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NLL Fantasy Spotlight: Week #9

02/27/2013, 8:45pm EST
By Alexander Hinkley for NLL.com

Calgary's Evans vs. Colorado's Grant, Jr.

Calgary Roughnecks forward Shawn Evans and Colorado Mammoth forward John Grant, Jr. match up in the Week #9 Spotlight.

The NLL Fantasy Spotlight last week was a matchup between two rookie teammates, Kiel Matisz and Shayne Jackson of the Minnesota Swarm. Minnesota played two games last weekend (both against Edmonton) so we’ll compare the best performance from each player to see who came out on top.

Shayne Jackson: one goal, three assists, and one loose ball for 11 fantasy points.

Kiel Matisz: three goals and seven loose balls for 19 fantasy points.

Oddly enough, Jackson scored 11 fantasy points in each of last weekend’s games. Matisz edges out a win over his teammate and fellow first-round draft pick with his third hat trick of the season. Matisz had an excellent showing in Minnesota’s other game as well (18 fantasy points) and rewarded his fantasy owners with a bump in value.

The Week #9 Fantasy Spotlight is a heavyweight battle between two of the league’s best players. John Grant, Jr. from the Colorado Mammoth will go head-to-head against Shawn Evans from the Calgary Roughnecks.

John Grant Jr. set an NLL single-season record last year with 116 points (50+66). This led to some huge fantasy numbers which helped Grant also finish first overall in scoring with 389 fantasy points last season (Toronto’s Garrett Billings was second with an impressive 366). Grant once again ranks among the league’s top scorers this season with 23 goals. He has a hat trick in every game so far this season except for one. He even had a sock trick in a game back in January! What’s more, Colorado will be playing the Rochester Knighthawks this weekend. Since being traded by Rochester, Grant has played the Knighthawks twice and averages 28.5 fantasy points per game against them. He could be in for a big game this weekend.

Shawn Evans will be a tough opponent for Grant in the Spotlight. Evans currently leads the league in total points with 60 (20+40) and is on pace to break the 100-point barrier for the first time in his NLL career. Evans is also third overall in fantasy scoring with 198 points. He has scored more than 30 fantasy points twice this season and has scored fewer than 10 only once. What makes him so valuable is that he often contributes in the loose balls category as well as offensively (he currently is third on the Roughnecks with 38 LBs).

Who do you think will do better this weekend? Cast your vote in the poll on the right.


John Grant Jr.

Shawn Evans







2012 Fantasy Points



2013 Fantasy Points



Games Played



Fantasy Pts / Game



Actual Points

39 (23 + 16)

60 (20 + 40)

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