Another week of the NLL gets underway, and with it comes more difficult decisions for the nearly 3,000 fans running a fantasy team. The ILIndoor crew continues to do its thing, with Teddy Jenner leading the way so far, followed by Ty Pilson, Bob Chavez, Casey Vock, Stephen Stamp and Marty O’Neill. It’s not necessarily any easier each week to put your team together, but it’s safe to say that as we move into the season, you’ve got more to use to make those decisions.
Entering week five of NLL action, fantasy owners need to more accurately identify they guys who are earning their paychecks by way of their fantasy output to date. For what it’s worth, ILIndoor offers you a simple list of some players we think are worthy of consideration at their given price and based on their performance so far.
Week 5 Best Buys
Chad Culp, F, Buffalo Bandits, $16 – Culp’s really upped his game since the first night out. He’s averaging over 15 points a game, and if you throw out that first game, he’s actually doing pretty well ever since. He put up 22 points against the Wings last weekend. He could be a great value at $16.
Kiel Matisz, F, Minnesota Swarm, $14 - This monster is dangerous all over the floor with his size and athleticism. He’s averaging 17.7 points per game, so there’s no doubt that he’s putting up fantasy points. He’s a guy with upside, and he’s shown us no reason not to be interested at that price.
Shayne Jackson, F, Minnesota Swarm, $14 – Yup, gotta mention him again. He’s averaging the same as his rookie teammate Matisz (17.7), so you’ve got to like that price tag. He’s also got his best days ahead of him. Definitely worth consideration for the production he’s showing so far.
Andrew Suitor, T, Minnesota Swarm, $15 – Yeah, there’s a lot to like in Minnesota through the fantasy scope. Suitor dropped 20 fantasy points in his premiere this season. He’s already in his 2012 form, and he’s gotta be considered at that price. Two goals, one assist and 10 loose balls last weekend? Great value if you had him.
Jesse Gamble, T, Toronto Rock, $8 – This sparkplug has a motor and has been important to the Rock’s success this season. He’s producing just above 8 points per outing. You have to consider him while his value is increasing.
Geoff Snider, T, Calgary Roughnecks, $24 – Snider is averaging 23 points and is looking very sharp so far this season. He could be well worth the buy given that he’s going to do his thing every night (similar to his brother Bob, who is also a great value at just 17 bucks). While Brodie Merrill might have been commonly considered the top transition guy for Fantasy coming into the season, he’s got a lot of athletes around him. So Snider might emerge as the most productive of the transition players this season in terms of fantasy points.
Mike Grimes, D, Washington Stealth, $8 – As we discussed last week, it’s just tough to take a risk on an expensive defender in hopes he’ll get a ton of loosies and maybe score a goal or get a couple assists. Well, Grimes is averaging a healthy 7.6 points per outing, making him one of the more valuable of the defenders toward the high-end of the price sheet.
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