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NLL Fantasy Spotlight for Week 12

03/21/2012, 9:16am EDT
By Alexander Hinkley for NLL.com

Scott Evans of Edmonton squares off with brother Shawn Evans of Calgary


Edmonton's Scott Evans will square off with brother Shawn of Calgary in this week's fantasy spotlight.

Edmonton Rush teammates Ryan Ward and Corey Small faced each other in last week’s Fantasy Spotlight. Here are their stats from Week 11:

Ward (vs. Philadelphia): three goals, four assists, and five loose balls for 25 fantasy points
Small (vs. Philadelphia): two assists and two loose balls for six fantasy points

Ward and Small were two very evenly matched players going into the Fantasy Spotlight, but you wouldn’t know that by looking at last week’s stats. Ward had his best performance of the season, coming away with the win and a value increase as well.

What could be better than pitting two teammates against one another in the Fantasy Spotlight? Throwing two brothers into the ring of course! Scott Evans from Edmonton will take on his brother Shawn Evans of Calgary in the Week 12 Spotlight.

The Evans brothers have had some solid fantasy games recently, so this one is sure to be a toss-up. Scott’s fantasy value increased the last two weeks and he is now the exact same price as Shawn at $19. Not surprisingly, both brothers average around 17 fantasy points per game this year.

Which brother do you think will come out on top? Cast your vote in the poll on the right. 

 

BUY

Peter McFetridge (Calgary $7) – McFetridge had fantasy owners grinning from ear to ear after his 25-point game two weeks ago. While he will not produce at this level often, it is the second time this season that he has scored at least double the number of fantasy points compared to his cost. He had 12 points and cost $6 in Week 8. McFetridge will put up modest numbers most of the time, but there is always the possibility of another big game from him. It is worth putting him in your lineup while he remains hot in the event of a repeat performance.

Ryan Ward (Edmonton $15) – Ward was on a bit of a cold streak lately with only 24 fantasy points over the course of his last three games. He posted more fantasy points last week alone with 25 against Philadelphia. This could be a turning point for Ward, who is a very affordable option at forward. The Rush are also playing Washington this weekend. This is a very important game for Edmonton, which needs to start winning games if it wants to make the playoffs. Expect Ward to step up come crunch time.

Nick Rose (Toronto $7) – Matt Roik is out and Rose is in for Toronto. Early indications point toward Rose starting for the Rock, which would make him an absolute steal with his cheap price tag. His stock is rising and his fantasy value is sure to go up as long as he plays at least a decent game. There’s always the possibility Pat Campbell starts for Toronto on Saturday against Rochester, but the potential rewards far outweigh the risk. Grab Rose now and cash in.

 

AVOID

John Grant Jr. (Colorado $25) – I must be crazy for listing John Grant Jr. under the “avoid” category considering the man averages 28.8 fantasy points per game this year. The reason I’m wary about putting him in my lineup this week is that he missed the Mammoth’s last two games with an upper-body injury. Grant had a couple of weeks to rest, but even if he is back in the lineup this weekend, there’s no telling how the injury will affect his game. Rhys Duch is another talented $25 player who missed a few games due to injury this season and only scored nine fantasy points in his first game back. Keep Grant off your roster for this week, see how he does or even if he is back in the lineup, then put him right back on your team next week if he is reverts to his old self.

Buffalo's goaltending sitatuion – It seems Mike Thompson will once again be the starting goalie for Buffalo. The Bandits played back-to-back games last weekend and although Anthony Cosmo started the first game, he was pulled about halfway through in favor of Thompson, who helped Buffalo dominate the second half and pull out a much-needed win against Toronto to snap a six-game skid. Thompson then started Saturday against Minnesota and helped Buffalo win that one, too. I’m not really too high on using either Bandit goaltender in fantasy right now, but Thompson would be the better option.

 

MY TEAM

G – Matt Vinc (Rochester $20)
D – Kyle Rubisch (Edmonton $11)
D – Jeff Gilbert (Minnesota $5)
T – Peter McFetridge (Calgary $7)
T – Jordan MacIntosh (Minnesota $18)
T – David Brock (Philadelphia $7)
F – Cody Jamieson (Rochester $20)
F – Kevin Crowley (Philadelphia $20)
F – Rhys Duch (Washington $25)
F – Daryl Veltman (Calgary $12)
Team Value: $145

 

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