Top 50 Fantasy Hockey Defenseman Rankings - January 18, 2022

Jan 18th update: There seems to be a fairly solidified top tier in the fantasy hockey defensemen world: from Makar to Hughes, the top guys are, at least in our opinion, the top guys. 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  
2Adam Fox, NYR  
3John Carlson, WAS  
4Victor Hedman, TB  
5Roman Josi, NAS Making strong case to crack top 3
6Quinn Hughes, VAN Rounds out a fairly defined top tier of defensemen
7Morgan Rielly, TOR  
8Aaron Ekblad, FLA Finally getting opportunities that make him a top 10 stud
9Shea Theodore, VGK  
10Dougie Hamilton, NJ  
11Seth Jones, CHI  
12Drew Doughty, LA  
13Alex Pietrangelo, VGK  
14Kris Letang, PIT  
15Charlie McAvoy, BOS  
16Zach Werenski, CBJ Has the top spot on blueline all to himself
17Miro Heiskanen, DAL  
18Thomas Chabot, OTT Righting the ship after slow start
19Torey Krug, STL  
20Tyson Barrie, EDMDOWNNot meeting last year's lofty standards
21Tony DeAngelo, CAR  
22Rasmus Dahlin, BUF  
23Darnell Nurse, EDM  
24Brent Burns, SJ  
25Moritz Seider, DET  
26Mackenzie Weegar, FLA  
27Devon Toews, COLUPGets forgotten on top Avs team, but he's legit
28Neal Pionk, WPG  
29Samuel Girard, COL  
30John Klingberg, DAL Trade could be coming soon
31Erik Karlsson, SJUPVintage Karlsson! Enjoy it while it lasts
32Mikhail Sergachev, TB  
33Ryan Ellis, PHI Top 15 upside, but he can't stay healthy
34Matt Dumba, MIN  
35Shayne Gostisbehere, AZUPIs he back? Opportunity with 'Yotes paying dividends
36Jared Spurgeon, MIN  
37Filip Hronek, DET  
38Bowen Byram, COL Working his way up a crowded depth chart
39Jakob Chychrun, AZDOWNOn the trade block - keep an eye on this one
40Justin Faulk, STL  
41Ivan Provorov, PHIDOWNBetter D-man in real life than in fantasy hockey
42Alex Goligoski, MINUPRevitalized by new opportunity in Minny
43Evan Bouchard, EDM  
44Jeff Petry, MTLDOWNInjuries, inconsistency derailing Petry's year
45Cam Fowler, ANH Hard to trust production, but it's there right now
46Alec Martinez, VGK  
47Rasmus Andersson, CGY  
48Kevin Shattenkirk, ANH We know he can produce; Anaheim a good fit
49Oliver Kylington, CGY One of season's biggest surprises
50Nate Schmidt, WPG  
 Ryan Suter, DAL  
 Mattias Ekholm, NAS  
 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  
 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  
 Noah Hanifin, CGY  
 Brady Skjei, CAR  
 Mike Matheson, PIT  
 Josh Manson, ANH  
 Esa Lindell, DAL  
 Damon Severson, NJ  
 Nikita Zaitsev, OTT  
 Brett Pesce, CAR  

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