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WTR MLS Fantasy League: Week 5 Recap

Ten different teams represented in this week’s Dream Team!

MLS: Los Angeles FC at Los Angeles Galaxy Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Week five had everything the neutrals could have wanted. From your fast-tempo high-scoring seven-goal thrillers, to your classic one-nil victories, this week had it all. Not to mention the MLS league debut of one of the greatest active legends to be in the game (cue Zlatan Ibrahimovic).

The Dream Team this week had no less than ten different teams represented. Of course the only team represented with more than one player were the New York Red Bulls. This is the third week in a row they’ve had the most contributors on the Dream Team.

Highlights of the Dream Team:

Dominique Badji of the Colorado Rapids led the way after netting a hat trick against the Philadelphia Union. Badji was more “right place, right time” as opposed to dominant. Three shots led to his three goals, although his first two were fairly lucky rebounds.

Marc Rzatkowski and Florian Valot of NYRB had 13 and 12 points respectively as the Red Bulls lost 3-4 in a thriller to Orlando City.

Victor Cabrera of the Montreal Impact posted his second double-digit outing in a row with 16 points for his all-around defensive work in his team’s surprising 1-0 away win at Seattle.

Carlos Vela had 15 points for Los Angeles FC as his team lost in probably the most entertaining contest of the week. He grabbed two goals as his team raced to a 3-0 lead, only to see a Zlatan-led comeback give the advantage to the LA Galaxy who came out on top 4-3.

The rest of the team was filled out by Matt Turner (New England Revolution), Tommy Smith (Colorado Rapids), Brandon Vincent (Chicago Fire), Michael Parkhurst (Atlanta United), and Sebastien Blanco (Portland Timbers).

Here’s a look at the latest leaderboard:

Top Three Teams This Week!

It should be noted that the leaderboard I post is always based on total season points for consistency. This particular way doesn’t factor in league wins/losses, etc. With that being said, our top three of Oldergoaler, Rosen and Lewis remains unchanged, the only change being Oldergoaler and Rosen swapping the one-two position.

Special shout out to Williams who posted the highest score of the round with a very impressive 88. The average team score looked to be in the high 50s-low 60s.

Recapping tips from last week:

It should go without saying, but trying to look for the easy picks and locks for big points is wayyyyy tougher than it sounds. I haven’t found it yet but I’m determined to find the special formula for who’ll be posting big points. But for now let’s see how my predictions turned out:

  • Taking TFC players would have been safe. Jozy Altidore led the team with 14 points following his two goals. Most of the starters had at least four points, Nico Hasler had himself a fine outing with eight.
  • Columbus players didn’t have quite as much luck. Their best player on the weekend Gyasi Zardes only had seven points. The second highest was Federico Higuain with four. Enough said there.
  • Sacha Kljestan had a solid game against his old team NYRB and posted eight points.
  • Steven Beitashour had four points for his part in the seven-goal battle for L.A.
  • Luis Robles (NYRB) only had one point for letting in four goals to Orlando. Some of them he can be forgiven for, especially the second in which he was fouled but not helped by the ref. The other two NYRB I suggested were Tim Parker who was rotated out, presumably for their upcoming Champions League match and Bradley Wright-Philips who only had one point as well.
  • I did alright picking Sean Johnson (NYCFC) who played well enough against San Jose to earn seven points.
  • Alberth Elis (Houston Dynamo) only had three points this week but he looked great as Houston lost 2-0 to New England. I’m still going to keep him, I’ll attribute this to bad luck. He easily could’ve had a goal or two.
  • Marky Delgado (TFC) only had two points this week, probably a bad call on him with too much midfield competition.

Tips for week six:

  • The following teams have bye weeks for week six: Minnesota, NYCFC, Seattle, Toronto, D.C United, NYRB and Houston. Don’t field any of these players. This is literally the only thing I’m 100% sure you should do!
  • I like Kei Kamara (Vancouver) again. He looked back to his old ways and had a great diving header goal in week five. Looking for him to score again.
  • For keepers I’m taking Andre Blake (Philadelphia). He also had some good saves last week and wasn’t really at fault for any of the three he conceded.
  • I’m not riding the Zlatan train yet, I think his first week was a flash and he’ll slowly ease in. Remember even the great Ibrahimovic can show his age.
  • Lastly I like Nemanja NIkolic of Chicago to keep scoring as well. Although he’ll have to beat Zack Steffen, I think Nikolic is up to the task at home.

Praying we (I) have a better week. Good luck all!