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Fantasy Free-Kick Week 23

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WTR league update. You wouldn't believe who this week's top scorer is. Looking into the TFC crystal ball sees buys on the back line.

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While the top of the WTR Fantasy League table remained firmly in the hands of Canadian Bacons this week there was quite a bit of action in the top ten. Leiweketywicketywack, No Ordinary FC and Halifax Blue all moved up in the ranks while cWah eXpress and KicksandGiggles took a tumble. By far the biggest news of the week is the weekly winner, with a whopping 105 points, KZ United managed by Kristin Knowles. KZ United took their time to crack the 1,000 point plateau but when they did they burst through. Manager Kristin Knowles obviously took the comments section from last week’s league and posted it in the team locker room for motivational purposes. A veteran manager like Duncan Fletcher really should know better than to just give out bulletin board type material like he did. KZ United used it to the fullest coming one point shy of doubling Leiweketywicketywack's score this round. Look out Canadian Bacons, KZ United is coming for the top.

FABULOUS FABIAN

Fabian Castillo was one of the hottest players at one point this season and not really based on results but rather hype. After continually failing to deliver results Castillo has seen his price drop as low as $6.5m. In the last three rounds Castillo has posted 30 points, including a two goal and assist 16 point game this past weekend. Castillo’s price is likely going to get the max $0.3m increase as fantasy managers will be running to pick up the Colombian this week. If you are debating whether you should do it, best to go and do it now. Or you could be like KZ United and already have him on your roster and given him the armband this round and scored 32 points. Dallas does not have any bye weeks or DGW’s remaining and have a balanced home and away schedule remaining.

While you’re shopping in Dallas why not take a look at Tesho Akindele. The rookie is priced right at just $5.0m while performing at a $9.0m level. Scoring 49 points in their last six games Akindele is on fire. The hat-trick against San Jose this past weekend will obviously grab the headlines but the Canadian born, American raised striker had scored 3 goals in his last five games coming into the weekend. If you still have a guy like Patrick Mullins sitting on your bench, replace him with Akindele at virtually the same cost. Or you could’ve played him this round and scored 19 points like KZ United did.

VIEW FROM THE BUNKER

Gilberto found the back of the net again this weekend and is no longer on the do not add list. In his last six games Gilberto has scored 7, 4, 1, 7, 8 and 8 as a comparison Bradley Wright-Philips has score 7, 7, 7, 5, 7 and 2. The Brazilian has found his groove and is now producing the way TFC fans thought he would coming into the season.

With TFC’s upcoming schedule it may be a good time to invest in the TFC defense. Sounds crazy coming off a game where they allowed four goals and two penalties but consider this TFC plays home to Chicago this round, home to New England next, then a DGW with Philadelphia, a round 27 rematch in the windy city and topped off with a home match against Chivas. That is about as friendly a schedule that a fantasy defense can ask for. Hagglund at $5.3m remains a good buy and Doneil Henry’s $6.5m price tag is bearable though his tendency to give up PK’s this season makes him a red card risk. Keep an eye on Mark Bloom’s status during this stretch. Currently list at $5.8m his price could drop further and he is scheduled to return in this run of matches.

Here are the top 10 in the WTR League:

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