Toronto Rock forward Rob Hellyer is a "buy-low" candidate for Week 17 of the 2014 NLL Fantasy Challenge. (Photo: Todd Bauders)
Need fantasy advice? Check out fantasy guru Alex Hinkley's Buy/Sell column for Week 17 of the 2014 NLL Fantasy Challenge below to help you make the tough decisions in the salary cap game as the regular season hits the final two weeks.
Rob Hellyer (Toronto/Forward $19) – Hellyer is currently the hottest player in fantasy lacrosse. He has scored the most fantasy points out of any player during the month of April thus far with 65. With Garrett Billings going down with a season-ending injury, Hellyer has really stepped up for the Rock with two of his best games of the season. Keep him in your lineup while he is hot.
Craig Point (Rochester/Forward $14) – Craig Point has only played six games this season but when he’s been on the field he has put up some solid fantasy numbers. In those six games, Point is averaging 16.5 fantasy points per game. This is well above his cost which makes him a good forward to own in fantasy.
Joel McCready (Rochester/Transition $9.5) – McCready is another Rochester Knighthawk with a higher production average than his current cost. In nine games played, Joel McCready is averaging 12.1 fantasy points per game. The problem is that McCready has been scratched from Rochester’s lineup seemingly at random which makes him a dangerous play in fantasy. If you decide to put him on your roster make sure you keep an eye on Rochester’s game this weekend against Buffalo to see if he is scratched.
Nick Diachenko (Toronto/Transition $8) – Diachenko played his first NLL game last week and he made quite a splash with a goal and two assists. He had 12 fantasy points so he could be worth putting on your fantasy roster if you’re looking for a transition guy on the cheap.
Paul Dawson (Rochester/Defense $3) – At only three bucks, Paul Dawson is one of the least expensive defenseman in the game. With 69 total fantasy points in 16 games played, he is averaging 4.3 fantasy points per game this season. His value tends to fluctuate a lot but considering his cost is so low right now, he’s definitely worth using.
Rory Smith (Buffalo/Defense $3) – The same could be said about Rory Smith from the Bandits as was said about Paul Dawson. Like Dawson, Smith currently costs $3 and also currently averages slightly over 4.3 fantasy points per game this season.
Mark Matthews (Edmonton/Forward $17.5) – Matthews looks like a good bargain with a price tag of $17.5. This is the lowest he has been valued all season. Let’s not forget Matthews started the year as a $22 player! Some relatively low scoring games have caused his value to slowly decrease over time but he still has the potential to outscore any $20+ player on any given week. What’s interesting is that he actually has a higher point total in 16 games this season (72) compared to what he scored in 16 games last season (69). The reason his fantasy production is lower is that a good chunk of those points are assists rather than goals. Matthews has only scored 27 goals compared to 38 he had at this time last year. Since each goal counts as four fantasy points and each assist as two, this is the cause of the drop in fantasy production and not any sort of struggles on the field.
Shawn Williams (Buffalo/Forward $10) – Williams may be an inexpensive forward but should probably be avoided in fantasy right now due to his slumping performance. He has just 6.4 fantasy points per game over the last five weeks, including a game where he put up a goose egg.
Kiel Matisz (Minnesota/Forward $11) – After a very impressive rookie season last year Matisz has been suffering from a nasty case of the sophomore slump. Matisz had 62 points in 16 games last season and has only 31 points in 16 games this year. His fantasy production has obviously declined as a result. Matisz has put up an average of just 7.2 fantasy points in his last five games played.
Kevin Ross (Toronto/Forward $11.5) – Ross may be listed on Toronto’s active roster but he has actually been scratched from their lineup the last three games straight. There’s nothing worse than investing in a player who ends up not playing so keep him off your fantasy roster.
Jamie Lincoln (Vancouver/Forward $8) – Lincoln is one of the most inexpensive forwards in the game but his fantasy production is still a little low for his cost. He is averaging 6.3 fantasy points per game this season. Former teammate Joel Dalgarno from the Colorado Mammoth costs the same but has an average of slightly over eight fantasy points per game making him a much more attractive option.
F – Rob Hellyer (Toronto $19)
F – Stephan Leblanc (Toronto $21.5)
F – Craig Point (Rochester $14)
F – Mark Matthews (Edmonton $17.5)
T – Mark Steenhuis (Buffalo $16.5)
T – Ilija Gajic (Vancouver $7.5)
D – Rory Smith (Buffalo $3)
D – Paul Dawson (Rochester $3)
G – Philadelphia ($17)
Team Value: $119