Edmonton Rush's Mark Matthews is a "buy-low" candidate for Week 16 of the NLL Fantasy Challenge. (Photo: Dale MacMillan)
Need advice on roster decisions for Week 16 of the 2014 NLL Fantasy Challenge? Check out Alex Hinkley's Buy/Sell column below for tips on which players to keep and which to part ways with in the salary cap game.
Craig Point (Rochester/Forward $12) – Point is averaging 15.8 fantasy points per game played this season making him one of the most cost efficient players in all of the Fantasy Challenge.
Pat Saunders (Philadelphia/Forward $13) – Another inexpensive forward, Saunders has shown some signs of brilliance this season. Last week he had 24 fantasy points and is averaging 11.8 points per game.
Mark Matthews (Edmonton/Forward $18) – Matthews’ cost has decreased a little bit thanks to a couple of down games. This is what makes him a good buy now, though. He currently leads the Rush in scoring with 63 points and has the potential to put up 20-30 fantasy points in a game if he gets hot. He has a favorable matchup in Edmonton’s first game of the weekend against Colorado. The Mammoth have the allowed the most goals against in the NLL.
Rob Hellyer (Toronto/Forward $18) – Hellyer has been one of fantasy lacrosse’s biggest surprises this season. After scoring 77 fantasy points in 9 games last year (8.6 points a game), Hellyer has upped his production to 236 fantasy points in 15 games so far this season (15.7 per game). Hellyer is also coming off his best game of the season, a 37 fantasy point performance against the Vancouver Stealth. He had a career-high 12 points (3G + 9A) and was the highest scorer of the week in the Fantasy Challenge. It would be hard to argue against putting him on your fantasy roster this week, especially with the season-ending injury to Garrett Billings as Hellyer will look to help fill the void left by the league's top scorer.
Andrew Watt (Buffalo/Transition $5) – Watt should be a good pickup this week seeing as how Buffalo activated him from the injured reserve recently. He didn’t score many points in his first game back but a little bit of rust is to be expected since he hasn’t played since Week 6. If you look at his production prior to his injury, he was scoring a healthy 5.7 fantasy points per game. At just $5, he won’t break your bank either.
CJ Costabile (Philadelphia/Defense $6) – With 7.5 fantasy points per game, Costabile is one of just a handful of fantasy defensemen that average more points than his current cost. He’s actually designated as a transition player for the Wings so the fact he counts as a defenseman in fantasy already puts him at an advantage.
Garrett Billings (Toronto/Forward $24) – Billings leads the National Lacrosse League in scoring with 101 points. He also leads the Fantasy Challenge in overall scoring with 352 total fantasy points. But his MVP-worthy year has come to an end after a season-ending knee injury. Make sure to get him out of your lineup this week and the rest of the way. But don't forget about him for next year as he's one the league's best point producers.
Scott Ranger (Calgary/Forward $12) – The Roughnecks activated Ranger from the hold out list last week right before their two game weekend. It was the first time Ranger had played for them since Week 5. He didn’t have much of an impact, however. Ranger had just one assist and nine fantasy points in the two games combined. Avoid using him in fantasy until he can put up some better scoring games.
Shawn Williams (Buffalo/Forward $11) – Williams is averaging just 6.8 fantasy points per game over his last four games played. Williams has always been more of an assist guy but his shots are down this season which doesn’t bode well for his fantasy production. He is currently averaging five shots per game, down from 6.8 shots per game from last year and 7.6 per game the year before that. He has only scored more points than his cost twice this season, and that hasn’t happened since Week 12.
Bob Snider (Colorado/Transition $10.5) – Snider scored enough fantasy points last weekend to cover his cost but he was averaging just 4.5 fantasy points a game in the four games prior to that. Snider has put up single digit fantasy points in six of his last nine games played. Some better options at transition for around the same cost as Snider would be players such as Jesse Gamble from Toronto, Andrew Suitor from Minnesota, or Joe Walters from Rochester.
F – Mark Matthews (Edmonton $18)
F – Garrett Billings (Toronto $24)
F – Rob Hellyer (Toronto $18)
F – Craig Point (Rochester $12)
T – Andrew Watt (Buffalo $5)
T – Curtis Manning (Calgary $8)
D - Dan Coates (Colorado $5)
D – CJ Costabile (Philadelphia $6)
G – Buffalo ($24)
Team Value: $120