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Shut down for the international break? Nope.

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FC Dallas pulled 4 points last round (tenatively?), so I guess I’ll write up one more fantasy column that isn’t a total flight of fancy. Steel City FC smoked the pack last round with an eye-popping 175 last round, 9th highest overall score in the entire game for the week. Phil still has 2 chasers in striking distance, but it’s going to take back to back to back home runs and a little help for PVW and Damaged Goods to catch him. Speaking of Damaged Goods, they’re in to the quarterfinals of the Octagon Cup- best of luck, Richard. The truncated week means start em’, sit em’ format. Enjoy.

10/03 ATL UTD FC v MIN UTD FC (6pm CT)

Atlanta’s death march of games is almost over. First off, they’ve got a couple of international absences. Then, along with a couple of significant injury absences, Anton Walkes will be rested. I’m sitting everyone except for Yamil Asad (M $8.8) who is good for bonus points and will be on corners with Almiron out.

As for Minnesota, they’ve got 2 this round (along with Spork). Even though both of their starting centerbacks will be out on international duty, Minnesota has been on a good run of form for them (3-1-2), and I expect it to continue. I’ll start Shuttleworth, but I’ll hedge against rotation and lack of cleansheets by skipping out on the defenders. That’ll give me room for Ibson (top overall scorer and low floor) and the pair of Finlay and Ramirez (one or both of which should grab a goal this round).

10/07 NYRB v VWFC (4pm CT)

If you missed it the first time, international absences can be found here. Reyna, in particular, has helped power Vancouver’s rise to the top of the Western Conference, and they’ll certainly miss him this round. This has dull 1-1 draw written all over it. I’m sitting the lot here except for Sacha Kjlestan (bonus points and a brother in law assist are bettable) and Alphonso Davies as my early switcheroo (definite Medranda potential).

10/07 MIN UTD FC v SKC (6pm CT)

You’re already covered on Minnesota, so we’ll turn the page to Spork. Feilhaber, Besler, and Zusi are all out of the picture this round. Benny’s absence (along with a return to Vermes’s good graces) means you’re likely to see Medranda on the double OOPs this round, which could pair nicely with a stout centerback pairing of Opara and Erik Palmer-Brown (soon to be of Manchester City fame). I’ll load up their and round out my Spork 4 with the low floor d-mid, Ilie Sanchez. He isn’t raking in Ibson numbers, but he’s not far off. Fade the attack. Someone will probably score, but your guess is better than mine, and you probably have better options.

10/07 Colorado Rapids v FC Dallas (8pm CT)

Crapids are playing out the string now and will do this week without 4 of their better defensive assets (Williams, Howard, Azira and Watts). I’ll sit everyone on Colorado and concentrate on Dallas. FC Dallas will be missing some key pieces on this weekend, and a cleansheet may not be as bankable as you would think. Additionally, tiebreakers won’t come into play with RSL and San Jose at the end of this season i.e, we’ll lose on the first tiebreaker which is ‘Total Wins’. Houston, on the other hand, could potentially end the season with an identical record as FC Dallas. With this being one of the last chances to cut into Houston’s goal difference advantage, I won’t be surprised if this is a more open game than you’d typically expect. I’m starting Mauro with switcheroo forwards Urruti and Colmán (because you never know), and I’ll swap one or both of them in depending on the lineup/how Davies scored.

10/11 HOU v SKC (6pm CT)

Houston’s team is missing FIVE of their normal starters in this one (probably- internationals matches the day before), so guessing the lineup (or effectiveness of said lineup) for Houston is a fool’s errand. I’ll take what the Spork guys get me and call it a week. Best of luck to you if you choose otherwise. Enjoy the light slate this week that kicks off tonight.

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