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NLL Fantasy Spotlight for Week 16

04/18/2012, 4:46pm EDT
By Alexander Hinkley for NLL.com

Swarm teammates Ross and Suitor go head-to-head


Minnesota Swarm teammates Kevin Ross (left) and Andrew Suitor go head-to-head in this week's Fantasy Spotlight.

Last week’s Fantasy Spotlight featured Calgary Roughnecks goaltender Mike Poulin and counterpart Tyler Richards of the Washington Stealth in a rematch of their Week 6 battle. Here are their stats from last weekend:

Richards (vs. Minnesota): 45 saves and 14 goals allowed for 17 fantasy points.
Poulin (vs. Rochester):  Did not play due to injury – 0 fantasy points.

Although Richards had his first sub 20-point performance last week, Poulin did not even play in the Roughnecks’ game against Rochester after suffering what was called a lower-body injury. This is the first time a player in the spotlight ended up not playing and T-Rich gets the win by default.

The Week 16 Fantasy Spotlight matchup features Kevin Ross and Andrew Suitor of the Minnesota Swarm. Both Ross and Suitor have 100 total fantasy points in 14 games played and both are currently priced at $13. It is a trans-positional pairing Ross is a forward and Suitor is a transition player. This type of matchup is familiar to Suitor as he defeated forward Daryl Veltman of the Roughnecks in Week 13.

Can Suitor pull off another win, this time at the expense of a teammate? Vote in the poll on the right to share your opinion on which Swarm player will have the better performance this weekend.

 

BUY

David Earl (Minnesota $5) – Minnesota has several good transition players, such as Jordan MacIntosh and Suitor, so Earl is easily and mistakenly overlooked at this position by many fantasy owners. He has been on a roll over the last few weeks, posting some solid fantasy numbers thanks to his contributions in the loose ball category while scoring the occasional goal. He averages 5.2 fantasy points per game, which puts his production slightly above his current cost.

Nick Rose (Toronto $13) – Rose was actually detrimental to fantasy owners last weekend as he put up negative six points, however he is a good candidate for a bounce-back game this week. His value went down a little bit and Rose is now the cheapest starting goalie in fantasy lacrosse, so take advantage of that by adding him to your roster before his cost rebounds.

Daryl Veltman (Calgary $13) – Veltman has been quietly putting together a solid season and is about to crack the 200 fantasy-point plateau. He isn’t one to have huge 30-point fantasy games, but produces good numbers on a consistent basis making him worthy of a spot on your team’s roster.

John Tavares (Buffalo $22) – Tavares has been one of the more reliable Bandits this season with double-digit fantasy points in every game. The fact he leads the Bandits in goals, assists, and points at 43 years old is testament to just how good he truly is. I like him this weekend especially because he faces Rochester and Tavares always seems to have good games against the Knighthawks.

Geoff Snider (Calgary $22) – Snider had his ankle taped up last week, but it didn’t seem to slow him down too much when it came to his fantasy production. Although he didn’t have a goal or an assist, the face-off specialist scooped up 28 loose balls. He also snagged that many in his previous game against Minnesota two weeks ago. There is a reason he leads the NLL in that category with 218, after all. That statistic alone makes him worth the high price but Snider also contributes offensively most of the time, which is just gravy.

 

AVOID

Curtis Hodgson (Washington $5) – With just one fantasy point in the last two games combined, Hodgson is on a cold streak that makes him best avoided in fantasy for the time being.

Mike Poulin (Calgary $20) – Poulin missed last week’s game with a lower-body injury and even if he is healthy, there is a strong possibility that he sits as a precaution. He is one of the best goaltenders in the league this year and Calgary needs him in tip-top shape for the playoffs. I don’t know the severity of the injury, but I wouldn’t expect the Roughnecks to rush him back in if they don’t need to. It’s not worth risking this much money on someone whose status is iffy.

Josh Sanderson (Toronto $18) – Sanderson’s fantasy value has gone down the past two weeks. Since he and Blaine Manning returned to the Rock lineup from injuries, neither has produced at their customary elite level. Sanderson has scored just nine fantasy points in each of his last two games. Keep him out of your fantasy lineup until he snaps this cold streak.

Jeff Zywicki (Washington $17) – Zywicki is usually good for at least 30 goals a year, but this season he just hasn’t been putting up the numbers. He has just nine in nine contests and averages 10.2 fantasy points per game. That makes him a bit too expensive at this price point. In comparison, teammate Athan Iannucci also costs $17, but averages 13.7 fantasy points per game.

 

MY TEAM

G – Aaron Bold (Edmonton $17)
D – Scott Self (Buffalo $9)
D – John Lafontaine (Edmonton $3)
T – Jordan MacIntosh (Minnesota $19)
T – David Earl (Minnesota $5)
T – Peter McFetridge (Calgary $6)
F – Cody Jamieson (Rochester $20)
F – John Grant Jr. (Colorado $25)
F – Kevin Crowley (Philadelphia $20)
F – John Tavares (Buffalo $22)

Team Value: $146

 

 

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