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WTR MLS Fantasy League: Week 26 Recap & tips

Rivalry week delivers with some big time performances

MLS: Real Salt Lake at Colorado Rapids Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

I didn't know a game with six goals in it could really be that boring until I watched the Colorado Rapids vs Real Salt Lake highlights. The Rapids were at fault for their own demise as their two first half red cards proved to be their undoing. That being said, the Real Salt Lake players fully delivered the goods with the numerical advantage and it shows below:

Highlights of the Dream Team:

  • From the aforementioned demolition in Colorado, three of the away squad made the cut for the Dream Team. Jefferson Savarino led the way with two goals and an assist which equated to a whopping 40 points if you captained him. The supporting cast of Joao Plata (14 points) and Corey Baird (13 points) each chipped in a goal for the cause.
  • Not to be outdone, the New York Red Bulls supplied three of their players to the Dream Team. Luis Robles (10 points) Aaron Long (11 points) and Tim Ream (11 points) were the beneficiaries of the sole doubleheader this week and made good with a 1-1 away draw to their Sky Blue rivals as well as posting a clean sheet when hosting Wayne Rooney’s D.C. United.
  • The two leading men of TFC came through in the clutch in the 401 derby as Sebastian Giovinco nabbed two goals (13 points) and Jonathan Osorio bagged a goal of his own (12 points) to lead the Reds past their Canadian rivals.

Top Teams This Week!

  • Business as usual for BL4CKnRED as the lead has grown to 11 points in our still young Fall season. Cheers to him as well for the top score of the round with 109 points!
  • Lewis maintains position in second and Oldergoaler rejoins the podium in third place.
  • The rest of the top ten sees teams continue to jostle for position but no new faces to the top ten this round.

Recapping tips from week 26:

  • A decent production week from the two Red Bull players we suggested last week in Daniel Royer (10 points) and Bradley Wright-Philips (Eight points). Credit due for the prediction of Wright-Philips being due for his goal which he got against their cross town rivals NYCFC.
  • Speaking of NYCFC, Maxi Moralez proved to have a relatively quietly week with only eight points. We were hoping for a big week from Ben Sweat but his four points proved a modest return. Alex Callens was a missed call this time around as he remains out of commission with a knee injury.
  • From Toronto FC, Justin Morrow is slowly getting back to his prime form and had an assist to the Atomic Ant this week which proved good for nine points this round. Marky Delgado while still proving useful in games didn't really see that translate to fantasy as he only had five points this go.
  • Spot-on tip with the call for the Sporting Kansas City back line to step up. They pitched a 2-0 shutout over the visiting and surging Minnesota United squad. Our picks of Tim Melia (10 points) and Matt Besler (seven points) led the effort for Sporting KC.
  • Rolling the dice on Rooney this week was a bust. His huge price tag of $10.8M made us look silly for the return of just two points. This was a flukey week for the resurgent Rooney.

Tips for Week 27:

  • Personal goal this week: Break 100 points. With that, off to the doubleheaders. This week we’ll start by looking at D.C. United, FC Dallas, Houston Dynamo, NY Red Bulls, Philadelphia Union, Portland Timbers, San Jose Earthquakes, and Toronto FC. Steer clear of the Chicago Fire, Colorado Rapids and Minnesota United teams.
  • Let’s go big or go home with Jozy Altidore ($9.9M) and Seba ($12.5M). The duo owe us a solid outing as the big man makes his return. Visiting a free falling Timbers squad and hosting a recently subdued LAFC squad should allow for the Reds to make a splash this week.
  • D.C. ride out the week on two home games as well with the Union and Atlanta United visiting. Look for Wayne Rooney ($10.8M) and Luciano Acosta ($10.0M) to lead the line as expected. Rooney will continue to be the focal point and pick up after an off week against the Red Bulls.
  • Speaking of the Red Bulls, all three who made the Dream Team this week in Robles, Parker and Long will have another solid round. Hosting the Houston Dynamo who are dreadful on the road with only one win away from home and visiting a wounded Montreal Impact side bode well for the Red team of New York.
  • Continuing in doubleheader fashion I have to look at Dallas who host the Dynamo and travel to San Jose. I like Matt Hedges ($8.2M) and Reggie Cannon ($7.0M) looking for a clean sheet in at least one of their outings.
  • Looking to the autofill to find me some diamonds in the rough valued at $4.0M for the rest.

Good luck this week!