We're nearing the end of this
magnificent time waste wonderful season of hope and heartbrake in MLS fantasy, and although it will be tough (or me impossible) to get to the top, this week provides a strong opportunity to post a big number. Time to dive in!
FC Dallas continued their streaky form with a 2-1 victory over NYFC lead by surprise inclusion Michel (and his 11 FMLS points). Michel curled in the Olimpico off the corner after assisting on Tesho Akindele's Goal of the Week nominee, and although NYCFC pressed in the 2nd half, Dallas was able to hold on for all 3 points.
FC Dallas goes back on the road this week against Sporting Kansas City in what should be a stiff test. Kansas City has thrashed FC Dallas in their last 2 matches at Sporting Park by a combined score line of 10-2 (although the 6-2 drubbing was during USOC against an FCD team packed with reserves). However, these results were earned back in June and on the 1st of July, and the respective results for each club have flip-flopped with Dallas now being the better form team. A lot of that has to do with Sporting Kansas City being inundated with competitive matches which have worn out even 'Sporting Fit'. There's also a good chance Mauro Diaz returns to the lineup in this one, so I do think a result is possible.
Adds: Nothing really excites me this week, except for the possible return of Diaz ($10.0), but it's impossible to guess whether he'll start or sub in. I love Michel ($9.0), but he's listed as a mid this year, his price is too high, and there's a good chance he goes back to the bench. The next 2 weeks (tough match against LA) are too big a crap shoot to recommend any Dallas players with confidence.
Drops:- Kellyn Acosta M ($6.3)- Acosta missed practice yesterday, and although Scott Sidwell was told by Oscar Pareja that he was just giving him a rest day, this might be a good week to drop him for a DGW defender.
6 teams on the double- woohoo! Here's a list (ranked on my perceived strength of schedule) and my best for the week ahead.
Toronto FC: A game at Yankee Stadium precedes a home date with hapless Colorado. I want nothing to do with their defense, but I'll happily take shares of their attack- Sebastien Giovinco is a must ($13.1) and Marky Delgado's ($5.6) the choice if you have to go cheap. Honestly, you probably won't go wrong adding both.
NYC FC: Back to back home games where they're going to score, you're going to score, I'm going to score. I haven't checked recently, but back in July there was a full goal a game more scored at Yankee Stadium than the average MLS game. David Villa ($11.3) would be the obvious choice here if not for his injury status (questionable- ham string) so watch for the lineups before you make the transfers. If Villa is rested, my picks are Patrick Mullins (cheap for a forward at $6.3) and Kwad Poku ($7.1) if he ends up getting the start.
San Jose Earthquakes: The Quakes get an undermanned Montreal (more on that in a minute) team at home before getting a cross country trip to NYCFC (see above). David Bingham ($5.8) is a good bet for a shutout at home, and he should rack up bonus points at Yankee Stadium, and if Villa can't go, you can't go wrong with Chris Wondolowski ($11.0)
Montreal Impact: First, the bad news- there's no Drogba, Piatti, Mapp, Bush, Ciman, or Donadel tonight. They've all been flown home for the weekend date against New England. The good news is that they have a DGW next week as well, and they're both home games. If you have these guys, hold them for the weekend because New England should be tired after their midweek game. If you want to take a stab at someone playing 4 times in the next 2 weeks, Victor Cabrera ($6.8) is coming off a 10 point game in LA.
New England Revolution: Along with the road game against a fresh team, New England gets a touch matchup in the form of the Red Bulls tonight. New England are on a bit of a win streak, but with the tough matchup at home and with what will probably be a rotated squad this weekend, I only feel good about recommending Chris Tierney ($7.5) this round.
Red Bull New York: The Red Bulls have been on good form lately as well, but a trip to New England followed up by a nice flight to the Pacific Northwest to play an increasingly desperate Portland Timbers team is not a recipe for success. I'm chasing bonus points here; hopefully Matt Miazga ($6.1) racks up the CBIs this round.
I'll be posting my lineup at about 6 pm CDT to see how the DGW teams line up. It's a big week.
Update: In the end, I just added Giovinco and Altidore. Delgado's playing right back tonight, and I'll let my carryover from last week ride until next week. Good luck!