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WTR MLS Fantasy League: Week 3 Roundup

It’s Wayne Rooney’s world and we’re just living in it

Wayne Rooney of D.C. United didnt take long to pick up where he left off last season. Having scored 12 goals in 20 games in his first season in the MLS, he’s already off the mark with his first hat trick of the season!

Highlights of week Three:

  • Half of the dream team was made up of players from Cincinnati and D.C. Cincinnati were paced by goals from Mathie Deplagne (14 points), Kendall Waston (14 points) and the clean sheet by their keep Spencer Richey (9 points).
  • D.C. United were led by the hat trick hero Wayne Rooney who had 46 points if you captained him as his side throttled Real Salt Lake 5-0. Rooney’s teammates Junior Moreno (14 points) and Leonardo Jara ( 13points) racked up points for their assists. In case you missed it, D.C. new boy Lucas Rodriguez did this from this game:
  • Elsewhere, Alberth Elis made sure his Houston Dynamo took three points against visiting Vancouver whom they defeated 3-2. Elis had a hand in all three goals courtesy of a goal and two assists yielding 19 points for his efforts.

WTR Top Ten:

Take a break from your March Madness brackets and checkout our fantasy standings below. BL4CKnRED has reclaimed their place at the top and again proves to be one of the teams to beat. Karageorgos holds their second position and Greco rounds out the top three. New to the top ten this week are Greco, Boswarva, Duffy, Guy and Schmitt. Top score of the round went to Boswarva with 119!

Recapping last week’s tips:

  • I was looking for Toronto to play on their momentum which they did with a thrilling win with Jozy Altidore coming off the bench to save the day in dramatic style. It didn't really bode well for my fantasy predictions though with Terrence Boyd failing to appear and Bono not having a chance at the PK although he could've probably done better on the second.
  • Atlanta hasn’t lived up to the hype this year but I was right with going with Julian Gressel who had 9 points and got the assist in Atlanta’s only goal on the night against Philadelphia.
  • While I was looking for the NY Red Bulls to dominate the San Jose Earthquakes (which they did by a score of 4-1) I unfortunately took their center backs Aaron Long and Tim Parker who had just three points a piece. So close yet so far here.

Tips for week four:

Over half the league’s sides have a bye this week primarily due to the international break. This week only has ten teams in action and the Matchups look like this:

  • With the limited schedule our picks for the week are pretty going to be a little dicey. For starters though I like the Red Bulls form especially when hosting Orlando City. The Red Bulls can solely focus on the league now following their exit from the Champions League. I know Alex Muyl ($6.7M) had two goals last week but that isn't the norm for him. I’m playing it safe with Daniel Royer ($8.0M) and Bradley Wright-Philips ($10.8M) who is now off the mark with his goal against San Jose last week.
  • It’s way too early to put much stock into this but Colorado is tied for lowest goals for in the league and is playing against FC Dallas who are tied for lowest goals against in the league thus far. It might be worth the gamble to go with an FC Dallas clean sheet and pickup Dallas defenders Matt Hedges ($7.5M) and Reto Ziegler ($6.7M). Taking another look at their team, Dominique Badji ($6.5M) is a steal and was in and out of the Dream team frequently last year. He should have a point to prove against his former employers.
  • From Columbus, Do not take Zack Steffen this week as he’s out injured. A once TFC player Joe Bendik is set to get the star and is decent value at $4.5M. If you can afford it Gyasi Zardes at $9.8M is due for a goal and I have a soft spot for Wil Trapp ($7.1M). The guy just does it all.
  • The only game on Sunday is New England vs FC Cincinnati who are proving to be a solid MLS addition. Obviously I have another soft spot for Nick Haggulund ($5.6M) and I saved enough cash for Kenny Saief ($7.6M)

Good luck as always!