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WTR MLS Fantasy League: Week 29 Recap & tips

The fun for Acosta and D.C. United continues

MLS: New York Red Bulls at D.C. United Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

The resurgence of D.C. United continues as their playoff push led by Wayne Rooney and Luciano Acosta is in full stride.

Highlights of the Dream Team:

  • Acosta led the way to a win and exciting 3-3 draw with the New York Red Bulls this week. Acosta had a goal and three assists which translated to 25 fantasy points, 50 if captained!
  • On the other coast, Sporting Kansas City traveled to play the San Jose Earthquakes and showed no mercy on the league’s bottom dwellers. Leading the way in the 5-1 demolition were Gerso Fernandes who had two goals and two assists (21 points), Felipe Gutierrez notched a goal and two assists (16 points) while Ike Opara chipped in with a goal of his own (11 points).
  • Atlanta United continued their stellar sophomore year in the league with a 3-0 victory at the Colorado Rapids. Led this week by Miguel Almiron who paced the team with two goals and one assist (17 points), the Atlanta side continues to lead the league overall and currently boasts 2.04 points per game — not unlike the TFC of old eh?
  • The back line of Atlanta was credited justly this week as Brad Guzan (nine points) and Leandro Gonzalez Pirez (11 points) led the effort for the clean sheet.
  • Braldey Wright-Philips of NYRB settled himself into eighth on the all-time MLS scoring chart with a hat trick in D.C. this week. His three goals were good for 17 fantasy points and another point overall for the Red Bulls.

Top Teams This Week!

  • Another week at the top for BL4CKnRED and another week right behind for Oldergoaler in second. Zahlan rounds out the top three after this round as the chasing pack heats up.
  • Jones climbed back into the top ten as did King. King’s 138 points proved to be the mark to beat for this round, well done!

Recapping tips from week 29:

  • Easy picks as the two stars of D.C. United, Rooney and Acosta, made the headlines again. Both proved great value as Rooney had 14 points and Acosta posted 25 points for the top score this round. Their goalkeeper Bill Hamid struggled, though, posting just four points this round.
  • From Minnesota I tried my luck on Miguel Ibarra who had 11 points as the Loons were defeated by D.C and held to a draw against Real Salt Lake. Bobby Shuttleworth managed just six points as his side were prevented from a clean sheet in either game.
  • In following up from last week, the Seattle Sounders are now riding a 12 game undefeated streak as they took all three points when they visited Vancouver. Unfortunately this game didn't produce the fantasy points for Chad Marshall (five points), Kim Kee-Hee (two points) or Cristian Roldan (six points).
  • Real Salt Lake continue their decent run of form as well but neither players I was looking for value out of really came to fruition. Neither Brooks Lennon (four points) nor Corey Baird (one point) came in clutch here.
  • An uneventful nil-nil draw for FC Dallas and Columbus Crew SC didn’t yield so much in fantasy terms. The only notable performance from this game I suggested was Reggie Cannon’s eight points for his part in the clean sheet.

Tips for Week 30:

  • Starting off with the usual, it looks like D.C. are the only side on a bye this round. The following teams have multiple games this week: Atlanta United, Columbus Crew, Philadelphia Union, Portland Timbers, San Jose Earthquakes and Seattle Sounders.
  • Right off the bat I love the two matchups for Atlanta. The league leaders travel to San Jose and then host Real Salt Lake. As such, the first names on my team sheet are the league’s leading scorer Josef Martinez ($14.0M), Miguel Almiron ($11.5M) and Brad Guzan ($5.4M).
  • Seattle’s unbeaten run continues as they host the Union and then travel to the LA Galaxy. Raul Ruidiaz ($9.5M), the two-goal hero from last week, looks to continue his goalscoring form. I also like Cristian Roldan ($9.4M) as he continues to make things tick for the Sounders.
  • From Portland I like the two defenders Zarek Valentin ($7.8M) and Larrys Mabiala ($8.3M) in hopes the Timbers will find a clean sheet when they host the Crew or when they travel to Minnesota.
  • It goes against my mathematical theories but I have to pick a player or two from LAFC this round. They host the now-drawing-dead San Jose Earthquakes. I took Benny Feilhaber ($7.5M) and our old friend Steven Beitashour ($7.9M).
  • The rest were autos as it’s nearly impossible to get value from anyone worth under $5.0M. Good luck to all this week and be sure to watch the Campeones Cup tomorrow!