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WTR MLS Fantasy League: Week 8 Recap & tips

Sporting KC hits nine-man Vancouver for six!

MLS: Los Angeles FC at Montreal Impact Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports

Points galore this week as almost all the games had 3+ goals scored. Sporting Kansas City led the way though with four players in the Dream Team.

Highlights of the Dream Team:

For one week, not a single player from a New York club made the dream team — surprising as in recent weeks either NYCFC or the Red Bulls have dominated fantasy points so this is a nice change of pace.

Leading the way this week was Ignacio Piatti of Montreal. Impossible to root for him, but even more impossible not to respect his game. He pulled out a hat trick in his side’s 5-3 home loss to LAFC. Granted one of his goals was a PK, but his third was a solo effort on a counter attack with a classy finish.

Also of Montreal, Evan Bush somehow made the dream team although he let in five goals this week. He had 14 saves (one which was a penalty) and 14 ball recoveries which garnered him 11 points.

For Sporting KC, Graham Zusi grabbed 16 points for his part in the clean sheet and an assist as well as his overall defensive play. Fun fact, he also had 117 passes! His teammates Johnny Russell and Yohan Croziet joined the dream team for posting a hat trick and overall attacking play respectively.

Romell Quioto of the Houston Dynamo posted 19 points through a goal and two assists against a very youthful Toronto FC squad. I’m not going into further detail about this game for obvious reasons...

Top Teams This Week!

Congrats to BL4CKnRED for taking over the lead this week. Oldergoaler drops down to second and the top three welcomes Zahlan who posted a huge 118 points which also happened to be the highest score this round!

Recapping tips from last week:

I’d love to avoid writing this section this week. The only thing I’m going to say is that I’m glad this league isn't for money.

  • There wasn’t much to salvage from the horror show TFC put on against Houston. Jay Chapman did have nine fantasy points though and aside from that, there wasn't much else.
  • Of both New York City teams only one player (Alex Ring) posted six points or more. I’ll admit my faults and I was so painfully wrong to try to ride the NYC trend.
  • To make matters worse I recommended Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who decided not to show up as Atlanta rolled over LA Galaxy. He only posted two fantasy points this week.
  • Mauro Diaz of FC Dallas had six points as he scored in his side’s 2-0 win over Philadelphia Union. A rather modest return for a hefty $10.0 price tag but i’ll take it.

Tips for week nine:

  • The only team on a bye for week nine are the Portland Timbers. All other players are fair game.
  • In a slightly redundant and hopefully safe move I’d suggest taking Atlanta United’s Josef Martinez, Miguel Almiron or Brad Guzan. Their attack is fearsome at home especially against a Montreal side that twice lost a two goal lead and gave up five goals in all.
  • NYCFC host the only remaining unbeaten side in FC Dallas. I’d like to say last week’s display was a fluke for NYCFC but to be safe I’m not trusting their players and selling them off.
  • On paper, Philadelphia hosting D.C. United yields zero goals for me. I’d take either goalie in this scenario.
  • Goals galore coming in LAFC’s christening of their new home when Seattle come to visit. I’m taking Carlos Vela at least but I’d also like Seattle to pop off as they’ve only scored five goals this season. It’s time for them to put on a good show in LA too.

Good luck this week and if nothing else expect the unexpected!