Washington Stealth goalies have led the NLL Fantasy Game in scoring in each of the last two weeks. (Photo: Richard Olson)
It’s almost hard to believe that we are already in Week #7 as next week marks the halfway point of the 2013 NLL regular season! There are five games on the schedule this weekend, with every team in action except the Philadelphia Wings, so make sure you transfer any Wings out of your lineup. If you’re looking for some advice on who to buy/sell in the NLL Fantasy Game this weekend, here are some suggestions:
Cody Jamieson (Rochester $21) – It’s difficult to make an argument as to why you shouldn’t pick up the Week #6 NLL Offensive Player of the Week. “Jammer” currently leads the Knighthawks in scoring with 33 points (12+21). He has produced consistently even throughout Rochester’s early offensive struggles and now that the team is scoring more goals, his numbers have only improved. Jamieson has also always seemed to do well against the Bandits. Over this season and last year, he averages 5.8 actual points per game when playing Buffalo.
Washington (Goalie - $19) – The Washington Stealth goalies have been the number one ranking fantasy scorer the last two weeks in a row, including a huge 42 fantasy point performance last week. Washington plays Edmonton this week, which should mean another good performance for Tyler Richards, as he earned the game MVP last time he faced them.
Colorado (Goalie - $16) – Colorado’s goaltending situation has been pretty wild this year. After long-time starting goaltender Chris Levis was released, Matt Roik took over as the Mammoth’s starting goalie. His performances have seemingly fallen into a pattern of a good game followed by a bad one. For example, Roik posted a 17.70 goals against average against Washington before a 7.45 GAA the next game against Calgary. Roik then had a 17.99 GAA against Calgary with an 8.97 GAA his next game against Minnesota. Roik had a 13.00 GAA last week, so if this pattern holds, he could be in for a good game.
Kiel Matisz (Minnesota $14) – Matisz is currently a bargain. At $14, he’s the cheapest forward available ranked in the top 25 at the position. He also averages more points per game (16) than other players around his current cost.
Blaine Manning (Toronto $13) – It seems that Manning has snapped out of his cold streak. He’s scored 14 fantasy points in each of his last two games, which is actually pretty good considering how low his cost has fallen. Manning is currently one of the most affordable forwards and could continue to increase in value with another good game.
John Tavares (Buffalo $20) – The Bandits moved Tavares to the injured reserve list last week and it looks like he probably won’t be playing this weekend against Rochester. Make sure you get him out of your lineup.
Luke Wiles (Buffalo $16) – Wiles has yet to crack 10 fantasy points in a single game this season. His production has dropped off significantly from last year and he’s simply not worth paying $16 for at this point. Continue to avoid him in fantasy.
Craig Point (Rochester $10) – Point may seem like a good deal for $10 but he has been scratched from Rochester’s last three games. Even when he was playing, he wasn’t putting up very good numbers. Point was held scoreless in two out of three games played this season. It’s doubtful he’ll be in the lineup this weekend against Buffalo so keep him off your fantasy roster too.
G – Colorado ($16)
D – Sid Smith (Rochester $4)
D – Sandy Chapman (Toronto $5)
T – Andrew Watt (Minnesota $7)
T – David Brock (Buffalo $9)
F – Kiel Matisz (Minnesota $14)
F – Shayne Jackson (Minnesota $14)
F – Cody Jamieson (Rochester $21)
F – Mark Matthews (Edmonton $17)
Team Value: $107