Colorado Mammoth forward Casey Powell might be a good "buy-low" candidate in the NLL Fantasy Game. (Photo: Jack Dempsey)
Only three games in Week #12 of the 2013 NLL regular season means you have very limited options for the NLL Fantasy Game. Here are some suggestions on which players to buy or sell for this weekend’s games.
Casey Powell (Colorado/Forward $18) – Powell is fantasy relevant again after being traded to the Colorado Mammoth. He had six points (1+5) last week in his first game in a Mammoth uniform which tied his season high. Many of Powell’s assists came on the same goal that John Grant, Jr. also assisted on so it seems that he and “Junior” work well together.
Derek Hopcroft (Buffalo/Forward $9) – Hopcroft made his Bandits debut last weekend and maybe Buffalo should have used him sooner. He played extremely well by scoring three goals and adding two assists. This resulted in his cost jumping by several dollars but his price is still pretty low. Put him on your roster and hope for a repeat performance.
Calgary (Goalie $16) – Mike Poulin started off the season okay but then hit a rough patch for awhile where he was barely stopping 60 percent of the shots he faced per game. As the 2012 NLL Goaltender of the Year and highest scoring fantasy goalie of last season, he should be able to turn things back around. Calgary is one of the cheapest goalies currently available in fantasy so I want to have them on my team when Poulin breaks out a big game.
Dane Dobbie (Calgary/Forward $23) – Dobbie is coming off his best game of the season when he scored six goals and put up 33 fantasy points two weeks ago against the Minnesota Swarm. Calgary is playing Colorado this weekend and the Mammoth have been having goaltending problems all year. Look for Dobbie to capitalize.
Ilija Gajic (Colorado/Transition $8) – Gajic missed last week’s game due to suspension and his value ended up going down because of it. He has the potential to score double digit fantasy points and should be in your lineup.
Ryan Hotaling (Colorado/Transition $7) – Hotaling had over 100 loose balls in the 2010 and 2011 seasons. He didn’t play all of last year and is probably a bit rusty but it looks like he will be the Mammoth’s main faceoff guy (he took 29 of 32 draws last game). This should translate into lots of fantasy points via the loose balls category.
Mark Matthews (Edmonton/Forward $19) – Matthews has been a solid buy all season long. He’s third in the NLL with 31 goals, after all. Matthews had a few down games which kept his value from going up for a couple weeks and is still a very affordable $19. Toronto is always tough to beat at home and they also have one of the hottest goaltenders in the league right now so I like Matthews more in Edmonton’s first game against the Bandits.
John Lintz (Edmonton/Defense $3) – Lintz is a cheap defenseman who has produced at or above his current cost the last four out of five games. He’s averaging 3.6 fantasy points per game. Not bad for three bucks.
Gavin Prout (Colorado/Forward $16) – Colorado’s team captain hasn’t played in either of their previous two games and that has been bad news for his fantasy owners. Prout is one of the higher priced forwards out there so keep him out of your lineup until you see him back on the floor for the Mammoth.
G – Calgary ($16)
D – John Lintz (Edmonton $3)
D - Dan Coates (Colorado $5)
T – David Brock (Buffalo $6)
T – Ilija Gajic (Colorado $8)
F – Dane Dobbie (Calgary $23)
F - John Grant Jr. (Colorado $24)
F – Mark Matthews (Edmonton $19)
F – Derek Hopcroft (Buffalo $9)
Team Value: $113