Economy Corner Week 19 4th of July!!

Welcome to the weekly Economy Corner where I suggest the Best Bang for the Buck options at each position (Points Earned/Price $ Paid). Most of us probably won’t crack the top 100 in the Global Overall league. In fact, I’d be happy to just hit the top 1,000. However, we all have the capability to achieve #1 in our private leagues against our friends, coworkers, and fellow club supporters. I am here to help you achieve that.

All teams play this week. Confederations Cup is over. Gold Cup begins Friday! Rosters due TUESDAY!! 

Value Play Examples (Points/Cost $) from Week 18 (Week 18 prices)

Goalkeeper: Getting 12 pts from Kann ATL for only $4.4 compared to paying $5.8 for Melia SKC who scored 8 pts.

Defender: Getting 15 pts from Duvall MTL for only $4.4 compared to paying $6.4 for Moor TOR who scored 4 pts;

Midfielder: Getting 11 pts from Polster CHI for only $5.6 compared to paying $10.8 for Valeri POR who scored 5 pts; the Top 10 Midfielders this last week were all under $9.

Forward: Getting 16 pts from Nikolic CHI for only $10.6 compared to paying $12.7 for Giovinco TOR who scored 3 pts.

Side Bar – Nikolic or Accam Tirade: Last week I promised to provide a bit of insight pertaining to my confusion of why Nikolic has routinely been owned by a lot more teams than Accam. Nikolic’s selection rapidly increased in week 12 and week 13 after scoring 20 and 12 pts in the previous weeks (week 11 & 12), while Accam has remained relatively unclaimed. Let’s dive into the numbers. Over the course of the season Nikolic has scored 142 pts and Accam scored 120 pts. However Accam recently missed two games giving Nikolic the sole spot light those weeks. Removing Nikolic’s scores from those games, Nikolic has only scored  114 pts in games when Accam has played too. In games following week 11, including week 11, when both players play: Nikolic has scored 20, 12, 3, 7, 3, 8, and 7; Accam has scored 12, 6, 8, 8, 2, 8 and 27. Nikolic’s total from those weeks is 60, while Accam’s total is 71. In conclusion on average Accam will have the higher score when both players play, so don’t follow the masses. Your Welcome.

Recap of Week 18 Suggestions

Big Win: 5 of last weeks suggestions scored 10 pts or more. Goalkeeper Lampson scored 10, Defenders Onyewu and Callens scored 10 and 11 pts, and Midfielders Dzemaili and Harrison scored 15 and 10 pts.

Swing and a Miss: Goalkeeper Steffen and Midfielder Techera only scored 1 and 2 pts.

The Push: Defender Opara, Midfielder Higuain and Forward Plata each scored an acceptable 4 pts.

Biggest Regret: Having Alessandrini in my starting lineup with no one from my bench playing. I still scored 109 pts earning a Round Rank of 241.

*Weekly disclaimer: I’m not saying these choices will perform better than high priced Blake, Besler, Valeri or Nikolic; these are simply value plays so that you can still squeeze Blake, Besler, Valeri and Nikolic all into you starting XI.

Week 19 Value Suggestions

All teams play this week. Confederations Cup is over. Gold Cup begins Friday! Rosters due TUESDAY!! 

Goalkeepers: Melia is back to being the most selected goalkeeper, by 0.1%, over Cropper, they’re at 24.1% and 24%. This week I don’t see many potential CS, I think Dallas has the best opportunity for one.

Gonzalez DAL $4.9 – Dallas is hosting DC United. I’m honestly surprised Dallas hasn’t held more clean sheets than they have, but then I remember Hedges has been called up for international play consistently and Zimmerman has been injured. That didn’t stop them from holding Toronto to only 1 goal. It has been 5 away games since United last scored on the road.

Kann ATL $4.6 – Kann and copmany earned a unexpected clean sheet on the road against Columbus this last week. Atlanta returns home to face San Jose. The Earthquakes have been having recent success scoring goals. I doubt Kann will allow them score more than once on the road this week.

Defenders: Medranda’s ownership increased from last week to 26%, even though he still didn’t play. Opara is at 25.9%. Callens NY is now up to 14.4%, I don’t think NYCFC will hold a clean sheet against the Whitecaps this week though, but he or Sweat could score a goal.

Onyewu PHI $4.9 – Philadelphia earned another clean sheet last week. Onyewu and his teammates continue to be some of the best defender options under $5. They have 7 CS on the season. This week they’re on the road against SKC who is missing Dom Dwyer. Word of caution though, Kansas City’s last 12 goals were scored by players not named Dwyer.

Mavinga TOR $5.7 – I know Toronto is on the road against Orlando. However you should consider that Mavinga has scored at least 4 pts in every games since week 11. In his last 5 games he has 36 pts. Orlando has been held scoreless in 4 of their last 8 games. He is currently selected by less than 1% of teams.

Farrel NE $5.1 – New England is at home this week against New York. Both teams have been inconsistent in previous weeks. Consider New England for a CS opportunity as they have held other teams scoreless in 4 of their 8 home games this season.

Midfield: Valeri leads the week at 30.2%, and Almiron is at 23.6%. Alessandrini, Gressel and Godoy are all under 20% currently. Harrison is now selected by 16% of teams; I think he’s still a fantastic value choice, but you know that already, so I’ll offer up a new suggestion this week for you to consider.

Dzemaili MTL $9 – In 5 games he has played he has 4 assists and 3 goals for a total of 50 pts. I’ve suggested him the last two weeks and his ownership is still under 5%. Who are you picking over him?

Techera VAN 7.8 – I know he let you down last week, but the Whitecaps are at home this week. Has 82 points for the season, earning 43 of those points in the last 6 games. If he doesn’t put up for the second game in a row I’ll stop suggesting him.

Diaz DAL $10 – Diaz is a special suggestion this week. While I don’t think he would qualify as a value play (points/price), this week could be his break out game back to fantasy relevancy. In Dallas’s last two games Diaz scored 11 pts in only 124 minutes, roughly 8 pts per 90 minutes.

Forwards: This week Villa is up to 40.6%. Nikolic is at 20.8% and Adi is down to 19.6%. Accam is expected to play this week, I don’t think he has yet to be owned by more than 5% of teams this season.

Badji COL $6.6 – Something has started clicking for the Rapids attack. In Colorado’s last 5 home games they have scored 9 goals. They’re home again this week against Seattle. The Sounders haven’t had a clean sheet on the road since April 23. Since week 16 Badji has 24 pts in 3 games, since week 14 Doyle ($8) has 34 pts in 5 games.

Manotas HOU $8.0 – Houston is at a home this week, which usually indicates it is time to add Torres to your team. However Torres has been called up by Mexico for the Gold Cup. Look at Manotas to fill the vacant spot, or midfielder Alex ($7.8) to provide the goals with Torres out.

Those are my value plays for you to consider for Week 19.

Constructive feedback is appreciated.

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Economy Corner Week 18

Welcome to the weekly Economy Corner where I suggest the Best Bang for the Buck options at each position (Points Earned/Price $ Paid). Most of us probably won’t crack the top 100 in the Global Overall league. In fact, I’d be happy to just hit the top 1,000. However, we all have the capability to achieve #1 in our private leagues against our friends, coworkers, and fellow club supporters. I am here to help you achieve that.

Montreal and Toronto have Leg 2 of Canadian Championship; DAL, COL, HOU, SKC, NE, DC, ATL, PHI, CHI, SJ and LA have US Open Cup games; Confederations Cup continues; USA, Ghana, Paraguay & Mexico have friendlies July 1st; New York and Seattle do NOT play. Rosters are due Thursday.

Value Play Examples (Points/Cost $) from Week 17 (Week 17 prices)

Goalkeeper: Getting 9 pts from Kann ATL DGW for only $4.4 compared to paying $6.1 for Frei SEA DGW who scored 6 pts too.

Defender: Getting 13 pts from Gaddis PHI SGW for only $4.5 compared to paying $6.2 for Meira CHI SGW who scored 10 pts;

Midfielder: Getting 15 pts from Almiron ATL DGW for only $9.7 compared to paying $10 for Kaka ORL DGW who scored 7 pts.

Forward: Getting 27 pts from Accam CHI SGW for only $10 compared to paying $10.5 for Nikolic CHI SGW who scored 7 pts.
Side Bar – True story: two weeks ago I considered doing a comparison of Accam and Nikolic, because I was confused about why Nikolic was owned by so many more teams than Accam, but Chicago was on the road, so I figure I would wait for this last week when they’re at home. Then I got wrapped up with DGW picks that I forgot about the whole idea. With Accam called up for Ghana’s friendly, I’ll save my insight/tirade for next week.

Recap of Week 17 Suggestions

Big Win: Goalkeepers did Economy Corner proud. Both Lampson and Hamid scored 8 pts, with Atlanta as the only DGW team to earn a CS, 8 pts is enough for both goalkeepers to tie for 5th for position this week.

Swing and a Miss: Lima… I thought he was back to his early season form, except he went and earned himself a red card and total of -1 pts for the week. I am sorry for suggesting him.

The Push: The rest of last weeks suggestions are here. No one was overly disappointing, but none of them were fantastic. While Ramirez only scored 9 pts during a DGW, he could be considered a win as that was good enough to tie for 6th for the position for the week. Defenders Jones and Theisson scored 8 and 9 points, midfielders Roldan and Trap scored 5 and 4 points. Keep an eye on Dzemaili, he earned his third assist in the 4 games he has played.

Biggest Regret: Starting Meram for my team.

*Weekly disclaimer: I’m not saying these choices will perform better than high priced Blake, Besler, Alessandrini or Villa; these are simply value plays so that you can still squeeze Blake, Besler, Alessandrini and Villa all into you starting XI.

Week 18 Value Suggestions

Montreal and Toronto have Leg 2 of Canadian Championship; DAL, COL, HOU, SKC, NE, DC, ATL, PHI, CHI, SJ and LA have US Open Cup games; Confederations Cup continues; USA, Ghana, Paraguay & Mexico have friendlies July 1st; New York and Seattle do NOT play. Rosters are due Thursday.

Goalkeepers: Cropper is continues to be owned by more teams than Melia. Cropper begins the week at 22.6% and Melia is at 20.2%. With most goalkeepers converging on $6 it is getting harder to find cheap value plays, and it is hard to argue against Blake playing at home, but consider these two players still under $5. see Opara for reasons you shouldn’t pick Melia.

Steffen CLB $4.8 – I know Columbus is playing Atlanta, but they’re playing in Columbus. In the Crew’s last 4 home games Steffen scored 8, 10, 6 and 10 points allowing only 2 goals. Of their 9 home games this season, Steffen scored 6 or more points in 6 of them.

Lampson CHI $4.8 – Lampson is still only picked by 3% of teams. Is it because he has 60 points less than Melia? New Flash: in the 8 games Fire has played since he started in week 10, they have 5 CS. In fact he is already tied for 4th for the GK with the most clean sheets. Chicago is at home against Vancouver.

Defenders: Medranda is at 23% and Opara is at 19%, but I don’t know why Medranda is still owned by so many, he didnt start and only played 22 and 30 minutes the last two games.

Onyewu PHI $4.8 – While the cost for goalkeeper Blake has climbed up to $6, Fabinho is still the highest priced defender for Philadelphia at $5. Onyewu, Elliot and Gaddis are all $4.8 or less. They’re at home again playing against New England, the Revs have been held scoreless in 4 of their 9 away games.

Callens NYC $5 – New York City plays Minnesota this week at home. NYC only has 4 CS this season, the good news is that the Loons have been held scoreless in 4 of their last 6 away games. Not only is Callens cheap, he is the 13th highest scoring defender this season.

 Opara SKC $6.4 – FYI Opara’s fellow defenders Zusi & Besler are with Team USA this week, and Medranda hasn’t started the last two games. So I suggest caution if you’re considering SKC’s defense, I mean Opara. The good news is that Portland has lost their previous 5 road games.

Midfield: Valeri leads the week at 36.3%; Almiron and Alessandrini above 20%, Gressel at 19%, Godoy is at 17%. I’m doing a four player special at midfield this week because I’m shorting you a forward for the week.

Dzemaili MTL $8.8 – Did you actually read last weeks article? Only 1% of teams have him selected. He now has 2 goals and 3 assists in four games for 35 points. Montreal has DC United at home. It won’t be long before Dzemaili hits $10.

Techera CHI $5.6 – Techera has been good for the Whitecaps recently getting 41 points in Vancouver’s last five games. That includes 10 points earned in week 12 against Kansas City. They are against Chicago this week.

Higuain CLB $10.6 – Higuain is here because he has hit 10+ points in three of Columbus’s last four games, with a total of 5 goals. He’s hot!

Harrison NYC $7.9 – Harrison has been hot last few weeks as well tallying 3 goals in the last 5 games. Updated Harrison’s price

Forwards: This week Villa is at 32%. Adi is at 28%, Giovinco is at 17%.

Plata RSL $9.1 – Real is home against Orlando and Orlando hasn’t won a game since May 31st. Plata has 35 points in the last 5 games. 

Those are my XI value plays for you to consider for Week 18.

Constructive feedback is appreciated.

Economy Corner Week 17

Welcome to the weekly Economy Corner where I suggest the Best Bang for the Buck options at each position (Points Earned/Price $ Paid). Most of us probably won’t crack the top 100 in the Global Overall league. In fact, I’d be happy to just hit the top 1,000. However, we all have the capability to achieve #1 in our private leagues against our friends, coworkers, and fellow club supporters. I am here to help you achieve that.

It is a DGW for 8 teams this week (COL, DC, LA, ORL, POR, SEA, ATL, MINN), Montreal and Toronto have Leg 1 of Canadian Championship and their MLS games, and Confederations Cup continues. Rosters are due Wednesday.

Value Play Examples (Points/Cost $) from Week 16 (Week 16 prices)

Goalkeeper: Getting 8 pts from Bono TOR for only $5 compared to paying $6 for Rimando RSL who scored 8 pts too.

Defender: Getting 10 pts from Zavaleta TOR for only $5.0 compared to paying $7 for Besler SKC who scored 10 pts; you get the same score for $2 cheaper.

Midfielder: Getting 10 pts from Roldan SEA for only $7.4 compared to paying $10.7 for Valeri POR who scored 5 pts.

Forward: Getting 7 pts from Badji COL for only $6.4 compared to paying $10.5 for O. Kamara CLB who scored 6 pts.

Recap of Week 16 Suggestions

Big Win: Not the best week for Economy Corner. Only two suggested players scored over 4 pts: Bono TOR and Almiron ATL who both scored 8 points.

Swing and a Miss: I missed on both forwards last week. Picault earned 4 points in a 0-2 loss and Wondo scored 1 point in a 0-0 draw. Even worse is that for Midfield I suggested Rusnak RSL who did not play, but I’m counting that as more of a Push as 7 different Real players scored over 5 pts in their 1-0 win.

The Push: Last weeks defenders were average. While Cole LA, Callens NYC or Fabinho PHI didn’t scored over 4 pts, none of them had a negative price change.

Biggest Regret: Not suggesting Roldan SEA. I’ve been noticing his weekly scores, but didn’t suggest him last week as Seattle was on the road against New York City.

*Weekly disclaimer: I’m not saying these choices will perform better than high priced Bingham, Besler, Lodeiro or Villa; these are simply value plays so that you can still squeeze Bingham, Besler, Lodeiro and Villa all into you starting XI.

Week 17 Value Suggestions

It is a DGW for 8 teams this week (COL, DC, LA, ORL, POR, SEA, ATL, MINN), Montreal and Toronto have Leg 1 of Canadian Championship and their MLS games, and Confederations Cup continues. Rosters are due Wednesday.

Goalkeepers: Cropper is starting the week owned by 0.8% more teams than Melia. Cropper is at 23.1% and Melia is at 22.3%.

Lampson CHI SGW $4.7 – I’m considering the schedule and I don’t see many DGW goalkeepers I would choose over Lampson and Fire at home against Orlando. It will Orlando’s second of two games on the road this week, and Chicago is on a 8 game undefeated streak that includes 4 CS.

Hamid DC DGW $5.7 – I know Hamid is currently $0.1 more than Melia, but do you think Melia and Co. keep a second away clean sheet in a row against Alessandrini? DC is playing at home against Atlanta (they scored 3 goals in their last 4 away games) and away against Philadelphia (who scored 1 goal in their last 3 games). You still think I’m joking don’t you. Consider Hamid has 33 points from the last 5 games including 2 CS. He scored 13 points in DC’s last DGW.

Defenders: Medranda is currently at 28% and Opara is at 20%.

 Lima SJ SGW $4.5 – San Jose is hosting Real Salt Lake. It will be Earthquake’s second game at home in a row. Real scored in their two previous away games, but they were shutout in the three away games before that.

Jones SEA DGW $5.2 – Seattle’s first game is at home against Orlando. Did you know in Seattle’s last three home games they have a total of 3 clean sheets? Now you do.

Thiesson MIN DGW $5.0 – Minnesota has two home games this week. Of the Loons 7 home games played, they recorded a CS in 3 of them. Don’t be surprised if they get a 4th home clean sheet this week.

Midfield: Valeri is currently at 34%; Almiron, Alessandrini and Gressel are all above 20%, but I think Gressel will drop some; Godoy is at 17%.

Roldan SEA DGW $7.5 – If Roldan hasn’t been on your radar, you need to start paying him some attention. Seattle is at home against Orlando, and then play the Timbers in Portland. Roldan has a total score of 92, the crazy thing is that 41 of those points are from Seattle’s last 5 games. In comparison Lodeiro only scored 25 points in those 5 games. Jump on the band wagon. He played a full 180 mins during Sounders’ last DGW.

Dzemaili MTL SGW $8.8 – Dzemaili has only played in 3 MLS games this season. In those three games he has 2 goals, 2 assists, and 28 total points. 

Trapp CLB SGW $7.2 – Meram and Higuain are really the better options, but if you want to save $3 Trapp will suffice. He has 29 points from Columbus last five games. With Montreal playing in the Canadian Championship, I doubt this game is their first concern.

Forwards: Villa is currently at 34%. Adi and Giovinco are at 25% and 21%. For some reason Nikolic is only at 16%

Ramirez MIN DGW $7.9 – The last two weeks weren’t good for Ramirez as he scored a total of 4 points from those games. I doubt that trend will continue this week as Minnesota has two home games. Ramirez is Minnesota top goal scorer with 8 goals. If you’d prefer to save money in the midfield, take a look at Ibson $6.7 who has 33 points in the Loons last five games.

Torres HOU SGW $8.6 – Torres has not scored less than 6 pts when Houston is at home. Houston is at home this week.

That’s XI value plays for you to consider for Week 17.

Constructive feedback is appreciated.

 

Economy Corner Week 16

Welcome to the weekly Economy Corner where I suggest the Best Bang for the Buck options at each position (Points Earned/Price $ Paid). Most of us probably won’t crack the top 100 in the Global Overall league. In fact, I’d be happy to just hit the top 1,000. However, we all have the capability to achieve #1 in our private leagues against our friends, coworkers, and fellow club supporters. I am here to help you achieve that.

We finally have a game week with every team playing and no DGW, except that 19 MLS teams played in the US Open Cup Tuesday and Wednesday, there were World Cup Qualifiers and International friendlies Tuesday & Wednesday, and Confederations Cup starts Saturday. Rosters are due Saturday.

Value Play Examples (Points/Cost $) from Week 15 (Week 15 prices)

Goalkeeper: Getting 8 pts from Lampson CHI for only $4.6 compared to paying $5.6 for Melia SKC who scored 5 pts.

Defender: Getting 8 pts from Valentin POR for only $4.7 compared to paying $6 for Opara SKC who scored 6 pts.

Midfielder: Getting 8 pts from Fernandes SKC for only $8.2 compared to paying $10.6 for Piatti MTL who scored 3 pts.

Forward: Getting 13 pts from Adi for only $9.6 compared to paying $9.9 for Villalba who scored 3 pts.

Recap of Week 15 Suggestions

Big Win: Economy Corner had a fantastic week, almost every suggestion was spot on. Lampson tied with Gleeson for highest scoring goalkeeper as both Portland Chicago earned clean sheets. Fernandes tied for 2nd highest scoring midfielder. I think most impressive was what I said about forwards last week:

Not sure why you would choose a forward not named Adi, Nikolic or Accam this week. If you are looking to cut cost at the Forward position this week, Solignac is probably the cheapest forward with opportunity to score this week.

Solignac was the 4th highest forward behind Adi, Accam, and Nikolic for Week 15.

Swing and a Miss: Suggesting Vytas was the closest thing to a miss, with a yellow card he was only the 8th highest scoring defender for the week. If you remember I told you not to fear Dallas; two of Portland’s other defenders tied for 2nd, and the forth defender placed 5th for the week. A bigger miss was suggesting in the Reddit comments last week to /u/Gwit_TO to pick Chara over Blanco and Asprilla, sorry.

The Push: I flat out said I didn’t like the away teams for last week, but suggested Gressel anyways as a bench option. He didn’t let me down as he scored 4 pts, the highest scoring Atlanta player for the week.

Biggest Regret: Once again I don’t follow my own advice and picked Feilhaber instead of Fernandes for my fantasy team.

*Weekly disclaimer: I’m not saying these choices will perform better than high priced Bingham, Besler, Lodeiro or Villa; these are simply value plays so that you can still squeeze Bingham, Besler, Lodeiro and Villa all into you starting XI.

Week 15 Value Suggestions

We finally have a game week with every team playing and no DGW, except that 19 MLS teams played in the US Open Cup Tuesday and Wednesday, there were World Cup Qualifiers and International friendlies Tuesday & Wednesday, and Confederations Cup starts Saturday. Rosters are due Saturday.

Goalkeepers: Melia is currently selected by 29% of teams, and Cropper by 22%. Only two other Goalkeepers are over 10%

Bendik ORL $5.1 – As the 2nd highest scoring goalkeeper at home against Montreal, Bendik should have a higher selection rate. Bendik and Co earned CS in their last two home games, one of which was against Chicago.

Bono TOR $5.0 – Toronto is facing DC United this week at home. In United’s last 5 games they scored 1 goal. 

Defenders: Medranda is currently at 34% and Opara is at 25%, no other Defender is above 15%.

Fabinho PHI $5 – All Philadelphia defenders are under $5. In their last 7 games they have 4 CS and only New York City scored more than 1 goal against them. Union face NY Red Bulls at home this week. When the two teams played on May 6th, Philadelphia won 1-0.

Callens NYC $4.9 – New York City is home against Seattle. Seattle only has 1 goal in their last 3 away games. Callens has 26 pts in last 5 games including a goal.

Cole LA $5.5 – It has been a long time since I suggested someone from LA. If you haven’t noticed Galaxy are on a 6 game undefeated streak, 4 of those games were on the road. Galaxy is hosting Houston. Houston has 1 goal in their last 6 away games.

Midfield: Valeri is currently at 34%, Gressel and Almiron are at 22% & 21%.

Fagundez NE $7.8 – In their last 5 games New England has scored 12 goals, Fagundez tallied 5 of them and assisted 1 of them.

Almiron ATL $9.6 – Atlanta is welcoming to Georgia a Columbus team that has lost 4 of their last 5 away games. Almiron scored 32 points in Atlanta’s last two games combined. 

Rusnak RSL $9.2 – Can you believe that Rusnak has scored 31 points in Salt Lakes last five games? They are at home this week against Minnesota. The Loons have allowed 15 goals in their last five away games. 

Forwards: Villa is currently at 31%. Adi and Nikolic are at 24% and 22%.

Picault PHI $7.0 – Sapong is the more popular forward, but Picault has recently been just as effecient scoring 3 goals with a total fantasy score of 28 points in Philadelphia’s last five games.

Wondolowski SKC $8.7 – Oh No! San Jose is playing Sporting Kansas City! Don’t you fret, here are some juicy secrets. Wondo has scored or assisted in each of the Earthquakes last 5 home games (5 goals, 2 assists). SKC has been scored on in each of their last five away games. 

That’s XI value plays for you to consider for Week 16.

Constructive feedback is appreciated.

Economy Corner Week 15

Welcome to the weekly Economy Corner where I suggest the Best Bang for the Buck options at each position (Points Earned/Price $ Paid). Most of us probably won’t crack the top 100 in the Global Overall league. In fact, I’d be happy to just hit the top 1,000. However, we all have the capability to achieve #1 in our private leagues against our friends, coworkers, and fellow club supporters. I am here to help you achieve that.

Only 6 teams playing: CHI vs ATL, SKC vs MTL, and POR vs DAL. International Call Ups. Rosters due Saturday.
I’m attending the USA vs T&T match Thursday, would be fun meeting fellow redditors.

Value Play Examples (Points/Cost $) from Week 14 (Week 14 prices)

Goalkeeper: Getting 18 pts from Bendik ORL DGW for only $4.9 compared to paying $5.6 for Johnson NYC who scored 8 pts.

Defender: Getting 16 pts from Callens NYC DGW for only $4.7 compared to paying $6.4 for Chanot NYC DGW who scored 15 pts.

Midfielder: Getting 17 pts from Lamah DAL SGW for only $7.6  compared to paying $10 for Alessandrini LA SGW who scored 9pts.

Forward: Getting 12 pts from Urruti DAL SGW for only $9 compared to paying $10.1 for Wright-Philips NY SGW who scored 3 pts.

Recap of Week 14 Suggestions

Big Win: For me personally the Big Win is getting tickets for the USA vs T&T World Cup Qualifying game. I would enjoy meeting up with my fellow Redditors. I also had the best week in fantasy so far.

For Economy Corner the Big Win is Goalkeepers. I had suggested Bendik, Steffen and Cropper. Bendik and Steffen placed 1st and 2nd highest scoring goalkeepers for the week. In comparison 9 points from Cropper seems like a disappointment, but Cropper only played one of New England’s two games. I did call the CS against TOR, so I am marking that as a win. Shout out to /u/Gwit_TO

Swing and a Miss: Defense suggestions were terrible last week, even with suggesting Callens NYC who scored 16 pts, the -1 pt by Wingert RSL is just unacceptable. I am sorry for suggesting such nonsense. On the flip side, if you had played forward Plata you might be singing a different tune for RSL. Thiesson MIN scored 4 pts even during a 0-3 loss.

The Push: Both Midfield and Forward suggestion go here. Trap CLB and Torres HOU produced big for us, Torres was tied for highest scoring forward for the week. Harrison NYC played 158 mins, had a goal and scored 9 points during the DGW, yet his value dropped by $0.1

For a SGW Gressel ATL scored a decent 5 pts in a 1-3 loss. Jackson-Hamel MTL only scored 2 pts while six of his teammates scored over 8 pts in their SGW.

Biggest Regret: Captaining Villa instead of Nguyen, Meram, Medranda or Callens.

*Weekly disclaimer: I’m not saying these choices will perform better than high priced Bingham, Besler, Lodeiro or Villa; these are simply value plays so that you can still squeeze Bingham, Besler, Lodeiro and Villa all into you starting XI.

Week 15 Value Suggestions

Only 6 teams playing: CHI vs ATL, SKC vs MTL, and POR vs DAL. International Call Ups. Rosters due Saturday.

With only 6 Teams Playing I am only suggesting 5 players this week.
Goalkeepers:
Cropper and Melia start the week selected by 24% of teams. I honestly think all three home teams have opportunities for CS. So pick a goalkeeper.

Lampson CHI $4.6 – Lampson has started the last 6 weeks for Fire and has 3 CS. Over Chicago’s last five home games they conceded only 2 goals earning 3 clean sheets. Lampson is a whole $ cheaper than Melia and is a big reason he is suggested here. If you don’t need to save the $, then go with Melia.

Defenders: Medranda is currently at 28%. Jones and Opara are the only other defenders above 18%.

Vytas POR $4.7 – The entire Portland defense is under $5. Don’t be afraid of their match against Dallas. During the four games before the 6-2 stomping of RSL, Dallas had only scored 2 goals. Don’t choose Farfan or Powell, neither have played in recent weeks. This is Portland’s first back-to-back home games since April 15th and 22nd.

Midfield: Godoy has dropped below 20%. Only Valeri is above 20%, and I expect he’ll continue to climb through the week.

Fernandes SKC $8.2 – Kansas City is on a 5 home game win streak scoring 14 goals in those five home games. Fernandes has fives goals for the season, but three came in a hat trick, so he’s only scored in 3 games. He did get 7 pts this last week against Minnesota without tallying a goal or assist.

Gressel ATL $4.4 – I’m not hiding it, I don’t like any of the away teams this week. However, I think it’s good to acknowledge the hot streak Gressel is on. He has 2 goals, 3 assists, and 30 pts in Atlanta’s last four games. Plus he is cheap, throw him on your bench just in case.

Forwards: Villa is starting the week at 37%, and should drop. Larin is currently at 20%. Adi is at 19%, expect his selection to increase.

Solignac CHI $6.0 – Not sure why you would choose a forward not named Adi, Nikolic or Accam this week. If you are looking to cut cost at the Forward position this week, Solignac is probably the cheapest forward with opportunity to score this week.

That’s V value plays for you to consider for Week 15.

Constructive feedback is appreciated.

Economy Corner Week 14

Welcome to the weekly Economy Corner where I suggest the Best Bang for the Buck options at each position (Price Paid/Points Earned). Most of us probably won’t crack the top 100 in the Global Overall league. In fact, I’d be happy to just hit the top 1,000. However, we all have the capability to achieve #1 in our private leagues against our friends, coworkers, and fellow club supporters. I am here to help you achieve that. 

Eight Teams have DGW. Canadians have Canada Cup play tonight and Wednesday. International Call Ups. Rosters due Wednesday.

Value Play Examples from Week 13 (Week 13 prices) 

Goalkeeper: Paying $4.9 for Deric HOU or Bono TOR, both scored 9 pts compared to paying $6 for Frei SEA who scored 9 pts.

Defender: Paying $4 for Wingert RSL who scored 9 pts compared to paying $6.8 for Besler SKC who scored 5 pts.

Midfielder: Paying $4.3 for Gressel ATL (which I did but had him on my bench…) who scored 10pts compared to paying $10.4 for Valeri POR (which I also did, but had him starting…) who scored 2 pts

Forward: Paying $8.6 for Wondo SJ who scored 7 pts compared to paying $10.4 for O Kamara who scored 2 pts.

Recap of Week 13 Suggestions

Big Win: The highest scoring players suggested last week were goalkeeper Gonzalez DAL and forward Accam CHI. Both players scored 8 pts. Icing on the cake for everyone that chose Accam is that he scored a point more than teammate Nikolic. Forward Wondo was a good suggestion as he scored 7 pts in San Jose’s 4-2 loss.

Swing and a Miss: Defense. Both Parker VAN and Fabinho PHI only scored 2 pts. Long and Lawrence did score 4 and 6 pts in New York’s 2-1 win.

The Push: Midfield did better than Defense suggestions, but still was lacking. Svensson SEA scored 6, Guzman POR scored 4, and Acosta DAL scored 3.

Biggest Regret:  My actual fantasy team. First week all year I scored below the average…

*Weekly disclaimer: I’m not saying these choices will perform better than high priced Bingham, Besler, Lodeiro or Villa; these are simply value plays so that you can still squeeze Bingham, Besler, Lodeiro and Villa all into you starting XI.

Week 14 Value Suggestions

Eight Teams have DGW. Canadians have Canada Cup play tonight and Wednesday. International Call Ups. Rosters due Wednesday. 

Goalkeepers: Cropper starts the week selected by 27% of teams, Melia is at 22%. I like Johnson with NYC, but the next two players are cheaper, under $5! I would suggest Gonzalez again this week vs RSL, but Dallas will be missing Hedges to team USA.

Bendik ORL DGW $4.9 – Orlando has allowed 11 goals in their last 5 games. I admit doesn’t sound appetizing. However both of their games this week are at home!! Bendik is tied for 5th highest scoring goalkeeper, he could get a clean sheet. 

Steffen CLB DGW $4.6 – Steffen is the 6th highest scoring goalkeeper. Crew is home against Seattle and away against Colorado. Seattle game is juicy because it’s a home game and Seattle will be without Dempsey & Morris #USMNT. I think both games are opportunities for CS and I will be considering Columbus defenders in addition to Steffen on my team.

Cropper NE DGW $4 – I know Cropper has a high ownership, but I doubt all of you are considering to start him. I like the Revolution for a potential CS in their second game, a home game vs Toronto. Toronto will have played in the Canada Cup Wednesday and be without Altidore, Bradley and Cooper. #USARoadtoRussia And Giovinco could still be out with injury.

Defenders: Medranda is dropping currently at 28%.  Opara Smith and Jungwirth are all under 18%.

Callens NYC DGW $4.7 – Here’s my plug covering Johnson as well. New York City is at home for both games. They’ll be missing defender Matarrita and Wallace from mid, but don’t let that worry you. City will still be excited to be home after four consecutive away games.

Wingert RSL DGW $4.1 – Real is full of cheap defenders, and they’re playing two games this week. Salt Lake conceded only two goals in their last three games. Look for a potential clean sheet in their second game against Dallas. Dallas only has two goals from their last four games. The only downside with RSL is that both games are in the road. 

Thiesson MIN $5 – Minnesota is traveling to Kansas City this week. SKC have been shutout three times in their last five games. Three of Minnesotas last six games ended as clean sheets. 

Midfield: Godoy is back below 30% at 25%, he does have a hip injury. Acosta, Lodeiro and Valeri are all 19%.

Trapp CLB DGW $7.1 – Trapp won’t score as much as Meram or Higuain, but he did play a full 180 mins in Columbus’s last DGW. Seattle will be without defenders Jones and Torres, and Colorado will be without goalkeeper Howard. #SecretaryofDedense

Gressel ATL $4.4 – After playing 6 away games in 7 weeks, Atlanta seems to be revitalized having had their last two games at home. Hopefully they can continue their recent goal scoring, 7 goals in two games, on the road against Vancouver. Gressel has 25 points for the last three weeks. 

Harrison NYC DGW $7.9 – Remember during New York Cities last DGW you were trying to decide between Harrison and Wallace? You don’t have to make that decision this week because Wallace is with Costa Rica. In the last DGW Harrison played 116 mins.

Forwards: Villa will probably hit 41% this week. Larin is currently at 20%. With all of Toronto’s missing players as mentioned earlier, $3.9 Edwards would be a good choice to fill some shoes, 23 pts in last 5 weeks in only 196 mins.

Torres HOU DGW $8.6 – Houston can score at home, which their first game is, against RSL who will be without Savarino, Rusnak and Rimando. #USMNT Question is can Houston score on the road? With their second game away at Seattle, it is a good opportunity to do so. Consider Manotas, Quioto and midfielder Alex good picks too. 

Jackson-Hamel MTL $5.1 – Montreal has Canada Cup and a home game against New York. Montreal has 11 goals in their last five games. Red Bull’s have allowed 10 goals in their last 5 games. Jackson-Hamel has 4 goals in Montreal’s last 6 games. Or take $3.9 Tabla for your midfield. 

That’s XI value plays for you to consider for Week 14.

Eight Teams have DGW. Canadians have Canada Cup play tonight and Wednesday. International Call Ups. Rosters due Wednesday.

Constructive feedback is appreciated. 

Economy Corner Week 13

Welcome to the weekly Economy Corner where I suggest the Best Bang for the Buck options at each position (Price Paid/Points Earned). Most of us probably won’t crack the top 100 in the Global Overall league. In fact, I’d be happy to just hit the top 1,000. However, we all have the capability to achieve #1 in our private leagues against our friends, coworkers, and fellow club supporters. I am here to help you achieve that. Dallas on DGW, Impact not playing. Rosters due Thursday. Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal play tonight in the Canada Cup.

Value Play Examples from Week 12 (Week 12 prices) 

Goalkeeper: Paying only $4.4 for Lampson CHI DGW who scored 19 compared to paying $5.5 for Melia SKC DGW who scored 16. Lampson earned you a return of 4.3 pts/$, while Melia earned you 2.9 pts/$. 

Defender: Paying $4.8 for Vincent CHI DGW who scored 17 pts compared to paying $6.3 for Chanot NYC DGW who scored 9 pts.

Midfielder: Paying $8.1 for Fernandes SKC DGW scored 21 pts compared to paying $11.5 for Lodeiro SEA DGW scored 10 pts. (Almiron also scored 19 pts in a game this week, but Fernandes is cheaper)

Forward: Paying only $6.1 for Solignac CHI DGW who scored 10 pts compared to paying $9.5 for Larin ORL DGW who scored 2 pts.

Recap of Week 12 Suggestions

Big Win: Both Forward and Defender suggestions did fantastic, let us begin with Chicago! Meira and Nikolic were suggested in the Defenders and Forwards sections. With 4 goals and 2 CS for the week you couldn’t go wrong picking players from the Fire. Union also a team you couldn’t pick wrong with, Fabinho was suggested in the Defender  section. Philadelphia produced with 4 goals, 1 CS and only 1 goal allowed. Forwards Torres and Ramirez also produced. For Houston, Torres earned 10 pts. Ramirez earned 7 pts in the Loons single game. 

Swing and a Miss: Gonzalez DAL and Zavaleta TOR. They both only scored 2 pts. 

The Push: Midfield and Goalkeeper. For a week with 10 teams on DGW, Midfield was average for the week. Granted Medunjanin scored 13, enough to be the 10th highest midfielder for the week. Lodeiro scored 10 tied for 15, but Harrison & Wallace scored 7/8pts placing them both outside the top 20.

Johnson NYC had a good score of 11 pts, enough to place as 7th goalkeeper overall for the week, but Gonzalez produced an unfortunate 2pts.

Biggest Regret: Not suggesting Atlanta at home against Houston. 

*Weekly disclaimer: I’m not saying these choices will perform better than high priced Blake, Jungwirth, Lodeiro or Villa; these are simply value plays so that you can still squeeze Blake, Jungwirth, Lodeiro and Villa all into you starting XI.

Week 13 Value Suggestions

Montreal is NOT playing, Dallas has DGW, Rosters are due Thursday. Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal play tonight in the Canada Cup.

Goalkeepers: Both Melia and Cropper start the week selected by 25% of teams.

Ousted VAN $5.4 – Vancouver is hosting D.C. United, a team that has gone three straight games with out scoring. Even worst is that all three games were at home. Their scoreless streak is bound to end, I just don’t think it’ll be this week on the road. 

Gonzalez DAL $4.8 – Dissapointed last week with only 2 pts, but it’s a new week and Dallas has a double game week. Don’t expect anything against hot streak Chicago Fire, it’s Dallas’ second game that’s worth looking at: a home game against Houston. Houston has only scored 1 goal in their last 4 away games. Even after last week, of all goalkeepers, Gonzalez still has the 3rd highest points per game: 5.8. 

Defenders: Currently Medranda is sitting at 30% selected. Opara and Jungwirth are both over 18%.

Fabinho PHI $5.1 – Even after 4 straight wins including 3 CS, Fabinho is the only Union defender who costs over $5. Rosenberry is the only defender selected by at least 10% of teams and he hasn’t played a full 90 since week 7. Union is against RSL. Salt Lake did score 2 goals last week against NYC, but the Pigeons were sitting players in preparation to beat Orlando. Those are the only goals RSL have scored in their last 5 games.

Long/Lawrence NY $5.4/$5.5 – New York is at home again after a 1-1 draw against Toronto. This will be Red Bull’s third game in a row at home and they could really use a win to turn around a 4 game winless streak. The Revs come in having scored 11 goals in their last five games. The kicker is that they’ve only scored 5 goals in their last five away games, a streak that includes 2 shut outs. And New England may be without Agudelo.

Parker VAN $5.1 – Unless you’re willing to bet the barn that Vancouver gets the clean sheet, only consider Parker from their defense. He is both cheaper & has scored more points than Waston. The Whitecaps do have 2 CS in their last three games. 

Midfield: Godoy is still above 30%. Lodeiro and Valeri are both above 18% selected… Don’t you forget about Medunjanin, he’s now the 5th highest scoring midfielder, more than Godoy and Valeri. 

Svensson SEA $6.0 – Cascadia Clash Part 1: The Emrald City is hosting the boys from the City of Roses this weekend. This could be the game Seattle needs to correct their scoring problems. Portland has allowed opposing teams to score 13 goals in their last five away games, 9 goals in the last three away games. Svensson has scored 35 pts in the Sounders last 6 games.

Guzman POR $7.7 – Cascadia Clash Part 2: Or it could be Portlands opportunity to end their 4 game winless streak. In Seattle’s last five games, three different opponents scored 3+ goals against them. Guzman has scored 29 pts in the last five games for the Timbers, back in week 3 he scored 14 points against Houston.

Acosta DAL $7.2 DGW – Also consider Urruti at the Forward position. Last week was Dallas’s first shut out since week 2 against SKC. With two games this week, Acosta and Urruti are bound to score at least once. 

Forwards: Villa is selected by 37% and Larin is at 21%. 

Accam CHI $9.8 – Chicago have scored 13 goals in their last 5 home games, and they’re home again this week. While Nikolic is the hot choice, selected by 17%, Accam finished their double game week only 1 point less. Accam is still under $10 and only selected by 2%. Only 14 points separate their total scores, and that’s largely due to Nikolic’s 20 point game in week 11. 

Blessing SKC $7.6 – If Dwyer misses the game this week look to Blessing to fill the spot. Also consider midfielders Feilhaber and Fernandes against the Rapids. Colorado has a -4 goal differential from their last five games. 

Wondolowski SJ $8.6 – After San Jose’s first DGW in week 8, Wondo still played 77 mins in their week 9 game and scored 6 points. This week the Earthquakes host LA. While San Jose doesn’t score more than a goal very often, Galaxy have only held one CS, a 0-0 draw against Philadelphia. 

That’s XI value plays for you to consider for Week 13.

Dallas on DGW, Impact not playing. Rosters due Thursdayy. Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal play tonight in the Canada Cup.

Constructive feedback is appreciated.