Philadelphia's Jordan Hall & Buffalo' goalies could be good buy-low options for Week 18 of NLL Fantasy. (Photo: Bill Wippert)
Need fantasy advice heading into the final week of the 2014 NLL regular season? Fantasy lacrosse guru Alex Hinkley identifies the some of the best players worth buying at each position for Week 18. This is your last chance to make your move in the standings so hold nothing back. It all comes down to this!
Rob Hellyer (Toronto/Forward $20) – It’s almost hard to believe that Hellyer started the year as a $7 player. He has been one of the hottest players during the month of April with 90 fantasy points in his last three games. Hellyer should be in line for another big game during the final week of the season as Toronto faces a Minnesota Swarm defense that has allowed the most goals against out of any team in the East division.
Dan Dawson (Rochester/Forward $16.5) – Dawson’s fantasy value is at the lowest it has been in years which is actually what makes him a good addition to your roster – you don’t have to spend a fortune on him. Dawson is actually having a pretty solid season with 84 points (18G + 66A). His goals are down which has hurt his fantasy production but Dawson is a skilled enough player that he could get a hat trick any week.
Shawn Evans (Calgary/Forward $22) – The 2013 NLL MVP and regular season points leader could end up finishing this season with the most points in the league as well. With Garrett Billings out for the season due to injury, Cody Jamieson and Shawn Evans are the two main contenders for the scoring title. Both Jamieson and Evans have 98 points (Billings has 101 so technically he could still get it in the unlikely event Jamieson and Evans both have bad games). Evans costs less than Jamieson, however, so he looks like a better fantasy option going into the final week. While you want to make sure to use every available dollar in your bank, you also don’t want to blow too much on just one player if you don’t have a lot of available funds. Conserve a few bucks by going with Evans.
Stephan Leblanc (Toronto/Forward $21.5) – Leblanc ranks among the top five fantasy scorers this season with 340 total fantasy points. He is the only player in the top five that is valued at under $22. Leblanc currently leads the Toronto Rock in goals with 42, a new career high for him. Although Leblanc has obviously been having a good year all season, his scoring has increased since Billings was injured. He has a hat trick in each of his last three games.
Logan Schuss (Minnesota/Forward $19) – After a somewhat rocky start to the season (at least in terms of fantasy production), the first overall draft pick has really come into his own. Schuss now leads all rookies in points with 68 (34 + 34) and is averaging 22 fantasy points per game in his last four games played. I like him going into the final week of the season since Minnesota has already been eliminated from playoff contention, they may end up giving Schuss the ball even more just to see what he can do.
Rhys Duch (Vancouver/Forward $22) – Duch has the skill to be a $25 player and has been valued at that in the past. Keep in mind he has scored over thirty fantasy points in a game twice this season. Some down games have caused his value to decrease slightly but he is still an elite-level talent worth a spot on anybody’s fantasy roster.
Chris Corbeil (Edmonton/Defense $14.5) – Considering it’s the final week of the season, there is no need to think about conserving your funds or worrying about losing value on high cost players. Although for this kind of cash you can buy some pretty decent forwards, there’s no doubt that Chris Corbeil is the best fantasy D-man in the game right now. He leads all defensemen in scoring with 217 fantasy points and is coming off one of his best performances of the season last weekend.
Jordan Hall (Philadelphia/Transition $19) – Jordan Hall actually has more fantasy points than Geoff Snider this season but is a dollar cheaper. Hall actually provides one of the best values at the position when it comes to elite level scoring. At $19, Jordan Hall is averaging 19.7 fantasy points per game this season. Jordan MacIntosh has a higher average, 20.8 points per game, but is also $5.5 more expensive. Scoring one additional point per game on average doesn’t justify spending that much more so go with Jordan Hall if you want a top-tier transition player.
Joel McCready (Rochester/Transition $10) – If you’re looking for a transition guy in the middle of the price index, consider using Joel McCready. McCready actually has the highest fantasy point production per dollar spent than anybody else at the position with 12.2 fantasy points per game and a cost of just $10. McCready has scored double digit fantasy points in each of his last six games played so he’s pretty consistent when he’s on the field. The trick with him is that he doesn’t actually play every game so keep an eye on Rochester’s game against Buffalo this weekend and make sure he’s not scratched.
Rochester (Goalie $25) – It’s the final week of the season so spare no expense when it comes to your goaltenders. A mistake here could end up spoiling your whole week (remember, goalies can actually score negative fantasy points). Rochester’s goalies are currently the only player in the fantasy game valued at $25. There’s a reason for that. Rochester’s goaltenders are coming off a 38 fantasy point performance against Buffalo and are averaging 24.7 fantasy points per game against the Bandits this season.
Buffalo (Goalie $23.5) – Buffalo’s goalies are also a good buy for the final week of the season. They lead the league in fantasy scoring with 405 points. Starting goalie Anthony Cosmo currently leads the NLL in saves with 714, a new single-season record. The Bandits have lost seven games in a row which might be cause for some concern but the fact they are 6-2 at home makes me a buyer this week.
F- Rob Hellyer (Toronto $20)
F- Stephan Leblanc (Toronto $21.5)
F- Dan Dawson (Rochester $16.5)
F- Mark Matthews (Edmonton $18)
T- Ilija Gajic (Vancouver $8.5)
T- Joel McCready (Rochester $10)
D- Rory Smith (Buffalo $3)
D- Jason Noble (Minnesota $3.5)
G- Buffalo ($23.5)
Team Value: $124.5