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FC Dallas X 2

MLS: New York City FC at FC Dallas Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

I’m keeping it short this week because I’m writing something even more fun than my usual fare you enjoy in the space. Before I get to the meat though, I’ll let you all know that Newton’s 3rd law of Trump Twitter still remains unquestioned.

Saudi Arabia and many of the countries that gave vast amounts of money to the Clinton Foundation want women as slaves and to kill gays. Hillary must return all money from such countries!

Posted by Donald J. Trump on Monday, June 13, 2016

I can’t wait until someone finds the equal and opposite reaction to this bad boy.

Nothing matters anymore. By this time next year, we’ll all be fighting off marauding nomads to preserve our stock of refined gasoline. We’ve always been Globalist Nationalists. All hail the Orb.

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So last week’s gambit of going for lesser picked DGW players worked out ok, I guess. The defender picks were good (and would have been better minus Dallas’s failure to score on 16 shots). The midfielder picks worked out even better with all my lesser picks beat their popular alternative. The forwards were a different story as my reaches there were an absolute nightmare meaning my clever plan ended up yielding a good score which was enough to put me basically in the same place I started (actually no, I dropped 50 places overall- brutal). That said, measuring ownership data and transfers in is really the only way to make up ground at this point. Choose your winners and losers wisely. If you didn’t know already, you can look up the most popular players and most popular additions under the ‘Top Scorers’ tab.

Speaking of losers, the lone DGW team this round are your lads from Frisco. Chances are, they’re going to be more than a little pissed after Saturday night’s result, and this week sets up pretty well for them as far as DGWs go. Chicago is a relatively short flight with no time change, and the forecast on Thursday night is extremely pleasant. The back end is the Texas Derby on Sunday evening which, as of now, has rain in the forecast. Keep an eye on that.

Assuming we’re relatively comfortable with the weather risk, the play is defense. You can pretty well bank on getting 2 games from Jesse, Zim, and Hedges, and if that’s all you play from Dallas this round, that’s probably fine. Even during this dry run of results, the defense has been stellar. Minus a couple of odd ball goals, they could have ended up with 2 clean sheets in the last 2 rounds, and 2 clean sheets from this round do not seem impossible. If you want to go with a 4th this round, that’s where things gets a little tricky. Here are my tips on the 4th.

  1. The forward playing up top- Which means Maxi right? Well yeah, probably. That said, almost certain we’re rolling out a 4-4-2 at the front end of this DGW. My hunch is that Colmán starts as the 9 and that this is the week he gets off the schneid. This is a high risk high reward play if there ever was one, but this guy is going to break through at some point. Both of these defenses can be had.
  2. Year of Kellyn- This seems like this should be the obvious move and he’s definitely still relatively cheap for a midfielder. I’m not quite as bullish because I don’t know if he’s going to get all the corners and free kicks at the moment.
  3. 3rd Defender- The possibility of 2 clean sheets round isn’t that bad. Chicago’s scoring record at home has been good, but it hasn’t been achieved against the toughest schedule, exactly. Add that to the fact this will be their 4th game in 13 days, and they haven’t rotated hardly at all, and this actually becomes a lot friendlier matchup. The home game is a home game where we’re alway game for a clean sheet, so take your pick of Grana and Figueroa. My best guess is you’re slightly more likely to get 2 out of Figrueroa, and I think he’ll get forward more since whoever is playing on the right will face Accam and Quioto next week. That said, Figueroa is one yellow card away from a one game suspension, so ¯\_(ツ)_/¯.

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Byrd’s Ballers: (Round 9. 1-1-3, Season 29-18-7)

  1. Nicolas Lodeiro M $11.5
  2. Walker Zimmerman- D $6.8 Matt Hedges D $7.1
  3. Albert Rusnak - M $9.3
  4. Kevin Molino- M $10.1
  5. Miguel Almiron- M $9.5

Quite a few teams hit the 150s this past round. Ball Busters almost hit 160 (158) and was last rounds top scorer. Another round another week with PVW or Lamah in first and the other in second. They’ve got some space at the top and are threatening to pull away from the pack.

The biggest tip this round- pay the freight for Zim and Hedges. I’m tempted to flip a coin and captain one of them. Rusnak could repeat his team of the round feat from last week at home against Philly, Lodeiro draws Portland at home minus Chara, and Molino and Heath draw a revenge game of sorts with Orlando. Almiron is a good bet as well having heeded Martino’s wish for him to shoot more. I’d have him higher, but NYCFC has really turned it around on defense this year. Despite that, the clash of styles will benefit Miguel again this round and make him a good bet.

Edit: Zimmerman might not have made the trip. Hedges seems like a go though. I bet he’ll play 2.

Skinflint’s Specials: (Round 9 5-0-0, Season 29-31-0)

  1. Tim Parker D $5.1
  2. Sheanon Williams D $5.1
  3. Kellyn Acosta M $7.2
  4. Raheem Edwards F $3.9 Chris Schuler D $4.8
  5. Eric Miller D $4.5

I nailed the specials last week, and that’s really the only thing that kept me from falling off a cliff. Remember, I don’t include keepers in the specials; Jesse’s your guy this round. Gressel is always tempting, but he’s $4.3 because he’s lost value a few times this year. He’s too goal dependent and too likely for an early exit for my tastes.

Vancouver’s defense has been pretty good at home, and DC is punchless and without answers at the moment. Be wary of how they lineup for the Canadian Championship in mid week though. This could not only lead to rotation, but it could also open the door for Alphonso Davies to get a start. If that happens, I like him even better than Miller (Colorado’s D should be boosted with return of Sjoberg). Acosta could bring you 2 pts/$ this round which is always a nice return for a value mid, and Edwards has been great value in 2 out of the last 3 rounds (and might actually start at forward with Altidore suspended this weekend!). Edit: Edwards played 90 in the Canadian Championship, so I’m taking him off the list. RSL looks like they might have figured out their centerback pairing, and I think Union could regress to the mean this round.

Ok, I guess that didn’t end up that short. Feel free to gripe about it in the comments. Or gripe about how terrible FC Dallas has been this year. Or gripe about the biased media. Whatever.

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