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Fantasy Free-Kick Week 22

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Disappointing scores all around. All unchanged at the top of the standings but a new weekly winner. How does MLS transfer news effect your squad and of course the usual view from the bunker.

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This round was a very poor showing for many in the WTR Fantasy League, including those at the top. With scores consistently below 40 this week’s top scorer was Eitan Rosen’s Beast Fc with 68 points. For Beast Fc the eight point deduction for transfers was well worth it. Capitalizing on strong performances from Vancouver and Portland Eitan can thank Ousted, Harvey, Morales, Plata, Michel and Valeri for all scoring seven points or more.

TRANSFER MARKET

DeAndre Yedlin seems to be the hottest commodity in the league right now. Off of the back of a strong World Cup clubs from Europe have shown interest in the Sounders fullback. Yedlin was not with the rest of the Sounders in training and missed this weekend’s match against Houston because he is apparently overseas meeting clubs to discuss a transfer. Yedlin could leave and be loaned back to Seattle for the rest of the season or he could be signed away permanently either way he is likely to see a drop in value as owners are looking to replace his point production. FC Dallas defender Michel ($7.3m) and New England Revolution’s Andrew Farrel ($7.1m) are almost dollar for dollar replacements for Yedlin. Farrel has the nicer short term schedule but Michel has the benefit of taking set pieces and scores goals (7 on the season).

After losing Alvaro Saborio RSL has gone out and signed Argentine forward Sebastian Jaime. Jaime has been in fine form over recent seasons scoring 44 goals in 123 appearances over the last three season for Union Espanola in the top tier of Chilean football however 31 of those goals came in his first two seasons with the club. In his last 51 starts Jaime has cooled off scoring 13 times. Still at the top of the RSL attack, ahead of Javier Morales, Jaime will get his opportunities to score. Jaime comes in with an $8.0m price tag which could turn out to be a bargain.

EYES ON THE ROAD AHEAD

If you have used your wildcard, a big part of your fantasy game down the stretch of the season will be planning your transfers with an eye towards the future. Most teams around the league have played 22 or 23 games thus far however there are four teams that have played less than that. TFC and Seattle have played 21 games while LA and San Jose have played just 20. That means more double game weeks for those teams in the coming weeks than others.

In rounds such as this one, when there are no teams with DGW’s, using the two transfers you’re given to help stock your team for upcoming DGW’s is important. In the next round Colorado, LA, Seattle and San Jose all have DGW’s. Bringing in one or two players from those teams this week can help you get more DGW players next week.

VIEW FROM THE BUNKER

No Defoe. No problem. Both Gilberto ($8.1m) and Luke Moore($7.2) stepped up in absence of the Reds star striker. Gilberto has now scored in back to back games has four goals on the season and scored three in his last five appearances. It seems as though Gilberto has found his groove and his recent performances now make him a viable option at his current price tag especially with New York on a bye and the upcoming DGW’s.

Collen Warner ($6.0m) continues to be the best fantasy value in a midfield that consists of Michael Bradley ($9.8m), Jonathan Osorio ($6.9m) and Jackson ($7.1m). Warner won’t deliver the goals on occasion like the other three (four if you include Oduro) but Warner won’t send your team home with a goose egg (or a 1). There are bigger boom or bust plays out there but for his price tag Warner is a nice option to have on your bench should one of your other players surprisingly be omitted from the game sheet.

Here are the top 10 in the WTR League:

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