Top 100 Keeper League Defensemen – January 2017

by Dobber on January 4, 2017 | (10 Comments)

The Top 100 defensemen to own in a points-only keeper league, January edition.

 

This list of 100 was simply curated from the larger, overall list of skaters. These are for points-only leagues, keeper formats. It blends potential upside with likely high-end, as well as current production, proneness to injury and team direction (coaching style, depth chart, etc.)

 

Also see this month's Top 300 Keeper League Players

 

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Def Rk Player Team Rating Jan Dec
1 Erik Karlsson OTT 120.5 14 11
2 Brent Burns SJS 113.1 18 30
3 Kris Letang PIT 73.8 64 65
4 Victor Hedman TBL 69.2 77 108
5 P.K. Subban NSH 65.5 87 48
6 Kevin Shattenkirk STL 64.9 88 88
7 Oliver Ekman-Larsson ARI 60.5 95 82
8 Dustin Byfuglien WPG 59.3 97 103
9 Roman Josi NSH 58.9 98 73
10 John Klingberg DAL 57.6 106 79
11 John Carlson WAS 57.5 107 110
12 Drew Doughty LAK 57.2 109 107
13 Duncan Keith CHI 54.9 115 134
14 Shea Weber MON 52.4 120 118
15 Zach Werenski CBJ 51.3 124 154
16 Keith Yandle FLA 50.2 127 104
17 Dougie Hamilton CGY 48.4 133 138
18 Tyson Barrie COL 47.8 136 130
19 Morgan Rielly TOR 45.0 143 145
20 Rasmus Ristolainen BUF 44.5 145 166
21 Seth Jones CBJ 44.3 147 167
22 Shayne Gostisbehere PHI 41.6 151 149
23 Ryan McDonagh NYR 40.7 154 189
24 Ryan Suter MIN 39.8 156 158
25 Alex Pietrangelo STL 39.5 157 161
26 Justin Faulk CAR 36.2 169 163
27 Cam Fowler ANA 36.0 170 186
28 Jake Gardiner TOR 34.3 174 232
29 Justin Schultz PIT 33.5 177 370
30 Torey Krug BOS 29.5 196 235
31 Sami Vatanen ANA 29.5 197 182
32 Mark Giordano CGY 29.1 198 171
33 Brent Seabrook CHI 27.7 202 212
34 Aaron Ekblad FLA 27.1 204 147
35 Nick Leddy NYI 25.5 212 191
36 Damon Severson NJD 25.3 213 196
37 Alec Martinez LAK 24.4 217 308
38 Colton Parayko STL 23.2 222 214
39 Ryan Ellis NSH 22.3 230 211
40 Matt Dumba MIN 19.6 248 278
41 Jacob Trouba WPG 18.7 253 261
42 Noah Hanifin CAR 18.7 254 272
43 TJ Brodie CGY 17.7 266 243
44 Dmitry Orlov WAS 17.2 272 380
45 Matt Niskanen WAS 16.8 274 306
46 Mike Green DET 16.5 278 230
47 Ivan Provorov PHI 15.4 289 357
48 Anton Stralman TBL 14.4 302 271
49 Nikita Zaitsev TOR 14.3 304 341
50 Andrei Markov MON 14.0 307 391
51 Nathan Beaulieu MON 14.0 308 338
52 Mike Matheson FLA 13.8 317 297
53 Andrej Sekera EDM 13.8 318 433
54 Anthony DeAngelo ARI 13.3 325 355
55 Nick Holden NYR 13.0 329 535
56 Cody Ceci OTT 12.7 334 363
57 Adam Larsson EDM 12.0 340 345
58 Oscar Klefbom EDM 11.9 346 364
59 Hampus Lindholm ANA 11.9 347 359
60 Dennis Wideman CGY 11.6 350 381
61 Connor Murphy ARI 11.5 354 386
62 Derrick Pouliot PIT 11.5 356 361
63 Jared Spurgeon MIN 11.4 359 497
64 Shea Theodore ANA 11.2 363 372
65 Colin Miller BOS 11.2 364 392
66 David Savard CBJ 11.0 366 403
67 Brandon Montour ANA 10.8 370 399
68 Tyler Myers WPG 9.8 378 385
69 Mike Reilly MIN 9.7 380 405
70 Brian Dumoulin PIT 9.6 381 406
71 Ryan Pulock NYI 9.6 383 393
72 Dion Phaneuf OTT 9.4 387 426
73 Joshua Morrissey WPG 9.3 389 408
74 Julius Honka DAL 8.9 393 414
75 Connor Carrick TOR 8.9 395 415
76 Alex Goligoski ARI 8.7 397 418
77 Brady Skjei NYR 8.3 399 423
78 Madison Bowey WAS 8.1 404 427
79 Olli Maatta PIT 8.1 405 428
80 Esa Lindell DAL 8.1 406 429
81 Erik Johnson COL 7.9 408 321
82 Nikita Zadorov COL 7.7 410 432
83 Mattias Ekholm NSH 7.6 411 412
84 Jordan Schmaltz STL 7.3 413 436
85 Jaccob Slavin CAR 6.9 419 461
86 Trevor Daley PIT 6.9 420 440
87 Marc-Edouard Vlasic SJS 6.8 422 398
88 Michael Del Zotto PHI 6.6 426 445
89 Nikita Nesterov TBL 6.5 428 421
90 Ryan Murray CBJ 6.5 429 448
91 Slater Koekkoek TBL 6.3 430 447
92 Ville Pokka CHI 6.3 432 449
93 Michael Stone ARI 6.3 433 371
94 Jake Muzzin LAK 6.2 434 334
95 Darnell Nurse EDM 6.0 437 455
96 Jacob Larsson ANA 5.8 443 462
97 Jack Johnson CBJ 5.7 444 523
98 Jonas Brodin MIN 5.6 447 492
99 Jason Demers FLA 5.3 457 465
100 Thomas Chabot OTT 4.8 465 479

 

  • Greg Anton

    Flyer’s best defenseman? Ivan Provorov. By the way, he is leading the Flyers and all NHL rookies in ave per game ice time

    • Dobber

      Agreed. We knew he was the best defensemen before he played a game this year. For the time being, Ghost is better offensively. That may or may not last. But two-way, always Provorov. Future blue line looks incredible, the Prospects Report has been preaching this for a couple of years now!

  • puckman

    I do understand it is very hard to create a top list, but with all due respect… Why Weber and Keith so low? especially Weber! Look deeper at #10+11 ! Weber should be in top 10 by far

    • Dobber

      I forgot to put my usual caveat…but + or – 5.0 rating points are considered equal players. So Weber could be 11th, Keith could be 8th, depending on needs, mood, opinion.

  • Chris Liggio

    keeper league I have Josi, Hedman, Backstrom, Johansen,Hall, Simmonds, Voracek, M. Jones coming into this season…picked Ristolainen this season and he has emerged, by season’s end do you feel I will have to include him in new batch for next season? Also have the likes of Drouin and Ehlers.

    • Dobber

      I would keep Risto and trade Johansen to make room

  • Ian Sharp

    surprised Stetcher not on list. Running pp as a rookie.

    • Dobber

      People were surprised last year that Hutton wasn’t on the list. Ran the pp as a rookie. But Stecher ranks 490 on the overall list, so he’s somewhere around 110 on this one

  • Marc-Olivier Fortier

    How is Olli Maatta still fantasy relevant? 0 goals, 3 assists in 36 games and no PP time…Erik Johnson was producing at an almost 0.5 ppg rate before his injury. I own both in a deep keeper and would rate Johnson waaaaay ahead of Maatta .

    • Dobber

      You are right, I need to adjust Maatta

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