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WTR MLS Fantasy League: Week 5 Roundup

That face you make when you net a hattrick (see Carlos Vela below)

The MLS is starting to shake off the rust that is the offseason and the MLS storywriters have woken up. Insert golazos, lopsided scorelines, big names doing big things etc.

Highlights of week Five:

  • Carlos Vela had a lovely hat trick as LAFC went to San Jose and demolished the Earthquakes. In a game where Vela actually could've had more, he hit the Quakes for three goals and 44 fantasy points (if captained). His teammate and former Red who we all still miss, Steven Beitashour, got his name on the scoresheet and picked up his share of clean sheet points which was good for 16 fantasy points.
  • Speaking of demolition, the boys from Montreal decided to let seven, yes seven, goals in when they took a trip to Sporting KC. SKC went on a rampage with Kristzian Nemeth getting his hattrick (18 points) and teammate Johnny Russell bagging a brace (17 points) .
  • I took a long weekend to visit Boston and got to see the New England Revolution play live and saw them run out 2-1 winners over visiting Minnesota. Jalil Anababa (11 points) got on the scoresheet thanks to a beautiful assist from Carles Gil (14 points). *Fun fact - I also went to the Premier League Live event that weekend and got to touch the Premier League Trophy!
  • I almost need to insert the clip of Alejandro Pozuelo’s delightful chip in TFC’s 4-0 win over NYCFC but I’m sure you’ve already seen it enough. On a nearly flawless debut, Pozuelo snagged a brace (20 points) and booked his place in the team of the week. The other TFC representative was Auro who had 13 points for his help with the clean sheet as well as an assist.

WTR Top Ten:

I’m halfway convinced BL4CKnRED has some secret intel or promo code that adds ten to twenty points a week which they obviously didn't share with me, but hey that's cool. The top three is rounded out with Boswarva and Karageorgos.

There was a three way tie for the high score of the round with Caputo, Johnson, and Hernandez each getting 124 points!

Recapping last week’s tips:

As previously stated I took a little trip to Boston this weekend and was unable to get the tips out in time. (See picture below for proof) It looks like everyone fared pretty well without me though!

Tips for week six:

  • Almost thinking I should just start making a weekly post about betting odds rather than fantasy points, thoughts...?
  • Anyway, looks like Atlanta are the only team on the bye this week. As good as Josef Martinez is, he won't be in my team this week.
  • Now is the time to jump on the Pozuelo ($10.5M) hype train. I know it’s only been one game but you have to like his chances to get on the scoresheet again as TFC host Chicago this weekend. I also have no problem with either Justin Morrow ($7.2M) or Auro ($6.3M). The combination for wingbacks of getting forward and clean sheet credit is too good to pass up.
  • Winless San Jose are proving to be the league whipping boys again and already boasting a -12 goal differential (second worst is -7). It’s not a given by any means as San Jose host the Portland Timbers this week who are also winless at this stage. Goals galore here, or a bunch of zeros on the board? I’ll take Jeremy Ebobisse of Portland for $7.2M please.
  • Real Salt Lake are on a three game skid and travel to undefeated Seattle who have the second best goals against (3). Any of their defenders will do the trick.
  • D.C United currently has the best goals against (1) and hosts the best attack in LAFC who have 15 goals scored this term so something has to give here. I’m picturing goals here but Vela is too rich for my blood unfortunately at $12.8M. Any other attackers or Wayne Rooney from D.C. ($11.5M) are good bets here.
  • My keeper has got to be Zack Steffen of Columbus. Worth every penny at $7.7M, he is averaging 10 points a game as a keeper! Take advantage before he moves to England this summer.

Good luck this week!