The break hurt most managers, and was a lower scoring week overall. Only three games were played and not many goals were put away. I was right about Fanendo Adi bouncing back this week, but unfortunately, I didn’t make him my captain and lost out on easy points.
BW League Standings after Week 15
A lot of movement in the classic league this round, and scores are tight. Only 10 points separate Bad and Badji in 2nd place and No Name MLS, 5th place. Blue Suede Sjoberg fell out of the top 10 this week, too. The highest point total went to Bad and Badji with 95 points. His team was made up of only players from Sporting Kansas City, Chicago Fire, and the Portland Timbers, propelling him into second place. We had two teams who thought they were on the international break as well, neither registering a single point.
This next round is crucial for teams like Mastroeni Moustache, who is just outside of the top five. But with scores this close, anything is possible.
There was less movement in the head-to-head league, and the top five teams stayed put. The only drop this week was Blue Suede Sjoberg, falling three spots. Most players took this week like a bye week, so scores were rather one-sided. I unfortunately lost by one point - ONE! Next round scores will be closer and higher since all the MLS teams will be playing.
Biggest Value Picks
Fanendo Adi topped the charts with two goals and 13 points in a bounce-back game. The Timbers are coming to DSGP this week, a place where the home team has been rolling, so don’t count on Fanendo Adi to score two on Saturday, but keep an eye on Adi when they travel to Minnesota in Round 17.
Joao Meira has scored well the last two rounds against the high-powered offenses of Orlando City FC and Atlanta United. Hopefully Joao Meira will continue his defensive dominance as the Fire keeps going. At $6.2 he is higher-priced, but can be worth it.
Miguel Almiron only played 27 minutes and only scored one point. Combined with the two points from last week, Miguel Almirón has not been in good form. Priced at $9.6 and selected by 21.6% of players, Almirón is nowhere near worth the money at the moment.
Julian Gressel has tapered off recently, with just nine points in two games, but is he worth the risk? This week I would have picked up Julian Gressel. Costing only $4.4, the risk/reward is very favorable. Monitor Gressel and take the chance every once and a while.
There are some big games coming up this next round, and I’m looking at Real Salt Lake vs Minnesota United. Can the Loons take advantage of Salt Lake’s hurting form? Will Salt Lake be better with all of their players coming back?
And then of course, can our Colorado Rapids keep up the excellent home form?