2022-23 Fantasy Hockey Defenseman Rankings

Sep 28- 6 min read
Fantasy Hockey defensemen
  • Top NHL Fantasy Hockey defensemen rankings heading into the 2022-23 season
  • Cale Makar, Victor Hedman, and Roman Josi are the top defensive targets 
  • Read below for our top 30 Fantasy Hockey defensemen rankings

After a crazy offseason, the NHL season is almost upon us, and we are now approaching the time to start scouting for who’s going to make the cut on your Fantasy Hockey team this year. At this time, it can be easy to forget about Fantasy Hockey defensemen because they might not have as much value as the best forwards in the league or the best goalie. However, in my opinion, having a strong defense core on your fantasy team is critical to your success throughout the year.

The reason for this is that, similar to all fantasy sports, everyone knows the best players, such as McDavid or Shesterkin, will likely provide the most points for your team, but who are those players that might slip in the draft and still have a lot more upside than their draft position indicates. Oftentimes there are strong defenders that people miss because of their focus on goaltending and forwards.

Now I’m not saying players like Makar will be forgotten as he is what many consider to be the modern-day Bobby Orr; but, a defenseman like Thomas Chabot, who had a down season last year and is now in the position to have a bounce-back season can prove to be very valuable.

With that being said, the following article is a ranking of the top 30 Fantasy Hockey defensemen who can make a difference on your fantasy team.

Fantasy Hockey Defensemen Rankings

Rank Player Position Team
1 Cale Makar D COL
2 Victor Hedman D TB
3 Roman Josi D NSH
4 Adam Fox D NYR
5 Aaron Ekblad D FLA
6 Quinn Hughes D VAN
7 Kris Letang D PIT
8 Devon Toews D COL
9 Morgan Reilly D TOR
10 Moritz Seider D DET
11 Thomas Chabot D OTT
12 Brent Burns D CAR
13 Shea Theodore D VGK
14 Noah Dobson D NYI
15 Mackenzie Weegar D CGY
16 Zach Werenski D CBJ
17 Alex Pietrangelo D VGK
18 Rasmus Dahlin D BUF
19 Torey Krug D STL
20 Dougie Hamilton D NJ
21 Miro Heiskanen D DAL
22 Charlie McAvoy (INJ) D BOS
23 Evan Bouchard D EDM
24 Jacob Trouba D NYR
25 Drew Doughty D LA
26 Mikhail Sergachev D TB
27 Justin Faulk D STL
28 Tony DeAngelo D PHI
29 Seth Jones D CHI
30 Bowen Byram D COL

Rankings updated as of September 28th

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