Top 50 Fantasy Hockey Defenseman Rankings - February 4, 2022

Feb 4th update: Our latest top 50 defensemen rankings as we enter the All Star break and prepare for the final stretch of the fantasy hockey regular season. NEW FEATURE: each player's points floor and ceiling are now listed - these are the best and worst case scenarios for each player, if they were to be relatively healthy throughout the NHL season.

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. Notes made in previous rankings may carry over to new rankings if they remain relevant.

1Cale Makar, COL-50/85 
2Adam Fox, NYR-45/80 
3Victor Hedman, TB-45/75 
4Roman Josi, NAS-45/75Leading the charge for revitalized Preds offense
5Quinn Hughes, VAN-45/80 
6John Carlson, WAS-45/80He's been alright, but being passed by young studs
7Morgan Rielly, TOR-40/75 
8Aaron Ekblad, FLA-40/75 
9Shea Theodore, VGK-40/70 
10Kris Letang, PITUP40/75He's probably top 5 without the injury risk
11Dougie Hamilton, NJ-40/70 
12Drew Doughty, LA-35/65 
13Charlie McAvoy, BOS-35/65 
14Alex Pietrangelo, VGK-30/60 
15Torey Krug, STL-35/65

16Tony DeAngelo, CARUP30/65A top pick if you believe issues are behind him
17Zach Werenski, CBJ-30/65 
18Thomas Chabot, OTT-30/65Numbers will improve as team improves
19Miro Heiskanen, DAL-30/65 
20Seth Jones, CHI-35/65Lacklustre 'Hawks team won't help totals
21Moritz Seider, DET-30/65Hasn't, and may never, hit the 'rookie wall'
22Devon Toews, COLUP30/65Steady climb up the list; hard to keep him down
23Brent Burns, SJ-30/65 
24Tyson Barrie, EDMDOWN30/70Concerns growing with Bouchard emergence
25Rasmus Dahlin, BUF-30/75Minuses piling up, but so are the points
26John Klingberg, DALUP30/65Trade could be coming soon
27Mackenzie Weegar, FLA-30/60 
28Darnell Nurse, EDM-30/60 
29Mikhail Sergachev, TB-30/60 
30Neal Pionk, WPG-30/55

31Samuel Girard, COL-30/60 
32Jared Spurgeon, MIN-30/55 
33Shayne Gostisbehere, AZUP15/55Is he back? Opportunity with 'Yotes paying dividends
34Jakob Chychrun, AZ-25/55On the trade block - keep an eye on this one
35Alex Goligoski, MINUP20/55Can you believe this? On pace for 60 points
36Filip Hronek, DET-25/55 
37Bowen Byram, COL-25/65Working his way up a crowded depth chart
38Justin Faulk, STL-20/55Settled in as a Blue after rough first few seasons
39Matt Dumba, MIN-25/60There's still more upside here
40Erik Karlsson, SJDOWN30/70Bounceback season derailed by injuries again
41Evan Bouchard, EDMUP20/60Carving out larger offensive role for himself already
42Ivan Provorov, PHIDOWN20/55 
43Rasmus Andersson, CGY-20/50Quietly chipping in, but long term role uncertain
44Noah Dobson, NYIUP20/55Making most of open opportunity on NYI blueline
45Jacob Trouba, NYR-20/45 
46Matt Grzelcyk, BOS-15/45 
47Kevin Shattenkirk, ANH-20/45We know he can produce; Anaheim a good fit
48Cam Fowler, ANH-15/45Hard to trust production, but it's there right now
49Jaccob Slavin, CAR-15/45 
50Ryan Ellis, PHI-35/65Top 15 upside, but he can't stay healthy

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