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WTR MLS Fantasy League: Week 27 Recap & tips

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Real Madrid...I mean Salt Lake... with their second consecutive six goal game!?

MLS: Los Angeles Galaxy at Real Salt Lake Jeff Swinger-USA TODAY Sports

Where did that come from Real Salt Lake? A much more convincing game in which they scored six goals was on display as opposed to last week’s drubbing of nine-man Colorado. Nonetheless, back-to-back six-goal games bode well in the playoff hunt.

Highlights of the Dream Team:

  • Leading the way for Salt Lake were Albert Rusnak and Damir Kreilach. Rusnak tallied two goals, including a beautiful first time left footed volley and one assist while Kreilach was the hat-trick hero.
  • Elsewhere, Maxi Urruti of FC Dallas looked a class above the rest this week as he tallied 52 points if you captained him . He was monumental in the 4-3 loss against a very fortunate San Jose in which he had a goal and two assists. In Dallas’s second game this week against the Houston Dynamo, Urruti had an assist and earned a PK. Luckily hair styles don’t get factored into fantasy points, maybe its just me but it looks like he has a yellow tail sprouting out of his head. But thats a discussion for another time.
  • From San Jose, Vako tallied 26 points as he led the Earthquakes to a topsy-turvy 4-3 win over the visiting FC Dallas. He was very fortunate for his two goals as the ball looked magnetized to him as he waltzed through the Dallas penalty area each time.
  • Montreal Impact continued their playoff push in the right direction (unlike some teams I know of). Bacary Sagna notched his first MLS goal and the former French International had 14 points for his efforts. Not to be outdone his fellow defender and teammate Rod Fanni got on the scoresheet as well and grabbed 17 points for his part.

Top Teams This Week!

  • Running away so early in the year is BL4CKnRED who already has a commanding 47 point lead on the rest of the field. Props to the him for best score of the round as well with 153 points!
  • Oldergoaler and Lewis continue to jostle for second and third as they swap spots this week.
  • Welcome to the top ten this week Bellows, Whitney Crew and Kolg!

Recapping tips from week 27:

  • No use rubbing salt in the wounds I suppose. We’re all aware of how the season is going for TFC so I won't waste the effort writing much about their form. Giovinco and Jozy Altidore grabbed 13 and 14 points respectively as Gio was the supplier and Altidore the finisher. Classic case of too little too late i’m afraid though.
  • Elsewhere, the surging D.C. United squad look good, especially Wayne Rooney (18 points) and Luciano Acosta (16 points). Definitely satisfied with our picks here. This duo proves to be a lock for the rest of the year. Team in form? Check. Lots of home games? Check. Playoff push/momentum? Check.
  • I don't know what New York Red Bulls imposter side that was but it certainly wasn't the team that’s nearly on pace for two points a game and the only side to clinch a playoff berth thus far. Only Luis Robles (12 points) turned out to be decent value. The back line including Tim Parker (Eight points) and Aaron Long (Five points) looked lost as Montreal put three past them.
  • Even though we’ve talked about how bright the offensive side was for Dallas, the defensive side was almost equally as poor. Four goals conceded to the Earthquakes and two to the Dynamo? Not a solid outing for Matt Hedges (Four points) and Reggie Cannon (Seven points).

Tips for Week 28:

  • Ah the international break. The period that separates the men from the boys in fantasy world as teams lose their international stars and are forced to fill in the gaps. Be wary of stars who are scattered across the globe this week.
  • With the above being said I just got down to the game schedule for week 28 and saw only four games, two of which NYCFC are playing in. This week should be a cakewalk then on paper. Lets get to business.
  • I guess it'd be easier just to list the teams playing this week. Only pick players from the following: Colorado Rapids, D.C. United, NYCFC, New England Revolution, Orlando City, Sporting KC and Portland Timbers.
  • From the only squad on a doubleheader (NYCFC) I have no trouble splashing cash for Maxi Moralez ($10.9M), David Villa ($9.1M), Anton Tinnerholm ($7.8M) and Sean Johnson ($6.7M). The Sky Blues host the Revolution on Wednesday and host D.C. United on Saturday. Lots of points to be had here.
  • Speaking of D.C., I did say Rooney ($11.3M) and Acosta ($10.5M) were locks from here on out and I stand by that, especially on a week without many games.
  • So Colorado haven't scored a goal in the past two games and I wouldn't be surprised to see that streak continue. With that i’m just going to take the whole Timbers back line and pray for a Portland clean sheet. I wouldn't normally do this but seems like the type of game week to hope one side posts a shutout so queue up Larrys Mabiala ($7.9M), Jorge Villafana ($7.0M), and Zarek Valentin ($6.8M).
  • Pretty much the same thing with the Sporting KC squad. Sporting host Orlando this week and Sporting KC continue to put on defensive clinics this year. They remain second in goals against. Budget pending take as many of their defenders as you can. I’d love Graham Zusi ($10.0M) but I can't afford him so i’m settling for Ike Opara ($9.5M).