The weekly Fantasy Mailbag column answers your questions about the 2013 NLL Fantasy Game. (Photo: Jack Dempsey)
The Fantasy Mailbag column answers fantasy questions from our readers to help you manage your team to glory and compete for weekly prizes. Have a question related to the 2013 NLL Fantasy Game? Want to know how something works or advice about a specific player? Email your question to firstname.lastname@example.org and it just might be answered in next week’s Fantasy Mailbag.
How can I find particular "mini leagues" to join?
You can search for just about any mini league by using the search function on the league’s tab of the fantasy game. If you don’t know what exactly you are looking for, try typing in some team names like “Bandits” into the search bar. Many teams around the NLL have also set up specific fans leagues so if you search for the term “fans,” you can join one and compete against other fans of your favorite team. Some mini leagues (such as the official Rochester Knighthawks Fans league) even have their own prizes to compete for.
Don’t forget you can also create your own league or join a friend’s league if you know the league ID.
Which fantasy positions are least/most important?
All positions are important but if you really must skimp somewhere, I would suggest saving money on defense. With the exception of a handful of players, defensemen tend not to put up many fantasy points so it is safe to go with d-men that only cost a couple of dollars. For example, a guy that costs $2 such as Rory Glaves from the Rochester Knighthawks, only has to scoop up a couple of LBs to cover his cost. Then you can invest the money you saved on better forwards or goalies.
Goalie is arguably the most important position in the fantasy game because of how inconsistent their scoring can be. The Toronto Rock goaltenders currently have the most fantasy points out of anybody. They have put up over 25 fantasy points in four out of five games so far this season, but that fifth game is what would have killed you as they only scored a measly two fantasy points that week. You really need to stay on top of goalie matchups and hot/cold streaks to ensure you don’t get burned by a bad game.
After you’ve locked down your goaltender, the next most important position you want to spend the most money on is forward. Outside of the Snider brothers at transition, forwards are typically the guys that will get you the most fantasy points because they obviously score the most actual points. Keep in mind that each goal earns you four fantasy points, so look for noted goal scorers first and foremost.
When it comes to transition, the goal is to try not to lose money. Add players who you believe are undervalued or who score on a consistent enough basis that they probably won’t lose any of their value.