As the end of the season nears the drama builds. Playoff aspirations are clinched and the painful campaigns to forget (Cough, TFC Cough) are finally drawn to a close. With that, take a look below at some of the big performers of the week and how the week panned out.
Highlights of the Dream Team:
- Remember what I said last week about Wayne Rooney? If not you can just read that again and apply it to this week. Rooney put two goals past Chicago as D.C. United ran out 2-1 winners and boosted their playoff resume.
- At this point too we should be rooting for the D.C. train to keep rolling as they continue to chase down Montreal Impact for the last playoff spot in the East. However, this week the Impact looked good and were led by Evan Bush (12 points) Danny Lovitz (11 points) and Saphir Taider (17 points). Bush made at least three saves he shouldn't have gotten to and Taider led the way on the other end with a goal and two assists.
- Another team hitting form at the right time are the Seattle Sounders. As has been a recent trend, their sluggish first half of the season is being outweighed by a momentum-building second half of the campaign. This week Victor Rodriguez (13 points) and Kevin Leerdam (11 points) led the way for the Sounders. Rodriguez bagged two goals and Leerdam pitched in for the clean sheet while terrorizing the flank against the visiting Houston Dynamo.
- LAFC were the beneficiaries of playing the Colorado Rapids this week. The Rapids continue to look lifeless and couldn't find the back of the net AGAIN. If you're counting that’s just one goal scored in the last seven games, ouch...But on the other hand Adama Diomande (13 points) and Walker Zimmerman (13 points) had two and one goals respectively against the Rapids.
Top Teams This Week!
- Another week at the top for BL4CKnRED with Oldergoaler and Zahlan rounding out the podium positions.
- The only addition to the top ten is K on the back of a solid 99 point round which also turned out to be the highest score of the group!
Recapping tips from week 32:
- We start the recap off with a nice call for a LAFC shutout. Going forward for the last few games of the year we might as well take all defenders playing against Colorado as they probably won't score again this year. With that we cashed in with Zimmerman grabbing 13 points, Steve Beitashour having eight points and keeper Tyler Miller with eight points as well.
- For every good call there’s a bad one thrown in. While we did call for the NY Red Bulls to take down the struggling San Jose Earthquakes, we didn't know Daniel Royer was going to miss the game with knee injuries or that Tyler Adams would have back problems. But Bradley Wright-Phillips came through with a goal and nine fantasy points to show for it.
- TFC reverted to their new old ways of 2018 and struggled to look at their best. Victor Vazquez and Lucas Janson had four and three points respectively as the Reds finally bowed out of the playoff race.
- Looking at last week’s tips for the D.C game, I guess the lesson learned is to just shell out the big bucks for the top performers and not always look for value. Not being able to afford Rooney hurt as we took Paul Arriola and Bill Hamid who has six and three points respectively.
Tips for Week 33:
- Week 33 provides just a slim slate of games to choose from as international play resumes. With that it doesn't hurt to double check if certain players got callups this week!
- Its easier to look at who's playing this week as opposed to those not playing. So only pick from the following teams this week: Colorado Rapids, D.C. United, FC Dallas, Houston Dynamo, LAFC , Minnesota United, New England Revolution and Orlando City.
- While Minnesota took a beating against the Philadelphia Union last round (5-1 loss) I have to put my money where my mouth is and play their whole back line because they host the Colorado Rapids this week. With that I’m taking Francisco Calvo ($4.8M), Michael Boxall ($7.0M) and keeper Bobby Shuttleworth ($4.4M). The only plus is they’re all cheap and I’ll look like a genius if they pull off the clean sheet.
- D.C. host FC Dallas and both are on unbeaten runs of five and six games respectively. With a limited supply of players to choose from it’s easy to splurge on Rooney ($12.5M) and teammate Luciano Acosta ($12.8M).
- From the same game as above, Dallas defenders Reggie Cannon and Matt Hedges look good value at $8.2M and $8.4M.
- Someone can correct me if I’m wrong but by my count Orlando City have one win in 21 games. That’s over half the season! As they play the Revolution who are clinging to mathematical playoff hopes, neither team looks a good bet but the Revs are home at least so they have that. Their top performers are Cristian Penilla ($7.9M) and Diego Fagundez ($6.9M).
Good luck to all this week and hope your season ends better than TFC’s does!