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MLS Fantasy Manager: Victory Lap Round 33

Last minute advice for the penultimate round.

MLS: FC Dallas at New York City FC Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

Rosters lock at 2 today, so get those lineups in! The wild card ended up working out ok for me last round as I overtook Phil for the punditry lead (ouch on your last round, bruv). Top score last round goes to Ball Busters FC who pipped Ryan Clark’s Dante Washinton Burns by a single point.

We’re going lightining round this week. Here’s the quick tips.

Go long on FCD

Both of FC Dallas’s remaining games will be significant unless they lose today. They won’t. Seattle comes in having played midweek and missing several key players. I like Kellyn Acosta to mark Nicolas Lodeiro out of the game mostly and for Mauro Diaz and company to absolutely brutalize Sounders today. Load up.

PHI has 2 home games. CMB has 2 on the road.

Philly has 2 home games to finish and both will be important in determining if they make the playoffs and/or they can secure hosting privileges in the first round. Conversely, Columbus is drawing dead the last 2 weeks and do so on the road. I’m imagining a lot of fresh faces here, so you should avoid them.

In the East, the top 7 teams all have something to play for this round, but New England, Toronto, and Montreal all look like they could be closing out the season with a meaningless game. Don’t load up on any of those teams.

In the West, I expect Portland to win this round, so I expect all of the Top 7 to be playing meaningful games next round with the possible exception of LA. In all likelihood, they’ll be playing for a home playoff game next round.

When picking your team this round, try and target most of your players from the top 7 in each conference (minus the exceptions). Unless you still have your wild card (bold move, Cotton), you’re limited to 2 next round so you want to have that accounted for. Try to lineup your subs from road teams this week so you’ve got favorable matchups in Round 34.

Quick Notes:

Sebastien Giovinco is back! Tough derby on the road at Montreal, but if you give him the armband today, I won’t complain. One of the Red Bulls (Sacha Kjlestan or BWP) is probably the safe bet. They’re at home, with all to play for, against a tactically rigid Columbus side who is eliminated and played on Thursday. I mentioned Alphonso Davies a few rounds ago. He’s the poor man’s Marlon Hairston and is very excited. Add him and start him against a tired and eliminated San Jose Earthquakes. You can thank me next week when we do the season wrap.