Fall into the Gap: Fantasy Rankings Versus GVT, Defensemen

In the end, I simply had to split forwards, defensemen, and goaltenders because Yahoo did not want to see them eye-to-eye.  Once again, we're looking at the divergence between more-popular views of valuable players (via fantasy hockey) versus a stats-oriented look at valuable players (via GVT).  You want to find the gulf, here it is.

 

This is actually a continuation of another article of this ilk on forwards.  Head to that link for a bit more elaboration on the process.  I want to stress that this says little about the players' careers but a lot about evaluations of performance from year-to-year.

As I mentioned before, defensemen were handled much differently by Yahoo's scoring; in general, they were rated much lower than forwards on average, so I wanted to make sure we were getting a better idea of which player types among forwards and defensemen were getting singled out in these "gaps."

The results for defensemen is a little more of a mixed bag, though in general skilled defensive defensemen get slighted and questionable or sluggish defensemen get overvalued by Yahoo.  Seidenberg was a little bit of a surprise.

P.S. Skaters in both categories were ranked across 574 eligible players.  Thanks to Behind the Net, data version, for the numbers, as well as Tom Awad.

P.P.S.  If you want to know where any other individual player fell, let me know in the comments and I'll look it up.

Largest Gap, GVT Rank Higher Than Yahoo, Top 25 in 2009-10

Mike Weaver 247 GVT Rank | 486 Yahoo Rank | -239 Difference

Niklas Hjalmarsson 198 | 437 | -239

Marc Staal 80 | 302 | -222

Carl Gunnarsson 256 | 475 | -219

Henrik Tallinder 182 | 395 | -213

Ryan Wilson 180 | 392 | -212

Mike Lundin 346 | 547 | -201

Greg Zanon 315 | 514 | -199

Jordan Hendry 362 | 551 | -189

Rob Scuderi 276 | 465 | -189

Bryce Salvador 228 | 407 | -179

Niklas Kronwall 156 | 334 | -178

Mike Mottau 220 | 397 | -177

Chris Phillips 113 | 290 | -177

Anton Volchenkov 268 | 441 | -173

Nick Schultz 250 | 417 | -167

Randy Jones 241 | 406 | -165

Brett Carson 347 | 508 | -161

Mark Eaton 279 | 438 | -159

Roman Polak 181 | 340 | -159

Chris Campoli 301 | 459 | -158

Sean O'Donnell 201 | 358 | -157

Brooks Orpik 167 | 324 | -157

Cody Franson 148 | 305 | -157

Mark Fraser 390 | 543 | -153

Average offensive GVT for these players: 1.288 - Average defensive GVT: 4.224

 

Largest Gap, Yahoo Rank Higher Than GVT, Top 25 in 2009-10

Ryan Whitney 304 GVT Rank | 136 Yahoo Rank | 168 Difference

Matt Carkner 327 | 205 | 122

Dion Phaneuf 216 | 95 | 121

Dennis Seidenberg 316 | 197 | 119

Zach Bogosian 387 | 289 | 98

Sheldon Brookbank 400 | 306 | 94

Craig Rivet 415 | 332 | 83

Bryan Allen 450 | 377 | 73

Anton Stralman 285 | 215 | 70

Cam Barker 302 | 236 | 66

Andrej Meszaros 396 | 337 | 59

Shaone Morrisonn 474 | 418 | 56

Dmitry Kulikov 434 | 383 | 51

Francois Beauchemin 320 | 276 | 44

Kevin Bieksa 318 | 277 | 41

Nick Boynton 447 | 414 | 33

John Erskine 432 | 400 | 32

Keith Ballard 269 | 244 | 25

Douglas Murray 376 | 352 | 24

Bryan McCabe 124 | 103 | 21

Steve Montador 287 | 267 | 20

Matt Walker 500 | 481 | 19

Kyle Quincey 186 | 169 | 17

Andy Sutton 385 | 372 | 13

Jaroslav Spacek 286 | 273 | 13

Average offensive GVT for these players: 1.06 - Average defensive GVT: 2.112

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