Edmonton Rush rookie forward Mark Matthews might still be undervalued in the NLL Fantasy Game. (Photo: Dale MacMillan)
Week #8 is upon us which marks the halfway point of both the regular season and NLL Fantasy Game. Philadelphia is coming off a bye week and many of their players look like strong buys this weekend. The Bandits also get their first bye week since the start of the season so be sure to should sell off any Buffalo players. Here are some other players you should buy and sell this week in fantasy lacrosse.
Dan Dawson (Rochester $21) – Dawson hasn’t had a great fantasy season so far but his best performance of the season came against his old team, the Philadelphia Wings. He scored 32 fantasy points in Rochester’s first game against them in Week 6 and the Knighthawks play Philadelphia again on Saturday. This time the Knighthawks are at home so Dawson should be able to put up some good numbers.
Kevin Buchanan (Philadelphia $13) – Buchanan averages 14.6 fantasy points per game this season which, for his current cost, is above average. Other players that cost $13 such as Curtis Knight or Dhane Smith only average around 11 fantasy points per game. This makes Buchanan an excellent bargain. Philly plays two games this weekend but based on how hot Rochester’s goalies have been lately, I’d rather have Buchanan scored for his second game against Colorado. To pick which game you want scored click the “Choose Game” button on your team page.
Mark Matthews (Edmonton $19) – Matthews had 11 goals in two games last weekend which skyrocketed him into the top 10 fantasy scorers and earned him the NLL Offensive Player of the Week award. How could anybody not want this guy in their lineup right now?
Jordan Hall (Philadelphia $20) – Although Jordan Hall’s 78 total fantasy points may make him appear as if he isn’t worth spending $20 on, he actually ranks among the best at the position. Hall has only played four games this season and scored over 20 fantasy points in three of them. He currently averages 19.5 fantasy points per game, the second highest average among all transition players.
Jimmy Quinlan (Edmonton $4) – I like Quinlan as a cheap transition player with a lot of upside. The guy had three consecutive seasons with more than 20 goals in 2006 - 2008 so he obviously has the skill to put the ball in the back of the net. His numbers haven’t been as high since 2010 (he had just four goals all of last season), but the potential is always there for him a big game and that’s worth spending a measly four bucks on.
Joel McCready (Rochester $5) – McCready is another affordable option at transition. His value took a shot last week since he had zero fantasy points, but before that he had three straight games producing above his cost. The goose egg was a fluke and he should do better this weekend against Philadelphia, a team the Knighthawks had a lot of success against the first time around.
Minnesota (Goalie $17) – With just 18 fantasy points scored across the span of three games, the Minnesota Swarm goaltenders have yet to have a good fantasy showing in the month of February. They are going up against the Edmonton Rush in back-to-back games this weekend but considering what Mark Matthews did to his opponents last week, I wouldn’t want the Swarm goalies on my fantasy team.
G – Rochester ($22)
D – Matt Beers (Washington $6)
D – Sid Smith (Rochester $5)
T – Jim Quinlan (Edmonton $4)
T – Andrew Watt (Minnesota $8)
F – Mark Matthews (Edmonton $19)
F – Shayne Jackson (Minnesota $14)
F – Kevin Buchanan (Philadelphia $13)
F- Dan Dawson (Rochester $21)
Team Value: $112