Final Defenseman Rankings

Mike Green will enter 2009 as the No.1 fantasy defenseman and likely a top-10 overall choice.
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - When you have a defenseman who can put up numbers equal to a top-five winger, you have the makings of a fantasy star. Compare Washington defenseman Mike Green's statistics to No.5 right winger Shane Doan. They are almost identical (Doan - 31G, 42A, +5, 72 PIM, 25 PPP, 230 SOG).

Green was a first-round draft choice of the Capitals in 2004 (29th overall) and just finished his second full season. He improved his stats in all six fantasy categories from 2007 to 2008 and will enter 2009 as the No.1 fantasy defenseman and likely a top-10 overall choice.

There really wasn't much competition for the 2008 TSN Fantasy Defenseman Award. In preseason rankings, Green was listed at No.3 behind Detroit Red Wings' Nicklas Lidstrom and Dion Phaneuf of Calgary but neither lived up to expectations.

Coming off a down season in Los Angeles, Rob Blake was almost invisible on Draft Day, but put up enough numbers to win this season's Best Fantasy Bargain Award for defensemen. He increased his statistics in every category including a nice 34-goal improvement in plus/minus rating (-19 to +15). From a 15th-round selection to No.5 at the position was easily enough to win the prize.

Brian Campbell, ranked the No.6 defenseman in preseason and having signed a large contract in the off-season, came to Chicago as their number one defenseman and power play quarterback. Campbell, was coming off a career-high 62 points last season, but let down owners when his statistics dropped off in almost every category. He finished the year ranked 32nd and unfortunately that's enough to win the TSN Most Disappointing Award.

2008-09 Defensive Statistics
RankPlayerTeamGA+/-PIMPPPSOG
1)Mike GreenWAS3142246838243
2)Zdeno CharaBOS1931239528216
3)Nicklas LidstromDET1643313033180
4)Sheldon SourayEDM233019823268
5)Rob BlakeSJ10351511022198
6)Dan BoyleSJ164165232213
7)Shea WeberNAS233018019251
8)Mark Streit NYI164066229150
9)Dion PhaneufCAL1136-1110021277
10)Chris ProngerANA113708828196
11)Dennis WidemanBOS1337323425169
12)Andrei MarkovMON1252-23639165
13)Scott NiedermayerANA1445-87032178
14)Duncan KeithCHI836336011173
15)Brian RafalskiDET1049172028141
16)Kevin BieksaVAN1132-49725153
17)Pavel KubinaTOR1426-159422184
18)Kimmo TimonenPHI340195428104
19)Jay BouwmeesterFLA1527-26820182
20)Dustin ByfuglienCHI15167817202


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