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NLL Fantasy Spotlight for Week 11

03/14/2012, 4:16pm EDT
By Alexander Hinkley for NLL.com

Ward faces off against Small in matchup of Edmonton teammates


Ryan Ward (above) goes up against Edmonton teammate Corey Small in this week's fantasy spotlight. (Photo Credit: Perry Nelson)

Last week’s spotlight matched two top-five fantasy goalies as Matt Vinc of the Rochester Knighthawks faced former teammate Aaron Bold, now a starter for the Edmonton Rush. Here are their Week 10 stats:

Vinc (vs. Buffalo): 48 saves and 10 goals allowed for 28 fantasy points
Bold (vs. Calgary): 32 saves, 12 goals allowed, and one assist for 10 fantasy points

Edmonton actually played back-to-back contests against Calgary last weekend so we’re taking Bold’s better performance of the two games for the spotlight – a 13-10 Rush loss last Friday. He struggled in both games, however, and put up just 10 fantasy points (he registered only two in the second game). These two games represent Bold’s lowest fantasy production this season.

Vinc comes out with the win after a dominant 48-save showing and fewer goals conceded. It’s the second such performance in a row for Vinc, who had a whopping 30 fantasy points in Week 9. He looks like a great option in goal moving forward for fantasy owners.

The Week 11 spotlight features Ryan Ward and Corey Small of the Edmonton Rush. The teammates are both currently priced at $14 and are having very similar seasons. Through eight games, Ward has eight goals and 20 assists while Small has nine goals and 17 assists. The loose balls category is also close with Ward collecting 18 and Small with 16.

There have never been two players this evenly matched in the Fantasy Spotlight before. It could come down to just one or two points separating these guys. Who do you think will emerge the winner in Week 11? 


BUY

Derek Suddons (Edmonton $5) – Suddons has now had three solid games in a row and his fantasy value is on the rise. He averages six fantasy points per game and at a price of just five bucks is one of the most cost-efficient defensemen in the entire challenge.

Jeff Gilbert (Minnesota $5) – Gilbert is another d-man who has performed well recently with 20 fantasy points over his last two games. Gilbert averages 5.1 fantasy points per game this season, which puts his production slightly above his current cost. Couple him with Suddons on your fantasy roster this week for a cheap yet effective combo.

Luke Wiles (Buffalo $19) – The Bandits have been struggling so far this season and have a 2-6 record to show for it. They have lost six in a row, but Wiles has been consistently producing week in and week out. He seems like a safe option this weekend as Buffalo plays back-to-back games. Go with Wiles in his second game Saturday against Minnesota as he will have home-field advantage also working for him.

Pat Saunders (Philadelphia $6) – The Wings recently signed Saunders and the 22-year old had a solid debut last weekend with one goal, one assist, and three loose balls for nine fantasy points. He is a low-cost player with a lot of potential for profit. Snatch him up to save some money, which you can use to round out the rest of your roster.

Jordan MacIntosh (Minnesota $17) – MacIntosh is one of the top scorers in fantasy at transition this season. The rookie even has more fantasy points than some big names at the position such as Brodie Merrill and Mark Steenhuis. Did I mention MacIntosh also currently costs less? Minneosta had a bye last week so fantasy owners had to take MacIntosh out of their lineup. Consider this your reminder to buy him back.


AVOID

Brendan Thenhaus (Toronto $6) – Thenhaus has hit a cold streak recently. In the past four games, he has just seven fantasy points. That’s less than two fantasy points per game! The low price tag may be appealing, but there are far better options at forward to invest in at this point.

Anthony Cosmo (Buffalo $17) / Mike Thompson (Buffalo $16) – I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Steer clear of both Bandit goaltenders in fantasy for a while. The Bandits have a dilemma on their hands in that they don’t know whom to start. Thompson started last week against the Knighthawks, but was pulled after getting off to a bad start. The opposite happened the week before against Colorado when Cosmo started, but was eventually replaced. It seems both goalies are on a short leash.


MY TEAM

G – Aaron Bold (Edmonton $18)
D – Kyle Rubisch (Edmonton $11)
D – Jeff Gilbert (Minnesota $5)
T – Jordan MacIntosh (Minnesota $17)
T – Andrew Suitor (Minnesota $11)
T – David Brock (Philadelphia $7)
F – John Tavares (Buffalo $21)
F – Ryan Ward (Edmonton $14)
F – Kevin Crowley (Philadelphia $19)
F – Josh Sanderson (Toronto $19)
Team Value: $142

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