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WTR MLS Fantasy League: Week 28 Recap & tips

Portland Timbers lead the fantasy points this round

MLS: Colorado Rapids at Portland Timbers Jaime Valdez-USA TODAY Sports

A little unexpected but nonetheless the Portland Timbers had an excellent week with a two nil victory over the lowly Colorado Rapids. New York City FC continued their recently suspect form with a shocking 0-1 home loss to the playoff-chasing New England Revolution. Let’s look at the week’s high performers below:

Highlights of the Dream Team:

  • Sebastian Blanco led the way for the Timbers with 14 points on back of two assists and the team’s clean sheet. The goalscorers Diego Valeri (10 points) and Jeremy Ebobisse (7 points) also claimed spots in the Dream Team this round. Their teammate Zarek Valentin had 10 points as he helped to anchor the defence who had the perfect day.
  • The only team on the doubleheader this week was NYCFC and three players made it count. David Villa posted 15 points (30 if captained) through various attacking bonuses and the tying goal in NYCFC’s 1-1 draw with D.C United. Maxi Moralez (12 points) and Alexander Callens (7 points) provided the supporting cast for the Sky Blues.
  • A surprise inclusion from D.C. United this week shows not Luciano Acosta or Wayne Rooney but their centre-back Steve Birnbaum with 12 points. Birnbaum had D.C.’s only goal in the previously mentioned draw at NYCFC and could’ve had more as United were just a few minutes away from stealing all three points.
  • From New England, Michael Mancienne (13 points) and Brad Knighton (11 points) led the way as both played huge parts in the Revolutions clean sheet away from home.

Top Teams This Week!

  • Looking increasingly comfortable at the top is BL4CKnRED who’s lead is nearly 50 points over the nearest rival.
  • Oldergoaler solidifies the second position and Guy rounds out the top three in a tight spot for the third position.
  • Two new faces in the top ten include Kolg and K in eight and tenth respectively.
  • Top score of this week went to Guy who has 118 points!

Recapping tips from week 28:

  • Recommended from the NYCFC squad were Villa, Moralez and Anton Tinnerholm who are three of the big performers for the Sky Blues this year. With 15, 12 and six points respectively they provided a decent return over their two games.
  • D.C.’s big performers in Acosta and Rooney (two and four points respectively) proved to be the bust of the week but a chance well worth taking giving the limited supply of games. Just proves nothing is a given in this crazy league of ours.
  • We were spot on with the Portland clean sheet which helped save my team this week. Loading up on Portland defenders proved the right call as the disappointing Rapids failed to register a goal this week.
  • Another win for us as the clean sheet we wanted from Sporting KC came through. The only caveat here was that the recommended Ike Opara was required to sit out due to yellow card suspension. However if you took Graham Zusi (as suggested) among others you at least had nine points!

Tips for Week 29:

  • It looks like NYCFC are the only team on a bye this week and both D.C United and Minnesota United are on double headers. With that let’s start the formula of calculating our fantasy squad this week.
  • From D.C. Wayne Rooney ($11.6M) and Luciano Acosta ($11.0M) are still the two picks we need to include. An off week last time around ensures they’ll produce the goods this week as they host both Minnesota United and New York Red Bulls this round. For good measure I threw in Bill Hamid ($8.0M) who put on a goalkeeping clinic last week and was only beaten once by an excellent David Villa free kick.
  • There isn’t much I like from Minnesota since Christian Ramirez has left for LAFC. Both Ramirez and the over priced Darwin Quintero ($12.5M) produce nearly all the firepower for the Loons. For the sake of including some players on the doubleheader maybe there’s value in Miguel Ibarra ($7.5M) and Bobby Shuttleworth ($5.2M)? That’s definitely more of a question than a statement, not confident here...
  • Fun fact for you, the Seattle Sounders are on an eight game win streak and unbeaten in 11. Fact check me on that if you dare. They’ll be visiting the Vancouver Whitecaps who now find themselves out of playoff territory if the season ended tomorrow. With that though, I have to take Chad Marshall ($8.3M), his fellow defender Kim Kee-Hee ($8.5M) and the ever-capable Christian Roldan ($9.3M). I’d love to pick up Nico Lodeiro but at $14.0M he’s just too rich for my blood. *Side note here, looks like Vancouver is unbeaten in six so something will have to give here, should be a fun one to watch.
  • The form guide also shows an in-form Real Salt Lake squad who, don’t forget, posted six goals in each of their last two games. Hosting the Minnesota United squad should give them a chance to continue that streak. Three of their players are in the double figures for cost so i’m looking for some value out of Brooks Lennon ($7.0M) and Corey Baird ($6.0M).
  • FC Dallas still only have one home loss and are hosting Columbus Crew SC, who are on a three-game skid. A few decently-valued players I like from Dallas include Dominique Badji ($6.4M), Matt Hedges ($7.7M) and Reggie Cannon ($6.7M).

Good luck to all this week!