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NLL Fantasy Spotlight for Week 17

04/25/2012, 2:59pm EDT
By Alexander Hinkley for NLL.com

Transition players take center stage as Wings' Merrill meets Swarm's MacIntosh


This week's Fantasy Spotlight features a pair of transition players as Philadelphia's Brodie Merrill takes on Minnesota rookie Jordan MacIntosh.

Last week’s Fantasy Spotlight had Minnesota Swarm teammates Kevin Ross and Andrew Suitor face off against one another. It was an interesting matchup because Ross plays forward while Suitor plays transition. Here are their stats from Week 16 against Philadelphia:

Ross: five goals, four assists, and seven loose balls for 35 fantasy points.
Suitor: one assist and seven loose balls for nine fantasy points.

The winner of this one is clear. Ross had a career-high nine points in a showing that will likely earn him Fantasy Player of the Week honors. It was his best fantasy performance of the season, by far. Perhaps there is something about being in the Fantasy Spotlight which makes players perform at their best, as this is not the first time someone in the spotlight has turned in a dominating performance.

The Week 17 spotlight features two of the top transition players in the fantasy game right now. Brodie Merrill ($20) from the Philadelphia Wings will go up against Jordan MacIntosh ($19) from the Minnesota Swarm.

Besides his prowess as a transition player, Merrill is a beast when it comes to snatching up loose balls, and that’s he gets a lot of his value. The fact he also contributes offensively on a consistent basis is what makes him such a dangerous player when it comes to fantasy lacrosse. Merrill has not scored fewer than 10 fantasy points since Week 1 of the season.

If anybody can match Merrill this weekend, it would be MacIntosh. He has been having quite the rookie season with 21 goals, 24 assists, and 140 loose balls. MacIntosh actually has more total fantasy points compared to Merrill and yet is still one dollar cheaper thanks to his low initial cost. MacIntosh is also incredibly consistent as he’s yet to put up fewer than 10 fantasy points in a game this season.

Who will come out on top in the final week of the regular season? Vote in the poll on the right to share your opinion.


BUY

Callum Crawford (Minnesota $19) – Crawford has benefitted greatly from the return of superstar Ryan Benesch. Crawford has averaged 26 fantasy points in two games since Benesch has come back from injury compared to an average of just 11 fantasy points per game when Benesch was sidelined. Saturday night’s matchup against Colorado could actually favor Crawford, considering he had a huge game against them in Week 1 with 37 fantasy points.

Kevin Ross (Minnesota $15) – Coming of a 35-point performance, Ross is a good player to have on your roster right now. He averaged 17 fantasy points in the three games leading up to last week so even if he has a so-called normal game, he would still be worth having on your roster. Fifteen bucks is a pretty safe investment here. and there is a lot of potential upside if he can build on last week’s success.

Zack Greer (Edmonton $14) – Greer has been on fire lately with 111 of his 185 fantasy points coming in his last seven games. He is also the most cost-efficient forward on Edmonton’s roster when it comes to fantasy points scored per dollar. If you’re looking for a Rush player to have on your roster who isn’t a goalie, Greer is your guy.

Jeff Reynolds (Philadelphia $11) – Reynolds has been hot lately aside from one down game against Buffalo three weeks ago. He has scored double-digit fantasy points in five of his last six games, which is rare among defensemen and puts him among the elite tier at the position. He is slightly cheaper than Bob Snider and Kyle Rubisch, which also makes him an attractive option heading into the final week of the regular season.

Joe Walters (Rochester $6) – In five games played this season, Walters has yet to score below his cost. He’s a bit of a risky play since his presence in the Knighthawks’ lineup isn’t assured, but when he does play he is a great asset to have on your fantasy team thanks to his frequent assists.

Martin Cummings (Washington $6) – Cummings is currently one of the cheapest options at forward. Despite having an off game two weeks ago at Minnesota where he failed to record a single fantasy point, Cummings has been producing at a pace almost double his current price. He had 14 fantasy points last weekend and could easily match that again this week. Washington is out of the playoffs so they might be more inclined to give young players like Cummings increased floor time and that could translate into more fantasy points.

 

AVOID

Matt Vinc (Rochester $19) – Vinc is coming off a poor performance last Saturday against Buffalo, where he actually harmed fantasy owners with negative points. It is the second time in the last four games and third time this season that Vinc has posted negative fantasy points. He has shown flashes of brilliance at times this season, but is best that he be avoided right now.

David Brock (Philadelphia $6) – There was a point this season that Brock was a must-own in fantasy due to his high production coupled with his low cost. His price has risen and his production has dropped since then. He has averaged just three fantasy points in his last five games.

 

MY TEAM

G – Aaron Bold (Edmonton $19)
D – Jeff Reynolds (Philadelphia $11)
D – Damon Edwards (Toronto $6)
T – Jordan MacIntosh (Minnesota $19)
T – David Earl (Minnesota $5)
T – Joe Walters (Rochester $6)
F – Cody Jamieson (Rochester $20)
F – Kevin Crowley (Philadelphia $20)
F – John Grant Jr. (Colorado $25)
F – Sean Pollock (Colorado $16)

Team Value: $147
 

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