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WTR MLS Fantasy League: Week 7 Recap & tips

Something in the water in New York?

MLS: Montreal Impact vs. NYCFC Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports

Look away unless you’ve suddenly become an NYCFC fan. The blue team from New York has seven players in the Dream Team this week.

Highlights of the Dream Team:

As noted, this team was dominated by New York City FC partially due their stunning form and partially due to to having two games this week (see tips from last week). Maxi Moralez led the way with 46 points (if you captained him). He picked up 18 points in the 4-0 demolition of Real Salt Lake and five in his side’s 2-2 draw at Atlanta.

The other six NYCFC players in the Dream Team this week were Sean Johnson (9 and 2), Maxime Chanot (11, 2), Ronald Mataritta (12, 1), Alex Ring (3, 12), Yangel Herrera (9, 5) and Ismael Tajouri-Shradi (11, 1). (Note: the first number in parentheses is their score for the 4-0 win over RSL and the second number is their points for their 2-2 draw at ATL.)

One thing I noticed through these two games for NYCFC was that out of the seven of them, only Chanot, Moralez and Johnson played both games in their entirety. Tabour-Shradi only had about 100 minutes played between the games but still managed 12 points.

The other four spots on the Dream Team roster went to Anton Nedyalkov (FC Dallas), Jacori Hayes (FC Dallas), Darwin Quintero (Minnesota United), and the former Red Steven Beitashour (LAFC). Hayes got the only goal in Dallas’s win at New England and Nedyalkov grabbed points for his overall defensive contributions. Quintero got points for his goal and overall offensive display. Beitashour got the majority of his points for LAFC’s clean sheet win over Vancouver.

Top Three Teams This Week!

Our top three teams remain unchanged, but shuffled around a bit. Oldergoaler takes back the pole position in the leaderboard with 141 points in week 7! He had four NYCFC players and captained Moralez at the right time. Double congrats to Oldergoaler as it looks like that was our highest score this week. Maybe he should be writing these articles instead of me...

Our top three was rounded out by BL4CKnRED in second and Lewis in third.

Recapping tips from last week:

  • NYCFC players posted loads of points due to playing two games and their scorching form. They remain one of the only undefeated teams left with Dallas being the only other one.
  • Tim Melia of Sporting KC only posted two points this past week as his side drew 2-2 with Seattle. Can’t really blame him for either goal, both were the fault of his defenders. Not to mention this is the first time all season Seattle has scored at all! Unlucky on Melia.
  • I threw Justin Meram and Dom Dwyer of Orlando into my predictions last week and while Dwyer cashed in with a great goal and a seven point return, Meram only had two fantasy points. However, the pair should have combined for a 90th minute goal this past weekend as Dwyer nearly finished a cross from Meram.
  • I also made good on scrapping TFC players this week as they rotated the squad due to Champions league commitments. NYRB players however fared a bit better in their 3-1 win over Montreal.
  • Mauro Diaz of Dallas was my only serious error. A little research showed he didn’t play due to “tactical reasons.” I speculate maybe the New England turf was an influencing factor as well.

Tips for week eight:

  • D.C. United is the only team with a bye in week 8. Steer clear of any of their players, although i’d be surprised if anyone had them playing aside from maybe Steve Birnbaum.
  • Again, Toronto will be resting players so stay away from picking their starters as well. Might be able to find some cheap points in there though? Hasler and Irwin would both be good bets. Both likely to start and both likely to grab points.
  • I’m riding the NYCFC train full steam ahead. Any of their players you take would be solid investments. They take on a Portland side that just stumbled to their first win last week. See Maxi Moralez.
  • I’m also going to push full steam ahead with NYRB players again. Now that their Champions League commitments are over they’ll field full strength elevens every week now. They’re taking on Chicago this week who only have one win in five games.
  • It’s also time to start believing in Zlatan. At $10.0M he does come at a cost, but he’s worth a gamble this week.
  • And I’ll go back to Mauro Diaz of FC Dallas, surely he won't sit for two games in a row for no real reason? Also, Dallas has only given up three goals so far this season and middies get points for the clean sheet. Attacking mids like Diaz are likely to “double dip,” reaping the obvious offensive benefits but also gaining clean sheet points even though they aren't usually involved much defensively.

Good Luck this week!