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NLL Fantasy Spotlight for Week 15

04/12/2012, 10:06am EDT
By Alexander Hinkley for NLL.com

Rematch time as Washington's Richards, Calgary's Poulin square off


This week's Fantasy Spotlight is a rematch from earlier this season when Calgary's Mike Poulin squares off against Washington's Tyler Richards.

Two past winners faced off in last week’s Fantasy Spotlight as Mike Accursi took on Shawn Evans. Here are their Week 14 stats:

Accursi (vs. Calgary): two goals and two assists for 12 fantasy points.
Evans (vs. Rochester): three goals, six assists, and two loose balls for 26 fantasy points.

Evans once again impresses with his best fantasy performance since his previous Fantasy Spotlight appearance in Week 12. It was his first game against the Knighthawks since being traded last September, and he made them pay during the Roughnecks’ 15-14 win. Evans comes out with his second Spotlight win of the season by more than doubling his competition’s stats - he must kick his game up a notch when he knows the spotlight is on him or something.

The Week 15 spotlight will feature our first rematch of the season. Goaltenders Tyler Richards from the Washington Stealth and Mike Poulin of the Calgary Roughnecks first faced each other in Week 6. Richards won that matchup, but Calgary ended up winning the game. Poulin has become a dominant goaltender for fantasy owners, posting 21.5 points per game since then, so a shot at redemption seems warranted.

Richards has also been hot recently and is arguably the best fantasy goaltender. He’s recorded fewer points than Poulin, but has also played in four fewer games. It’s hard to say how many more points T-Rich could have racked up had he not missed time due to injury.

Which goalie will assert their fantasy superiority this week? Will Poulin avenge his Week 6 loss or will Richards take his second spotlight win of the season? Vote in the poll on the right to share your opinion.

 

BUY

Tyler Richards (Washington $21) – Putting T-Rich on your roster will cost you a pretty penny, as he’s the costliest goaltender in the Fantasy Challenge. Even with this hefty price tag, he is still worth buying. Richards averages 23.2 points per game, which is by far more than any other goalie in the league. He is also extremely consistent. Despite one poor game back in Week 4 where he posted negative points, Richards has scored around 20-plus points in every other game this season.

Martin Cummings (Washington $6) – Cummings has played in just two games for the Stealth this season, but has accumulated 22 total fantasy points. Over half of his points somehow involve leading scorer Rhys Duch, so as long as they keep playing, Cummings should be a valuable fantasy asset in the remaining few weeks of the season. He’s also one of the cheapest options at forward, so plugging him into your roster will free up a lot of cash for other positions.

Josh Gillam (Minnesota $7) – Gillam is another player who only recently joined his team’s roster. He’s played three games with the Swarm, but has put up some solid numbers with 29 fantasy points. The 23-year-old is also worth a look for his inexpensive price tag.

Cody Jamieson (Rochester $20) – Jamieson is in the top 10 fantasy scorers this year, but still costs just 20 bucks. He’s been a model of consistency and has put up good games even when the Knighthawks have struggled. Rochester really needs a win this weekend to stay in the playoff hunt after losing its last three games and will be looking for Jamieson to deliver.

Evan Kirk (Minnesota $17) – Kirk doesn’t have as many fantasy points as many of the other goalies, but that is because he has only seen floor time in seven games this season. When you consider that factor, he boasts the second highest point-per-game average with 20.3. Kirk has posted a couple of 30-plus point performances in those seven games and has put up more than 20 points in each of his last two games.

 

AVOID

Blaine Manning (Toronto $17) – Manning played in his first game last weekend since being injured in Week 2. After missing so much time, I’m not convinced he can simply come back and start putting up his usual numbers right away. Give him at least another game before adding him to your roster.

Aaron Wilson (Edmonton $12) – Wilson just hasn’t been himself this season. He has scored fewer than 10 fantasy points in seven out of 12 games, including just two points last week against Toronto. Invest your money in other players, such as Daryl Veltman from Calgary who carries the same price tag but has nearly 100 more fantasy points.

Kaleb Toth (Calgary $7) – Toth is attractive as a cheap option, but he’s failed to produce enough to justify the low cost. Toth has played seven games and scored a single fantasy point in three of them. Put simply, fantasy managers should avoid him.

 

MY TEAM

G – Aaron Bold (Edmonton $17)
D – Kyle Rubisch (Edmonton $11)
D – Pat Merrill (Toronto $4)
T – David Earl (Minnesota $5)
T – Jordan MacIntosh (Minnesota $18)
T – Pat McCready (Rochester $9)
F – John Grant Jr. (Colorado $25)
F – Adam Jones (Colorado $20)
F – Cody Jamieson (Rochester $20)
F - Mike Accursi (Rochester $17)

Team Value: $146

 

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