Boston Cannons goalie Colin Kirst

PLL Fantasy: Paul’s top 5 for Boston weekend

By Paul Lamonaca | Jul 4, 2024

5. Levi Anderson, Attack, Maryland Whipsnakes

I did not know how Anderson was going to fare as a professional player. After watching his performance against the New York Atlas last weekend, I was extremely impressed. 

On just 20 touches, Anderson put up two goals and one assist, helping Maryland take down the undefeated Atlas. Anderson finished with 25 fantasy points. 

Having now seen how Anderson works in the Whipsnakes offense, I love him as an option as both a dodger and his ability to stretch the field with his shot. 

Anderson is worth 17 salary coins this week. He fits a spot if you choose to put your coins in specialist positions like faceoff or goalie and need to cut back on spending.

4. Ryan Drenner, Midfield, Boston Cannons (Game 1)

Drenner currently averages 25.3 fantasy points per game, ranking sixth among midfielders. Drenner will be playing in two games during Boston’s Homecoming weekend, but I’m especially intrigued by his opportunity against the California Redwoods.

Drenner will most likely draw the short-stick matchup against the Redwoods, as Boston’s Matt Campbell will be California’s top priority from the box. And he’ll be shooting against Woods goaltender Jack Kelly, who has the worst save percentage among starting goaltenders. 

Drenner sits at a moderate salary cap hit of 27 for his first game. If you have the salary coins to spend on a midfielder, I would use it on Drenner.

3. Josh Zawada, Attack, Denver Outlaws

Zawada is another rookie who has flown under the radar amid the pool of talent entering the league. While many would say Brennan O’Neill has been the piece that Denver was missing, Zawada has done an outstanding job as the team's primary facilitator at attack.

Through three games, Zawada’s ROI sits at 1.56 points per coin. He leads his team in touches and averages 22.7 fantasy points each week. 

With Zawada costing 22 salary coins this week, he is a perfect option if you need a budget attackman.

Denver plays the New York Atlas on Friday night.

2. Colin Kirst, Goalie, Boston Cannons (Game 1)

Kirst has been a reliable option all season as a fantasy goaltender. He averages 30.7 fantasy points each week, and his ROI sits at 0.90 points per coin.

Just like Drenner, Kirst will be more effective in his game against California. While the Redwoods have the faceoff advantage over Boston, California’s offense can be boiled down into one word: dysfunctional.  

The Redwoods have the lowest-scoring offense in the league on top of having the lowest shooting percentage. The Redwoods also rank last in total passes by a team.

Kirst’s salary sits at 35 coins for both games he plays this weekend. It’s a no-brainer that if you want to choose him, take him for his first game against California. 

1. Trevor Baptiste, Faceoff, New York Atlas

The four-time Paul Cantabene Faceoff Specialist of the Year has struggled in 2024. Over the past two games, Baptiste has faced off under 50% and has only accumulated 13.8 total fantasy points.

I believe this is the perfect week for Baptiste. His salary cap hit sits at 30 coins, his lowest all season, and he will be facing off against Denver rookie Luke Wierman

While Wierman has had a very notable start to his rookie campaign, Wierman has the second-lowest number of ground balls picked up out of the top six faceoff specialists. 

This can pose a problem for Wierman, as Baptsiste has superior wing play with players like Tyler Carpenter, Dox Aitken and Jake Stevens

I don’t see Baptiste going under 50% for a third week in a row. He sits at a low cost and is primed for a good week.