Niskanen is the #35 Most Expensive Defenseman on FanDuel and is Projected to Be...


Projected for 9.8 FanDuel pts Matt Niskanen is the #23 ranked defenseman. At $3800 he is expected to be the #35 defenseman. Based on 1/18 salaries and projected points per dollar, Niskanen is worth $4.6K. There are many other options (8) at $3800 and Niskanen is ranked #2 among the 9. Ron Hainsey (7.9 FP), T.J. Brodie (9.6 FP), Ryan Murray (9.4 FP), Niklas Kronwall (6.9 FP), and Johnny Boychuk (8.9 FP) are all projected for fewer points than Niskanen but have higher salaries. Based on salary, he is expected to have 8.1 FPs, a value reached in 18 of 44 games (41%). The combined 'cover percentage' for defensemen priced at $4.0K and above is 43%.

  • 1/18 VEGAS LINE EXPECTATION: WAS 3.5 (#3 Most Today) vs NYI 3 (#8 Most)
  • PROJECTION (POS RANK): 9.79 Fantasy Points (#23), 0.46 points (#25), 0.13 goals (#20), 0.33 assists (#25), 1.7 shots on goal (#30), 0.5 PIM (#32 most), 1.76 blocked shots (#35)

DRAFTKINGS VALUE: Matt Niskanen is underrated on DraftKings with a projected 2.8 DK pts (#22 among defensemen). He is the #27 highest priced defenseman ($4100). At his projected points, he is worth a salary of $4.3K. Jakob Chychrun is also priced at $4100 and is a better option at this price. Noah Hanifin (2.9 FP) is projected for more points at a lower salary. Johnny Boychuk (2.6 FP), Nick Leddy (2.2 FP), Travis Hamonic (2.7 FP), Jake Gardiner (2.7 FP), and Scott Mayfield (2.5 FP) are all projected for fewer points than Niskanen but have higher salaries. Based on salary, he is expected to have 2.7 FPs, a value reached in 17 of 44 games (39%). The combined 'cover percentage' for defenseman priced at $4.0K and above is 39%.

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If you are in a league that allows for substitutions during the week Matt Niskanen is a good value the rest of the week. He has a market rank of #57 while his projection rank (rest of week 16) is #18. When compared to other defensemen in week 17 these are 5 better options at lower start percentages: Justin Faulk (2 FP), Alex Goligoski (2.1 FP), Jay Bouwmeester (1.9 FP), Colin Miller (3.1 FP), and Brad Hunt (2.7 FP). Hampus Lindholm (1.3 FP), T.J. Brodie (1.7 FP), Mike Green (1.4 FP), Aaron Ekblad (1.4 FP), and Drew Doughty (1.6 FP) are all projected for fewer points than Niskanen but are starting in more leagues. Starting in 41% of leagues he is expected to produce 1.4 fantasy points (WK 17). At his start percentage, he is expected to be the #51 defenseman of week 17. He is projected to be better than that (the #33 defenseman).

Lower Start%M. Niskanen WK 17Higher Start%
J. Faulk (2 FP)1.9 FPH. Lindholm (1.3 FP)
A. Goligoski (2.1 FP)#51 DefensemanT. Brodie (1.7 FP)
J. Bouwmeester (1.9 FP) 
M. Green (1.4 FP)
C. Miller (3 FP) 
A. Ekblad (1.4 FP)
B. Hunt (2.7 FP) 
D. Doughty (1.6 FP)

He is projected for 1.86 fantasy points in week 17 (#33 D) in 2 games.

Projected StatRelative StrengthWK OverallRelative Weakness
Fantasy Points 
1.86 (#33) 
0.39 (#47)
0.11 (#36) 
0.28 (#51)
1.65 (#55)
0.5 (#52)
2.04 (#26) 
-0.31 (#149)

  • Based on 1/18 start percentages, Matt Niskanen is valued behind Green and above Keith and the projections agree for this week.
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    1.1 FP vs SJ0.7 FP @TOR

    Matt Niskanen last five game log with fantasy points (CBS, FD, DK) and statline.

    1/15 @NSH-3 FP, 11 FD, 4 DK20 TOI, 3 SOG, 0 PTS, 0 G, 0 A, -3 PIM
    1/14 vs STL0 FP, 5 FD, 2 DK20 TOI, 2 SOG, 0 PTS, 0 G, 0 A, -1 PIM
    1/12 vs CLB0 FP, 3 FD, 1 DK21 TOI, 2 SOG, 0 PTS, 0 G, 0 A, 0 PIM
    1/10 @BOS-1 FP, 3 FD, 1 DK20 TOI, 1 SOG, 0 PTS, 0 G, 0 A, -1 PIM
    1/8 vs PHI0 FP, 6 FD, 2 DK21 TOI, 1 SOG, 0 PTS, 0 G, 0 A, 0 PIM

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    Based on ownership percentage (60%), Matt Niskanen has a market rank of #57 among defensemen. With a lower market rank than projection rank, consider Matt Niskanen to be undervalued. His fantasy defenseman projection rank is #48. There could be a nice opportunity to acquire him before the market realizes he is undervalued. Unless someone offers an even better defenseman value, we advise you to hold on to him. He is projected for more FPs than Duncan Keith who has virtually the same market rank (60% Owned) as Niskanen. He is projected for 44 fantasy points in 35 remaining games. He has a lower rank (#56) based on projected fantasy average. The market ranks Matt Niskanen behind Pulock and above Keith but the projections rank Matt Niskanen over Pulock.

    Lower Own%M. Niskanen ROSHigher Own%
    S. Vatanen (45 FP)44 FPC. Fowler (33 FP)
    D. Severson (48 FP)#57 DefensemanH. Lindholm (36 FP)
    W. Butcher (47 FP) 
    J. Muzzin (35 FP)
    F. Hronek (48 FP) 
    M. Dumba (5 FP)
    R. Pulock (40 FP)
    Projected StatRelative StrengthOverallRelative Weakness
    Fantasy Points 
    44 (#48) 
    15 (#60)
    Goals4 (#37) 
    11 (#60)
    60 (#69)
    20 (#69)
    Blocks72 (#32) 
    4 (#45) 

    His rank in goals is better than his SOG rank indicating a relatively high shooting %.