When it comes to fantasy hockey, strategies for drafting defensemen can be pretty polarizing. Some will tell you that Forwards and Goalies are the most important components of a fantasy squad so the focus should be there, letting you round out your roster with defenseman who are solid category contributors. Others however, see the sneaky value that a good defenseman can offer: if you’re getting 60+ points where another owner is only getting 40 or so, that can put you over the top.
I tend to go with a balance between these two approaches. I think defense an all too important but often underrated position in fantasy hockey, but its also important to recognize that most of your points will indeed be coming from forwards and goalies.
All of these players are of great interest to me going into my drafts, whether they’re sleepers, breakout candidates, guys who will out-perform their draft rankings, or just guys I’d love to have on my team. So, without further ado…
Victor Hedman, TBL
The third overall pick in the 2009 draft has seen steady progression in his young career and I expect that trend to continue. He logs a ton of minutes and he has stellar options in front of him like Steven Stamkos and rookie Jonathon Drouin. He posted 55 points in just 75 games last year, so 60 is definition possible. I’m targeting him on all of my teams.
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