Draft Mattias Ekholm as the #21 Defenseman... Ahead of Neal Pionk and After Alex Pietrangelo

DRAFT ADVICE AND POSITION RANK

Draft Mattias Ekholm as a weekly fantasy starter in 2019-2020. His 132 projected fantasy points puts him at #21 behind Alex Pietrangelo and ahead of Neal Pionk. He has averaged 2.33 fantasy points in his past 80 games, which is more than our projected per game average. He is projected to average 1.67 fantasy points. He is slightly overrated if you compare his ownership based rank with his projection rank. At 95%, he is the #20 most highly owned defenseman. Mattias Ekholm is expected to come up short of last season's #14 fantasy position rank.

REST OF SEASON RANK (D) PROJECTIONFANTASY STATS SINCE 2019
#19 Shea Weber (96% OWN)138 FP, 1.74 per game154 FP, 58 gp, 2.66 per game (#15)
#20 Alex Pietrangelo (95% OWN)133 FP, 1.68 per game160 FP, 71 gp, 2.25 per game (#23)
#21 Mattias Ekholm (95% OWN)132 FP, 1.67 per game187 FP, 80 gp, 2.33 per game (#21)
#22 Neal Pionk (42% OWN)131 FP, 1.66 per game85 FP, 73 gp, 1.16 per game (#110)
#23 Darnell Nurse (76% OWN)128 FP, 1.62 per game161 FP, 82 gp, 1.96 per game (#41)

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WEEK 1 AND 2 FANTASY OUTLOOK

Mattias Ekholm is projected for 3.67 fantasy points in 2 games the rest of the week which is good enough to be the #21 ranked guard and a must start for most owners. This is projected to be a better than average week with more fantasy points per game than he is projected to average per game the rest of the season. He is ranked above Justin Faulk but behind Darnell Nurse the rest of the week. His projected rank in Week 2 is the same as it is in Week 1. He is projected for 4.87 fantasy points.

WEEK 1 RANK (D)PROJECTIONROS FP PROJ AVG
#19 Torey Krug (98% OWN)3.9 FP, 2 GP2.16 FP
#20 Darnell Nurse (76% OWN)3.77 FP, 2 GP1.62 FP
#21 Mattias Ekholm (95% OWN)3.67 FP, 2 GP1.67 FP
#22 Justin Faulk (66% OWN)3.55 FP, 3 GP1.4 FP
#23 Thomas Chabot (94% OWN)3.42 FP, 2 GP1.87 FP
WEEK 2 RANK (D)PROJECTIONROS FP PROJ AVG
#19 Drew Doughty (94% OWN)5.1 FP, 4 GP1.37 FP
#20 Seth Jones (99% OWN)5 FP, 3 GP1.53 FP
#21 Mattias Ekholm (95% OWN)4.87 FP, 3 GP1.67 FP
#22 Nathan Beaulieu (2% OWN)4.86 FP, 4 GP1.29 FP
#23 Josh Morrissey (56% OWN)4.73 FP, 4 GP1.26 FP

FANTASY PROJECTIONS AND ACTUAL STATS

The tables below show projected stats (totals and averages) for the rest of the season and upcoming weeks. Below the projection are actual stats from last season.

MATTIAS EKHOLMFPPTSGASOGBLK
'19-20 Projection13247.08.338.8171110
-- Per Game (79 Proj)1.680.600.100.492.171.40
10/2 to 10/6 (1.9 Games)3.671.180.210.974.32.55
10/7 to 10/13 (2.9 Games)4.91.740.301.436.23.85
'18-20 Season18744836146107
-- Per Game (80 GP)2.330.550.100.451.821.34