Fantasy Free-Kick Week 18

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Brand new weekly winner in the WTR league. Same old story at the top of the table. TFC are on a DGW should you play all your Reds?

Hey O! A new, first time weekly winner! Congratulations to Todd Lightfoot’s Team CCR who raked up 76 points this round. Team CCR captained Dom Dwyer who matched his strike partner Jermain Defoe with 2 goals. The Whitecaps midfield maestro Pedro Morales chipped in with nine points. With no one putting up a goose egg Team CCR was able to score the weekly high. Overall in the standings nothing has changed though Canadian Bacons’ lead did shrink ever so slightly and Fish and Chips FC is now 2 points closer to the top.

TIME TO SHOP

Eric Kronberg will be out for eight weeks after breaking a finger in training. If you missed that news towards the end of last week you are forgiven with the World Cup final and all. The good news is that most other players missed it as well and backup Andy Gruenebaum is now the starter. For $4.4m and a double week this round he is a must buy.

After a goal and three assists Thierry Henry is expensive but with a double week in Philly and home to San Jose could be worth his $10.7m price tag. This season Henry hasn’t put together two double digit games in a row but the Red Bulls’ offense is running better than it has all season and with two good matchups this week Henry can very well be worth it.

KICK HIM TO THE CURB

How do you afford to pick up a $10.7m Henry? Drop a $10.3m Clint Dempsey. If you were quick to grab Dempsey upon his return you were rewarded however, Seattle has a bye this week and a swap for Henry would be a no brainer as you can swap them back next week (when New York is on a bye) and bank some dough from everyone else grabbing Henry this week.

Five games in a row with a goal isn’t enough for some as Erick Torres is one of the most dropped players this round. It isn’t easy to find a forward who will give you 7 points every week for under $9m but apparently plenty of players feel they can get better value this week. Chivas does not have a bye this week so unless you are bringing in a double game week player and are confident that player is going to perform at a high level dropping Torres isn't a good idea.

VIEW FROM THE BUNKER

Another double game week on tap for TFC, at home to Vancouver and a return match with the Dynamo in Houston on Saturday. After being left off of the team sheet completely on Saturday you can bet that Michael Bradley will make a return to the lineup. Outside of Bradley’s return to the lineup the midfield will be tough to predict and none are a sure bet to be on the field for all 180 minutes.

TFC has leaked a few at the back over the past few games but with two games on tap they can hopefully iron out the kinks. Bloom, Bendik and Morrow are automatic if you own them. Henry and Hagglund will likely get one start a piece the way Nelsen has set his lineup this season.

Oduro found the back of the net for the first time in onyx but can he do it again? Don’t bet on it against Vancouver or even against Houston again but if you were confident enough to spend $8.7m on him you’re putting him out there on a double week. Moore and Gilberto, the Henry/Hagglund combination of TFC forwards will likely both see the pitch for a start each but neither will go 180 minutes unless someone picks up a knock. Defoe as always should be in the starting lineup and wear the armband.

Here are the top 10 in the WTR League:

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