With Week three in the books, we have learned that you should not listen to the fantasy experts, unless they tell you to only pick attacking players from Portland or Atlanta.
BW League Standings after Week 3
The former leader, IC Kickers, dropped two spots this week because of a not-so-strong showing from their back line. Luckily, almost everyone had the same idea when it came to defense and the scores were relatively even throughout the league.
Blue Suede Sjoberg jumped into the first spot and N0 03 Idea took the second overall position. Looking at the top of the table, spots 1-4 are only separated by 10 points!
Very similar from a standings point of view, Blue Suede Sjoberg stayed in place at number two, getting the win in a close game over O Doyle Rules. G’wan The Villa! had Diego Valeri captained, who scored 30 points for the week.
Week four is going to be tough with only six teams playing (New England, Minnesota, New York Red Bulls, Real Salt Lake, Columbus and Portland). Everyone will probably make similar choices, so look for tighter scoring games in the head-to-head league.
Biggest value picks from Week 3
Diego Valeri had 15 points in Round 3 (two goals, four shots, 90 minutes played). Captaining Valeri would have brought 30 points for your team. After scoring 16 in week one and 15 in week three, he is practically a must-have for your team.
Alex Crognale was the highest scoring defender and one of the cheapest. Columbus kept the clean sheet and Crognale received almost half his points from that. He didn’t play in Week one or two but DC has not scored yet this season. If you are looking for a clean sheet bonus consider looking opposite of DC United.
Biggest busts from Week 3
Cody Cropper was selected by 21.6% of teams. He is only $4.0 so he would most likely sit on the bench, but if he was in your starting line-up, I’m sorry. Scoring only one point this week and only four points between three games, Cropper is not looking so hot.
Ignacio Piatti is one of the highest priced players at $10.2. He was selected by 18.5% of teams, played the full 90 minutes, and had four shots in a 1-1 draw vs NYCFC. Only scoring three points is just not a good return on investment and is a waste of a spot. Piatti has scored three points twice already this season, both in away games. The next home match for the Impact is April 15th vs Atlanta.
Week 4 is going to be a challenging one, with the international break most teams will be off. But there will still be three games this weekend: Minnesota at New England, RSL at NYRB, and Portland at Columbus.
Betting on the home teams defenders, I’m looking at mainly a New York back line. Pay attention to the international call-up list here, as several players will be out to represent their country.
As always, follow @burgundywave for all the latest fantasy news and injury reports leading up to the games. Good luck!