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Ben's Fantasy (MLS Fantasy Manager Round 4)

Short slate this week.

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We’re doing a bit of a lightning round today because of the short slate today and because of the late game last night. Wow. 6-0, huh?

Good: You know the team showed really good shape (Pulisic), discipline (Pusilic), and chemistry (Pulisic). Arena (Pulisic) really looks like a genius.

Bad: NO FC DALLAS PLAYERS BRUCE MUST BE TERMINATED.

Indifferent: Avaya Stadium crowd was pretty good. San Jose’s a good MLS town that kind of goes under the radar, and I really want to check out this behemoth at some point, but the environment never really subsumed me like it has at other venues. Maybe it would have been different if I was actually there. I guess I’ll probably get a chance- nothing but good vibes coming out of San Jose last night, so the USMNT will be back.

I learned how to gif the hell out of the comments section last night. I’ll probably do the comment thread for the Panama game on Tuesday if you enjoy that kind of enhanced and immersive experience. On to the short slate!

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Byrd’s Ballers: (Round 3. 2-2-1, Season 8-5-2)

  1. Kei Kamara - F $9.4
  2. Lee Nguyen- M $9.6
  3. Ola Kamara- F $10.3
  4. Diego Valeri- M $10.3
  5. Bradley Wright-Phillips- F $10.0

Sporting Los Greengos led the pack last week and finished the round trailing perennial favorites, DrPepperHixon, by a mere 7 points for the overall lead. As for me...I’ve got work to do. Villa I counted as a loss last week. Although he technically met the criteria for a push, as my top pick and captain pick he disappointed.

With only 6 teams in play this round, there’s a clear victim this round: Minnesota. The beneficiaries, New England, have not scored a goal from open play this year. That will change today. Load up! Also, Minnesota’s missing 5 starters today (including Molino and Venegas) so there offense could be pretty toothless as well.

Skinflint’s Specials: (Round 2 1-4-0, Season 7-8-0)

  1. Diego Fagundez M $7.0
  2. Sal Zizzo D $4.7
  3. Aaron Long D $5.1
  4. Damian Perrinelle D $5.1
  5. Alex Crognale D $4.7

Woof. No sign of Farfan. Acosta took TEN corners and only managed one bonus point, Opara lost a clean sheet in the final minute at home, and Julian Gressel’s early yellow card doomed Skidding Skinflints last week. Even with the shorter selection this week, I’m bullish that your BF will bounce back this round.

Fagundez’s movement will absolutely kill Minnesota today. I’m half way tempted to captain him today (check back in 30 minutes to see!). Aside from that, the easiest way to go cheap this weekend is defense. I might have Crognale higher if they didn’t have the toughest home match. Before you flinch out on that though, he did earn 4 bonus points last week and Portland will be missing Nagbe and Guzman from their vaunted ‘Front 6’. The best chances for a cleansheet this round are New England, New York, and Columbus in that order. Don’t overthink it- I don’t think there will be big movement this weekend regardless. Good luck!

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