It was goals galore this week around Major League Soccer with an average of 3.4 goals/game. Sporting Kansas City and Real Salt Lake was the only scoreless draw of the week. There was so much scoring this week that even former TFC DP (for a few weeks) Max Urruti managed to pot one. Flamingo United is the first team this year to be the weekly winner and sit on top of the table. Taking full advantage of the only nil-nil this week Flamingo United started two KC defenders as well as Eric Kronberg. They also made a great choice in captaining Robbie Keane. The 77 points this week was just enough to squeak past last week’s leader Tim Is the New Black by a single point in the overall standings.
HE’S ON FIRE
Qunicy Amarikwa has had a pretty solid start to the year and fantasy players have taken notice. While scoring twice this season Amarikwa also has 9 key passes which is helping him grab offensive bonus points. When a big name straps on his scoring boots fantasy players rush to hit add him so it is no surprise that Clint Dempsey has already been added to 918 teams this week. Dempsey scored 3 of Seattle’s four goals this weekend after coming back from suspension. If you think he is just getting warmed up add him now before his price jumps. If you haven’t added Mauro Diaz yet his price is rapidly rising. Diaz continues to be one of the most influential players in any match in any given week and is being transferred in more than any other player not named Dylan Remick this year.
YOU’RE AS COLD AS ICE
After seeing a red in the Texas Derby David Horst is being dropped like a sack of potatoes. Horst has seen a nice price bump as the season has gone on and is still only listed at $6.0m. With Houston having double games coming up in rounds 8 and 10 Horst may be making his way onto the most added list when he returns from suspension. Players continue to drop both Jermain Defoe and Diego Fagundez. Until Defoe is officially given the green light he will continue to be dropped by teams. Fagundez on the other hand is yet to hit the back of the net. New England is struggling to create offense and while the talented teenager has got himself into good positions until he starts finishing his chances players will continue to look elsewhere for their midfield production.
VIEW FROM THE BUNKER
TFC are back at BMO this weekend with Marvell Wynne and the Colorado Rapids visiting. Colorado has really benefitted from penalty calls going their way this season. Much of their offensive production has come via the spot kick; if TFC defenders can stay disciplined there is a chance for a clean sheet. This will be the second away game in a row for Colorado after playing in Vancouver this past weekend. If TFC is back at full strength I like their offensive players particularly the Defoe and Gilberto partnership. After coming close again last week this could be the week the Brazilian opens his account.
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