Draft Darnell Nurse as the #23 Defenseman... Ahead of Oliver Ekman-Larsson and After Neal Pionk

DRAFT ADVICE AND POSITION RANK

Draft Darnell Nurse as a weekly fantasy starter in 2019-2020. His 128 projected fantasy points puts him at #23 behind Neal Pionk and ahead of Oliver Ekman-Larsson. He has averaged 1.96 fantasy points in his past 82 games, which is more than our projected per game average. He is projected to average 1.62 fantasy points. He is underrated if you compare his ownership based rank with his projection rank. At 76%, he is the #39 most highly owned defenseman. Darnell Nurse is expected to slightly improve on last season's #26 fantasy position rank.

REST OF SEASON RANK (D) PROJECTIONFANTASY STATS SINCE 2019
#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)
#24 Oliver Ekman-Larsson (93% OWN)127 FP, 1.61 per game163 FP, 81 gp, 2.01 per game (#34)
#25 Justin Schultz (69% OWN)125 FP, 1.58 per game51 FP, 29 gp, 1.76 per game (#52)

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WEEK 1 AND 2 FANTASY OUTLOOK

Darnell Nurse is projected for 3.77 fantasy points in 2 games the rest of the week which is good enough to be the #20 ranked center 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 Mattias Ekholm but behind Torey Krug the rest of the week. Week 2 will not be as good based on projected rank (#31). He is projected for 4.43 fantasy points.

WEEK 1 RANK (D)PROJECTIONROS FP PROJ AVG
#18 Ryan McDonagh (93% OWN)3.93 FP, 3 GP1.52 FP
#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
WEEK 2 RANK (D)PROJECTIONROS FP PROJ AVG
#29 T.J. Brodie (70% OWN)4.51 FP, 4 GP1.28 FP
#30 Rasmus Dahlin (92% OWN)4.45 FP, 3 GP1.44 FP
#31 Darnell Nurse (76% OWN)4.43 FP, 3 GP1.62 FP
#32 Brandon Montour (56% OWN)4.41 FP, 3 GP1.44 FP
#33 Jimmy Schuldt (0% OWN)4.38 FP, 4 GP1.15 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.

DARNELL NURSEFPPTSGASOGBLK
'19-20 Projection12841.810.531.4181174
-- Per Game (79 Proj)1.630.530.130.402.292.21
10/2 to 10/6 (1.9 Games)3.771.060.260.794.53.99
10/7 to 10/13 (2.9 Games)4.41.430.361.076.56.1
'18-20 Season161411031196146
-- Per Game (82 GP)1.960.500.120.382.391.78