Maybe it’s a little dramatic but its been ages since I’ve had a single Toronto player to talk about in the Dream Team and now there’s two from last week!
Highlights of the Dream Team:
- Alphonso Davies of Vancouver continues his tear through this season. He was the highest performer of the round as he contributed a goal and three assists in his side’s 5-2 win over Orlando City. Davies registered 19 points, 38 if you captained him.
- Toronto FC finally had a good result in large part thanks to Jonathan Osorio who had two shots and two goals in the win at Philadelphia. Alex Bono joins him as he registers a clean sheet. The duo had 15 and 10 points respectively for their efforts.
- Houston was the best-represented side this week as three of their players made the Dream Team. The Dynamo took down the increasingly ugly Colorado Rapids 2-0 this week. DaMarcus Beasley, Tomas Martinez and Alejandro Funemayor had 12, 12 and 11 points respectively.
- Two other notable players who made the Dream Team were Zlatan Ibrahimovic of LA Galaxy and good old Steven Beitashour of LAFC. Zlatan had two goals this week but still isn't really worth his price tag of $8.7M as the consistency just isn't there. Beitashour grabbed a goal and an assist this week which was good for 11 points.
Top Teams This Week!
An unchanged top ten this week with only a little bit of shuffling at the bottom of the pack. BL4CKnRED continues the domination with Oldergoaler and Zahlan rounding out the top three.
Recapping tips from last week:
- I should've had a bit more faith in our boys but I just couldn't go all the way. With Tosaint Ricketts and Ryan Tefler I only had a combined two points from the pair as they only made brief substitute appearances.
- If you told me there would be two seven-goal games and NYCFC vs. Atlanta United wouldn't be one of them I would've called you crazy. As it panned out though, Maxi Moralez was decent value for his 10 points although he costed $11.5M at the time (now up to $12.0M). I also had Josef Martinez down and costing $9.7M for just seven points wasn't the best return. I also had Anton Tinneqholm from this game, and he returned just three points.
- Columbus Crew SC hosting the New York Red Bulls was another game I was hoping would provide goals and another game that fell short. I made the rookie mistake of taking Zack Steffen of Columbus and Tim Parker of NYRB who both went on national team duty for the U.S. and thus yielded zero points. I also suggested Bradley Wright-Phillips who disappointed with only two points to show for his $12.3M price tag.
- Finally the game I got right. In the Houston vs. Colorado matchup I took the aforementioned Tomas Martinez as well as his teammate Boniek Garcia. They had 12 and eight points respectively.
Tips for Week 16:
- Unless you haven't tuned into any other soccer media outlet recently, you'd be aware of the greatest sporting event that starts in just a day! With the World Cup going on be aware of players on international duty!
- I’ll start off building my team around Josef Martinez again. At $10.2M he’s a solid buy, especially as Miguel Almiron is out injured. I’m taking their teammates Michael Pankhurst ($7.8M) and Greg Garza ($7.3M) and hoping for the clean sheet as they travel to Columbus. Side note, don't look now but Atlanta is averaging that magical two points per game this season thus far.
- A struggling Seattle team that travels to NYRB spells trouble for the Sounders. I’m going to think NYRB win by a scoreline of 1-0 or 2-0. Inserting Tim Parker, Luis Robles and again Wright-Philips.
- The rest of the squad was filled out with lower valued players around $5.0M-$7.0M.
Good luck this week! Its a tricky one with the World Cup and bye weeks so be cautious!