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NLL Fantasy Spotlight: Week #8

02/21/2013, 4:15pm EST
By Alexander Hinkley for NLL.com

Minnesota rookies Jackson and Matisz face off


Minnesota Swarm rookie forwards Shayne Jackson and Kiel Matisz face off in the NLL Fantasy Spotlight for Week #8.

The Fantasy Spotlight last week was a battle of fantasy titans with Rochester Knighthawks goaltender Matt Vinc going up against Washington Stealth goalie Tyler Richards. The two goaltenders were the top two fantasy scorers in Week #6. Who came out on top this past week? Here are their stats from Week #7:

Rochester goalies: 41 saves, 10 goals allowed, and 3 loose balls for 24 fantasy points.

Washington goalies: 46 saves and 15 goals allowed for 16 fantasy points.

While both goalies made over 40 saves, Tyler Richards ran into a red-hot Mark Matthews who scored six goals on him. Vinc comes out on top of this matchup with five fewer goals allowed and a couple of loose balls added in for good measure. This marks the fourth-consecutive game that Rochester’s goalies have scored 20 or more fantasy points and Rochester now has 179 total fantasy points this season, tying Toronto’s goalies for third-most overall of all fantasy players.

Rochester’s goalies are the first “player” to win back-to-back Fantasy Spotlight matchups (Rochester also defeated Shawn Williams in the Week 6 Spotlight). With Matt Vinc currently leading the NLL in goals against average and save percentage among starters, Rochester is quickly becoming a must-buy in the fantasy game.

The Week #8 Fantasy Spotlight features two rookies as Minnesota Swarm teammates Shayne Jackson and Kiel Matisz wgo up against one another in a battle of fantasy superiority. Matisz and Jackson were both taken in the first round of the 2012 NLL Entry Draft and both have already begun to prove themselves in the NLL.

The Swarm drafted Matisz with the third-overall pick. After being held without a goal in his first professional game, Matisz had back-to-back hat tricks against the Toronto Rock and Stealth. His college career is highlighted with many accolades, including being named the 2012 NEC Player of the Year and NEC Offensive Player of the Year while at Robert Morris University. He was a 2012 nominee for the Tewaaraton Award, awarded to the best lacrosse player that year across all three NCAA divisions (much like college football’s Heisman Trophy). Matisz was named Rookie of the Week in Week #7, the second time he won the award this season.

Minnesota drafted Shayne Jackson immediately after Matisz with the fourth-pick overall. Jackson had a hat trick in his very first NLL game against the Buffalo Bandits. He was also named the NLL Rookie of the Week for his five point performance (1+4) against Colorado in Week 5. Like Matisz, Jackson also came close to winning a Tewaaraton Award at Limestone College. He was named a finalist for the award in 2011 and also made the “watch list” in 2012.

Minnesota plays two games against the Edmonton Rush this weekend. Which Swarm player do you think will have the better combined showing? Cast your vote in the poll on the right.

Player

Shayne Jackson

Kiel Matisz

Position

Forward

Forward

Price

$14

$15

Drafted

4th Overall

3rd Overall

Fantasy Points

91

97

Actual Points

26 (9+17)

22 (11+11)

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