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MLS Fantasy Fisticuffs: Round 18

12 teams play Wednesday.

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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.

We're going brief in this round of Fantasy Fisticuffs, and by we I mean me. Running the risk of sounding like a broken record, congrats to Nick Moss for top score last round. Matt Besler (D- $8.8) sat last round, so Sporting Kansas City is officially dead to me. I currently lead Phil 1446-1401 for our side bet. My lead is dwindling.

No fighting this round, and the strategy is simple- pick players from the early game once the lineups are released. That's your best way to avoiding taking zeros due to player rotation. I think New York Red Bulls have the best chance at a clean sheet. Luis Robles (G- $6.3), Conor Lade (D- $6.2), Sal Zizzo (D- $6.5), Chris Duvall (D- $6.2), and Aurelien Collin (D- $7.8) are your suspects there.

I think there will be goals to be had in the Columbus-Toronto FC match. You probably own Sebastian Giovinco (F- $13.0), and anything else is a crap shot. For Columbus, I chased the points with Ola Kamara (F- $8.6) last round, and it worked. He's getting the opportunities, so you at least can bank on the 'Shots' bonus. I'll go ahead and double down on the hype for Hector Jimenez (D- $5.2). He's a cheap defender who's playing attacking mid while Higuain's out. If he starts, he's a very sneaky play who offers low risk-high reward potential this week at a cut rate price.

That's all for now- I'll have a lot more on Friday to help you get ready for the 2nd half of the year. Until then, keep kicking that thing that rhymes with pass.