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WTR MLS Fantasy League: Week 30 Recap & tips

Something in the water in Atlanta

MLS: Real Salt Lake at Atlanta United FC Adam Hagy -USA TODAY Sports

As sad as it is to watch Toronto continually disappoint I take solace in the fact that we may be witnessing a little bit of history in Atlanta. The always fun-to-watch Five Stripes are on the hunt for a points record as well as a domestic double this year. The only saving grace from Atlanta’s monster year is that they can’t match our treble from last year!

Highlights of the Dream Team:

  • I count six players from the league leaders this week in the Dream Team. The benefits of a straightforward doubleheader were evident but nonetheless hats off to them. The 4-3 away victory in San Jose coupled with the 2-0 home victory over Real Salt Lake led to fantasy points galore.
  • Miguel Almiron of Atlanta picked up a staggering 48 points (if captained), as he led the Five Stripes with a goal and two assists this week. Julian Gressel matched his output of a goal and two assists and grabbed 21 points. Both Josef Martinez and Hector Villalba tallied two goals and had 16 and 18 points respectively. The defensive effort was led by Brad Guzan and Leandro Gonzalez-Perez who each had 13 points for their efforts.
  • Walker Zimmerman of LAFC proved to be a man amongst boys this week as he did it all scoring the only two goals of the day in a 2-0 victory over San Jose. He also led the team effort in the clean sheet and was rewarded with 20 points on the day.
  • From the Philadelphia Union, Auston Trusty was one of the star men this week as the Union recorded a surprising 1-0 victory in Seattle and a 2-0 win over visiting Sporting Kansas City. Trusty put in a shift for both clean sheets and was duly granted 19 points.

Top Teams This Week!

  • All familiar faces in the top ten with the exception of Boswarva slotting back in to the tenth spot.
  • Teams continue to jostle throughout but BL4CKnRED continues to put on a clinic on how to run fantasy teams.
  • Halfway kidding but halfway serious with this thought I just had, all of a sudden I support promotion and relegation. I’m totally in favor putting the ten performers from the end of this year in their own Premier league of sorts to duke it out so the rest of us have a fighting chance. Thoughts?
  • Also congrats to both Kolg and Zahlan for impressive top scores of 140 this round!

Recapping tips from week 30:

  • In hindsight it was easy but you still had to pull the trigger on picking Atlanta players in your team. I went with Almiron, Martinez and Guzan but really any of their teammates would've done the job as well. This tip was on point.
  • Seattle finally saw their 12 game unbeaten run end in the shape of two losses to the Union and LA Galaxy. Cristian Roldan still returned decent value with his nine points but the gamble on Raul Ruidiaz didn't pan out as he only managed four points.
  • Portland made me look bad and forgot how to defend as they gave up five goals over two games this week. My calls for defenders Zarek Valentin and Larrys Mabiala both ended up being in vain as they labored to three and four points respectively.
  • I should learn to trust my gut and follow my rule of not picking players only playing one game. Benny Felhaber failed me with just two points. But old boy Steve Beitashour was dependable as ever with nine points, I just wish he scored the goals like Zimmerman...

Tips for Week 31:

  • Business end of the year is rapidly approaching and as the end of year picture gets clearer there’s still time to make up ground in our fantasy league!
  • It looks like Orlando City is the only team on a bye and NYCFC and Chicago Fire are the only teams on a doubleheader so let’s start there. The only disclaimer is NYCFC are winless in their last six outings and the Fire have one win in their last 11. Ouch.
  • Starting off with Maxi Moralez ($10.3M) as he remains one of the more consistent performers of the league. For value picks from NYCFC I like Jo Inge Berget ($6.2M) as he seems to pop up with the odd poacher’s goal especially around doubleheaders. Also Alex Ring at $6.5M just seems like a steal to me.
  • From Chicago Aleksandar Katai ($7.0M) is better value than the unpredictable goals of Nemanja Nikolic ($10.0M) and the aging Bastian Schweinsteiger ($8.2M). I’m also throwing in Raheem Edwards ($5.6M), whom I slowly miss more and more each game.
  • LAFC are undefeated in six games and travel to the all-but-eliminated Chicago Fire. I’ll stick with Steven Beitashour ($8.2M) and throw in Walker Zimmerman ($7.0M), who comes off a big week, in hopes they hold the Fire scoreless.
  • Next stop for my team has to be the Atlanta squad. It won't be straightforward for them this week as they travel to the New York Red Bulls. It’s safe to take any of their attackers if you can afford it, so I’m going with Martinez ($13.6M) this round.
  • Calling for another clean sheet for the Seattle Sounders as they host the already-eliminated Colorado Rapids. The Rapids have scored the league-lowest 32 goals this term and the Sounders have allowed the league-lowest 32 goals as well. That’s easy math right? Cue Seattle defenders Chad Marshall ($9.3M) and Kim Kee-Hee ($8.5M).
  • The form guide also points to the Columbus Crew, who have lost five straight, hosting the Union, who have won six of their past eight games. If I could afford anyone over $4.0M right now I’d take some of their squad.

Good luck to all!