Round 9 was a rough one for some fantasy managers, and we had a lot of movement in both league standings. There were six clean sheets this weekend and 33 goals scored, so managers had plenty of opportunities to score well in fantasy, but most scores were closer to the average. Out of the top 20 fantasy scorers this week, only four players were selected by more than 10% of managers.
Looking at the standings, some of the top managers fell back this week, luckily the scores were relatively low across the board so going into a double game week, those who fell will have the chance to recover some ground.
BW League Standings after Week 9
The average score this week was 58 points, and two of the top 10 managers in the league were at or below this line. Seven of the top 20 managers were within 10 points of average. Los Pollos Hermanos and Counting Cronins both fell this week, allowing Holy Shipp and Blue Suede Sjoberg to take the top spots, but Blue Suede Sjoberg has a 21-point lead over Holy Shipp entering into Round 10.
Eric may be pulling away from the pack, as he is 70 points clear of the 10th place team, but there are plenty of chances to score with four teams playing twice this week (Toronto, Orlando, NY Red Bulls, SKC), so some fantasy managers might be able to close the gap.
There is only one manager at the top of the table after Round 9! Los Pollos Hermanos was able to get a win this week moving him atop the standings. He did not have the highest score this week, but it was enough to win the match-up and stay undefeated. The Counting Cronins did fall this week to Pablo Want A Cracker, with a good showing from players like Fanendo Adi and clean sheets in SKC and Orlando. Can Donald and Sin City FC take down Alan and Los Pollos Hermanos this week, or will Alan stay undefeated?
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The top Scorer this week was Florian Jungwirth. The San Jose defender was able to get the clean sheet bonus and score the game’s only goal. At $5.9 he is one of the higher priced defenders, which is probably why he was only selected by 4.3% of managers this round. With an overall score of 65, he is tied with Jimmy Medranda for the highest point total for a defender.
Yangel Herrera has only scored 15 points to date, and 12 of those came this weekend. NYC sat Andrea Pirlo and David Villa this week, so Herrera was called into the lineup. Jack Harrison did score twice but Yangel was selected by only 0.2% of managers. I highly doubt that Herrera will score this well any time soon, but if Pirlo needs time off, Herrera has shown that he can produce making him a solid switcharoo option.
Where do we begin. We could just say anyone who plays for L.A. was a huge bust, but especially Romain Alessandrini. After two forgettable weeks in a row and going against the Chicago Fire in Round 9, I’m betting against him this week.
David Villa hurt me this week, but no real fault of his own. In Round 9 he was selected by 28.2% of managers, but didn’t travel with the team due to illness. I, like most people, didn’t find out till it was too late and left him on the field.
I’m also going to throw some shade in Ignacio Piatti’s direction, selected by 12.6% of managers, but only put up 2 points. The guy costs $10.2 and usually he is worth the money, but this week he did not live up to the cost. In Round 10 he is going up against a DC defense managed to stop Atlanta’s attack for 80 minutes (in Atlanta), but I’m not sold on DC. He is not on my team this week, but still a good option.
This round is the second double game week of the season, so lineups need to be locked in by 5:30 MST.
This round you have more options to look towards when trying to double up on points. SKC is playing NY at home and the Loons on the road, so Dom Dwyer is on my squad for sure. Orlando and Kyle Larin are playing twice this week as well, and the Canadian Messi is spearheading my attack. Personally I only have two players on the field not playing twice this week, hopefully it will pay off.