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Ben's Fantasy (MLS Fantasy Manager Round 26)

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Cattle Bowl 2017

MLS: Vancouver Whitecaps FC at FC Dallas Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

There’s only 4 games this round, so I’m breaking from the routine with this week’s write up. I’ll still give a shout out to the leaders; Bad Kompany was the top scorer this round in the Big D league by a fair piece. He blended a bit of my tips last round (the DC players I suggested averaged almost 15 points for the round), ignored my bad tips (Columbus, but I had no idea Higuain was coming back before kickoff), and combined it with good chalk plays and the optimal captain (Rusnak) to shatter the 200 point ceiling for the 10th highest score in the entire league last round. Good job, Tom.

Phil also gets an ‘atta boy for maintaining his lead which he’s had for most of the season. He’ll probably win this thing going away, but he’s probably hearing foot steps now. I’ll keep brainstorming contrarian plays here for Tom and anyone else who wants to take a stab at the king. Here’s a quick preview on the 4 games on the light slate this week; we’ll be back with the normal format next week.

New England vs Orlando

The chalk here is easy. The Revolution are great at home and terrible on the road. Orlando has managed 9 points from 12 road games this year and will be without Will Johnson, Cyle Larin, and new signing Yoshi Yotun. Load up on New England attackers. Lee Nguyen should be back this week, and you’ll get to see the lineup before you commit. They’ve got a decent shot at a clean sheet here, too.

Montreal vs Chicago

Montreal won this fixture 3-0 a little over two weeks ago. A repeat of that seems unlikely with key players Ciman, Dzemaili, Piette, and Jackson-Hamel all away on international duty. Chicago will probably find a way to keep this one closer and poach a goal or two. It remains to be seen if that will be enough to get a positive result with Piatti’s scorching form. You’re definitely playing Nacho tonight. You’ll get to see this lineup before kickoff, too.

FC Dallas vs New York Red Bulls

You can’t trust a word I say about Dallas. I got (mostly) burned by them last round, and I’m coming back this week like a dog to its own vomit. That’s in spite of the international absences, the drama, and the awful form as of late. With that said, I’m dying on that hill this week- fade New York and play your favorite FC Dallas players. I think we see Mauro this week and, if he starts, Lamah seems like a sneaky play here. New York is missing Lawrence and Murillo, so that’s got to help mess up the Red Bulls defense, right?

LA Galaxy vs Colorado

This game is tricky and potentially very dull. Honestly, you can set up a lineup and totally eschew this game altogether. That said, Romain Alessandrini always has double digit potential, Colorado is minus Tim Howard, and Colorado averages less than a goal per game. Exposure here might be a key differentiate for your team. I’ll be going with Alessandrini and a couple of defenders here. Good luck!