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WTR MLS Fantasy League: Week 25 Recap & tips

The fantasy world was dominated by Los Angeles this week but how...?

MLS: Los Angeles Galaxy at Seattle Sounders FC Jennifer Buchanan-USA TODAY Sports

I spent far too long trying to determine why three LA Galaxy players were in the dream team this week and multiple of the Seattle Sounders were snubbed, does anyone have a logical answer?

Highlights of the Dream Team:

  • Four of the boys from LAFC made the cut this week as they posted multiple 2-0 wins. Laurent Ciman, Jordan Harvey and Tyler Miller each had 19 points for their part in the clean sheets. Christian Ramirez registered 14 fantasy points as he tallied two goals this week.
  • From the other side of L.A., the Galaxy were well represented by three players despite a thoroughly embarrassing thrashing by the Sounders. Ashley Cole had 10 points while Chris Pontius and Sebastian Lletget had 11 points apiece. My question remains why Sounders such as Chad Marshall (15 points) and Nico Lodeiro (13 points) were snubbed in favour of the Galaxy players?
  • Wayne Rooney from D.C. United put on another show with a couple of goals as he continues to lead the line for United.
  • Another question I have for the MLS Fantasy overlord is who dubbed Edgar Castillo of the Colorado Rapids the captain. Am I missing something here? A modest week from Castillo saw him have 11 points and 22 if captained but why weren’t Rooney, Miller or Harvey captained?

Top Teams This Week!

  • Welcome back to the top BL4CKnRED! A huge score of 141 points sees our new leader and Spring champion reach the summit again.
  • Lewis and last week’s leader Oliphant round out second and third respectively.
  • Familiar names from the Spring season top ten continue to creep back into the picture with Oldergoaler in fourth, and Jones in fifth.
  • High score of the round belongs to Glass who posted a monstrous 151 points this round!

Recapping tips from week 25:

  • The Zlatan Ibrahimovic train fell off the tracks this week and the legend did nothing memorable; he only had three points this round, ouch.
  • The doubleheader for D.C. proved fruitful for Paul Arriola (nine points) and Rooney (19 points) as United continue their ascent in the standings. Rooney continues to be the flavor of the week as his influence only grows for the black and red.
  • The lowly Rapids of Colorado were held to a 2-2 draw with the Galaxy and blanked by LAFC. Tim Howard still managed a modest seven points but the midfield general named Kellyn Acosta was held harmless and labored to four fantasy points.
  • Diego Valeri of Portland was another man rendered anonymous this week. He didn't end up going the full 90 in either of the Timbers’ games and his minimal impact only granted him four points this round.

Tips for Week 26:

  • Rivalry week looks to be intriguing to say the least. But in terms of fantasy it means no bye weeks and only one doubleheader which is for the NY Red Bulls.
  • From the Red Bulls I like Daniel Royer ($9.5M) who is coming off a big week in which he bagged a couple goals. I also have to take Bradley Wright-Phillips ($10.4M) who’s due for a goal or two this round.
  • The Blue side of New York continues to be a fortress as NYCFC boast the only undefeated record at home. As they host the Red Bulls this week look for that to be tested but held firm. From the Sky Blues I still have faith in Maxi Moralez ($11.6M), Alex Callens ($7.2M) and the possibly undervalued Ben Sweat ($5.8M).
  • Before I blow all my money I’m trying to sprinkle in some of the good guys so I have something to cheer for. A couple of steals this week as both Justin Morrow ($6.0M) and Marky Delgado ($5.3M) look to be good value. Other than that I can't really justify the values of most of the TFC squad unfortunately.
  • Minnesota, who only have one win in 12 on the road, travel to Sporting Kansas City. The KC back line has held opponents to 36 goals against which is good for fourth lowest in the league. Cue Matt Besler ($8.5M) and Tim Melia ($7.5M).
  • At this point I’m debating on splurging for Wayne Rooney ($10.3M) as D.C. visit the Red Bulls. This one looks dicey but I’ll roll the dice on him.
  • Time for the autofill! Good luck to all this week!