Fantasy Free-Kick Round 11

Higuain was money this week in MLS Fantasy - Steve Dykes-USA TODAY Sports

Movement all over the standings including a new leader. New England and LA are the teams to stock up on this week.

Once again, a warning. There are midweek games so make sure to get your transfers in before Wednesday evening.

NEW LEADER! NEW LEADER!

Oh wait damn, it’s who? Duncan Fletcher. I’ve been dreading this moment since Duncan first posted the WTR writer standings in the comments section. I knew this day may come. With 90 points this week Duncan overtook Canadian Bacons for the lead. Duncan now sits 19 points up on second place. Moving on to the weekly winner Strikeforce, led by Danny Cuhna was this week’s winner with 97 points. Captaining Higuain was the winning move this week. Higuain was the top scorer in fantasy and captaining him yielded 30 points. Morales and Nguyen also posted double digits contributing to Danny’s crown.

VIVE LA REVOLUTION

Who would’ve thought that a date with the reigning champions was exactly what the doctor ordered for the New England Revolution. The Revs have captured twelve out of twelve possible points from their last four matches. That run includes two clean sheets and a whopping 14 goals scored. The entire team is producing outstanding fantasy numbers from Bobby Shuttleworth out. Most importantly Diego Fagundez has found the back of the net in consecutive games. The teenager was expected to elevate his game this season however started out disappointing. Over the last four games Fagundez has averaged 8 points per game over New England’s winning streak. Not many stuck with Fagundez through his fall from his $8.0m starting price point to his $7.5m basement. His current price is $7.6m, expect that to keep rising. Also striker Patrick Mullins has now started and scored in 3 consecutive games, getting 7 points in each. It may not last, but at $4.9m he's a bargain

DOUBLE DOWN

Not all double game weeks are created equally. Last week saw the average scores drop all over the MLS Fantasy realm. This more than anything serves as a reminder that just because someone has two games in a week doesn’t mean that they will have two good games in a week. Form and travel have just as much to do with fantasy performance as games.

This round DC will host Houston and then travel to the aforementioned red hot Revolution. DC has steadied the ship somewhat grabbing points in five straight games since their opening season slide. Eddie Johnson has finally found the back of the net but with a couple of difficult games this week $9.4m might be better spent elsewhere.

On the opposite spectrum of the double game week is LA. The Galaxy haven’t dominated the MLS universe this season and the international call ups have weakened their squad but have two home games against a limping FC Dallas and a Union squad on life support. LA is a squad worth using your two transfers on. There is no telling what Bruce Arena will do but AJ DeLaGarza and Dan Gargan has been a regulars on the back line. Ishizaki, Husidic and Juninho have also been staples. All five players are priced to buy with Ishizaki being the most expensive at just $7.3m. The front line is tougher to peg but you can bet Robbie Keane will be out there as LA’s best hope in the attacking third.

VIEW FROM THE BUNKER

Joe Bendik is money in the bank right now. At $4.6m he is about as cheap as you can get for a starting keeper and his value will only increase. Even with Sporting KC on the horizon now is the time to buy. Great value can also be had in the midfield right now. Kyle Bekker is only $5.5m and will likely see lots of time on the pitch while Bradley is gone. Even with Warner brought in Bekker will log minutes until the wide midfielders are back to full health.

Here's more advice in video form, and below are the top 10 in the WTR League this week:

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