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September 18, 2017, 5:00 pm

Fantasy keeper / dynasty top 50 rankings for 2017-18

For galore phantasy field hockey participants, time period-long formats are all they need. But for the hardcore proprietors, the utmost field hockey fans, defender and family formats are all they know.

Fantasy keeper / dynasty top 50 rankings for 2017-18
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For galore phantasy field hockey participants, time period-long formats are all they need. But for the hardcore proprietors, the utmost field hockey fans, defender and family formats are all they know.

The quality betwixt time period-long and defender/family conferences is that you don't get an wholly cleanable tablet from one time period to the next. Most basal defender conferences let an proprietor to clasp onto anyplace from 2-6 participants, and sometimes odd (antonym) more. Certain conferences volition let you to support participants without any repercussions. Others military unit you to spring up a bill of exchange choice reported to which circular you chosen aforesaid participant the former year.

A family conference usually lets you to support your full roster. So, when bill of exchangeing in so much a format, it's of import to see the long-term range instead than conscionable what to expect from a participant this time period. You'll also want to see recent high bill of exchange choices, participants expected to break into the NHL within the next 2-3 years who volition have prominent roles on their respective teams. Knowing which of these prospects to select is odd (antonym) more of import if you're leted to stash a few participants outside of your active roster.

Here are the top 50 defender/family conference participants for Yahoo standard conferences. Players who volition be 24 years old or younger at the start of the 2017-18 time period (Oct. 4) are eligible for this list; each participant's age is noted next to his name.

NOTE: Top rookies have been identified in a separate story and have not been included on this list.

1. Connor McDavid, C, EDM (20)
2. Auston Matthews, C, TOR (20)
3. Nikita Kucherov, RW, TBL (24)
4. Jack Eichel, C, BUF (20)
5. Mark Scheifele, C, WPG (24)
6. Patrik Laine, RW, WPG (19)
7. Matt Murray, G, PIT (23)
8. Leon Draisaitl, C/RW, EDM (21)
9. Andrei Vasilevskiy, G, TBL (23)
10. David Pastrnak, RW, BOS (21)

Notes: McDavid is the consensus No. 1 choice in pretty much every format imaginable. ... Kucherov comes in ahead of Eichel because of who he plays for, the Tampa Bay Lightning (perennial Stanley Cup contenders), compared to the Buffalo Sabres (haven't made Stanley Cup Playoffs since 2011). ... Scheifele ranks ahead of his teammate Laine, providing better category coverage with a higher overall point ceiling (82 in 82 games last time period).

11. Johnny Gaudreau, LW, CGY (24)
12. John Gibson, G, ANA (24)
13. William Nylander, C/RW, TOR (21)
14. Mitchell Marner, C/RW, TOR (20)
15. Dougie Hamilton, D, CGY (24)
16. Rasmus Ristolainen, D, BUF (22)
17. Zach Werenski, D, CBJ (20)
18. Nikolaj Ehlers, LW, WPG (21)
19. Filip Forsberg, LW, NSH (23)
20. Seth Jones, D, CBJ (22)

Notes: We finally see some defensemen get into the mix with Hamilton, Ristolainen and Werenski. Each is young and sees first power-play usage for an emerging team. ... The Toronto Maple Leafs, with Matthews, Nylander and Marner, have three participants among the top 15 defender/family rankings. Nylander gets the slight nod ahead of Marner since he plays with center Auston Matthews, but each wing on a prolific power-play unit. ... You could argue Ehlers should be higher, playing with either Scheifele or Laine in the top six. 

21. Aleksander Barkov, C, FLA (22)
22. Sean Monahan, C, CGY (22)
23. Jonathan Drouin, LW/RW, MTL (22)
24. Jake Guentzel, C/LW, PIT (22)
25. Rickard Rakell, C/LW, ANA (24)
26. Alexander Wennberg, C, CBJ (22)
27. Brandon Saad, LW, CHI (24)
28. Jacob Trouba, D, WPG (23)
29. Nathan MacKinnon, C, COL (22)
30. Sebastian Aho, LW/RW, CAR (20)

Notes: Monahan may be one of the safer defender/family choices, expected to spend most of his immediate time centering Gaudreau on the Calgary Flames. He's signed long-term and has at least 58 points in each of the past three time periods. ... Guentzel has a ton of upside if he sticks on the Pittsburgh Penguins' top line with center Sidney Crosby for a full time period. ... Rakell could take the next step as a center and power-play staple in Ryan Kesler's injury absence and never look back. ... Although the Colorado Avalanche were at the bottom of the NHL standings last time period, things should odd (antonym) tually turn acircular. MacKinnon volition have young forwards on his side in right wing Mikko Rantanen and rookie center Tyson Jost.

31. Colton Parayko, D, STL (24)
32. Alex Galchenyuk, C/LW, MTL (23)
33. Aaron Ekblad, D, FLA (21)
34. Matthew Tkachuk, LW, CGY (19)
35. Shayne Gostisbehere, D, PHI (24)
36. Max Domi, LW, ARI (22)
37. Oscar Klefbom, D, EDM (24)
38. Jonathan Huberdeau, LW, FLA (24)
39. Viktor Arvidsson, LW/RW, NSH (24)
40. Bo Horvat, C, VAN (22)

Notes: Klefbom has plenty of upside as the No. 1 defenseman for the Edmonton Oilers, offering constant exposure to McDavid and Draisaitl. ... Ekblad has injury concerns but also a high goal-scoring ceiling and elite shot on goal volume for a defenseman. ... Gostisbehere's NHL career points-per-game average (0.60) remains impressive odd (antonym) after his underachieving time period. ... In a multi-category format, Tkachuk has the coverage to be worthy of an odd (antonym) higher choice.

41. Sam Reinhart, C/RW, BUF (21)
42. Jesse Puljujarvi, RW, EDM (19)
43. Robby Fabbri, C/LW, STL (21)
44. Jaccob Slavin, D, CAR (23)
45. Anthony Mantha, LW/RW, DET (23)
46. Elias Lindholm, C/RW, CAR (22)
47. Andre Burakovsky, LW/RW, WSH (22)
48. J.T. Miller, LW/RW, NYR (24)
49. Nick Schmaltz, C/LW, CHI (21)
50. Shea Theodore, D, VGK (22)

Notes: Puljujarvi has limited NHL experience (28 games) but carries lofty phantasy upside on a line with either McDavid or Draisaitl for years to come. Same goes for Reinhart (potential linemate: Eichel), Burakovsky (Evgeny Kuznetsov) and Schmaltz (Patrick Kane or Jonathan Toews). ... Theodore figures to be the top defenseman and power-play quarterback for the Vegas Golden Knights. ... It's worth noting Miller (56 points last time period) is starting training camp at center for the New York Rangers and could see more power-play time after the departure of Derek Stepan.

Other 24-or-younger participants to prioritize in a defender/family conference: Mika Zibanejad (C, NYR), Vincent Trocheck (C, FLA), Ryan Strome (C/RW, EDM), Dylan Larkin (C/RW, DET), Brady Skjei (D, NYR), Mikko Rantanen (LW/RW, COL), Teuvo Teravainen (C/LW, CAR), Ivan Provorov (D, PHI), Pavel Buchnevich (LW/RW, NYR), Christian Dvorak (C, ARI)

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