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NLL Fantasy Spotlight for Week 8

02/22/2012, 10:23am EST
By Alexander Hinkley for NLL.com

Edmonton's Rubisch vs. Stealth's Martin, plus Fantasy All-Stars


Two of the top defensemen in the league - Edmonton's Kyle Rubisch (left) & Washington's Eric Martin - are the focus of this week's Fantasy Spotlight. (Photo Credits: Dale MacMillan and Cris Anderson / Richard Olson)

Mike Accursi from the Rochester Knighthawks faced off against Adam Jones of the Colorado Mammoth in last week’s spotlight. Here are their stats from Week 7:

Accursi (vs. Washington): three goals, two assists, and three loose balls for 19 fantasy points.

Jones (at Minnesota): two assists and three loose balls for seven fantasy points.

Jones had his first game without a goal last weekend as John Grant Jr. connected more often with Gavin Prout and Sean Pollock. The result was his first truly disappointing fantasy performance with just seven points.
 
The veteran Accursi continued his hot streak with his third hat trick of the season. He takes last week’s matchup with a solid fantasy performance and his value increased to $15. This marks the second Fantasy Spotlight victory for the Knighthawks over Colorado as Cody Jamieson also bested Prout in Week 3.
 
Kyle Rubisch from the Edmonton Rush will take on Eric Martin of the Washington Stealth in this week’s spotlight. Rubisch and Martin are currently the two highest-priced defensemen in the Fantasy Challenge at $10 apiece. They are ground ball specialists, so this matchup will likely boil down to who can scoop up the most loose balls.
 
Which of these two d-men is most worth their price tag? Vote in the poll on the right to share your opinion of who you think will have the better fantasy game this weekend.
 
 
BUY
 
Craig Point (Rochester $15) – Point rejoined the Knighthawks lineup after coming off the injured reserve list last week. He had a strong first game back with three goals and two assists. The Knighthawks will need someone to step up on offense after Jordan Hall and Jamieson were suspended and Point could be the man to do that.
 
Kevin Crowley (Philadelphia $18) – Crowley started the season with back-to-back 28 fantasy point performances. He cooled off for a few weeks, but had another big game last weekend with three goals and five assists against Toronto. Crowley is third amongst all forwards in fantasy points behind elites John Grant Jr. and Rhys Duch. He’s far cheaper than the veterans, though, so there’s really no reason not to have him in your lineup.
 
Joe Walters (Rochester $6) – Walters got a lot of floor time last weekend against Washington and even scored the game-winning goal. He plays more like a forward than a transition player, so Walters should get plenty of scoring opportunities as long as he remains in the lineup. This makes him a very valuable player to own in fantasy at just $6.
 
John Grant Jr. (Colorado $25) – Grant has been an absolute beast this year, leading the league in goals (23), points (52), and fantasy points (170). Grant has yet to produce fewer than 23 fantasy points in any game yet this season, which is a good sign. Although you won’t be able to make any profit off him due to the fact he has a maxed-out value, Grant seems like a lock-in to produce at this point.
 
 
AVOID
 
Aaron Wilson (Edmonton $17) – Wilson has put up fewer than 10 fantasy points in three out of Edmonton’s five games this season including scoring just one point last weekend. A single point! For a $17 investment, that is unacceptable production. Avoid him.
 
Colin Doyle (Toronto $19) – Doyle returned to the lineup last weekend after missing two games due to injury. He was held without a goal in his first game back, which led to a disappointing fantasy performance. Perhaps he is not yet 100 percent so keep Doyle out of your fantasy lineup until he rebounds.
 
Stephan Leblanc (Toronto $22) – Leblanc hasn’t been having a great fantasy season thus far. He has produced beneath his hefty price tag in five out of six games. It looked like he might break his slump after scoring 25 fantasy points against Philadelphia on Feb. 4, but then put up just seven fantasy points last weekend. At this point, there are far better options at his price range to invest your money in.
 
Paul Rabil (Edmonton $15) – Rabil was traded to the Rush on Feb. 13 in exchange for Athan Iannucci. He didn’t play in Edmonton’s game last weekend, however, and it is unclear if he will be in the lineup against Philadelphia this weekend. Steer clear of him just to be on the safe side.
 
Athan Iannucci (Washington $20) – Iannucci is another case of wait-and-see. He made his debut with the Stealth last weekend and while he did have a goal and two assists, his performance only translated into nine fantasy points which isn’t enough to justify spending $20 on. Rhys Duch and Lewis Ratcliff each had four goals, so it will be interesting to see what role Iannucci settles into after a few more games with his new team.
 
 
MY TEAM
 
F – Josh Sanderson (Toronto $20)
F – Mike Accursi (Rochester $15)
F – Kevin Crowley (Philadelphia $18)
F – Adam Jones (Colorado $15)
T – Joe Walters (Rochester $6)
T – Pat McCready (Rochester $9)
T – Jordan MacIntosh (Minnesota $16)
D – Phil Sanderson (Toronto $6)
D – Kyle Rubisch (Edmonton $10)
G – Tyler Richards (Washington $19)
 
Team Value: $134
 
 

The 2012 National Lacrosse League All-Star game is scheduled for 7 p.m. Saturday at the First Niagara Center in Buffalo (click here to order tickets). In anticipation of the game, we also named the East and West Fantasy All-Stars taking price range, fantasy performance, and player consistency into account.

Check out the both Fantasy All-Star rosters below. How many Fantasy All-Stars are currently in your lineup?

 

East Fantasy All-Star Team

Forward ($21-$25) – John Tavares (Buffalo $21) – 120 fantasy points / 20 points per game.
Forward ($16-$20) – Kevin Crowley (Philadelphia $18) – 129 / 21.5
Forward ($10-$15) – Mike Accursi (Rochester $15) – 124 / 17.7
Forward ($1-$9) – Ned Crotty (Philadelphia $8) – 47/7.8
Transition – Brodie Merrill (Philadelphia $22) – 88 / 14.7
Transition – Pat McCready (Rochester $9) – 75 / 10.7
Transition – David Brock (Philadelphia $6) – 41 / 6.8
Defense – Scott Self (Buffalo $8) – 57 / 9
Defense – Phil Sanderson (Toronto $6) – 37 / 6.2
Goaltender – Brandon Miller (Philadelphia $18) – 76 / 12.7
 
 
West Fantasy All-Star Team
 
Forward ($21-$25) – John Grant Jr. (Colorado $25) – 170 fantasy points / 28.3 points per game
Forward ($16-$20) – Callum Crawford (Minnesota $18) – 103 / 17.2
Forward ($10-$15) – Adam Jones (Colorado $15) – 114 / 19
Forward ($1-$9) – Corbyn Tao (Minnesota $9) – 64 / 10.7
Transition – Jeff Shattler (Calgary $24) – 121 / 20.1
Transition –Jordan MacIntosh (Minnesota $16) – 119 / 19.8
Transition – Andrew Suitor (Minnesota $12) – 75 / 12.5
Defense – Kyle Rubisch (Edmonton $10) – 46 / 9.2
Defense – Curtis Manning (Calgary $7) – 57 / 9.5
Goaltender – Chris Levis (Colorado $21) – 124 / 20.6
 

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