Originally written September 27, 2013 on Fantasy Sports Locker Room:
Chris Meaney on P.K. Subban at 1 in his 2013-14 Fantasy Hockey Defense Rankings Last year P.K. Subban won the Norris Trophy with a league high 38 points in 42 games, but Erik Karlsson missed most of the season and the year before last, he posted 78 points in 81 games. Why should anyone even consider P.K. over a point per game D-man in Karlsson? P.K. Subban is a stud. The reason he is a better fantasy player than Karlsson and Letang is because of the penalty minutes he racks up. Last year he had 57 penalty minutes compared to only eight from Letang. When Karlsson won the Norris in 2011-12 he finished with 78 penalty minutes, while P.K. pretty much racked up that many penalty minutes last year with his eyes closed. This isn’t about which offensive defensman is better, it’s about which defensman is the better fantasy player.  Karlsson may have the edge in points, but it doesn’t come close when comparing other stats like PIM’s and hits. The Canadiens powerplay has been in the top 5 for the past five years and P.K. adds to it with a rocket shot from the point.   Mark Streit has always been solid at quarterbacking a powerplay and this year will be no different. He will use his heavy shot and puck vision to make himself a better fantasy defensemen than most. (Elsa/Getty Images North America) Mike Omelan on Mark Streit at 10 in his 2013-14 Fantasy Hockey Defense Rankings   From a Hab, to a former Hab… why do you think Mark Streit will crack the top 10 in terms of fantasy defensemen this year? The Flyers had a pretty disappointing season last year and I think that will change. Philly is capable of putting up a ton of points and I think Streit is in for quite the productive year. Top pairing in Philly plus quarterbacking the powerplay unit? Success! He is in for a ton of points running the pp with Claude Giroux.   Esten Mclaren on Tobias Enstrom at 10 in his 2013-14 Fantasy Hockey Defense Rankings You’re the only one to have Tobias Enstrom ranked inside the top 10, Why do you like him over say Duncan Keith who you have at 12. Enstrom’s career 0.54 PPG mark is substantially better than Keith’s 0.51. Enstrom is also two years younger, and at 28 is just entering the standard peak age. We have already seen the best of Duncan. We haven’t seen the best of Enstrom yet.   Andrew Reid on Sergei Gonchar not in his 2013-14 Fantasy Hockey Defense Rankings You and Esten failed to rank Sergei Gonchar inside your top 70. How come fantasy hockey enthusiasts should look elsewhere when filling in their defensive positions? Gonchar is well past his prime, and hasn’t produced terrific numbers in years. Although not always significant, he’s not played a full slate of games since 2006 (and he’s not getting any younger as he nears 40); over the past four years he’s only produced a positive plus/minus once (and it was a +4). Even with a shortened season last year, Gonchar looked tired and out of place through a lot of the playoffs. I just personally don’t want him on my squad.    Chris Meaney on Brent Burns at 10 in his 2013-14 Fantasy Hockey Defense Rankings Don’t you think Brent Burns ranked as the tenth best defensemen is a bit much? He has never been inside the top ten over the course of his career? So why should he be considered a top fantasy player now? Brent Burns has been discussed as a bust and he has been discussed as a sleeper. but he should be discussed as a top five in terms of fantasy defensemen. The reason is simple – draft him as a defensemen late and you get an offensive defensmen who plays forward with Joe Thornton. He was tried out on a line with Big Joe last season and he piled up 20 points in 24 games. Burns will have no problem keeping up with the fantasy scoring, he  is a natural forward to begin with. Share your thoughts in the comments below and make sure to check out Our 2013-14 Fantasy Hockey Left Wing Rankings Our 2013-14 Fantasy Hockey Right Wing Rankings Our 2013-14 Fantasy Hockey Center Rankings The post 2013-14 Fantasy Hockey Defense Rankings Discussion appeared first on Fantasy Sports Locker Room.
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