Dion Phaneuf over Norris Winner Nicklas Lidstrom: Fantasy Defensemen Rankings

Joe MacDonaldAnalyst IJuly 4, 2008

Nicklas Lidstrom of the Detroit Red Wings may have won another Norris Trophy this season as the NHL's best defenseman, but it's the Calgary Flames' young superstar Dion Phaneuf who claims the top spot in sportstwit.com's fantasy defensemen rankings.

The 23-year-old blueliner scored 17 goals and added 43 assists in 82 games for the Flames last season, moving up from No. 8 in the 2006-07 rankings.

It was Lidstrom's second straight runner-up finish in the rankings, after finishing a mere .01 of a point behind leader Sheldon Souray of the Montreal Canadiens last season. The Detroit captain claimed the top spot for the 2005-06 season.

Souray missed 56 games for his new team, the Los Angeles Kings, in 2007-08, falling all the way to No. 152 in the computer rankings.

Sergei Gonchar of the Pittsburgh Penguins, Zdeno Chara of the Boston Bruins, and Mike Green of the Washington Capitals completed the Top Five.

 

The Sportstwit player rankings, developed by Sportstwit editor Joe MacDonald, utilizes a computerized ranking system that evaluates players in a number of different categories. For defensemen, the categories used are games played, goals, assists, points, penalty minutes, plus/minus, shots on goal, special team points, ice time, and points per game.

 

Here are the Top 100 fantasy defensemen for 2007-08:

 

RNKPlayerPointsGPGAPTSPIM
1Phaneuf, Dion D CGY86.9282174360182
2Lidstrom, Nicklas D DET82.997610607040
3Gonchar, Sergei D PIT80.747812536566
4Chara, Zdeno D BOS76.9477173451114
5Green, Mike D WAS74.888218385662
6Markov, Andrei D MON74.168216425863
7Rafalski, Brian D DET73.737313425534
8Campbell, Brian D CHI71.52838546220
9Pronger, Chris D ANA70.3072123143128
10Streit, Mark D NYI70.178113496228
11Jovanovski, Ed D PHO69.778012395173
12Burns, Brent D MIN66.978215284380
13Corvo, Joe D CAR66.537413354826
14Kaberle, Tomas D TOR65.71828455322
15Kubina, Pavel D TOR64.3272112940116
16Wideman, Dennis D BOS64.058113233670
17Timonen, Kimmo D PHI63.22808364450
18Bouwmeester, Jay D FLA63.128215223772
19Schneider, Mathieu D ANA62.176512273950
20Rozsival, Michal D NYR62.158013253880
21Keith, Duncan D CHI61.178212203256
22Whitney, Ryan D PIT60.097612284045
23Zidlicky, Marek D MIN59.62795384363
24Coburn, Braydon D PHI59.53789273674
25Redden, Wade D NYR59.29806323860
26Seabrook, Brent D CHI59.25829233290
27Byfuglien, Dustin D CHI58.976719173659
28Meszaros, Andrej D OTT58.72829273650
29Visnovsky, Lubomir D EDM58.17828334134
30Rivet, Craig D SJ57.987453035104
31Aucoin, Adrian D CGY57.967610253537
32Enstrom, Tobias D ATL57.53825333842
33Kronwall, Niklas D DET55.72657283544
34Hainsey, Ron D CLB55.68788243225
35Spacek, Jaroslav D BUF55.40609233242
36Robidas, Stephane D DAL55.07829172685
37Blake, Rob D LA54.97719223198
38Liles, John-Michael D COL54.77816263226
39Suter, Ryan D NSH54.44767243171
40Salei, Ruslan D COL54.18826243098
41Martin, Paul D NJ54.15735273222
42Morris, Derek D PHO54.05828172583
43Zubov, Sergei D DAL53.44464313512
44Gilbert, Tom D EDM52.998213203320
45Salo, Sami D VAN52.41638172538
46Jones, Randy D PHI52.14715263158
47Girardi, Daniel D NYR52.078210182814
48Kuba, Filip D TB51.86756253140
49Ranger, Paul D TB51.787210213156
50Ohlund, Mattias D VAN51.65539152479
51Niskanen, Matt D DAL51.32787192636
52Hamhuis, Dan D NSH51.26804232766
53Hamrlik, Roman D MON51.23775212638
54McCabe, Bryan D TOR50.86545182381
55Wisniewski, James D CHI50.616871926103
56Poti, Tom D WAS50.29712272946
57Oduya, Johnny D NJ50.24756202646
58Pitkanen, Joni D CAR50.11638182656
59Johnson, Erik D STL50.03695283328
60Ballard, Keith D FLA49.63826152185
61Schubert, Christoph D OTT49.40828162464
62O'Brien, Shane D TB49.007741721154
63Lydman, Toni D BUF48.92824222674
64Klesla, Rostislav D CLB48.88826121860
65Johnsson, Kim D MIN48.74804232742
66Regehr, Robyn D CGY48.74825152079
67Edler, Alexander D VAN48.74758122042
68Stuart, Brad D DET48.58726172369
69Daley, Trevor D DAL48.55825192485
70Niedermayer, Scott D ANA48.30488172516
71Beauchemin, Francois D ANA48.28822192159
72Ehrhoff, Christian D SJ47.72771212272
73Tyutin, Fedor D NYR47.58825152043
74Brewer, Eric D STL47.01771212291
75Phillips, Chris D OTT46.98815131856
76Gill, Hal D PIT46.95813212468
77Vandermeer, Jim D CGY46.137531417110
78Komisarek, Mike D MON46.027541317101
79Montador, Steve D FLA45.98738152373
80Weber, Shea D NSH45.96546142049
81Boyle, Dan D TB45.94374212557
82Finger, Jeff D TOR45.90728111940
83Gleason, Tim D CAR45.89803161984
84Preissing, Tom D LA45.46778162416
85Staios, Steve D EDM45.37827916121
86Clark, Brett D COL45.06575162133
87Foote, Adam D COL45.037511516107
88Hannan, Scott D COL44.27822192155
89Huskins, Kent D ANA44.01764151959
90Foster, Kurtis D MIN43.93567121937
91White, Ian D TOR43.89815162144
92Hedican, Bret D CAR43.78662151770
93Michalek, Zbynek D PHO43.43754131734
94Berard, Bryan D NYI43.22545172248
95Jackman, Barret D STL43.15782141693
96Hejda, Jan D CLB43.12810131361
97Kaberle, Frantisek D CAR42.84800222230
98Allen, Bryan D FLA42.77732141667
99Bergeron, Marc-Andre D ANA42.56559101920
100de Vries, Greg D NSH42.37774111571

 

In the final part of our three part series, we'll rank the top 50 fantasy goaltenders.