Nothing new to report at the top of the WTR fantasy football league standings this week. Each of the top three teams remained in the same order with some small point jockeying. Canadian Bacons still remains top being pursued closest by Fish and Chips FC and cWah eXpress. This week’s weekly winner was the lone player in the league of 150+ players to crack a triple digit score. Congratulations to David Riddles and his Shocked and Stunned squad who put up 103 points. While plenty of teams were hurt by players sitting out the second game David made the most of his players that took the pitch. His best move this week was captaining Robbie Keane who scored 54 points with the armband, which was more than half the teams point total. Shocked and Stunned can also thank the double digit DGWs from Sebastian Le Toux and Stefan Ishizaki. Those three players were enough to offset poor performances from a few no shows in David’s squad this week.
Bye, Bye, Bye
The bye week rears its ugly head this week in fantasy as New York, DC, Houston and Philadelphia are all watching this week’s action from their couch. For those that were still hanging onto anyone from Houston, this will likely be your last chance to unload those players without seeing their value plummet below their original purchase price. Most in the Dynamo squad already have dropped beyond that point in value but if you’re holding David Horst through the week be prepared to see his value sink.
New York has been a favorite spot for many to rack up fantasy points the last few weeks but MLS will be without Thierry Henry, Bradley Wright-Phillips, Gary Cahill and both of the men with two first names Lloyd Sam and Eric Alexander. New York does come back next week with a DGW so if you have enough squad depth to hold onto one or two Red Bulls you can save yourself a transfer next week. One player not to hold onto is Lloyd Sam who will miss the first game back due to yellow card accumulation.
STEAL OF THE SEASON
Early this season when it came to identifying this year’s breakout players Gyasi Zardes was one of the names on everyone’s lips. With just 161 minutes played and zero goals through the first 11 weeks of the season those so called experts looked like they couldn’t have been more wrong. After week 11 Bruce Arena let Zardes loose. Since week 11 Zardes has started all but one game and has scored 6 goals, tallying at least 8 points in every round but two. LA has 17 games left to play this season, no bye weeks and 3 DGW’s between rounds 24 and 27. While many will flock to add Sounders back to their lineup this week Zardes is the player to buy right now. At just $6.7m, $0.3m less than his original starting price, Zardes is the biggest bargain of the season right now.
VIEW FROM THE BUNKER
Suspension after injury after injury. Having accumulated five yellow cards this season Jermain Defoe will miss TFC’s game against Sporting KC due to suspension.
The Toronto FC backline has been hardest hit by the injuries with Steven Caldwell and Mark Bloom both set to miss some time. Both will see a value drop this round and should be dropped ASAP if you haven’t done so already. The plus side for fantasy is that the injuries will make predicting the back line much easier. Nick Hagglund ($5.1m) and Bradley Orr ($6.2) will likely step in and log the minutes that Caldwell and Bloom get.
With the Injuries at the back it will probably be best to play the matchups with Joe Bendik. At $5.0 Bendik has finally seen his stock rise to where it should be.
The midfield also saw Jackson get injured last week and it appears as though he is now on the sidelines for a few weeks. The good news is that it appeared as though Nelsen had finally settled on his preferred midfield with Jackson, Warner, Bradley and Osorio. Warner at $6.0 seems to be the only one worth rostering when comparing price vs. point production. Dominic Oduro is the most likely to fill in for Jackson based on Nelsen’s recent history. Oduro has been hitting the back of the net recently but his price tag is still much too steep and his classification as a forward takes him out of the equation for a transfer.
Here are the top 10 in the WTR League: