The top-two options at defense this year stand head and shoulders above the rest, but if you miss out on both of them during your draft, there's no need to fret, as there will still be a plethora of high-end (and in some cases borderline elite) blue-liners available after the first few rounds. Here's a preview of this year's class of defensemen ranked by tiers.
Burns eclipsed the 75-point mark for the third time in four seasons in 2018-19, notching 16 goals and 83 points while firing 300 shots on net in 82 appearances, and remains the No. 1 fantasy option at his position heading in 2019-20. He's played all 82 games in five consecutive campaigns and has shown no signs of slowing down entering his age-34 season.
Karlsson possesses similarly elite upside, but questions surrounding his health make him a significantly more risky pick. The 29-year-old Swede was limited to just 53 games last campaign due to injury, but still managed three goals and 45 points over that span. He underwent surgery to repair his injured groin in June, and is expected to be ready for training camp, which should quell some of the concern regarding his health.
If you miss out on the top-two