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WTR MLS Fantasy League: Week 21 Recap & tips

Look who decided to join the playoff conversation!

MLS: Los Angeles FC at Minnesota United FC Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Some big scenes in Minnesota see them sneak into the playoff picture and put five in the Dream Team this week!

Highlights of the Dream Team:

  • On the back of two wins this week, five players from Minnesota United lead the Dream Team. From the five, Darwin Quintero led the way with 46 points if you captained him via two goals. The supporting cast included Christian Ramirez with 25 points, Miguel Ibarra with 16 points, Rasmus Schuller also with 16 points, Francisco Calvo with 11 and Bobby Shuttleworth with 10 points. Minnesota started their week with a great 2-1 win over visiting New England Revolution and then followed up with a 5-1 pounding of LAFC.
  • Diego Fagundez of the Revolution was also a beneficiary of a doubleheader and had 13 points this week. He had the lone goal in their loss to Minnesota courtesy of a penalty.
  • Nicolas Lodeiro bagged two goals this week and 17 points in the process as his side took down the visiting Vancouver Whitecaps 2-0. His teammate Kim Kee-Hee was a large part of the clean sheet and grabbed ten points for his effort.
  • From the LA Galaxy, Michael Ciani had 11 points due to a goal and his overall defensive duties. The Galaxy took three points when they visited Philadelphia this week.
  • Rounding out the Dream Team was Matt Hedges of FC Dallas. Hedges got his side’s only goal in a 1-1 draw with the Houston Dynamo.

Top Teams This Week!

  • Less than a ten-point gap at the top but BL4CKnRED continues to lead the way.
  • Rosen and Guy as well as Kane and Schmarten have traded places this week as our top ten continues to be highly contested.
  • The leading score this round was Zahlan with 163 points!

Recapping tips from week 21:

  • If you couldn't tell already Minnesota was the place to be this game week. I started off my team with both Darwin Quintero and Miguel Ibarra from the Loons and they did not disappoint as each made the Dream Team with 46 points (if captained) and 16 points respectively.
  • New England turned out to be a bit of a bummer this time. They didn't really capitalize on their double header aside from Diego Fagundez who had 13 points. Teal Bunbury and Cristian Penilla only had six and three points respectively. I should've known better than gambling on them.
  • From Real Salt Lake I tried sticking with Albert Rusnak who only had six points but looked decent enough. His teammate Justen Glad though looked terrible from what I saw and was lucky to get the three points he did.
  • So from Atlanta it’s too easy to pick Josef Martinez every week but I’ll keep doing it. His hat trick led Atlanta over the visiting Wayne Rooney and D.C. United. Martinez picked up 19 points for his contribution. His teammate Julian Gressel was less value as he only had six points for his efforts.

Tips for Week 22:

  • Starting off with the mathematics as usual we see New England are the only team on a bye so we’ll avoid them. For doubleheaders it looks like we have several teams with D.C. United, New York Red Bulls, Houston Dynamo, Seattle Sounders, San Jose Earthquakes, NYCFC, Orlando City and LA Galaxy.
  • I’m going to start in New York with the Red Bulls. Bradley Wright-Philips looks to have cooled off a little so I think he's a bargain at $8.8M. I’m also taking Luis Robles at $9.2M hoping they can hold off D.C. or the Columbus Crew.
  • Another New York duo I like is Maxi Moralez ($14.0M) and Anton Tinnerholm ($8.5M) from NYCFC. Although expensive, Moralez is usually worth his money and going to Orlando and Seattle don’t seem that tough for him.
  • I’m not the biggest fan of San Jose but I feel like I have to include them in the conversation. As such I feel obligated to take a couple of their players so I’m trying Danny Hoesen ($10.7M) and Vako ($8.1M). My only reason is they are the best fantasy performers the Earthquakes offer and of course because they have a doubleheader.
  • From Orlando I’m stealing Dom Dwyer and Sacha Kljestan who are both going for $8.0M a piece. After a little transition I think Kljestan has finally found his feet in Orlando and of course Dwyer is always good for a poacher’s goal or two.
  • In Houston I like the never-aging Damarcus Beasley ($7.2M) and his teammate Alejandro Martinez ($9.0M).
  • Due to insufficient funds I autofilled with a few random $4.0M valued players at the end.

Good luck to all as usual!