Fantasy Hockey 2011: Top 40 Rankings for Defensemen 21-40

We continue with the top 40 defensemen rankings for 2011-12 fantasy hockey season with rankings 21-40. The defenseman rankings for 1-20 is here. Stats used are goals, assists, +/-, power play points, penalty minutes and shots on goal.

Ryan Whitney, Oilers -  He'll do just fine after having an ankle knock out his season. Moving up the charts can be a  

P.K. Subban, Montreal Great points, lots of penalty minutes and shots on goal. He makes for a great D3 with some definite room for growth in the scoring department.

Mark Giordano, Flames - He still has some upside, especially compared to Subban but his numbers have been going the right direction the past three years and I like is overall contribution.

John-Michael Liles, Maple Leafs - I think being paired with Phanuef will help Liles out in keep his offensive contributions go with his new team.

Brent Seabrook, Blackhawks - Production should go the same as last year and perhaps alittle more now that he'll likely pair up with Duncan Keith. As a side note, I can't say his last name without thinking of Seabear. I dunno.

More after the break...

Alexander Edler, Canucks - He had a blast last season in production but we'll see if he can muster a full season of production.

Tomas Kaberle, Hurricanes - Points galore with lots of power play points and not much else.

Erik Karlsson, Senators - Lots of points and still improving with only two years of experience under his belt but be careful for his +/-, it can seriously hurt your team.

Marek Zidlicky, Wild - With Brent Burns gone, he'll be the man in charge for the power play. With the arrival of Heatley, he might do very well this season but injuries plagued his season last year so be careful.

Jack Johnson, Kings - Did a great job overall for being 24 years old and I'm thinking he'll do well again this year with some improvements to the overall team this season.

And now here's the last 10 of the defensemen:

Alex Pietrangelo, Blues

Tyler Myers, Sabres

Kevin Shattenkirk, Blues

Ryan Suter, Predators

Erik Johnson, Avalanche

Niklas Kronwall, Red Wings

Cam Fowler, Ducks

Joni Pitkanen, Hurricanes

Kimmo Timonen, Flyers

Brian Campbell, Panthers

Also, head on over to Fantasy Hockey Scouts, another SB Nation site, focused on fantasy hockey. They have published their annual Fantasy Scouting Report and Breakout Bible. Check it out. 

Thanks for reading and check me out on Twitter at @MattPTurner!

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