Defensemen Preview: Tiers

Defensemen Preview: Tiers

Defensemen tend to be overshadowed in fantasy drafts due to their lack of offensive production compared to the game's elite forwards, but there is a massive amount of value in having one of the top names listed below on your roster.

Here's a preview of this year's defensemen, ranked by tier.

TIER 1 – THE ELITE 

Cale Makar, Victor Hedman, Adam Fox, John Carlson, Dougie Hamilton, Quinn Hughes, Tyson Barrie, Roman Josi, Shea Theodore

The Skinny: Make these guys a high priority on draft day. 

Makar is the most talented rearguard in the game, and he plays for arguably the deepest team in the league. He finished second in voting for the Norris Trophy a year ago as a 22-year-old. He could flirt with 75 points over the course of a full 82-game season. Hedman's play was down a just a notch last season compared to what we're accustomed to, but the last time Hedman posted fewer than 45 points was the 2014-15 campaign. Fox led all NHL rearguards in assists (42) a season ago and finished second in points (47). That performance led to him winning his first Norris Trophy as the league's top defenseman in 2020-21. Carlson is Mr. Consistency, as he's posted no fewer than 44 points in each of the past five campaigns. Running a power play alongside Alex Ovechkin will lead to that type of production. Hamilton left Carolina for New Jersey this past summer on

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Jon Litterine
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