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WTR MLS Fantasy League: Week 20 Recap & tips

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The league is painted in sky blue this week.

MLS: Columbus Crew at New York City FC Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

When you’re one of only three teams to have a double header and you take advantage through 3-0 and 2-0 wins you get rewarded, see b elow:

Highlights of the Dream Team:

  • On the back of two shutout victories this week the blue team from New York supplied a whopping seven players to the Dream Team. Those players include Sean Johnson, Anton Tinnerholm, Alexander Callens, Ben Sweat, Ronald Matarrita, Jesus Medina and Maxi Moralez.
  • The multiple shutouts were good for five points apiece per game per player (excluding forwards) meaning ten points each for all New York City FC players above. The goals scored (good for another five points apiece) came from Medina (2), Matarrita and Moralez.
  • Aside from the wave of sky blue in the dream team, we have two players from the Montreal Impact in Ignacio Piatti and Saphir Taider. Montreal ended up on a doubleheader this round too but after being swept aside by NYCFC, they only really cashed in on their second game which was a 2-0 win over the San Jose Earthquakes. Taider and Piatti each had a goal in the win.
  • Darwin Quintero of Minnesota United led his side to a 3-2 victory with a goal and two assists which was good for 18 points.
  • Cory Burke of the Philadelphia Union put away two goals in a roller coaster 4-3 victory over the Chicago Fire which gave him 12 points this week.

Top Teams This Week!

  • Again unchanged at the peak of the leaderboard with the top three intact. BL4CKnRED continues to lead the way.
  • A new face in the top ten is Schmarten, on the back of of 167-point week! Their score was joint top this week with Heavy Red Flow.

Recapping tips from week 20:

  • My first call came good with all three of Bastian Schweinsteiger, Aleksandar Katai and Nemanja Nikolic of the Chicago Fire coming through with a goal in their first game and 12, 11, and 8 points respectively. Katai, who continues to be the Fire’s main fantasy point contributor, was the only one of the trio to play in both games but didn't reap much reward with only a single point in the second game.
  • I’m taking a moment to gloat about this one, I had a pretty stellar fantasy week and called out both Sean Johnson and Ben Sweat of NYCFC to come through with clean sheets and boy did they deliver. With two clean sheets in two games the duo produced 16 and 20 points respectively. Not bad for $7.3M and $5.5M price tags.
  • I took Montreal players for fantasy reasons and nothing more. Mathematically it made sense and it paid dividends. The trio I picked of Piatti, Danny Lovitz and Samuel Petitte came through with 17, eight and seven points respectively.
  • So it didn't turn out to be a goalfest in Atlanta when they hosted the Seattle Sounders. But Josef Martinez came through with another goal and a decent seven point return. Fun fact, he has 19 goals on the season and is leading by six or seven in the golden boot chase. Miguel Almiron and Brad Guzan turned out to be my two downfalls this week with two points a piece.

Tips for Week 21:

  • Two doubleheaders this week for the New England Revolution and Minnesota United. There are also three byes this week for the following teams: NYCFC, San Jose, Sporting Kansas City. With that being said you know what to expect here.
  • I’m starting off in Minnesota as they're one of two teams on the doubleheader and most notably, both their games are home. Look into the man in form for them Darwin Quintero ($9.2M) and Miguel Ibarra ($8.5M) as they are the top two points-getters for United.
  • For New England I dont like a whole lot with two away games but I have to stick to my guns. So i’m taking Diego Fagundez ($11.5M) Cristian Penilla ($9.4M) and Teal Bunbury ($9.0M). If all three of them dont show up Id put money on Bunbury coming through clutch, I have a feeling about him this round.
  • I feel like i’ve been on a Real Salt Lake bender lately and i’m keeping it going. Real are 8-1-1 at home and host the ever struggling Colorado Rapids this time. With that being said I’m taking Albert Rusniak ($10.5M) and Justin Glad ($8.0M).
  • So on paper Atlanta hosting D.C United is a slam dunk however I heard D.C. has this new guy named Wayne Rooney? I’d actually love to take him but at $10.1M i’m not sure he's worth the gamble. So cue Josef Martinez ($12.7M) and Julian Gressel ($9.4M). I'm thinking Atlanta thrashes D.C. but somehow Rooney contributes to the build up in a goal.
  • The rest of the team took an autofill due to lack of funds, but beware! I autofilled and it threw in Sean Johnson of NYCFC who is on a bye this week. Looks like autofill has some brain cells loose.

Good Luck to all this week as usual and congrats to the French!