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WTR MLS Fantasy League: Week 24 Recap & tips

So Wayne Rooney’s teammate scores a hat trick and Rooney still gets the headlines?!

MLS: Orlando City SC at D.C. United Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Chaotic scenes in D.C. this week see a legend overshadow his hat trick-scoring teammate.

Highlights of the Dream Team:

  • The talk of the week is surely Luciano Acosta and Wayne Rooney of D.C. United. The former led the way with a hat trick which included a stoppage time winner, good for 36 points if you captained him. Not to be outdone, Rooney saved the game for D.C. by stopping a last minute breakaway before providing an even later, ridiculous half-field assist. All of Rooney’s antics were good for 10 fantasy points. If you haven't seen it spare the four minutes and watch it here:
  • Ismael Tajouri-Shradi of NYCFC had a couple goals including a late rocket of a winner against the self-destructive Reds. Tajouri-Shradi earned 15 fantasy points for his work.
  • LAFC was held goalless by a plucky Sporting KC team this week that saw the Kansas boys run out 2-0 winners. Tim Melia had nine points and Matt Besler received ten points for their efforts.
  • Jack Elliot (Who...?) of the Philadelphia Union bagged two goals this week as the Union took a full 3 points when visiting the New England Revolution this week. Elliot had 15 points for his very unexpected two goal contribution.

Top Teams This Week!

  • As the Fall season continues into its second week and sort itself out we find ourselves a new leader in Oliphant! Jones and Kolg round out second and third in the standings.
  • Bl4CKnRED our Spring champion is on the chase in fourth and Lewis rounds out the top five.
  • Highest score of the round goes to another familiar name in Kane who had 103 points!

Recapping tips from week 24:

  • With Toronto just nearly clicking until the untimely red card from Jozy Altidore, fantasy points were hard to come by for the boys in red. Jonathan Osorio and Justin Morrow only had four and two points respectively in another frustrating defeat, this easily could've been better.
  • From the same game NYCFC players Maxi Moralez and Alex Callens has five and three points respectively. For a game in which NYCFC struck three times it’s surprising Moralez didn't chalk up a goal or assist.
  • Vako from San Jose pretty much crushed any trust I had in the Earthquakes as he only managed three points this week. However from the same game Kellyn Acosta still appears to have the keys to the car in Colorado as he had both assists en route to the Rapids’ 2-1 victory and nine fantasy points.
  • On a normal night, Wayne Rooney doesn't save the game and doesn't have the ridiculous assist. Luciano Acosta doesn't pull a hat trick out of a place the sun doesn't shine and Orlando come through. But in reality Dom Dwyer did score a meaningless goal and had seven points for it. His teammate Joe Bendik looked poor especially on the last goal and only had three points, silver lining is he isn't on TFC anymore I suppose?
  • Probably the only call I had spot on was Zack Steffen from Columbus. He chalked up another clean sheet as the Crew shut out the visiting Houston Dynamo. Steffen had nine points in the contest.

Tips for Week 25:

  • I think there are no teams on a bye this week (correct me if I'm wrong). Doubleheaders this week are for Colorado Rapids, D.C. United, LA Galaxy, LAFC, Portland Timbers, and Real Salt Lake.
  • All aboard the Zlatan Ibrahimovic train ($11.5M, LA Galaxy). Ibra comes in fresh off his suspension for skipping the MLS All-Star game.
  • From D.C. it’s hard not to appreciate Wayne Rooney ($9.8M). I’m taking Rooney and the U.S. international Paul Arriola ($8.1M). United host Portland and Revolution at Audi Field and look to continue the momentum in their quest from the bottom of the East standings.
  • From Colorado I’m sticking with Kellyn Acosta ($8.5M), who looks better with each game he settles into the Rapids. Tim Howard ($6.0M) is a decent value option too as the Rapids travel to both L.A. clubs this week. An interesting side note, Acosta is the only Rapids player valued over $8.0M, just goes to show how their season is going I suppose.
  • I’m stretching for Diego Valeri ($12.0M) who comes as one of the pricier players in the league. Over two games though he’s good for at least a goal or two.
  • Inserting the autofill and torn between captaining Valeri or Rooney. I’m siding with Valeri this time.

Good luck this week and make sure to tune in Wednesday at what looks to be our only decent chance of silverware this year!