This week’s WTR Fantasy league winner is Matt Jensen’s Payne Relief squad who put up 90 points. The key to Matt’s success this week was that all of his big guns showed up. Drew Moor led his back line with 14 points while an iron midfield of Donovan, Powers, Zusi and captain Morales combined for 53 points. There hasn’t been much action at the top of the league in a few weeks and this round was no different. In fact this round was more stagnant than most. No movement at all within the top six spots this round, as all 6 teams finished within 6 points of each other though there was plenty of action in the bottom of the top ten.
Seven, count’em, teams on double game weeks this round. TFC, DC, New England, Colorado, Chicago, RSL and New York all will take the field twice over the next six days.
Chicago – The Fire are the only DGW to play both games at home this round and have the second game against a Columbus side that hasn’t found goals easy to come by over the last month. Shipp is a good play as is Larentowicz and Johnson.
New York- Away to RSL and host New England this week. As with Chicago the second matchup is the much tastier one for New York from a fantasy sense. Lloyd Sam will be serving a suspension for the first game in Utah. If you have Henry or BWP you’re playing them but Alexander has feasted on weaker opponents this year and if you have a spot the New England game looks tasty.
New England – Host Colorado and then travel to New York. The way the revs have been playing no one should feel confident starting any of their players. Revs defenders will likely get good defensive bonus points however any points they do get will be offset by the number of goals they give up. Overall stay away from New England.
Colorado – The Colorado back line is the play here. Drew Moor, Shane O’Neil, Clint Irwin should all benefit from the impotent New England attack and an RSL team who isn’t know for lighting up the scoreboard.
RSL – Since the Saborio injury there hasn’t been much the RSL attack can rely on outside of Joao Plata. Between Sandoval and Finley not much has happened. Olmes Garcia got a run out against Montreal and managed to pot two and could see more field time in the DGW. At $6.7m for a forward though there are better options. Stick with your old reliable RSL players like Morales, Beckerman, Borchers, Rimando and Plata this week. Mullholland as a sneaky play at $6.0 is a nice gamble. He’s performed when he’s got the opportunity and will likely start one of the games this week.
DC – TFC’s first opponent for the DGW jump on a plane to Houston for game two. If you can get a piece of the DC offense this is the week. It’s been ages since TFC kept a clean sheet and they don’t seem likely to do it with the patchwork defense. Houston as we all just saw is not strong at the back either. Luis Silva has been red hot scoring 40 points in his last 5 matches! At $7.1 he may be expensive but he has been the one to step up for DC recently.
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TFC – The only DGW to have to play both games on the road this week. The match against DC may not be a great play for the Reds but the second game against Montreal is just what the doctor ordered. Game two is where TFC should score plenty of fantasy points. Defoe back from suspension, Oduro has looked very good recently and is starting to live up to his price tag. The biggest news is that it seems as though Nelsen has finally settled on what his preferred midfield is, Jackson and Oduro on the outside with Bradley and Warner in the middle. This makes it much easier to invest in the TFC midfield and at $6.0m makes Warner a great buy, especially this week when he will head back to Montreal.
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