Our resident MLS Fantasy expert, @DomBurgundy, is moving this weekend, so I took over the reins to write the Fantasy Recap this week. I’m warning you now, it won’t be as good as his.
Even though our Colorado Rapids are on a... shall we say... bad streak, we still have MLS Fantasy, right?
BW League Standings after Week 7
In our first double game week, several managers made up some ground. Los Pollos Hermanos moved up from 8th place to 3rd, while Call of Doody moved up one spot from 9th to 8th. Bad and Badji, and Mastroeni Mustache both jumped into the top 10, with super respectable round scores of 109 and 115.
Los Pollos Hermanos killed it this week, with a BW league high score of 132 (the entire league high was 140), but when it comes to the total score, Evergreen Front and Holy Shipp are hot on his heels.
But all that considered, Counting Cronins has somehow managed to keep the top spot (for now at least). Blue Suede Sjoberg is staying right up there, too, at just one point behind. Even though Los Pollos Hermanos had the weekly high, CC and BSS were able to score enough points to keep a little bit of distance between 1st & 2nd and 3rd place. We’ll see how long it lasts.
Head to Head League
At the beginning of Week 8, there were three undefeated teams, but after a Soundersland FC loss, there remain just two - Counting Cronins and Los Pollos Hermanos. IC Kickers dropped from 4th to 10th, while Bad and Badji and O Doyle Rules jumped up one and two spots, respectively. FC Dachshunds has also earned a 9th place spot.
In Week 9, Counting Cronins takes on Pablo Want a Cracker (4-0-3) while Los Pollos Hermanos takes on FC Blarney United (0-0-7). Will CC or LPH get their first loss?
Chris Wondolowski was a big (HUGE) bust. Besides his monster whiff, he had 5 (!) points in a double game week. I was one of the 10.3% of managers who picked up this guy, and was super disappointed. I wouldn’t exactly call Wondo a stud over the last few weeks, but many of us were expecting at least a little bit more.
Speaking of the DGW, Juan Agudelo and Diego Fagundez on the New England Revolution side were both only selected by about 5% of managers, but had terrible games. You’d think that a forward and a midfielder would at least get into the double digits with two home games, but instead they both finished the week with 7 points each. I wouldn’t necessarily call that terrible, but I wouldn’t call it good, either.
Romain Alessandrini, who had scored 8 and 10 points in the last two weeks, completely flopped this week. LA Galaxy got destroyed 3-0 by the Seattle Sounders, and Alessandrini scored a measly 4 points. He was selected by 21.6% of managers, who thought they’d at least get a goal or assist.
Biggest Value Picks
The Philadelphia Union finished in a 3-3 draw with Montreal Impact, and two of their players had solid weeks. Even with a yellow card, midfielder Roland Alberg ($7.7) scored 12 points, and was selected by 0.6% of managers. Alberg only has 18 points on the whole season, with 12 coming from last week, so I wouldn’t be surprised if hardly any of those 0.6% actually started him.
Also from Philadelphia, forward CJ Sapong ($7.8) was selected by 5% of managers, and got 14 points with a goal, an assist, as well as shots and attacking bonus (plus minutes played).
As far as defenders go, Nick Lima showed up in Week 8. Yes, he had two games, but 11 points for $4.6 isn’t too bad (although he scored 10 in the first game and just one point in the second), so he turned out to be a smart choice for the 23.6% of fantasy players that added him to their lineup.
Players to look to in Round 9
Look for Sporting Kansas City to have a great game, and probably get a clean sheet (ugh). They are hosting Real Salt Lake at home, and RSL will likely be missing goalkeeper Nick Rimando, defender Chris Wingert, and forward Joao Plata (still questionable). SKC is also looking for redemption after their first loss of the season vs. FC Dallas last week, so you may want to pick up an SKC defender or two. Tim Melia ($5.7) could be a solid goalkeeper choice, and Jimmy Medranda ($5.5) has been a popular pick all season.
The other game you might want to take a look at is Atlanta United FC at home vs. DC United, and consider playing Miguel Almiron ($9.3). I’d also check on Josef Martinez’s status. If Martinez isn’t fully healthy/coming back yet, Hector Villalba ($9.8) could be a good choice. Alec Kann is a great deal at $4.6, and even though he’s only predicted to have 4 points, it’s hard to bet against ATL at home vs. DC. Greg Garza ($5.6) is a solid choice for a defender since he’s a fullback, and DC has only scored 2 goals away so far this season (last week against NE in the Revs second game of the DGW last week).
I won’t say anything about the Orlando City FC game against the Colorado Rapids, but you can do some research and see what everyone thinks about this match-up.
As always follow @Burgundywave for your fantasy news, make sure you glance at the injury report, and remember that Tim Howard and Kortne Ford will be out vs. Orlando.
Make sure you lock in your lineups by 5:30 PM MDT on Friday (today)!