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WTR MLS Fantasy League: Week 1 Roundup

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MLS is back and it did not disappoint

Let me just start off with saying how happy I am the MLS is back. With the return of the MLS we see the fantasy leagues that come with it. Now my “niche” in WTR land is to try and provide some insight and help with MLS Fantasy. I’ll be the first to tell you I am no expert in the fantasy world but I’ll certainly try my hardest and I provide all my insight and I do it with a completely fresh take independent of any other fantasy pieces. With that being said let’s take a look at the Dream Team from week 1:

Highlights of week One:

  • Leading the way this week was Darwin Quintero of Minnesota United. Quintero led the way with a goal and two assists as his team stole an away win at Vancouver. Quintero is no stranger to being in the fantasy dream team popping up several times last season. Quintero had 18 points — 36 if you captained him.
  • Seattle Sounders romped the MLS newcomers FC Cincinnati by a score of 4-1. When a team scores four goals there’s bound to be some standout performers and the Sounders were led by Nicolas Lodeiro and Victor Rodriguez who each had 14 points via two assists. Jordan Morris chipped in with a couple goals and 12 points for his efforts.
  • Elsewhere, Diego Valeri had 15 points through a goal and assist although he should have had more. He helped his side to a 3-3 draw at Colorado.
  • Luciano Acosta of D.C. United is another one who picked up right where last season left off. Acosta, who almost left in the summer, paced D.C. with a goal and assist and 15 points.

WTR Top Ten:

A new season wipes the slate clean for everyone and shows some fresh faces (compared to last year) in the top ten. Kudos to Farrow who led the way this week with the top score of the round with 98 points! Check out the rest of the top ten below!

Tips for week two:

  • Another honest piece about me is that I’m a numbers guy. I’ve read multiple editions of Soccernomics and wholeheartedly believe in stats like home field advantage, number of games played, low player values, etc. That’ll pop up from time to time.
  • Another thing I’ve learned about fantasy is to not fall in love with any players, but don’t be afraid to ride their hot streaks either. Example: Quintero was a standout on one of the league’s worst teams last year, while someone like Zlatan Ibrahimovic carried a huge price tag but didn't always come through with the goods.
  • Last general note is that the New York Red Bulls and our own Toronto FC are on byes this week. Do not take their players!
  • Starting off by looking at the schedule you have to like last year’s MLS Cup Champions, Atlanta United hosting the new boys Cincinnati. I’m building my team around Josef Martinez ($10.6M) and throwing in his teammate Eric Remedi ($6.7M). Not sure if i’m taking their defenders because I’m not confident of the clean sheet.
  • Thinking back on Seattle, they do look the real deal. They host the Colorado Rapids and the ageless wonder Tim Howard who snagged a late equalizer last week in a snow storm. Not sure about clean sheets again but look for goals in this one. I’m loading up with players from both sides. I looked for value in Colorado’s Jack Price and Kellyn Acosta who are $6.7M and $6.8M respectively. From Seattle, Jordan Morris is a steal at $8.5M.
  • I ended up splurging $11.5M on Darwin Quintero after I hyped him up so much; I love to gamble what can I say?
  • I threw in Zack Steffen and Tim Melia for $6.2M and $6.0M a piece and then queued up the autofill.

Good luck to all this week! Throw any suggestions or ideas down below!