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. 

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