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MLS Fantasy Fisticuffs: Round 14

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Fantasy Fisticuffs pits angry combatants head-to-head in an MLS Fantasy soccer showdown. Each week, Phil and Ben argue over which players will perform. The stakes are high. The competitor whose team scores the fewer amount of points through Round 27 (September 3rd) will have to endure two laps of shaming around the Toyota Stadium concourse, Cersei Lannister style (though probably not nude)! Join our league using the code 35-1619 to follow along. After 13 rounds, Ben is in front 1137-1092.

Round 13 Review

I woke up this morning (reeking of a brewery), and it seemed as if something was missing. Crap! MLS resumes this weekend, and peeps need their fantasy advice. So here's as last minute as last minute gets (rosters lock at noon). I'm in the overall lead, but it was all about Abbott Smith's artisanal and ecumenical Blacksmith Abbey making up ground with the high score in Round 13. Kudos!

Round 14: Fight!

It's all about the speed bag this week. Here's your bullet points:

  • US Open Cup kicked off this week. The Round of 16 games play on the 28th and 29th this month, so it's going to be a busy couple of weeks for teams who won. Of Top 20 scorers in Fantasy, Diego Valeri, (M-$10.8), Sacha Kjlestan (M-$12.0), Lee Nguyen (M-$11.8), Bradley Wright-Phillips (F-$11.1), Mauro Diaz ($10.9), Joao Plata (F-$9.5), and Dom Dwyer (F-$9.9) all played 60 minutes or more midweek.
  • Plata came on as a sub Tuesday and played 64 in Real Salt Lake's win over Wilmington Hammerheads. He's got a DGW next week, and he's my must have pick this round. He should be RSL's PK taker at this point.
  • Along with RSL, New York Red Bulls, LA Galaxy, and Philadelpha (2 at home) have DGWs next round.
  • All of these teams won their US Open Cup match, so they're each 1 game through a 6 games in 17-ish day stretch. This seems like a really, really good round to save a transfer for next round. If you didn't know, you can carry over one transfer per round. A wait and see approach seems prudent today.

Round 14: Final Thoughts

You expect me to think? I may or may not still be drunk from the night before. Enjoy the Euros. Enjoy Argentina and Messi (Followill's calling the game!). Enjoy the return of MLS. These are salad days my friends.