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Bargain Bin: Joe Corvo and nine other defensemen

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The holiday season is past us but it's always a good time to do some fantasy shopping. Our focus today is finding points on the blueline, assembling a list of 10 rearguards who are available in more than half of current Yahoo! leagues.

Joe Corvo(notes) (28 percent): The Hurricanes are hanging around the cusp of the playoffs in the Eastern Conference, and Corvo's solid play has been a major reason why. He's rolled up a 1-11-12 line in 13 January games, with 10 of those points coming on the power play. He makes sound, veteran decisions with the puck, and he's certainly not adverse to shooting it (97 SOG).

Grant Clitsome(notes) (3 percent): The Columbus rearguard was having a solid season in the AHL when he got the call (5-10-15 over 32 games), and that's spiked to a 2-4-6 start in seven games with the Jackets. Three of his points have come on the man-advantage, and he's collected eight shots over his last three games.

Andrej Meszaros(notes) (31 percent): Every season there seems to be an ordinary blueliner who wins the plus/minus lottery, and this year that guy is Meszaros (plus-28). He's not a scoring weapon and he seldom plays on the power play, but he's not a total washout when it comes to handling the puck (3-15-18).

Cam Fowler(notes) (17 percent): Precocious is the word that comes to mind here; Fowler has picked up the pro game quickly despite still being in his teens. He's currently in the minus so you might want to spot-start him in some areas, but there's nothing wrong with his offensive ability (5-21-26, 14 PPP). He'll be a star in a couple of seasons.

Dennis Seidenberg(notes) (44 percent): It's always a good idea to follow the shots when you're looking for some blueline production, and Seidenberg has been firing the biscuit plenty (43 SOG over the last month). It wouldn't be a shock to see him finish the year as Boston's top-scoring defenseman.

Fedor Tyutin(notes) (7 percent): He's got points in seven of his last eight starts, so why the low ownership? Points accrued in Ohio are just as good as points collected anywhere else. He's getting plenty of run with the top power-play group.

Matt Carle(notes) (29 percent): He has to buy his points off the rack, as he's not getting power-play run. We can live with that. Heck, we can live with the fact that Carle never turned into the star most of us expected a few years back. In the meantime, in the here and now, let's appreciate that Carle has a nifty 0-9-9 line over the past month, along with a plus-11 rating from the Philly undertow. He's not flashy, but he's useful.

Dennis Wideman(notes) (44 percent): He'll drive you crazy with a defensive error now and then, but Wideman's always been a decent puck mover and he's on a nice scoring run over the last month (4-6-10). He's more important to the Florida power play now that Bryan McCabe(notes) is on the shelf with a broken jaw.

Matt Carkner(notes) (10 percent): Sometimes you have to goon it up, and that's where Carkner comes into the mix (45 PIMs this month, and 75 over his last 19 games). You're not getting him for his offensive contributions, but at least he'll give you about one shot a game, and the occasional assist.

Andrew MacDonald(notes) (8 percent): We've given him play in this space before but the ownership number remains at a modest level. MacDonald took over as the Island point man when James Wisniewski(notes) was traded, and the Mac Daddy has been a steady source of points ever since (15 assists over 26 games).

Did I snub your favorite hidden gem? Make your case in the comments.

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