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Matt
Niskanen
College None
Team Washington Capitals
2D
6'1"Height
203Weight
32Age
0Exp
Matt Niskanen's Fantasy Scouting Report

DAILY FANTASY VALUE

Projected for 9.3 FanDuel pts Matt Niskanen is the #21 ranked defenseman. He is the #18 highest priced defenseman ($4200). Using our calculation of expected points per dollar, Niskanen is worth $4.5K. Ryan McDonagh is also priced at $4200 and is a better option at this price. These are 2 better options at lower salaries: Alec Martinez (9.7 FP) and Colin Miller (9.9 FP). Based on salary, he is expected to have 8.7 FPs, a value reached in 22 of 57 games (39%). The combined 'cover percentage' for defensemen priced at $4.0K and above is 46%.

  • 2/18 VEGAS LINE EXPECTATION: WAS 2.8 (#9 Most Today) @ LA 2.7 (#11 Most)
  • PROJECTION (POS RANK): 9.26 Fantasy Points (#21), 0.41 points (#20), 0.13 goals (#14), 0.28 assists (#21), 1.61 shots on goal (#23), 0.5 PIM (#23 most), 1.75 blocked shots (#23)

DRAFTKINGS VALUE: Matt Niskanen is underrated on DraftKings with a projected 2.7 DK pts (#21 among defensemen). He is the #23 highest priced defenseman ($3700). Based on 2/18 salaries and projected points per dollar, Niskanen is worth $4K. Colin Miller (2.8 FP) is projected for more points at a lower salary. He is projected for more points than 3 higher priced options: Ryan Murray (2.6 FP), Michal Kempny (2.5 FP), and Charlie McAvoy (2.5 FP). Based on salary, he is expected to have 2.5 FPs, a value reached in 24 of 57 games (42%). The combined 'cover percentage' for defenseman priced at $4.0K and above is 40%.

Niskanen is NOT in the SportsLine DraftKings optimal lineup or the FanDuel optimal lineup which are based on the computer model's projection. SportsLine.com also offers premium optimal lineups from Mike McClure, a professional DFS player who has over $1 million in career winnings. He uses his own proprietary model to find great DFS values and often differs from the computer in how a player is projected to play on a daily basis.

WEEKLY FANTASY VALUE

Matt Niskanen is a good value this week. He has a market rank of #54 while his projection rank (week 21) is #27. When compared to other defensemen in week 21 Brent Seabrook (6 FP) is projected for more points and is starting in fewer leagues. Oliver Ekman-Larsson (5 FP), Torey Krug (5 FP), Rasmus Ristolainen (4 FP), Dougie Hamilton (4 FP), and Mike Green (4 FP) are all projected for fewer points than Niskanen but are starting in more leagues. Starting in 42% of leagues he is expected to produce 4.1 fantasy points (WK 21). At his start percentage, he is expected to be the #54 defenseman of week 21. He is projected to be better than that (the #27 defenseman). Even though his per game projected FP average is not better than normal, he will benefit from playing 4 games.

He is projected for 5.4 fantasy points in week 21 (#27 D) in 4 games.


  • Based on 2/18 start percentages, Matt Niskanen is valued behind Keith and above Edler but the projections rank these players in reverse order in week 21.
  • Matt Niskanen last five game log with fantasy points (CBS, FD, DK) and statline.

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    REST OF SEASON VALUE

    His latest projection based rank among defensemen is #50. As of 2/18, Matt Niskanen is the #54 ranked defenseman based on ownership percentage (58%). Our projections indicate that Matt Niskanen is underrated by the market. 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. Alexander Edler has virtually the same market rank (58% Owned) and is projected for more points than Niskanen. He is projected for 28 fantasy points in 22 remaining games. His projected average FP rank is the same as his rest of season total rank. The market ranks Matt Niskanen behind Keith and above Edler but the projections rank these players in reverse order.

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

    Career Stats
    YEARTEAMGPGAPTS+/-PPGWGTFWFL
    2018WAS58814220-011000
    2017WAS68722290-001000
    2016WAS78534390-012000
    2015WAS82527320-023000
    2014WAS82427310-020000
    2013PIT811036460-036000
    2012PIT40410140-002000
    2011PIT75417210-030000
    2010DAL-PIT6319100-000000
    2009DAL74312150-002000
    2008DAL80629350-020000
    2007DAL78719260-020000
    Career (12 Seasons)85964256320931617000
    YEARTEAMSS%TOISHIFTSPPTOISHTOIPIMMJRMSCMNR
    2018WAS998.122:02139837.25164.12320016
    2017WAS1205.822:36169034.80184.98360018
    2016WAS1543.222:102030139:55201:59320016
    2015WAS1503.324:392354198:07235:18380019
    2014WAS1173.422:21225487:17187:37471021
    2013PIT1626.221:171932242:2657:57511023
    2012PIT676.020:2191380:2545:0012006
    2011PIT1183.417:561590166:1136:29471021
    2010DAL-PIT771.316:311352113:3128:45502019
    2009DAL1102.718:151648217:3814:0618009
    2008DAL1115.419:572020204:01150:46522116
    2007DAL997.120:281774181:43170:30360018
    Career (12 Seasons)13844.620:48209551703:171477:3345171202
    2018-19 Situational Stats
    CATEGORYGPGAPTS+/-PPSHGWGTSS%TOISHIFTSPIMMJRMSCMNR
    Games in October10235-40010219.5231:382754002
    Games in November15156-11000293.4339:0935510005
    Games in December11224600001612.5232:462588004
    Games in January12224-1100001910.5254:352768004
    Games in February912320000128.3196:392102001
    CATEGORYGPGAPTS+/-PPSHGWGTSS%TOISHIFTSPIMMJRMSCMNR
    Games Won3159141300104311.6675:1073214007
    Games Lost26358-211000545.6579:3764218009
    CATEGORYGPGAPTS+/-PPSHGWGTSS%TOISHIFTSPIMMJRMSCMNR
    Home Games303710-31010535.7656:5170414007
    Road Games275712-500004411.4597:5667018009
    CATEGORYGPGAPTS+/-PPSHGWGTSS%TOISHIFTSPIMMJRMSCMNR
    Before All-Star Break4871219-101010858.21058:081164300015
    CATEGORYGPGAPTS+/-PPSHGWGTSS%TOISHIFTSPIMMJRMSCMNR
    American Airlines Center1000-100002021:44262001
    Barclays Center1000000001022:19200000
    Bell Centre2022200005048:01514002
    Bell MTS Place1000000000021:45230000
    Bridgestone Arena1000-300003020:07220000
    Canadian Tire Centre11011000025022:03230000
    Capital One Arena303710-31010535.7656:5170414007
    Enterprise Center1000-200000021:23252001
    Gila River Arena111230000333.322:35252001
    Honda Center1000-100000021:59252001
    Little Caesars Arena1011100000020:00210000
    Madison Square Garden1000-300001022:02210000
    Nationwide Arena2000200002042:37460000
    PNC Arena1000-100001024:57292001
    PPG Paints Arena1000-200000022:07292001
    Pepsi Center1000100003020:28270000
    Prudential Center1000-300003019:46250000
    Rogers Arena1000000003022:06260000
    Rogers Place1000-100002024:32290000
    SAP Center at San Jose1000200002023:19220000
    Scotiabank Arena1101-10000333.321:27230000
    Scotiabank Saddledome110100000333.326:40280000
    T-Mobile Arena1011200001022:47290000
    TD Garden1000-100001020:09230000
    United Center111200000333.320:16260000
    Xcel Energy Center1011000000022:47262001
    CATEGORYGPGAPTS+/-PPSHGWGTSS%TOISHIFTSPIMMJRMSCMNR
    After All-Star Break912320000128.3196:392102001
    vs Anaheim Ducks2000-300002043:34462001
    vs Arizona Coyotes211220000911.144:39484002
    vs Boston Bruins3011-100004063:58770000
    vs Buffalo Sabres2000000002041:40422001
    vs Carolina Hurricanes2000000002041:51492001
    vs Columbus Blue Jackets410121000812.593:05930000
    vs Calgary Flames21010000042545:55500000
    vs Chicago Blackhawks21230000052044:03480000
    vs Colorado Avalanche21122000052040:38500000
    vs Dallas Stars2000-200006043:00482001
    vs Detroit Red Wings3011200000063:49670000
    vs Edmonton Oilers2000-100002045:42552001
    vs Florida Panthers2011-100004049:32572001
    vs Los Angeles Kings1011200002021:40240000
    vs Minnesota Wild1011000000022:47262001
    vs Montreal Canadiens2022200005048:01514002
    vs New Jersey Devils2011-300004041:31460000
    vs Nashville Predators1000-300003020:07220000
    vs New York Islanders2000000001044:51410000
    vs New York Rangers2101-2001052045:16460000
    vs Ottawa Senators11011000025022:03230000
    vs Philadelphia Flyers1000000001021:39210000
    vs Pittsburgh Penguins3000-200006062:09794002
    vs San Jose Sharks2000000004045:57462001
    vs St. Louis Blues2000-400002042:04454002
    vs Toronto Maple Leafs2101-2000042543:09480000
    vs Vancouver Canucks2000000004043:49470000
    vs Winnipeg Jets1000000000021:45230000
    CATEGORYGPGAPTS+/-PPSHGWGTSS%TOISHIFTSPIMMJRMSCMNR
    vs Vegas Golden Knights2022300001046:33560000
    vs Western Conference Tms264812-40000498.2572:1363418009
    vs Own Division16213-51010277.4350:223756003
    vs Eastern Conference Tms314610-41010488.3682:3474014007
    Outside Own Division4161319-30000708.6904:25999260013
    Overall5781422-81010978.21254:471374320016
    2018 Game Log
    OCTOBERSCORINGPENALTIESTIME ON ICE
    DATETEAMOPPRESULTGAPTS+/-PPGSHGSOGSPCTPIMTOIPPSH
    10/03vsW7-001110010.000021:801:022:47
    10/04@L7-6000-20000.000222:120:185:52
    10/10vsW5-201110000.000023:770:383:00
    10/11@L6-0000-30030.000019:770:004:00
    10/13vsL4-2000-10010.000021:700:452:65
    10/17vsW4-310110040.250023:230:173:35
    10/19vsL6-501100040.000225:950:305:67
    10/22@W5-200000030.000022:100:653:07
    10/25@L4-1000-10020.000024:531:225:05
    10/27@W4-310100030.333026:670:002:95
    NOVEMBERSCORINGPENALTIESTIME ON ICE
    DATETEAMOPPRESULTGAPTS+/-PPGSHGSOGSPCTPIMTOIPPSH
    11/01@L6-402220020.000024:980:152:27
    11/03vsL4-3000-10040.000021:270:002:38
    11/05vsW4-200000000.000221:170:002:40
    11/07vsW2-100000020.000020:721:502:38
    11/09vsL2-110101040.250028:486:683:60
    11/11vsL4-1000-10060.000222:070:775:27
    11/13@W5-201100000.000222:780:335:92
    11/14@L3-100000000.000021:750:452:35
    11/16@W3-200010030.000020:470:201:25
    11/19@W5-400000030.000423:031:081:73
    11/21vsW4-201100020.000023:780:472:80
    11/23vsW3-100010000.000022:550:903:23
    11/24@W5-3000-30010.000022:030:772:13
    11/26@W4-100000010.000022:320:003:27
    11/30vsW6-301100010.000021:750:855:00
    DECEMBERSCORINGPENALTIESTIME ON ICE
    DATETEAMOPPRESULTGAPTS+/-PPGSHGSOGSPCTPIMTOIPPSH
    12/02vsL6-5000-20020.000021:581:172:78
    12/04@L5-301120010.000022:782:175:48
    12/06@W4-211230030.333222:580:401:15
    12/08@W4-000020000.000019:670:523:13
    12/11vsW6-200000000.000021:270:001:23
    12/14@W6-5000-10010.000224:950:604:55
    12/15vsW4-3000-10020.000020:620:601:93
    12/19vsL2-100000040.000219:321:022:73
    12/21vsW2-100010000.000221:050:654:40
    12/22@W4-010110020.500022:050:421:28
    12/27vsW3-100010010.000016:900:422:47
    JANUARYSCORINGPENALTIESTIME ON ICE
    DATETEAMOPPRESULTGAPTS+/-PPGSHGSOGSPCTPIMTOIPPSH
    01/03@L5-2000-20000.000221:380:632:72
    01/04@L2-1000-10020.000221:730:420:60
    01/06@W3-201110000.000020:000:103:58
    01/08vsW5-300000010.000021:650:524:47
    01/10@W4-2000-10010.000020:151:073:65
    01/12vsL2-100000020.000021:981:681:90
    01/14vsL4-1000-20020.000220:680:280:97
    01/15@L7-2000-30030.000020:120:002:38
    01/18vsL2-000000000.000022:530:252:48
    01/20@L8-511200030.333020:270:670:70
    01/22vsL7-6000-20020.000222:630:203:50
    01/23@L6-3101-10030.333021:450:000:00
    FEBRUARYSCORINGPENALTIESTIME ON ICE
    DATETEAMOPPRESULTGAPTS+/-PPGSHGSOGSPCTPIMTOIPPSH
    02/01vsW4-300000010.000019:251:071:05
    02/03vsL1-0000-10020.000022:020:151:33
    02/05vsW3-200000010.000021:720:602:90
    02/07vsW4-311210020.500020:171:201:32
    02/09vsL5-4000-10000.000023:580:152:95
    02/11vsW6-401120020.000021:670:533:43
    02/12@L3-000000020.000022:950:004:08
    02/14@W5-100020020.000023:321:100:00
    02/17@L5-2000-10000.000221:980:171:98
    02/18@W3-200010020.000023:780:003:27