National Lacrosse League: Midseason Fantasy Update and Picks

Jim FlanneryAnalyst IFebruary 26, 2013


Week 8 of 16 in the National Lacrosse League has now come and gone, which means it's time to have a look at how things are shaping up in the Fantasy Lacrosse world.

If you've hung your hat on the excellent crop of rookies this year, chances are you're doing alright.

Mark Matthews of the Edmonton Rush has had an outstanding season thus far. He's in the top 10 in scoring and leading the NLL in goals with 25. He is still one of the real bargains available.

Fellow rookies Kiel Matisz and Shayne Jackson of the Minnesota Swarm have also performed above their fantasy value and fellow Swarm rookie defenseman Alex Crepinsek has been putting in a solid performance as well.

Another bargain for the price thus far has been the Washington Stealth's goaltending, which has been performing well above last year's numbers.

At the other end of the scale, the Colorado Mammoth goalies have been awful, to the point where they have now released both Chris Levis and Matt Roik, giving them two completely different netminders. If Dan Lewis and Tye Belanger can have a solid second half as the new tandem between the pipes, the Mammoth might actually be a steal at the price you can get them for.

Other possible steals as we enter the second half of the schedule include Calgary Roughnecks sniper Curtis Dickson, Rush forward Corey Small and the Stealth's Athan Iannucci.

On transition, you might be able to get a good return on investing in the Rush's Jeremy Thompson or the Toronto Rock's Jesse Gamble.

Be careful about picking up Roughnecks standout Geoff Snider on transition, though; he's facing a one-game suspension, and if you have him on your roster while he's sitting out, you'll be missing out on a ton a value on your roster.

Best of luck in the home stretch! Time for me to do some tuning up as well...


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