2017 Fantasy Hockey Consensus Rankings: Defenseman

We are less than a month away from the NHL regular season getting under way, as the first official puck drop will take place Wednesday, Oct. 4. It will be a four-game slate, highlighted by the Pittsburgh Penguins raising their fifth Stanley Cup championship banner as they take on the St. Louis Blues at PPG Paints Arena.

Armaan Kaler (DFS Manu) and I have teamed up to give you Fan Forecast’s Season-Long Fantasy Hockey Rankings. Below you will see the rankings for the Defenseman position as of September 1st. Criteria and other information can be found at the bottom of the article.

Info Ranks
Rank Player Team POS BEST WORST AVG
1 Brent Burns SJ D 1 1 1.0
2 Victor Hedman TB D 2 3 2.0
3 Erik Karlsson OTT D 2 3 3.0
4 Kevin Shattenkirk NYR D 5 5 5.0
5 Roman Josi NSH D 4 6 5.0
6 Dustin Byfuglien WPG D 4 10 7.0
7 Kris Letang PIT D 7 7 7.0
8 Duncan Keith CHI D 6 8 7.0
9 Zach Werenski CLS D 9 9 9.0
10 Drew Doughty LA D 8 16 12.0
11 Torey Krug BOS D 11 14 12.5
12 Rasmus Ristolainen BUF D 13 15 14.0
13 P.K. Subban NSH D 11 18 14.5
14 Dougie Hamilton CGY D 13 17 15.0
15 Oliver Ekman-Larson ARI D 12 18 15.0
16 John Klingberg DAL D 12 21 16.5
17 Shea Weber NSH D 16 17 16.5
18 Alex Pietrangelo STL D 10 27 18.5
19 Justin Faulk CAR D 19 22 20.5
20 Cam Fowler ANA D 15 26 20.5
21 Shayne Gostisbehere PHI D 19 23 21.0
22 Justin Schultz PIT D 20 24 22.0
23 John Carlson WSH D 22 25 23.5
24 Jake Gardiner TOR D 24 29 26.5
25 Ryan Ellis NSH D 21 33 27.0
26 Ryan Suter MIN D 23 32 27.5
27 Aaron Ekbald FLA D 26 30 28.0
28 Ryan McDonagh NYR D 25 31 28.0
29 Seth Jones CLS D 28 31 29.5
30 Jacob Trouba WPG D 29 36 32.5
31 Nick Leddy NYI D 28 39 33.5
32 Mark Giordano CGY D 32 40 36.0
33 Shea Theodore ANA D 34 38 36.0
34 Mike Green DET D 39 40 39.5
35 Colton Parayko STL D 27 N/R
36 Nikita Zaitzev TOR D 30 N/R
37 Jared Spurgeon MIN D 33 N/R
38 Will Butcher NJ D 34 N/R
39 Jaccob Slavin CAR D 35 N/R
40 Dion Phaneuf OTT D 36 N/R
41 Brent Seabrook CHI D 37 N/R
42 Troy Strecher VAN D 37 N/R
43 Ivan Provorov PHI D 38 N/R

A combination of Nick Olson and DFS Manu’s rankings gave the average of where each player landed on the list. If one player was unranked he was moved to the bottom of the list without an average. The highest ranking that player received determined the order that they were ranked.

N/R = Not Ranked

Rankings referenced current lineup projections from dailyfaceoff.com

Other Projections:

Centers

Left Wings

Right Wings (Coming soon)

Goaltenders (Coming soon)

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