Well, this week definitely didn’t go as planned. There were generally low scores throughout the league, with the highest point total in both Burgundy Wave leagues was 83.
I was surprised by some of the games this week - Dallas didn’t really produce the way I wanted (2-1 loss in Chicago and 0-0 draw at home), and was hampered by rotation (nullifying the double game week potential). The Colorado Rapids vs Sporting Kansas City was great from a Colorado fan perspective, but from a fantasy point of view it was nothing to shout about. The bulk of the fantasy scoring this week came from unusual suspects: of the top 10 scorers this round, only two players were selected by more than 10% of fantasy managers (Miguel Almiron 14.3% and Justin Morrow 11.5%).
This next round there will be more opportunity to score higher, with eight teams playing twice: Columbus Crew, DC United, Houston Dynamo, New England Revolution, New York City FC, Orlando City SC, Real Salt Lake, and Seattle Sounders. Even with all the international duties, injuries, and suspensions there are plenty of options this week.
BW League Standings after Week 13
A few more teams added their names to the 1,000 point club and now 8 of the top 10 teams have more than 1,000 points. Only two changes in the top 10: Evergreen Front jumped one spot over Counting Cronins, and IC Kickers passed Sin City FC to take the 9th spot. Teams 11-20 had more movement; RSL/NYC and O Doyle Rules were pushed up the table with good scores this week. FayMountaineer was one of the few teams who scored more than 80 points, propelling him into 15th place.
Going into another DGW can anyone new crack the top 10? Can Blue Suede Sjoberg hold the top spot for another week?
Bad and Badji continues to climb, and Cody Costra jumped into 3rd place with a win this week against Holy Shipp. O Doyle Rules edged Donald Glass in their matchup, pushing Alex Starcher into the top 5! In the Villa Derby, G’wan The Villa narrowly beat Villa + 14 others. Both teams looked strong going into the week and the game didn’t disappoint.
Some big games this week, with Draftkicks in a tough game against The Wall of The West. Blue Suede Sjoberg will be fighting for that top spot, going against me this round, and hopefully I can stop him!
Biggest Value Picks
Kortne Ford scored his first ever MLS goal, he helped keep a clean sheet, got Team of The Week honors and now I’ll highlight him too (which is really the highest honor of all). He earned 14 points in Round 13 and he only costs $4.6. Ford was selected by 0.1% of fantasy managers. With Bobby Burling suspended for the Columbus game, Ford will likely get the start. Will he be a good option? I don’t know, and without the Rapids having a double game week team I may stay away. Kort is having a good season so far, though, and hopefully he can get more playing time.
Danny Hoesen only scored four points in Round 12, and in Round 13 Hoesen scored a goal, got an assist, played the full 90, and put up four shots. San Jose did end up losing the game, but Hoesen was involved in both of their goals. Again, only one game this round for San Jose, so I don’t necessarily suggest looking here, but keep Danny in mind.
I had high hopes for Kellyn Acosta this round. But he didn’t play against Chicago, and even though he was everywhere on the field against Houston, Acosta did not score well from a fantasy standpoint. Acosta will be with the USMNT here in town this round, so he is not an option for Round 14.
Anyone from Vancouver. I mean, this was supposed to be the easy rout, and most places that offer fantasy advice would have suggested to pick attacking players from Vancouver, but no one from the Whitecaps performed. This contributed to the overall low scores around the fantasy league.
There are 8 double game teams, with most of them playing one home and one away. RSL is playing both games on the road this week, so I’m staying away from Salt Lake this week. Orlando, on the other hand, is playing both games at home where they have been so dominant, so something to look into.
I like Columbus this round. Seattle will be down on firepower and there will be an opportunity for a clean sheet. And coming to Colorado the possibility for low scoring is always possible.
David Villa should have a better week this week. He probably won’t play all 180 minutes, but if he can 120 and a few goals, Villa would be worth every penny.
This round will be tough to navigate, so pay close attention to who is on international duty. The disciplinary committee have laid down the law this week already, so make sure you are looking at who will be suspended this round. The injury report is also crucial, and give us a follow @burgundywave.