Top 100 Keeper League Defensemen – October 2020

Dobber

2020-10-05

Here are the Top 120 defensemen to own in your points-only keeper leagues – October edition!

Only minor changes this past month, based on play over the last two rounds of the playoffs. I also made tweaks based on UFA status (I went ahead and put in each UFA, even though they technically don’t turn UFA until October 9).

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Be sure to come back during Free Agent Frenzy on Friday, where we break down each signing from a fantasy hockey standpoint. Just like we have each year for the last 15 years!

This month I’m trying something different. Because players further down the list are so close to each other, I’ve just thrown them together into groups. It beats trying to explain how the 90th ranked guy is pretty much the same for value as the 66th ranked guy. As a bonus, this means 120 defensemen appear in the rankings. Let me know if you like the new format. Click on any player name below to be taken to his fantasy hockey player profile page, with all the stats you need to make an assessment for your fantasy leagues…

Def. RkPlayerTeamRatingOctSepChange
1John CarlsonWAS127.325250
2Cale MakarCOL105.348480
3Morgan RiellyTOR103.053530
4Victor HedmanTBL99.855550
5Roman JosiNSH96.060600
6Dougie HamiltonCAR92.867670
7Quinn HughesVAN92.171710
8Erik KarlssonSJS87.676760
9Torey KrugUFA77.493849
10Rasmus DahlinBUF75.09697-1
11Shea TheodoreVGK74.598100-2
12Tony DeAngeloNYR73.899101-2
13Alex PietrangeloUFA73.1101947
14Zach WerenskiCBJ70.71091090
15Thomas ChabotOTT69.81131130
16Brent BurnsSJS68.6116117-1
17Miro HeiskanenDAL66.9119125-6
18Seth JonesCBJ66.31211210
19Tyson BarrieUFA65.912411410
20Kris LetangPIT60.01381371
21John KlingbergDAL59.71391390
22Drew DoughtyLAK50.01581580
23Ivan ProvorovPHI46.71701700
24Oliver Ekman-LarssonARI44.71741740
25Keith YandleFLA42.71771770
26Ryan PulockNYI42.41801800
27Filip HronekDET42.11821820
28Aaron EkbladFLA41.3187188-1
29Erik GustafssonUFA39.119518312
30Matt DumbaMIN38.61971970
31Josh MorrisseyWPG37.62012010
32Adam FoxNYR37.02052050
33Ryan EllisNSH35.52102082
34Mikhail SergachevTBL34.22162151
35Samuel GirardCOL33.62202191
36Neal PionkWPG33.02232221
37Jacob TroubaNYR32.92242231
38Ryan SuterMIN32.22272270
39Shea WeberMON31.72282280
40Charlie McAvoyBOS30.02332330
41Mark GiordanoCGY28.82362360
42Jaccob SlavinCAR28.52402400
43Rasmus RistolainenBUF28.52412410
44Darnell NurseEDM27.52452450
45Mattias EkholmNSH27.12472470
46Adam BoqvistCHI24.82592590
47Vince DunnSTL23.92672670
48Shayne GostisbeherePHI23.2269270-1
49Brandon MontourBUF22.6278279-1
50Oscar KlefbomEDM21.9283284-1
51Travis SanheimPHI21.8285286-1
52Damon SeversonNJD20.8301302-1
53Jakob ChychrunARI20.6305306-1
54Evan BouchardEDM20.4308309-1
55Jeff PetryMON19.43173170
56Mike MathesonPIT19.3320326-6
57Will ButcherNJD18.93243222
58Colton ParaykoSTL17.6333334-1
59Nate SchmidtVGK17.3340341-1
60Ryan GravesCOL17.0344345-1
61Rasmus AnderssonCGY16.3352353-1
62Cam FowlerANA15.8362363-1
63P.K. SubbanNJD15.4366367-1
64Sami VatanenUFA15.4367368-1
65Ryan McDonaghTBL15.3368369-1

The Next Group (gap between 66 and 90 is same as gap between 17 and 20 – i.e. they are pretty equal). Their value to you would depend on if you are rebuilding, just need a guy coming off the bench once in a while during hot spurts, or need immediate help with a lower ceiling, with different tolerances of risk…

Devon ToewsNYI Erik BrannstromOTT
Kevin ShattenkirkUFA Dmitry OrlovWAS
Jared SpurgeonMIN Juuso ValimakiCGY
Matt GrzelcykBOS Jake MuzzinTOR
Ethan BearEDM Oliver KylingtonCGY
Travis DermottTOR Dennis CholowskiDET
Esa LindellDAL Ty SmithNJD
Alexander RomanovMON Pierre-Olivier JosephPIT
Henri JokiharjuBUF Scott PerunovichSTL
Hampus LindholmANA John MarinoPIT
Bowen ByramCOL Nick LeddyNYI
Noah HanifinCGY Philippe MyersPHI
Justin FaulkSTL   

Vets who can chip in, injury risks, prospects with varying degrees of upside and wait time, other defensemen with lower upside and expectations but can chip in at times

Marcus PetterssonPIT Josh MahuraANA
Kale ClagueLAK Victor MeteMON
Sami NikuWPG Olli JuoleviVAN
Rasmus SandinTOR Jake GardinerCAR
Brady SkjeiCAR Caleb JonesEDM
Sean WalkerLAK Alexander AlexeyevWAS
Timothy LiljegrenTOR Jake BeanCAR
Ian MitchellCHI TJ BrodieUFA
Dante FabbroNSH Nicolas HagueVGK
Erik CernakTBL Christian DjoosANA
Alex GoligoskiARI Matt RoyLAK
Noah DobsonNYI Ryan MerkleySJS
Alexander EdlerVAN Alec MartinezVGK
Mikko LehtonenTOR Justin SchultzUFA
Conor TimminsCOL Vladislav GavrikovCBJ

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LINE COMBOS

  Frequency EDM Players
22% JOSH ARCHIBALD CONNOR MCDAVID RYAN NUGENT-HOPKINS
17.9% ANDREAS ATHANASIOU LEON DRAISAITL KAILER YAMAMOTO
13% ALEX CHIASSON GAETAN HAAS JAMES NEAL

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