAS  
4Victor Hedman, TB  
5Roman Josi, NAS  
6Quinn Hughes, VAN  
7Morgan Rielly, TOR  
8Aaron Ekblad, FLA Finally getting opportunities that make him a top 10 stud
9Shea Theodore, VGK  
10Tyson Barrie, EDM  
11Dougie Hamilton, NJ  
12Alex Pietrangelo, VGK  
13Seth Jones, CHI  
14Kris Letang, PIT  
15Thomas Chabot, OTT Righting the ship after slow start
16Charlie McAvoy, BOS  
17Drew Doughty, LA  
18Zach Werenski, CBJ Has the top spot on blueline all to himself
19Miro Heiskanen, DAL  
20Torey Krug, STL  
21Darnell Nurse, EDM  
22Neal Pionk, WPG  
23Tony DeAngelo, CAR Could be ranked higher, but there's still red flags
24Rasmus Dahlin, BUFUP 
25Brent Burns, SJ  
26Devon Toews, COLUPGets forgotten on top Avs team, but he's legit
27Moritz Seider, DET  
28John Klingberg, DAL A trade might be best for both sides
29Mackenzie Weegar, FLA  
30Samuel Girard, COL  
31Mikhail Sergachev, TB  
32Ryan Ellis, PHI A nice buy low; the upside is higher than most
33Erik Karlsson, SJUPInjuries, as per usual, a limit to upside
34Matt Dumba, MIN  
35Jared Spurgeon, MIN  
36Shayne Gostisbehere, AZUP 
37Filip Hronek, DET  
38Ivan Provorov, PHI Better D-man in real life than in fantasy hockey
39Jakob Chychrun, AZDOWN 
40Bowen Byram, COL Working his way up a crowded depth chart
41Justin Faulk, STL  
42Rasmus Andersson, CGY  
43Alex Goligoski, MIN Revitalized by new opportunity in Minny
44Jeff Petry, MTLDOWNInjuries, inconsistency derailing Petry's year
45Evan Bouchard, EDM  
46Cam Fowler, ANH Hard to trust production, but it's there right now
47Alec Martinez, VGK  
48Kevin Shattenkirk, ANH We know he can produce; Anaheim a good fit
49Mattias Ekholm, NAS Quiet start, but he's got more to give
50Ryan Suter, DAL  
 Jaccob Slavin, CAR  
 Keith Yandle, PHI  
 Jacob Trouba, NYR  
 Mark Giordano, SEA  
 Oliver Ekman-Larsson, VAN  
 Josh Morrissey, WPG  
 Adam Boqvist, CBJ   
 Jake Muzzin, TOR  
 Dmitry Orlov, WAS  
 Ryan Pulock, NYI  
 Oliver Kylington, CGY  
 Rasmus Ristolainen, PHI  
 Matt Grzelcyk, BOS  
 Ty Smith, NJ  
 Duncan Keith, EDM  
 P.K. Subban, NJ  
 Nick Leddy, DET  
 Oscar Klefbom, EDM  
 Colton Parayko, STL  
 Erik Gustafsson, CHI  
 Brandon Montour, FLA  
 Alex Edler, LA  
 Noah Dobson, NYI  
 Justin Schultz, WAS  
 TJ Brodie, TOR  
 Vince Dunn, SEA  
 Will Butcher, NJ  
 Tyler Myers, VAN  
 Colin Miller, BUF  
 Ryan McDonagh, TB  
 Sami Vatanen, NJ  
 Hampus Lindholm, ANH  
 Marc-Edouard Vlasic, SJ  
 Noah Hanifin, CGY  
 Brady Skjei, CAR  
 Mike Matheson, PIT  
 Nate Schmidt, WPG  
 Josh Manson, ANH  
 Esa Lindell, DAL  
 Damon Severson, NJ  
 Nikita Zaitsev, OTT  
 Brett Pesce, CAR  
 Jake Gardiner, CAR  

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