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MLS Fantasy Manager: Victory Lap Round 32

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MLS: Chicago Fire at Seattle Sounders FC Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Last week was a YUGE round for many BigDers last round. None was larger than that of ‘Crew Fan’ (fake name) and his/her ColumbusCrewCatsSC with a whopping 145 points- good for 12th overall.

For me, the swoon is over folks. I may not have caught Phil yet, but I’m only down 2, and I’m back in the Top 20 overall after a massive drop. I’ll get to play the wild card this round, and like everyone else, I’ll enjoy the free transfers between Round 32 (which ends Thursday) and Round 33 (all a week from Sunday).

In what is likely bad news for me but good news for everyone else, it appears Nicolas Lodeiro will be available this round. I benefited greatly from him missing the 2nd game of the DGW last round with yellow card accumulation. In an ironic twist, he’ll be available for round 33 due to yellow card accumulation with Uruguay. Does this guy know how to party or what?

In another blow to my cunning plan to rack up a massive comeback this round, popular DGW players from last round Jordan Morris and Chris Wondolowski were released from USMNT camp. Suddenly, full strength teams don’t seem impossible.

In a scheduling oddity, Colorado and Houston have a DGW when only 4 other teams (San Jose, Seattle, Chicago, and Columbus) actually play this round. Load up on Colorado and Houston. Marlon Hairston will be a popular captain pick this round, and although I’ve been very bullish on him, I do worry that he might get rotated since Colorado play 3 games in 8 days. An actual defender or goalkeeper might be your best bet this round. If the choice comes down to Tim Howard or Axel Sjoberg, I’d go Howard simply due to the fact that Sjoberg is a yellow card away from suspension.

Rounding out the roster, San Jose’s season is on life support so I’m not keen on them with a road game in Colorado. One advantage they do have is that they’ll be fresh. Chicago’s season is dead, and with Columbus desperate and in need of 3 points to stay alive, there might be some opportunity for some goals there. I’d roll with Kamara if you’ve got him. Seattle’s hot, too, so if you like them at home and at full strength against a tired Houston team (who might be eliminated), Andreas Ivanschitz could be a good differential (he’s taking corners and some set pieces). That’s all for now. We’ll see you next Saturday to prepare for the last 2 rounds of MLS Fantasy with unlimited transfers.