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NLL Fantasy Spotlight for Week 9

02/29/2012, 6:00am EST
By Alexander Hinkley for NLL.com

Grant versus Tavares in a fantasy matchup pitting two of league's all-time greats


Colorado's John Grant Jr. will go up against Buffalo legend John Tavares in this week's Fantasy Spotlight.

Last week’s spotlight featured defensemen Kyle Rubisch from the Edmonton Rush and Eric Martin from the Washington Stealth. At $10 apiece, they are two of the most expensive at their position in fantasy. Here are their Week 8 stats:

Rubisch (vs. Philadelphia): three assists and 11 loose balls for 17 fantasy points.
Martin (vs. Minnesota): one assist and six loose balls for eight fantasy points.

Rubisch emerges victorious with his best fantasy performance of the season thus far. Considering he plays defense, 17 fantasy points is huge. With those three assists, Rubisch also matched his total from the entire 2011 season.

A total of 72 percent of fans voted for Rubisch to win last week’s matchup and he did not disappoint.

This week’s spotlight is another heavyweight battle as Colorado’s John Grant Jr. goes up against John Tavares of the Buffalo Bandits. It will be Grant’s second appearance in the Fantasy Spotlight this season after previously besting Minnesota’s Ryan Benesch in Week 5. Grant is red-hot right now but JT will be playing at home, where he is most dangerous.

Grant and Tavares are both considered among the best players in the history of the game. Tavares still holds the NLL record for points in a season (115) set back in 2001, but Grant is threatening to shatter that mark as he leads the league with 59 points through seven games this year.

Who will have the better performance this week? 

BUY

John Tavares (Buffalo $21) – The Bandits have had a couple of weeks off which led to JT falling to 19th in total fantasy points. The more pertinent stat to consider is he currently averages 20 fantasy points per game (120 points  in six games played), making him one of the more reliable forwards in fantasy.

Cody Jamieson (Rochester $20) – Jamieson is back in the Knighthawks lineup and he wasted no time in returning to relevance with a 23-point performance in fantasy last weekend against Toronto. Get Jammer back in your lineup as soon as possible. He’s among the top scorers in the league for a reason.

Phil Sanderson (Toronto $6) – Sanderson is quietly putting together a nice fantasy season, producing at or above his cost almost every game. While he probably isn’t going to suddenly bust out with a huge game, he is a cheap option at defense that can add some consistency to your roster’s back end.

Jordan MacIntosh (Minnesota $17) – MacIntosh has been putting up some great fantasy numbers this season because he produces across all three runner categories. He has about the same number of fantasy points as some of the elites at the position like Calgary’s duo of Jeff Shattler and Geoff Snider, but at a much lower cost. MacIntosh’s value has steadily increased over the course of the season and it should continue to climb if he puts up a third-straight 20-point performance in fantasy.

Mike Hominuck (Philadelphia $10) – Hominuck is a mid-priced forward. I like him this week because the Wings face Rochester for the second time this season and last time they met, Hominuck had his best fantasy performance of the season (16 points) despite Philadelphia losing 22-12. Another factor worth considering is that Rochester has the most goals allowed in the league this season.


AVOID

Mike Thompson (Buffalo $17) – The Bandits traded for elite goaltender Anthony Cosmo earlier this month, which spells bad news for Thompson’s fantasy owners. Cosmo could end up getting the start against West Division-leading Colorado this Saturday night, so it is best to avoid Thompson and go with a sure-fire starter as your fantasy goalie.

Athan Iannucci (Washington $19) – Iannucci hasn’t justified his beefy price tag yet this season. Perhaps he is still shaking off the rust, but in two games with the Stealth, he has just 19 fantasy points. This money may be better invested elsewhere, such as in teammate Brett Bucktooth who averages 13.2 fantasy points per game and costs just $12.

Colin Doyle (Toronto $18) – Doyle was injured last weekend against Rochester, which isn’t good since he was just coming back after being injured in the previous game against the Knighthawks in January. The extent of Doyle’s latest injury has not yet been disclosed but at this price, it’s better to be safe than sorry. Keep Doyle out of your lineup until he comes back and proves he is healthy.


MY TEAM

G – Brandon Miller (Philadelphia $18)
D – Phil Sanderson (Toronto $6)
D – Bob Snider (Washington $9)
T – Jordan MacIntosh (Minnesota $17)
T – Andrew Watt (Minnesota $7)
T – Pat McCready (Rochester $9)
F – Adam Jones (Colorado $15)
F – Kevin Crowley (Philadelphia $19)
F – Mike Accursi (Rochester $15)
F – Cody Jamieson (Rochester $20)

Team Value: $135

 

 

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