The elite guys still occupy their own tier on the pyramid of fantasy defensemen, but thanks to a substantial influx of talent, just below is a glut of very talented players. There's little separating the players in this second group, and depending on the type of fantasy league, some are more preferable than others.
Here are your 2019-20 fantasy defensemen ranked by tiers...
The only defenseman to score over 80 points and register over 300 shots last season, Brent Burns once again holds down the number one spot. No other defenseman averaged better than a point per game, and Burns' 42 even-strength assists alone would've been good enough to finish in the top 30 in scoring among defensemen. However, only seven blueliners in the modern era have scored over 70 points in their age-34 season.
Erik Karlsson and Victor Hedman round out the top three with very little separating the pair of Swedes. Karlsson's offensive ability is unquestionably elite, but his health is a big concern. He was limited to just 53 games last year and still managed to tally 42 helpers. Hedman is the better all-around player, but he generates fewer shots and produces fewer points, capping his fantasy value.
Mark Giordano, the reigning Norris Trophy winner, almost drops out of the top 10 mainly because of