Check out the Buy/Sell column for Week One of the 2013 NLL Fantasy Game. Rochester Knighthawks forward Casey Powell should put up some numbers, but will they match his high current cost in the salary cap-based game? (Photo: Larry Palumbo)
The first week of the 2013 NLL season officially begins on Saturday, Jan. 5 when the Rochester Knighthawks take on the Washington Stealth. It is an abbreviated fantasy week (with just this one game counting towards fantasy scoring) so make sure you fill your roster with players from only the Knighthawks and Stealth this weekend.
Buy ‘em / Sell ‘em is a weekly advice column that will highlight a few players around the league whom fantasy managers might want to consider buying or selling based on their recent performance and matchup. Considering there’s just one game this week, there are only a few key players to look at:
Matt Beers (Washington - $4) – Beers was a top-10 fantasy defensemen last season with 101 fantasy points (6.3 points per game average). Despite this, Beers is still actually cheaper than other players around his production level. This makes him a pretty good bargain player and someone you should definitely target in the early weeks of the season to fully benefit if his price goes up. It’s a profit deal.
Joe Walters (Rochester - $7) – Walters only played six games during the regular season last year but when he was on the field, he was putting up good numbers. Walters averaged 7.8 fantasy points per game which is production above his price point. He also ended 2012 on a high note with 13 points (4 + 9) in three playoff games. His playoff success could represent a breakout performance for Walters and makes him an excellent sleeper pick this season.
Athan Iannucci (Washington - $17) – With the Stealth cutting Jeff Zywicki during the offseason, Iannucci’s fantasy value only goes up because he will be able to play an even bigger role in the offense this season. Need another reason to buy him in Week One? He is known as a goal scorer and has historically done very well against the Rochester Knighthawks. In eight career games against Rochester, Iannucci has lit them up for 38 points (19+17). When you add in his 60 loose balls over that span, Iannucci averages around 21 fantasy points per game against the Knighthawks.
Casey Powell (Rochester - $23) – Casey Powell is undoubtedly one of the best forwards in the league so it is tough to suggest keeping him off your roster. However, he may be a little overpriced in fantasy at $23. First of all, Powell didn’t play last season so he might be rusty. Secondly, he is also with a new team and it will be interesting to see what his role will be in the Knighthawks offense this year. Who is going to quarterback this offense? Will Powell be the go-to goal scorer or will it be Cody Jamieson? It’s better to take the “wait-and-see” approach when considering Powell for your fantasy team this week.
G – Rochester ($17)
F – Cody Jamieson (Rochester $21)
F – Athan Iannucci (Washington $17)
F – Johnny Powless (Rochester $15)
F – Brett Bucktooth (Washington $12)
T – Joel McCready (Rochester $5)
T – Joe Walters (Rochester $7)
D – Matt Beers (Washington $4)
D – Rory Glaves (Rochester $2)
Team Value: $100