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Snider wins Spotlight

04/26/2013, 1:30pm EDT
By Alexander Hinkley for NLL.com

Calgary transition star tops Minnesota's Crawford

Calgary Roughnecks transition player Geoff Snider won the 2013 NLL Fantasy Spotlight title. (Photo: Todd Bauders)

Calgary Roughnecks transition player Geoff Snider was named the first-ever NLL Fantasy Spotlight champion after defeating Minnesota Swarm forward Callum Crawford last week. It was a very close matchup, which was to be expected out of a championship bout. Here are their stats from the Week #16 finale of the regular season:

Callum Crawford (vs. Colorado): two goals, four assists, and six loose balls for 22 fantasy points.

Geoff Snider (vs. Edmonton): one goal and 20 loose balls for 24 fantasy points.

Crawford finished the season strong with his seventh-consecutive 20+ fantasy point performance but Snider edged him out with just a couple points more. Once again, it was the loose balls category that put Snider over the top. This is something he has done all year long and Snider finishes the season with the most LBs in the league. In 15 games played, Snider had 17 goals, 11 assists, and 235 loose balls for 325 total fantasy points. What’s crazy is that even if he had zero actual points, he still would have outscored every other player at transition in fantasy except for the Swarm’s Jordan MacIntosh.

Snider faced many formidable opponents in the Fantasy Spotlight this year. He first outscored his brother Bob by a score of 34-7 back in the Week #5 Spotlight. In the first round of the tournament, he took out John Grant, Jr. then beat one of this year’s top rookies in Week #15, Shayne Jackson. Geoff Snider has truly established himself as one of the elite-tier players when it comes to fantasy lacrosse.

Here is a recap of all the 2013 Fantasy Spotlight matchups:

Preliminary Matchups
Week #1: Rhys Duch defeated Cody Jamieson
Week #2: Kevin Crowley defeated Adam Jones
Week #3: Gavin Prout defeated Stephan Leblanc
Week #4: Callum Crawford defeated Mark Matthews
Week #5: Geoff Snider defeated Bob Snider
Week #6: Rochester defeated Shawn Williams
Week #7: Rochester defeated Washington goalies
Week #8: Shayne Jackson defeated Kiel Matisz
Week #9: John Grant, Jr. defeated Shawn Evans

Winner’s Tournament Round One
Week #10: Rhys Duch defeated Kevin Crowley
Week #11: Callum Crawford defeated Rochester goalies
Week #12: Geoff Snider defeated John Grant Jr.
Week #13: Shayne Jackson defeated Gavin Prout

Tournament Semifinals
Week #14: Callum Crawford defeated Rhys Duch
Week #15: Geoff Snider defeated Shayne Jackson

Tournament Championship
Week #16: Geoff Snider defeated Callum Crawford

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