Big Red’s 2017-18 Fantasy Rankings: Defensemen

Here’s my Top 50 Defensemen for the 2017-18 Season

  1. Erik Karlsson OTT
  2. Brent Burns SJ
  3. Victor Hedman TB
  4. Roman Josi NSH
  5. Oliver Ekman-Larsson ARI
  6. P.K. Subban NSH
  7. Shea Weber MTL
  8. Kris Letang PIT
  9. Justin Faulk CAR
  10. Dustin Byfuglien WPG
  11. Dougie Hamilton CGY
  12. Kevin Shattenkirk NYR
  13. Duncan Keith CHI
  14. John Klingberg DAL
  15. Keith Yandle FLA
  16. Mark Giordano CGY
  17. Rasmus Ristolainen BUF
  18. Drew Doughty LA
  19. Shayne Gostisbehere PHI
  20. Zach Werenski CBJ
  21. Cam Fowler ANA
  22. Justin Schultz PIT
  23. Ivan Provorov PHI
  24. Torey Krug BOS
  25. Seth Jones CBJ
  26. John Carlson WSH
  27. Tyson Barrie COL
  28. Aaron Ekblad FLA
  29. Nick Leddy NYI
  30. Ryan Suter MIN
  31. Oscar Klefbom EDM
  32. Alex Pietrangelo STL
  33. Matt Dumba MIN
  34. Colton Parayko STL
  35. Shea Theodore VGK
  36. Brent Seabrook CHI
  37. Mike Green DET
  38. Ryan McDonagh NYR
  39. T.J. Brodie CGY
  40. Jaccob Slavin CAR
  41. Alex Goligoski ARI
  42. Jacob Trouba WPG
  43. Alec Martinez LA
  44. Charlie McAvoy BOS
  45. Matt Niskanen WSH
  46. Sami Vatanen ANA
  47. Noah Hanifin CAR
  48. Damon Severson NJ
  49. Morgan Rielly TOR
  50. Nikita Zaitsev TOR


Shea Theodore VGK

Even though Theodore is in my top 50, I still consider him a sleeper considering he probably won’t be drafted in most 10 team leagues. The first round pick in 2013 by the Ducks is a potential top 2 defenseman for the Vegas Golden Knights. Picked up by Vegas in an expansion draft deal with Anaheim, Theodore couldn’t find consistent playing time with the Ducks crowded blue line. Now on another team with a crowded blue line, albeit with less talent, he should remain with big league squad for a full season if Vegas can pull off a couple trades to free up a spot for him. If this does happen, expect him to play in the top 4 and quarterback one of the power plays for Vegas. The kid has elite potential so put him on your watch list to see if he shows some of that this season.


Thanks for reading and stay tuned for weekly fantasy advise and the venting of a Red Wings fan whose team is gonna be god awful this year. Although getting Rasmus Dahlin would make me feel a lot better.


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