Economy Corner Week 9

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.

Value Play Examples from Week 8 (Week 8 price) –
Goalkeeper: Gonzalez $4.7 scored 8 pts compared to Robles $6.1 scored 7 pts
Defender: Delamea $6.0 scored 11 pts compared to Lima cost only $4.6 also scored 11 pts.
Midfielder: Alessandrini $9.6 scored 4 pts compred to Jeffrey cost only $5.3 scored 9 pts.
Forward: Morris $8.8 scored 8.7 pts compared to Wright-Phillips $10 scored 4 pts.

Recap of Week 8 Suggestions
Big Win: Clean sheets for both Goalkeeper Gonzalez DAL and Defender Burch MIN

Swing and a Miss: Suggesting Steffen and Crognale CLB against New York Red Bulls. Forwards didn’t do well either, both Ramirez MIN and Moncosu MTL were out shined by fellow teammates Ibarra MIN and Jackson-Hamel MTL.

The Push: Midfield did a good job, but nothing splashy. Medunjanin PHI earned his third assist of the season and scored 6 pts. Fagundez NE earned 7, but that’s disappointing in a DGW, he was also out scored by his cheaper teammate Caldwell. Vazquez TOR did have a great game in their 3-1 route earning 8 pts, tied for second highest points scored by a Toronto player for the week.

Biggest Regret: Not seeing the news about Adi before it was too late.

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

Week 9 Value Suggestions

Goalkeepers: I really like Melia SKC for this week. He’s the highest scoring goalkeeper and at home against RSL. Steffen CLB is back home, but I don’t like his match up against Villa and NYCFC. My two suggestions for the week are cheaper than Melia, and have much more favorable match ups than Steffen.

Bendik ORL $5.1 – Orlando is back home, again, for the fifth time in seven games, against Colorado Rapids. Orlando has two clean sheets for the season and only Columbus Crew has scored more than 1 goal against them. Through 6 games Colorado is averaging less than 1 goal a game.

Kann ATL $4.6 – Of the top 10 highest scoring goalkeepers for the season, Kann is the cheapest. Atlanta is finally back home after four games on the road. They’re welcoming a DC United team that has scored six goals in their last four games. However United have been held scoreless in four of their seven games.

Defenders: Medranda, Lima, Long and Zavaleta  are on everyone’s radar, they are all selected by at least 13% of fantasy teams. It’d be really easy to just pick three of them to list here as they’re all under $5.5 and have favorable matches this week. However I don’t want to insult you, so here are few differential options.

Phillips RSL $5.0 – The highest owned RSL player is Wingert at 6.7%, but it’s Phillips who is Salt Lake’s highest scoring defender (by 1 point). My concern is that RSL is on the road against Sporting KC.

Jones SEA $5.3 – Seattle has a favorable home game against New England. Yes I know Jones is owned by 12% of the league, but he’s the only consistently playing defender Seattle has; Jones has 180 more minutes than Marshall, and an additional 208 minutes more than Fisher.

Burch MIN $5.5 – Haters are gonna hate, but did you see anyone else suggesting Burch and the Loons for defense last week? Well I’m doubling down this week as Minnesota are hosting San Jose.

Midfielders: Of course Godoy is going in my line up, I don’t need to tell you that.

Medunjanin PHI $8 – 7,7,5,7,6,5,6, Medunjanin is the tenth highest scoring midfielder overall, second highest scoring midfielder under $9. Still selected by only 2.3% of teams.

Jones LA $8.0 – Galaxy had a dreadful home game last week against Seattle. This week they can rebound as they host Philadelphia. Jones has the second most fantasy points after Alessandrini on LA’s roster. Union has yet to figure out how to stop teams from scoring.

Vazquez TOR $8.8 –  Vazquez was doing great even before Giovinco’s season breakout debut this last week. If Gio really is back, that’s even better for Vazquez’s value.


Montero VAN $9.2 – Montero has been in form, in the last four game he has totaled 31 points. This week he gets a shot at Montreal who allowed last place Philadelphia to score three goals.

Larin ORL $9.5 – I’m surprised Larin is still under $10. Larin is the second highest goal scorer so far this season (6 goals). Colorado will be missing Howard, Watts, and Sjoberg. Expect Larin to increase his tally this weekend.

Sapong PHI $7.8 – Union had a great time  during the first 45 mins of their game against Impact. It’s hard to say if Galaxy has a better defense than Impact. Galaxy currently has -4 goal differential in their last four games.

That’s XI value plays for you to consider for Week 9.

Please provide constructive feedback in the form of comments, questions, agreements or disagreements on what I’ve said.


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