I was pretty pleased with finishing within the top 200 this week, although it would have been top 50 if I hadn't messed up my switcheroo on Sunday afternoon (a mistake that cost me a spot in the Top 500). That said, all hail Aaron Switzer and Small Time Sports for topping the entire competition this week. If you're keeping score, that's twice in the span of the month that someone in our plucky little group topped the charts. Kudos!
FC Dallas pulled off a smash and grab of the highest order defeating Columbus 3-0 on Sunday. Determined to defend and counter from the outset, Dallas scored the opener in a good mimic of the week before against Real Salt Lake when they scored within a couple of minutes of a missed penalty kick. Once again, Jesse Gonzalez held his ground on the hesitation move on the spot kick, guessed right, and saw the penalty taker miss the target. You'll get at least one more week of JG, who if he manages to post another shut out, will be the 3rd FC Dallas keeper with 3 shutouts this year (that's got to be a first in MLS).
This week, FC Dallas will take on NYCFC who will be desperate for points and do have an extremely dangerous attacks with a lot of big name talent (Pirlo, Lampard, Villa). With apologies to the aforementioned greats, their best player over the last few months may be former Atlanta Silverback Kwadwo Poku who has 4 Goals and 7 assists in 855 minutes this year. That said, Poku isn't a sure fire starter, and the defense has been bad enough that NYCFC's results have stunk in their inaugural season. I expect plenty of goals this weekend with most going to the home team.
Adds: Michael Barrios M ($8.0) and Fabian Castillo M ($4.0)- Barrios has 4 goals and an assist in his last 6 games, and is officially heating up. He is currently tops in the team in MLS FM form and looks prime for another strong week against a poor defense. If you've got extra budget to throw around, don't hesitate to bet on Fabi fresh off his first ever cap with the Colombian National Team. It was only about a 30 minute substitute appearance so he should have plenty left in the tank for this weekend.
Drops:- Victor Ulloa M ($6.4)- Ulloa hyperextended his knee at the end of the Columbus game, and although Papi says he should be ready for the weekend, he has not practiced with the team this week as of this writing. This might be the week we see Ezequiel Cirigliano in the starting eleven for the first time.
Colorado and Sporting Kansas City have 2 games this week. Of the teams that played last week, you'll want to hold on to your players from Montreal, New England, San Jose, and Toronto because they'll have two games next week. I won't go out on a limb much this week other than to say I think because of the way Montreal plays and with Drogba in the fold, I don't think you'll see another blow out in LA this weekend.
Picks to click:
Benny Feilhaber (10.4) M- I'm not much for obvious picks in this forum, so I'll put it to you this way: I just added Feilhaber to my team for the first time this season. Sporting plays 2 in week 30 as well.
Kevin Doyle (7.4) F- I dread picking Colorado players in general. It feels like deja vu saying that 2 of their defenders are on yellow card suspension to start this week and your only reliable pick to play 2 is Clint Irwin. If I have to pick here, it's between Vicente Sanchez and Doyle, and I think Doyle's more likely to start twice and luck his way into a goal. Neither fixture at Vancouver or home to DC United is particularly promising, but if you have the right switcheroo fodder, you can at least see a game and whether he starts in a 2nd before you swap him out for a guy like Cyle Larin.
I'll be posting my lineup at about 8:30 pm CDT to see how the DGW teams line up.
Update: Gotta captain Feilhaber. Holding back a transfer for next week- Good Luck!