There are lots of methods to judge defensemen in fantasy hockey, and now greater than ever the place is changing into more and more related in earlier rounds of drafts. The flexibility of the gamers within the higher half of this listing to place up factors and their roles on the powerplay make them protected fantasy picks.
Other than factors the rest of this listing comprises defensemen who will be capable to present sufficient hits and blocks to make them related, in addition to youthful defensemen with upside. It doesn’t matter what sort of scoring format you play in, this listing ought to current an excellent foundation for easy methods to worth defensemen in any league.
Fantasy Defensemen Notes
Coming in atop the listing, maybe unsurprisingly, is the reigning 2022 Conn Smythe and Norris Trophy winner Cale Makar. Turning 24 simply after the beginning of the season, Makar might be relied on to make up for a few of the offense the Avalanche misplaced when Nazem Kadri departed for Calgary. Whereas matching the 28 targets he scored final season looks like a lofty expectation, it’s totally affordable primarily based on what we noticed from Makar within the playoffs. He needs to be the primary defenseman off the board in any league.
Victor Hedman, Roman Josi, Adam Fox, and John Carlson spherical out the highest 5 and the highest tier of fantasy defensemen. Every of those gamers are the highest rearguard on their respective groups, and every might be quarterbacking their groups powerplay, giving them a excessive flooring and even increased ceiling.
The rankings are banking closely on a Brent Burns “rebound” season after he notched 54 factors for the San Jose Sharks final season. Now enjoying in Carolina, the Hurricanes’ system ought to give him free rein to shoot from the purpose as a lot as he needs, and enjoying with Jaccob Slavin ought to alleviate a few of his defensive duties.
Various younger defenders make up the highest 20 together with Moritz Seider, Quinn Hughes, Rasmus Dahlin, and Noah Dobson. Seider and Dobson present a pleasant mixture of offensive upside, blocks, and hits. Hughes and Dahlin have each already achieved excessive ranges of manufacturing and solely mission to enhance as they enter their primes.
One factor price monitoring that might shuffle the rankings is who will get the prize place on the blueline on the Edmonton Oilers energy play. Tyson Barrie was the person in 2021-22 and is predicted to start out there as soon as once more. However with Darnell Nurse now on an costly contract and Evan Bouchard’s ever-improving offensive play, it’s price keeping track of. All are ranked in an identical vary, however solely Nurse gives fantasy worth exterior of factors.
Some harm notes to bear in mind on draft day:
Charlie McAvoy: Anticipated again early December
Matt Grzelcyk: Anticipated again early November
Ryan Ellis: Unknown return date
2022 Fantasy Defensemen Rankings
For extra draft assist take a look at Fantrax’s 2022 forward rankings