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WTR MLS Fantasy League: Week 6 Recap

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The league never ceases to amaze

MLS: Los Angeles FC at Atlanta United FC Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

MLS never fails to disappoint. Just like last week there were some big victories, some 1-1 draws and some nail biting finishes. As usual let’s start with a look at the Dream Team:

The Dream Team was made up of players from five different teams this week. The majority ended up coming from both Atlanta United and the New England Revolution, who posted big 5-0 and 4-0 victories respectively.

Highlights of the Dream Team:

Miguel Almiron of Atlanta United led the way with 20 points (40 if you captained him). Almiron had two penalty goals and an assist in Atlanta’s thrashing of Los Angeles FC. When Atlanta get hot it’s often Almiron or Josef Martinez racking up the points.

Also of Atlanta United in the Dream Team were Michael Parkhurst and Julian Gressel. Parkhurst picked up the majority of his points for his assist and the clean sheet as well as overall defensive play. Gressel grabbed the first goal of the rout with a nice first-time finish.

New England was represented by four players this week who are Andrew Farrell, Claude Dielna, Wilfried Zahibo and Diego Fagundez. They posted 14, 11, 17, and 15 points respectively, and all of them scored a goal aside from Dielna. They also all picked up points for the clean sheet. Side note, I believe it was Farrell’s first goal ever for the Revs with whom he's played all of his five years in MLS. Other side note, if you played Fagundez feel free to be upset with him as he had a penalty saved which would've earned him another five points.

The rest of the Dream Team was made up of one of the usual suspects in Sporting Kansas City keeper Tim Melia as well as Dom Dwyer of Orlando City, Joe Mason of the Colorado Rapids and Graham Zusi of SKC.

After all that here’s a look at the latest leaderboard:

Top Three Teams This Week!

We have a change at the top this week! Congrats to our new current leader BL4CKnRED who posted a 95 in week six with nearly half his points coming from captaining Almiron. Oldergoaler and Lewis, who are turning out to be perennial challengers round out our top three.

For the second week in a row Williams posted the highest score of the round with a staggering 111 points. He seemed to have the jump on the Revs/United train this week.

Recapping tips from last week:

This is the first time I feel like I did okay with some of my predictions. See below for evidence:

  • I suggested throwing a chance out to Kei Kamara of Vancouver. Kamara got credit for the assist on Brek Shea’s goal as he flicked a long ball through to him. Kamara grabbed five points in all this week.
  • Andre Blake (Philadelphia Union) only had four points this week. He only let in one goal that he couldn't do much about but only recorded four saves. Nothing special from him this time around.
  • Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s hefty price tag of over $10 million was not worth it at all this week. I advised against hopping on the Zlatan train just yet. He’s still only coming off the bench and can’t be expected to grab two or three goals for every sub appearance. He generated only two points this week and was better left out.
  • Nemanja Nikolic of Chicago Fire had a decent outing. He posted six points as he continued on his goal scoring form. He notched the only goal in his teamès 1-0 victory over the Columbus Crew.

Tips for week six:

  • It looks like there are no teams on a bye this week (correct me if i’m wrong). Although the league has an odd numbers of teams, 23 to be exact, NYCFC will be playing twice. Mathematically speaking, it makes sense to take some NYCFC players. The fact that they’re playing twice and in good form makes any of them a solid pick.
  • I like Tim Melia of SKC for goalie this week. He was in the Dream Team in week six and as the reigning goalkeeper of the year, he’s safe any week really. He looks especially good this week as his side host the Seattle Sounders who have somehow yet to score this campaign.
  • Orlando looked good in the last ten minutes of their game when they completed a 3-2 turnaround over Portland. I’d take either Justin Meram or Dom Dwyer from Orlando this week as I expect goals from them when they take on Philadelphia.
  • Toronto FC and New York Red Bulls players are a bit hard to predict due to Champions League commitments tonight. Rotations and injuries may be around so as tempting as it may be I’d steer clear of them as their priorities lie elsewhere.
  • Mauro Diaz and Cristian Colman of FC Dallas hooked up for a nice goal in week six. Diaz is always a solid investment and I like his chances this week over New England. In fact, I could see this game providing a bunch of goals seeing as the Revs got four this past week.

Although we may all have different players on our fantasy teams, we can all band together tonight as our TFC take on Club América. For that matter, I’m also rooting for NYRB to come through the other semifinal. A breath of fresh air for two MLS squads to be in the final of that competition would be so nice.