Round four is now in the books for the MLS fantasy soccer season and for our Waking the Red league a lot of interesting battles are shaping up. With 31 teams having bagged 200 or more points in the first four rounds of play there are a lot of managers that are still right in the title race.
After four rounds of action Richard Matthew and his Damaged Goods squad are leading the way with 284 points but Rodgesico and his Lucky Number Se11 are only a single point behind them. It is a tight race between the top two but there are plenty of other managers within striking distance of top spot should they have a strong round this weekend.
The point totals at the top of the league are so impressive that they have propelled WTR to being one of the top leagues on the site. MLS soccer compiles a list of the top leagues based on the average score of the top 5 managers in the league and right now WTR is sitting in the 21st position but sadly we are trailing a few of the other SB Nation MLS blogs.
One last key race in the league is the battle for bragging rights between WTR's regular contributors. It is a good battle at the top between Kristin Knowles, Duncan Fletcher, and myself (Dave Rowaan) as the three squads are split by a mere six total points with Kristin leading the way at 212 and Duncan sitting third at 206. That should continue to be a good battle all season as the three of us pretend to know just what we are doing.
Then we have Mr. John Leung who is probably wishing that I had just forgotten to include him much like he has forgotten to tend to his roster in the early rounds. He is pulling up the rear for WTR writers with a paltry 122 points from the first four rounds of play.
A special mention to Charles Wah who along with some David Rowaan picked up the highest point total in round 4 bringing home and impressive 72 points in the face of the hardships that come from an international weekend which was sure to cause some headaches for managers.
As the race for the prizes continues we will keep an eye on which teams are shooting up the table and provide regular updates on how the league is going.
On the Toronto FC side of things there are actually a few players that have proven to be decent options in your fantasy team early in the season. The only player to be up near the top scorers though is Robert Earnshaw who has collected 21 points already this season due largely to his player of the week performance against Sporting Kansas City.
After Earnshaw the next highest earner is Joe Bendik with 11 points that leaves him quite a ways down the table for goalkeepers and he is probably not the best option even with his modest price tag. Hogan Ephraim, Reggie Lambe, Terry Dunfield, and Danny Califf all have 8 points so far on the season putting them next on TFC in terms of totals but that is less than 3 points per match so not enough to suggest they are worth picking up.
As we all expected before the season Toronto FC players are not really the way to go for MLS fantasy managers. Earnshaw could continue to find the back of the net and be a good option but other than that there is not much to chose from unless you are banking on someone suddenly getting hot or Luis Silva coming back from injury and lighting things up.
There is still plenty of season left to turn things around for Toronto FC players and for fantasy managers. With plenty of sweet prizes available there is a lot left to compete for in week five and beyond.