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Fantasy Mailbag: Week #12

03/22/2013, 5:45pm EDT
By Alexander Hinkley for NLL.com

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The weekly Fantasy Mailbag column answers your questions about the 2013 NLL Fantasy Game. (Photo: Todd Bauders)

The Fantasy Mailbag column answers fantasy questions from our readers to help you manage your team throughout the season. Have a question related to the 2013 NLL Fantasy Game? Want to know how something works or advice about a specific player or matchup? Email your question to fantasy@nll.com and it just might be answered in the next edition of the Fantasy Mailbag.

I want to register a fantasy team but considering I missed two-thirds of the season already, should I even bother?

Yes! Although you will obviously be too far behind to ever surpass teams that have been playing since the beginning of the season in total scoring, you can still compete for the weekly prizes. Remember, the team that scores the most fantasy points in any given week will be awarded a $20 gift code to the NLL Store at the end of the season. There is still five weeks left of the regular season so that means there are still five gift cards up for grabs. All you have to do is score the most points one of those weeks and you’re a winner.

Plus, playing fantasy lacrosse is fun. Head over to fantasy.nll.com and click the shiny button that says “Register” to sign up.

Why can I still buy players that have a “Not Available” status?

A player’s status is something that you should continually monitor once you decide to put them on your roster (or when deciding who to buy to begin with). The Injured Reserve, Physically Unable to Perform, and Suspended statuses are all pretty self explanatory. The “Not Available” status generally means that player has been released from the team. Most of the time, this will erase them from the player pool completely but occasionally a player will be released from the team and then re-signed to the Practice Player List. In those cases, the player is marked as “Not Available” but remains in the player pool since it is conceivable he could be moved back to a team’s Active Roster at the last minute on game day. As a rule of thumb, just don’t add them to your roster until their status is marked as Active or you know for a fact they will be playing.

Out of the three cheapest goaltender tandems, which one is the best to use right now?

Calgary, Colorado, and Edmonton are all currently the cheapest goaltenders available at $16 each. All three have had their ups and downs this season and all three have even scored negative fantasy points at some point which makes them risky to own in fantasy.

Saving money on your goalies is actually a viable strategy because it frees up funds to improve other areas of your lineup. Out of the three $16 options, I like Calgary the best for fantasy because they had a fairly consistent first six games. It wasn’t until the last five games or so that they have been struggling. Mike Poulin was the 2012 NLL Goaltender of the Year and was the number one fantasy goaltender last season with 334 fantasy points. He’s not going to come anywhere near that total this year but I have faith that he will be able to turn things around heading into the final few weeks before the playoffs.

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