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WTR MLS Fantasy League: Week 14 Recap & tips

Guess who set an MLS record this weekend?

MLS: Philadelphia Union at Atlanta United FC Adam Hagy-USA TODAY Sports

Your answer to my question in the subheading should have been Josef Martinez (Atlanta United). Martinez is now tied with four other players, one of which is our own Sebastian Giovinco, for most career hat tricks in MLS! In the process Martinez received a whopping 56 fantasy points (if you captained him)

Highlights of the Dream Team:

  • Joining Martinez in the dream team was his fellow Atlanta United colleague Miguel Almiron, who had 18 points over their two games this week. Almiron only had one assist and no goals over game week 14 but his overall play was enough to see a good points return.
  • Ryan Hollingshead of FC Dallas was another big performer this week as he pitched in with two assists and a goal in his side’s multiple victories this week. Fun fact: he was only on .56% of fantasy teams this week.
  • Aleksandar Katai of Chicago Fire gathered a goal and an assist as the Fire split games this game week.
  • A cut-priced Zlatan Ibrahimovic of LA Galaxy ($8.2M) had two goals in the loss against Dallas. He registered 15 points in that game and additional points for an 18-minute appearance against Portland.

Top Teams This Week!

  • An unchanged top four continues to see BL4CKnRED lead the way.
  • Guy moves from seventh to fifth this week on the back of a week-high 161 points!
  • More shuffles at the bottom as the top ten has a new face in Kane and sees Schmarten drop off.

Recapping tips from last week:

  • New England players had an average week with some decent performances but only three players in the double digits. However, the two players I singled out in Teal Bunbury and Diego Fagundez were good value for their 17 and 10 points respectively.
  • Michael Parkhurst of Atlanta United turned in nine points this week as his side failed to get a clean sheet. He also failed to get a goal or an assist as I would've hoped but still was decent value for his nine points.
  • Romain Alessandrini (LA Galaxy) also couldn't find the back of the net but received nine points for his overall display.
  • Victor Vazquez and Giovinco of Toronto FC posted 12 and 10 points respectively as their game with the Columbus Crew SC exploded with goals. Federico Higuain was the top performer for the Crew as he had 13 points for his side.

Tips for Week 15:

  • Looks like no doubleheaders this week as we resume business as usual. Minnesota is the only team on a bye for week 15.
  • Like most everyone who reads this I would love for Toronto to finally pull one out. As they travel to Philadelphia this week i’m going to put some faith in Tosaint Ricketts and Ryan Telfer. At $4.0M and $5.0M respectively they seem a good buy against a weakened Union squad. Multiple red cards for the Union last week see them without their skipper Alejandro Bedoya as well as Haris Medunjanin.
  • Josef Martinez ($9.7M) of Atlanta is still too hot so I’m going to focus my team around him. Atlanta travel to Yankee stadium and face NYCFC. With that being said Anton Tinnerholm ($6.0M) and Maxi Moralez ($11.5M) are my picks as well from this game as I hope to see goals galore here.
  • Columbus Crew hosting NYRB also looks like one that could provide goals. I’ll take Bradley Wright-Phillips ($12.3M) and Tim Parker ($7.3M) of NYRB and Zack Steffen ($7.3M).
  • Dallas (undefeated at home) hosting Montreal spells success for the home side. I’ve taken Hollingshead ($4.5M), Miguel Figueroa ($5.0M) and Jesse Gonzalez ($6.5M) looking for a clean sheet for the home side.
  • Colorado don't win in general, especially away from home. This week they travel to Houston so i’m adding Tomas Martinez ($8.9M) and Boniek Garcia ($6.9M) of the Dynamo.

It should be noted as the weeks go on, your team value should be increasing to make your team better each week. If you try to follow my team exactly you’ll be looking at about $110M thus far. Good luck this week!