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Ben's Fantasy (MLS Fantasy Manager Round 17)

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Since the start of 2014, FC Dallas (by a fairly comfy margin) have the best regular season record of any team in Major League Soccer. In that stretch, Houston has failed to make the playoffs and have been an afterthought in the league. In that seem period outside of an anomalous 5-0 loss early last year, FC Dallas has put up a 6-0-2 record across all competitions against Houston. Houston has taken a backseat to Seattle, Portland (when it comes to quality), and San Jose (when it comes to goonery) when it comes to matchups of importance to the artists formerly known as the Hoops.

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Byrd’s Ballers: (Round 15. 3-2-0, Season 49-21-9)

  1. Sebastien Giovinco F $12.5
  2. Romain Alessandrini M $10.1
  3. David Villa- F $11.1
  4. Albert Rusnak- M $9.2 Miguel Almiron- M $9.2 Lee Nguyen- M $10.5
  5. Hector Villalba - F $9.9

Last round great for me up until the Dallas-Portland match. At least, I picked the round’s high scorer and put him on my team (uhhh...yeah). The crummy part of a short slate is how it tends to magnify one’s mistakes. The good part about it is that even a bad mistake only yield so much fruit- even a top score of 94 for Blue Balls and Away Goals only managed to lift them one point closer to the leader, Pancho Villa’s Watch. This round definitely has potential for more movement.

Any of the Top 3 are worthy of the captaincy this round, but that’s my order of preference. You already know what I think about 4 and 5’s prospects. Those two should help your movement this round as well.

Skinflint’s Specials: (Round 15 1-4-0, Season 36-39-0)

  1. Ben Sweat D $4.4
  2. Julian Gressel M $4.4
  3. Bradley Diallo D $4.2
  4. Alphonse Davies D $4.4
  5. Carlos Rivas M $6.8

Well, at least I was back at .500 with the cheapies for one week. In fairness, it was considerably more difficult with a paltry 6 teams in action. Selling Portland last round sure didn’t help.

I like Sweat because he’s at home, Seattle’s coming cross country, and you get to make sure he plays since you’ll see NYCFC’s lineup before rosters lock. Gressel seems a good bet to play 60+ as does Diallo, who has locked down RB for LA. Davies looks like he’s back to starter status and has Medranda potential this weekend. Finally, I’m a sucker for Rivas, and I think he steps up with Larin out. Good luck gang!

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