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WTR MLS Fantasy League: Week 19 Recap & tips

Unlikely source for 58 fantasy points this week...

MLS: Minnesota United FC at Houston Dynamo Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Goals galore this week as only one of the 17 games played ended in a goalless draw. Check out week 19’s Dream Team below:

Highlights of the Dream Team:

  • Philippe Senderos of the Houston Dynamo was the main man this game week. Across the Dynamo’s two games, Senderos led by example with a goal in the very late and dramatic 2-2 draw with LAFC as well as two goals in the 3-0 shutout over Minnesota. All of his work was good for 29 points (58 if captained).
  • The LA Galaxy showed up this week with a 2-2 draw with visiting D.C. United and a 4-0 thrashing of Columbus Crew SC. As a result, goalkeeper David Bingham along with defenders Ashley Cole and David Romney made the Dream Team with 11, 14 and 12 points respectively. The trio garnered points for their shutout and respective defensive performances.
  • The usual Atlanta United suspects in Miguel Almiron and Josef Martinez posted 21 and 23 points respectively. Almiron was the provider this time around with two assists and a penalty earned while Martinez was the scorer with three goals across the two games.
  • Adama Diomande of Los Angeles FC should look familiar as this is his second week in a row in the Dream Team. His 22 points this week came through two assists and two goals across the two games.

Top Teams This Week!

Top Teams This Week!

  • An unchanged top five sees the continued reign of BL4CKnRED on top.
  • Uk is a new face in the top ten and slides into sixth position on the back of 166 points this week.

Recapping tips from week 19:

  • I started off with Albert Rusnak of Real Salt Lake who only pitched in with one goal across two games but that was good enough for 11 points which was decent value.
  • Laurent Ciman and Steven Beitashour of LAFC decided not to shine this week with seven and three points respectively, although Beitashour didn't play in their first game.
  • During my Atlanta shopping spree last week I took Brad Guzan who picked up a clean sheet and 12 points in the process. The aforementioned Miguel Almiron came through as usual with a cool 21 points. Their teammate and captain Michael Parkhurst got in on the action with 13 points of his own.
  • In Minnesota I think I cashed in well with one of my less expensive picks. Miguel Ibarra valued at $8M had 15 points but his teammate Christian Ramirez had a much less impressive four points returned on $6M invested him.
  • From the good guys I took Jay Chapman and Alex Bono. Chapman didn't feature so no gain there. Bono split time this work week with Clint Irwin. In Bono’s only game he came through with an unmemorable four points.

Tips for Week 20:

  • By my calculation there isn't a bye week for anyone this time around. But it should be noted the only three teams on a double header are the Chicago Fire, New York City FC and Montreal Impact so let’s start there.
  • I like Nemanja Nikolic ($5.6M) and Bastian Schweinsteiger ($9.1M) of the Fire to kick things off. Nikolic isn't quite in the goalscoring form he has been in years past but he still looks good value, especially with Schweinsteiger pulling the strings behind him. I’m also taking Aleksandar Katai ($11M) who’s the Fire’s top points earner (117 thus far).
  • From NYCFC I’m taking Sean Johnson ($6.8M) and Ben Sweat ($5M). Hoping a clean sheet or two works out nicely for the blue team from NYC.
  • Forgive me for taking three Montreal boys this week, it’s just business. I still have the cash so I splurged for Ignacio Piatti ($12.1M) and also took Samuel Piette ($7.8M) as well as Daniel Lovitz ($6.3M).
  • My eyes also lit up seeing Atlanta hosting the increasingly dreadful Seattle Sounders. I see you Josef Martinez ($12.2M) and Miguel Almiron ($13.1M). For those that may not be able to afford this pricey duo, see the back line of Atlanta or at least Brad Guzan ($7.9M) as the Seattle look toothless with a league worst 15 goals for this campaign.
  • The rest of my squad was filled out with lesser valued filler players.

Good luck this week and make sure to tune in for the World’s biggest game this weekend!