In years past, defensemen were like cough syrup for Fantasy owners: You knew you had to take them, but you didn’t really like it.

It was often the final part of your roster to fill out, and you did so begrudgingly because there just weren’t many good options. That’s changed dramatically in recent years, as the league’s emphasis on mobility and speed has forced teams to reconsider what skills really matter on defense. That has allowed a generation of skilled defensemen to really excel to the point that nowadays, anyone with a poor crop of Fantasy blueliners will find it very difficult to win.