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MLS Fantasy Manager: Round 14

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Last week before free subs. Choose wisely.

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Writing about fake football seems trivial after the news of yesterday, but I'll give it a shot here.

Critiquing the expert:

Generally speaking, you could have done worse heeding the words of this spare. Staying away from FC Dallas was the right move. Unless you picked up Javier Morales, RSL got you nothing. You got clean sheets from Brad Evans and Stefan Frei, and Dempsey, well you'd have had a goal and bonus points if Chad Barret hadn't scored a Brian Ching special from 6 inches.

On the flip side, Dillon Powers gave you very little, I totally missed the boat on Portalnd Timbers and Marco Pappa this week, and my suggestion of spending big bucks on Bobby Boswell yielded 2 yellow cards and an overall disappointing performance. Ignoring Sporting Kansas City continues to haunt me as they lead all teams with 4 players on the best XI last week.

Verdict: C+.  This is based mainly on my Boswell recommendation, although in fairness, I did point out in the comments he was sitting in Portland well before the transfer/lineup cutoff.

FC Dallas

The Hoops take to the road for their 3rd game of 5 away from Toyota Stadium. San Jose was undefeated in 5 before last week, but they have been far from convincing in any of their matches since a 3-2 smash and grab in Seattle back in March.

Adds: Again, I won't be adding any Dallas players this week, but it's more about who Dallas won't have than fearing the Earthquakes.  Here's who FC Dallas won't have available for selection this weekend:

Kellyn Acosta (U20 WC)

Jesse Gonzales (U20 WC)

Rolando Escobar (Friendly for Panama)

Blas Perez (Friendly for Panama)

Zac Loyd (Suspension)

Fabian Castillo will probably miss out on the match with San Jose as well. Fortunately, Tesho Akindele (Canada) and JeVaughn Watson (Jamaica) won't be gone until next week. If you have Mauro Diaz or Matt Hedges, you roll with them because their studs, but a repeat of last year's demolition of the Quakes in San Jose is highly improbable.

Avoid: Don't add anyone from Dallas this week. Nothing is impossible, but the upside is severely limited here.

MLS

This is the last week before Fantasy Manager is doling out unlimited transfers due to a light schedule (10 teams on bye due to the international fixture date) in Round 15. Here are my 5 best bets to get you maximum price rise this week.

Bill Hamid (DC) G $6.4 - This is DC's 3rd double game week in a row, but there's no travel this time. Chicago shouldn't scare you. Toronto is missing a ton this week with injuries (Jozy Altidore) and National Team Callups (Michael Bradley, Ashtone Morgan, Jonathan Osorio).  He's due for a clean sheet or two this week.

Laurent Ciman (MON) D $7.6- He gets at least 2 bonus points per game (even during last week's disaster in Chicago). He's reasonably priced for a stud defender, too. With apologies to Jeff Larentowicz (who takes PKs for Chicago), I'm pushing my chips in on the Belgian this week.

Kei Kamara (CMB) F ($9.1)- Kamara's last DGW yielded 170+ minutes on the field and 16 round points. His matchups (@PHI, vs. MON) are hardly daunting.  If you're one of the 67% who don't own him, you probably want to buy in this week.

Ethan Finlay (CMB) M $8.0- See Kei Kamara. Finlay "only" got 9 points over 160+ minutes earlier this season. He broke his toe 2 weeks ago. He left the stadium on crutches that night, but started and played 90 the following week, notching an assist.

Ignacio Piatti (MON) M ($6.0)- I'm bullish on Montreal scoring goals this week, and Piatti is the straw that stirs the drink. He takes the Impacts PKs and is a good bet for a goal and or an assist plus bonus points. I'm not certain that he'll start both games this week, but I have a hunch he'll do most of his damage against Vancouver so whatever he gets you this weekend will be gravy.

Full disclosure

I'll be posting my lineup about an hour before kickoffs again this week. Feel free to pan it as the week plays out. FC Byrd Turgler inched up the charts this week.