Economy Corner Week 12

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. Ten Teams on DGW, Rosters due Wednesday.

Would love to hear which Economy Corner suggestions you’ve actually used in your starting XI. Please share Player Name, Week Used, and if it was a good or dreadful choice.

Value Play Examples from Week 11 (Week 11 prices) –
Goalkeeper: Paying only $4 for Cropper NE who scored 9 pts compared to paying $5.7 for Melia SKC who scored 1 pt.
Defender: Paying only $4.4 for Onyewu PHI who scored 14 pts compared to paying $7.1 for Hedges DAL who scored 4 pts.
Midfielder: Paying only $8 for Medunjanin PHI who scored a whopping 19 pts compared to paying $10.1 for Kaka ORL who scored 7 pts.
Forward: Paying only $3.7 for Edwards TOR DGW who scored 14 pts compared to paying $10.3 for O. Kamara CLB DGW who scored 6 pts.

Recap of Week 11 Suggestions

Big Win: Meram, Cropper and Onyewu were Value Suggestions last week. While Edwards wasn’t an official Value Suggestion, he was mentioned in the Forwards header. If you had played all four you would have scored 60 points for the low cost of $22.

Swing and a Miss: The two defenders that don’t play for Philadelphia; Sarkodie SJ and Hernandez TOR only earned 1 point each.

The Push: My Houston obsession last week. While goalkeeper Willis only scored 2 points, both Alex and Quioto scored 5 pts. While not as good as many other players, thanks to 7 teams scoring three or more goals in a game this week, it is only a point less than what Altidore and Giovinco scored for the week.
Biggest Regret: Not suggesting Medunjanin.

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

Week 12 Value Suggestions, Ten teams have DGW, Rosters are due Wednesday. 

Goalkeepers:  With ten teams with DGW schedules there is a lot of tough decisions to make. Melia is currently selected by 22% of teams, with SKC playing two games I expect that to increase.

Johnson NYC $5.7 DGW – New York City’s two games are opposite ends of the spectrum. First game is against 2 win RSL. Second game is against 6 win Orlando. Both games are on the road. Real has only scored once in their last four games. Orlando has scored two goals in each their last three home games.

Gonzalez DAL $4.9 – Dallas plays San Jose this week at home. San Jose has been scoreless in their last three road games. This game will be San Jose’s second of two for the week. In 7 games Gonzalez has 4 clean sheets, enough to be tied for second for CS this season.

Defenders: Currently Medranda is sitting at 30% selected. No other defender is over 18%. 

Fabinho PHI $4.9 DGW – Union is playing both of their games at home. First is against Houston. This game is not as scary as you think. Houston has had an easy life playing 7 of their first 10 games at home. They lost all three away games, getting shut out in two of them. Second game for Philadelphia is against Colorado. Colorado finally halted a 7 game winless skid. Even with their 3 goals against San Jose last week they’re still averaging less than 1 goal a game. This will be Colorado’s second away game for the week.

Meira CHI $5.6 DGW – Chicago should have a good week as well with a home game against Colorado and an away game in DC. In their five home games this season the Fire only allowed 3 goals, earning 3 clean sheets. DC were held scoreless in their last two home games by Impact and Union.

Zavaleta TOR $5.0 – I know Zavaleta is selected by 17% of teams, I think he’s the best choice from teams with only one game this week. Toronto faces a New York team that can’t find consistency. After going on a three game win streak scoring 2 goals in each game, the Red Bulls are now on a three game losing streak having scored only 1 goal in those three games. In their first 12 games Toronto has five CS.

Midfielders: Godoy is still sitting at 30% selection. 

Harrison/Wallace NYC $7.9/$7.7 DGW – With games against Salt Lake who allowed 13 goals in the last four games, and Orlando who allowed 8 goals in the last three games, it is a prime week to pick these two. Harrison has 4 goals and 2 assists, scoring 8 points in weeks 5 and 7, and 14 points in week 9. Wallace has 3 goals and 3 assists, scoring 11 points in weeks 2 and 3, and 15 points in week 10. The only problem is deciding who to choose. At their prices you might as well get both.

Lodeiro SEA $11.5 DGW – Yeah that’s right, I’m suggesting Lodeiro as a value play this week. Sure Seattle’s first game is a scary away game against Sporting KC, but their second game is a juicy home game against RSL. Regardless of the score line Lodeiro has yet to score less than 5 points in a game, that is a guaranteed 10 points for the week.

Medunjanin PHI $8.2 DGW – Even after last weeks performance, He is only selected by 7% of teams. He is the second highest scoring Midfielder priced under $9. He only scored less than 5 pts twice this season, Union has two games this week, and he has played all 90 minutes in every game.

Forwards: The highest selected forwards are Villa, Giovinco, and Larin, all above 20%. I suspect Larin will see an increase.

Nikolic CHI $9.9 DGW – After struggling on the road the previous three weeks Chicago came home and torched Seattle 4-1. With a home game to start their double game week, picking either of Chicago’s forwards or even midfielders would be a smart choice. Accam, McCarty and Schweinsteiger are all under $10 too.

Torres HOU $8.6 DGW – Torres returned last week from concussion protocol playing 60 mins and scoring 8 points. While Houston has been great at home, they have yet to translate the success on the road. Both games are away in Philadelphia and Atlanta. I would only choose one Houston player this week.

Ramirez MIN $7.8 – The Loons have scored 7 goals from their last five games. They are home this week against the Galaxy. Over LA’s last five games teams have scored 8 goals. Ramirez is a good

That’s XI value plays for you to consider for Week 12.

Would love to hear which suggestions you’ve actually used in your starting XI. Please share Player Name, Week Used, and if it was a good or dreadful choice.

Economy Corner Week 11

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. Two Teams on DGW, Rosters due Wednesday.

Would love to here which Economy Corner suggestions you’ve actually used in your starting XI. Please share Player Name, Week Used, and if it was a good or dreadful choice.

Value Play Examples from Week 10 (Week 10 price) –
Goalkeeper: Paying $4.8 for Gonzalez DAL or $4.7 for Steffen CLB, they earned 10 and 11 pts this week. Compare that to paying $6.1 for Robles NY who had a DGW and only earned 7 pts.
Defender: Jungwirth SJ scored 18 pts, his price was $5.9, so he earned +3pts/$.
Midfielder: Paying only $3.8 for Tabla MTL who scored 8 pts compared to paying $10 for Kaka ORL who scored 9 pts.
Forward: Did you pay $12.3 for Giovinco TOR who scored 14 pts (not that I can argue against the choice, He did have a DGW) while passing on Sapong PHI, Manotas HOU, and Wondolowski SJ (and I passed on all three too)? Sapong $7.8 scored 18 pts, Manotas $7.6 scored 16 pts, and Wondo $8.4 scored 16 pts.

Recap of Week 10 Suggestions

Big Win: Two of the three goalkeeper suggestions had clean sheets for the week – Gonzalez DAL and Ousted VAN. Robles scored 7 pts as well, but with 10 clean sheets this week, 7 pts isn’t something to cheer about considering Robles had a DGW.

Swing and a Miss: New York did not do as great as expected. New York had the not so surprising 0-2 loss against SKC. Then they were surprisingly crushed 0-3 by Sapong’s hat trick in Philly!

The Push: Forwards overall were average. Dwyer did score a whopping 13 points for the week and Edwards hit 7 points, but Bruin only managed 2 pts as Toronto held Seattle scoreless in the Championship rematch.

Biggest Regret: Giving Acosta and DC United a little love last week.

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

Week 11 Value Suggestions, Columbus and Toronto have DGW, Rosters are due Wednesday.

Goalkeepers:  We’ve got two of the top goalkeepers against each other this week as Orlando hosts Kansas City. While I wouldn’t be surprised by one or both teams keeping a clean sheet, I think there are a few other options with better chances.

Cropper NE $4 – The Revs are at home this week against Real. Salt Lake have only one goal in their last three games. Granted Salt Lake played SKC and Dallas the last two weeks, but that doesn’t explain the 3 other games they’ve been held scoreless this season. Monday morning 25.8% of you already had him, but I have a hard time believing the majority of you have him selected to be your starting Goalkeeper.

Willis HOU $5.1 – Houston Part 1: Houston is home against Vancouver. In the last three weeks Houston earned clean sheets against Orlando and San Jose, granted it was the second game of a DGW for both Orlando and San Jose.

Defenders: Medranda, Opara, Long, and Zavaleta are all currently selected by at least 20% of fantasy teams. I’ll probably have Medranda on my team, but I’ll be considering other options to round out my defense. Quick question: How is Jungwirth only selected by 7% of teams?

Sarkodie SJ $4.6 – Nick Lima only played 10 mins in San Jose’s last two games. Enter Kofi Sarkodie who seams to have replaced him in equal parts price and points. If you have a Lima sighting let me know.

Hernandez TOR $4.5 DGW – With back-to-back Double Game Weeks, you can expect continued rotations for Toronto. Hernandez played a full 90 minutes in the 1-0 away win against Seattle.

Gaddis PHI $4.5 – You can also add Elliot, Onyewu and Fabinho here, all under $5. Philadelphia has two clean sheets in a row, and they could go for a third. They’re on the road against a DC United team that was shutout for the 5th time in 9 games.

Midfielders: I don’t want to be to conceited and think I had anything to do with it, it’s probably just because they had a Double Game Week, but when I suggested Toronto’s Vazquez in Week 8 he was owned by 0.9% of teams, now he’s owned by 12%. He’s currently owned by more teams than Bradley…

Tabla MTL $3.9 – Tabla had gone quit since his goal in week 5. He found the back of the net again this last week. He has started in the last two games for Montreal. It’s time to put him back on your radar. This week Montreal is hosting Columbus, which will be Crew’s second of two games for the week.

Alex HOU $7.8 – Houston Part 2: Oh man, did you see the rampage Houston went on against Orlando? Sure you can say it was Orlando’s second of two games for the week and that Spector didn’t play. Well Houston still scored 4 goals, even with Cubo out due to concussion protocol. Alex scored 11 points in that game.

Meram CLB $9.9 DGW – I’m surprised Meram is still under $10. Of all Midfielders, he is second in goals scored (4) and tied for third in assists (4). With a DGW, he should get enough opportunities to add to his tally.

Forwards I just want to apologies for my over obsessiveness of Houston this week. Don’t forget about $3.9 Edwards TOR for your team.

Quioto HOU $8.8 – Houston Part 3: Quioto finally eclipsed the 45 min mark for the first time since his week 4 injury in Honduras’s Hex game against USA. Last week Manotas, Quioto, and Elis all scored 9+ points against Orlando (all under $8.8). This week Houston is against Vancouver. Vancouver has allowed 14 goals in 9 games, 5 of their opponents have scored 2 or more. Manotas is probably the riskiest choice if Torres is cleared from concussion protocol. If Torres is cleared, this could be the first game Torres and Quioto both play a full 90 since Quioto’s injury.

Sapong PHI $8.0 – Thanks to Sapong’s hat trick against New York, He is now the third highest scoring forward in fantasy. Against DC, I would not be surprised if he scores again. United hasn’t held a clean sheet since week 1 in a 0-0 draw vs Kansas City.

Urruti DAL $9.0 – Dallas has only played 8 games, Urruti has 6 goals and 1 assist. They’re hosting New York City who have allowed 7 goals in their last 5 games.

That’s XI value plays for you to consider for Week 11.

Would love to here which suggestions you’ve actually used in your starting XI. Please share Player Name, Week Used, and if it was a good or dreadful choice.

Economy Corner Week 10

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. Four Teams on DGW, Rosters due Wednesday.

Would love to here which Economy Corner suggestions you’ve actually used in your starting XI. Please share Player Name, Week Used, and if it was a good or dreadful choice.

Value Play Examples from Week 9 (Week 9 price) –
Goalkeeper: Paying only $4.7 for Bono TOR who scored 10 pts compared to paying $6.1 for Robles NY who only scored 4 pts.
Defender: Paying only $4.7 for Fabinho PHI who scored 10 pts compared to paying $6.8 for Zimmerman DAL who scored 1 pt
Midfielder: Paying $11.3 for Lodeiro SEA who scored 14 pts or paying only $7.7 for Harrison NYC who also scored 14 pts.
Forward: Paying $12.2 for Giovinco TOR who scored 8 pts or paying only $3.8 for Edwards TOR who also scored 8 pts.

Recap of Week 9 Suggestions
Big Win: Jones SEA scored a full 12 points in a 3-3 draw against New England. With Orlando’s clean sheet, Bendik tied for second highest scoring goalkeeper this round.

Swing and a Miss: Only four suggestions last week scored 4 points or more: aforementioned Bendik and Jones, and Kann and Vazquez. Not a good week for Economy Corner.

The Push: Kann ATL earned 4 points in a 0-3 loss, still tied for eight highest goalkeeper. Even as San Jose only scored once against Minnesota, Burch only tallied 3 points, his teammate Calvo scored 6 thanks to 4 defending bonus points.

Biggest Regret: I really did have Harrison in my initial week 9 team on Monday, he was replaced later in the week…

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

Week 10 Value Suggestions, Four Teams have DGW, Rosters are due Wednesday.
The four teams playing DGW are New York, Orlando, Kansas City, and Toronto. The one DGW team I am leaning away from is Orlando. They have two road games against Toronto and Houston, two teams that have good attack and good defense.

Goalkeepers: Currently the highest selected goalkeepers are Cropper, Melia, Diop and Bendik. Melia is my top choice this week as SKC is on the DGW docket. Here are three I would consider before Diop, Bendik and Cropper this week.

Robles NY $6.1 DGW – Both of New York games this week are on the road against Kansas City and Philadelphia. Robles currently second with most clean sheets (4). Both games are possible chances for a clean sheet.

Ousted VAN $5.2 – Vancouver is against Colorado this week. It has been three weeks since the Rapids last scored.

Gonzalez DAL $4.8 – Gonzalez is averaging 6 points per game, third highest goalkeeper. Playing against Salt Lake, Dallas will be a favorite for a clean sheet this week.

Defenders: Medranda, Lima, Long, Zavaleta and now Jones are on everyone’s radar, they are all selected by at least 15% 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 three of them have DGW. However I don’t want to insult you, so here are a few differential options.

Figueroa DAL $5.6 – I like Dallas for a clean sheet this week against RSL. However, I don’t want to pay $6.7+ for Zimmerman or Hedges. Figueroa has a ownership of less than 3%.

Lawrence NY $5.5 DGW – Long has a 23% selection compared to Lawrence’s 4% selection. Lawrence is only 1 point behind Long and only $0.1 more. Can you suggest a less selected differential choice who properties are almost identical to the popular pick?

Midfielders: After last weeks 3 pt performance, and with 4 teams with DGW, I really don’t have a good argument for Medunjanin. That said I wouldn’t be shocked if he bounces back with a 7 point performance. 

Muyl/Royer $6.6/7.5 DGW – This will be the first week I will actually be considering Kljestan for my line up. Maybe he’ll get his first goal this week. For cheaper options consider Muyl and Royer, they have both scored 2 goals this season. This first game is against the tough SKC defense, the second is against ‘I don’t know what we’re doing’ Philadelphia.

Acosta DC $8.9 – After starting the season with three scoreless games, United now has 9 goals in 5 games. This week they host Montreal who are tied for second for most goals allowed. Impact have allowed 10 goals in their last 5 games. If you want an even cheaper option look at Le Toux who costs only $6.5.

Forwards 

Dwyer SKC $8.9 DGW – Kansas City has scored 7 in their last four games. They do have a tough game against the Red Bulls, but with two games this week I’m willing to bet Dwyer gets a goal.

Edwards TOR $3.9 DGW – While everyone else hits up Altidore and Giovinco, get yourself Edwards. You’ll save lots of money to beef up your midfield and defense. Edwards has 81+ minutes in each of Toronto’s last three games, so he’ll definitely be on the field in both games this week. This last round he earned just as many points as Giovinco. You’re gonna feel like you cheated the system after he gets you over 10 points for the week.

Bruin SEA $7.0 – In the last three games Bruin has played 203 minutes, has two goals (3 for the season) and he has out scored Dempsey and Morris in fantasy two of those games.

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

Would love to here which suggestions you’ve actually used in your starting XI. Please share Player Name, Week Used, and if it was a good or dreadful choice.

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.

Forwards 

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.

Economy Corner Week 8, First DGW!

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. Remember rosters are due Wednesday!!

Value Play Examples from Week 7 (Week 7 price) –
Goalkeeper: Paying only $5.3 for Bava CHI who scored 8 pts compared to paying $6.0 for Robles NY who scored 9 pts.
Defender: Paying $4.7 for Callens NYC who scored 11 pts compared to paying $6.7 for Zimmerman DAL who scored 4 pts.
Midfielder: Paying $7.0 for Johnson ORL who scored 10 pts compared to paying $10.4 for Valeri POR who scored 5 pts.
Forward: Paying $7.5 for Manotas HOU who scored 8 pts compared to paying $12.0 for Giovinco who scored 4 pts.

Recap of Week 7 Suggestions
Big Win: Suggesting Manotas HOU, who had a better fantasy score than Elis and Torres while being $1 cheaper. Defense did great too as Long NY earned 9pts, Jungwirth SJ earned 6 pts, and Powell POR earned 4 pts.

Swing and a Miss: Goalkeepers – While Bendik ORL earned 4 points, Kann had a rough week with a final score of 1 point.

The Push: Midfield had an average point total last week. Harrison NYC scored a goal, too bad I started Wallace. Medunjanin PHI was Medunjanin, earning a consistent, but average score of 5 points. Alex only earned 4 points.

Biggest Regret: Not trusting Sporting Kansas City against Portland.

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

Week 8 Value Suggestions, and Remember rosters are due Wednesday.

Goalkeepers: As of now Cropper and Diop are the highest selected Goalkeepers this week, and there’s no reason not to choose at least one. I really like Cropper at home with a DGW, both San Jose and DC are struggling to score. Diop at home against a floundering Seattle is worth the $4 price tag. Here are two others to consider.

Steffen CLB $4.8 – Steffen and Columbus defense is in form. In seven games only Houston and Portland have score more than 1 goal against Columbus, 3 and 2 goals respectively. New York is averaging 1 goal a game. Red Bulls Have played 7 games, there are nine teams that have only played 6 games and have scored more goals than New York.

Gonzalez DAL $4.7 – Gonzalez has now played two games in a row for Dallas. They are at home against Sporting Kansas City.

Defenders After watching Kansas City stop Portland, is there any reason you wouldn’t choose SKC for your defense?

Callens NYC $4.9 – Callens is keeping pace with $6.3 Chanot for fantasy points, 35 pts for the season. They’re at home against an Orlando City team that has only played one away game so far this season.

Crognale CLB $4.9 – If you’re not selecting Steffen for goalkeeper, consider getting Crognale. That said I wouldn’t double down on both.

Burch MIN $5.4 – I’m giving Minnesota’s defense a vote of confidence this week. It has been 4 weeks since Minnesota allowed more than 2 goals to an opposing team, during that stretch they’ve played RSL, Dallas, and Houston. This week they’re home against Colorado, a team that is averaging only 1 goal a game.

Midfielders Godoy is the only San Jose player I’m considering for my team this week. I know they have a DGW, but both games are on the road.

Medunjanin PHI $8.0 – 7,7,5,7,6,5; second highest scoring midfielder under $9. Union is at home against Montreal. Still only selected by >3% of teams

Fagundez NE $7.2 DGW – Nguyen ($10) is probably going to find himself on my fantasy team. Fagundez is a nice cheaper option if you would rather spend the $2.8 saved on someone else.

Vazquez TOR $8.7 – Toronto is at home against Chicago. Vasquez is cheaper than Bradley while scoring just as many points.

Forwards 

Ramirez MIN $8.1 – Minnesota is at home against the Rapids. Colorado have allowed 7 goals in their last 3 games to Minnesota, SKC, and RSL.

Mancosu MTL $7.8 – Montreal is against winless Philadelphia.

Agudelo NE $8.4 DGW – Agudelo is the 15 highest scoring Forward, under $8.5, and has a double game week.

That’s XI value plays for you to consider for Week 8. Rosters are due Wednesday.

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

Fantasy MLS Economy Corner Week 7

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 6 (Week 6 price) –
Goalkeeper: Paying only $3.9 for Diop LA who scored 9 points compared to paying $5.9 for Bingham SJ who scored 3 points.
Defender: Paying $6.2 for Moor TOR who scored 1 point compared to paying $4.3 for Wingert RSL who scored 8 points
Midfielder: Paying $9.1 for Schweinsteiger CHI who scored 4 points compared to paying $6.4 for Mulholland RSL who scored 10 points.
Forward: Paying only $8.7 for Dwyer SKC who scored 10 points compared to paying $11.9 for Giovinco TOR who scored 9 points.

Recap of Week 6 Suggestions
Big Win: Goalkeepers Bono TOR and Ousted VAN suffered through a 2-2 draw and a 3-0 loss. They still both scored 3 points and avoided a price decrease.

Swing and a Miss: All three forwards; Montreal and Minnesota were shutout, and Barnes ORL only played 22 mins. They weren’t the only forwards to have problems this week. Even as their teams won, Urruti DAL, Accam CHI, and Ortiz DC had bad performances and their prices decreased this week.

The Push: Midfield. Once again Medujanin PHI produced points regardless of the scoreline, he earned 6 fantasy points while Union lost at home 3-1 to Portland. Godoy SJ had his first game in which he didn’t score a goal or get credit for an assist, he still earned 5 points. What kept all this goodness from being this weeks Big Win was Tabla MTL. Tabla played a full 90, but his only fantasy accomplishment was earning a yellow card and a price decrease.

Biggest Regret: Believing Sporting KC and Colorado Rapids would be another 0-0 draw.

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

Week 7 Value Suggestions

Goalkeepers As of writing this Melia SKC and Diop are the highest selected goalkeepers, I expect that to change as more people update their teams for the week. 

Kann ATL $4.8 – Kann has yet to score less than 4 fantasy points in a game. Yes this is Atlanta’s third game in a row on the road. However, Atlanta on average has only allowed 1 goal per game; Montreal is only averaging 1 goal per game. Would not be surprised if Atlanta steals 3 points in this one.

Bendik ORL $5.1 – Orlando is at home the second week in a row, they have only allowed 1 goal in their three home games this season.

Defenders Kansas City’s defenders have the 1st, 2nd, and 5th highest Value(Form) (Points/Price), too bad they’re playing Valeri & Co. in Portland.

Long NY $5.2 – The Red Bulls are back home after two road games. They’re going up against a DC United team that has only scored at home, is averaging less than 1 goal a game, and have only played one road game; they lost 0-4 to NYC that game. Even with two losses the last two weeks, Long is still the 6th highest scoring defender.

Jungwirth SJ $5.6 – Earthquakes are at home again this week against FC Dallas. While everyone is aboard the cheaper price hype train Lima, get yourself this differential pick who also has 30 points for the season.

Powell POR $4.9 – There is good reason Portland doesn’t have a defender priced over $5, they have allowed a goal in 5 of their 6 games. Powell is still averaging 4 points a game, and they are playing Sporting KC who only have 2 goals for the season.

Midfielders Godoy is the second highest selected midfielder, I don’t think I need to keep suggesting him.

Medunjanin PHI $8 – 7, 7, 5, 7, 6. I’m just going to keep a running tally of Medunjanin’s weekly point totals until his selection percentage increases. He is the 9th highest scoring Midfielder for the season, but only 2.1% of teams have him selected. Sure he is not a ‘sexy’ choice, but he still gets points even with Philadelphia at the bottom of the table.

Wallace/Harrison NYC $7.8/$7.6 – New York City plays Union this week, and would be a good pick to earn an away win. Both Wallace and Harrison have more points than Pirlo while being over $2 cheaper. Both started forward on opposites sides of Villa last week. Both have >10% selection.

Alex HOU $7.6 – Alex is here because I want to make sure you don’t forget that Houston is hosting Minnesota.

Forwards After last weeks debacle with forwards, hopefully these suggestions prove to be better.

Manotas HOU $7.5 – Minnesota hasn’t allowed more than 2 goals to opposing teams since the acquisition of Burch and Cronin. The last two teams the Loons have played have a combined 12 goals for the season. Houston has 11 goals for the season by themselves. Manotas has scored more points than Elis while Quioto has been out, and he’s $1 cheaper.

Morris SEA $8.8 – The Sounders have a Cascadia Cup match against Vancouver Whitecaps. Morris hasn’t had the most productive season so far scoring only 1 goal. That could change this week as Vancouver has allowed the second most goals to opposing teams for the season (10).

That’s XI value plays for you to consider for Week 6.

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

Fantasy MLS Economy Corner Week 6

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 5 (Week 5 price) –
Goalkeeper: Paying $6 for Frei SEA who scored 9 pts or pay $4.7 for Steffen CLB who also scored 9 pts and save $1.3
Defender: Paying $5 for Zavaleta TOR (mentioned here last week) who scored 9 pts compared to paying $5.8 for Kemp DC who only scored 3 pts.
Midfielder: Paying $9 for Pirlo NYC who scored 3 pts compared to paying $5.6 for Artur CLB who scored 9 pts.
Forward: Paying $7.6 for Sapong PHI or pay $10 for Wright-Philips, both scored 7 pts.

 

Recap of Week 5 Suggestions
Big Win: Sapong PHI and Movsisyan RSL both scored a goal in their games. Zavaleta TOR earned clean sheet points.

Swing and a Miss: Midfielders were average; Godoy sat, Harrison and McNamara both scored instead of Wallace, and Portland didn’t score as many against New England as I expected.

The Push: My goalkeepers suggestions last week weren’t the best. However, with only 4 goalkeepers earning clean sheet points, neither Deric HOU or Bendik ORL suffered a price decrease.

Biggest Regret: Assuming Houston’s attack would stutter without Quioto, congrats to everyone who started Torres.

 

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

Week 6 Value Suggestions
Anyone else notice that MLS adjusted the Fantasy Schedule midday Monday? I had to completely redo the Value Plays for the week, and my fantasy lineup.

Goalkeepers I expect Melia SKC to be everyone’s top choice for goalkeeper this week. I am also becoming a fan of Steffen CLB, but I don’t want to choose him against the Fire and newly aquired Schweinsteiger.

Bono TOR $4.7 – Bono entered the game last week after Irwin left with an injury. Toronto could get a second clean sheet in a row against an Atlanta team that will be missing Martinez.

Ousted VAN $5.3 – Vancouver is on the road and they haven’t had a clean sheet since their Week 1 0-0 draw. That could change this week as the Whitecaps play against a Real Salt Lake team who have only scored 3 goals on the season, 2 of them last week against Leaky D Minnesota.

Defenders Here a few alternatives to Medranda SKC and Watts COL

Callens NYC $4.7 – New York City is on the road against DC United. United has only scored in one of their four games so far. Priced under $5, Callens would be a cheap clean sheet.

Lima SJ $4.6 – Earthquakes are at home against Seattle. Not sure how confident I am they can hold a clean sheet against the Sounders. I am confident Lima can still score points and maybe a goal. He earned 5 points in the 2-1 loss to NYC in their last game. He’s also the highest scoring defender under $5.

Zavaleta TOR $5.1 – I’m doubling down of Zavaleta for another clean sheet. This is Toronto’s second home game in a row. With Martinez out, Atlanta’s high scoring attack was stopped in a 0-0 draw in Seattle. This game against Toronto will be Atlanta’s second road game in a row.

Midfielder Dallas is going to be the hot hand this week against Minnesota. Here are few others to consider.

Godoy SJ $7.3 – I’m also doubling down on Godoy. It’s a home game against Seattle. San Jose has scored in every game so far this season.

Tabla MTL $4.0 – Montreal’s midfield is injury riddled. Tabla played a full 90 against Chicago last week, and scored a goal. He’s the cheapest midfielder who might actually play a full 90. It’s also a good matchup, LA Galaxy have yet to have a clean sheet this season. Sure Ashley Cole is back, but they still gave up 4 goals to the Whitecaps 

Medunjanin PHI $8 – Regardless of wins, draws or losses Medunjanin just earns points, in fact Union has yet to record their first win. With zero goals and only one assist for the season, he has still scored 7, 7, 5, and 7 points in the last four games. You couldn’t ask for more guaranteed points.

Forwards Both Torres and Urruti are going to be hot commodities this week, both should get goals and both are under $9. Here are three other forwards to consider that are under $8.

Mancosu MTL $7.9 – In case you forgot in the last 20 seconds, Impact is playing LA and I like the match up. Mancosu has played all but 2 mins for Montreal. 

Barnes ORL $7.4 – My third double down for the week. Orlando is back home in their new stadium this week. Barnes has played every possible minute since Kaka was injured, he even has more minutes than Larin. Orlando is playing against a New York team that has allowed 8 goals this season. The only teams not to score against the Red Bull’s were Colorado and Salt Lake.

Ramirez MIN $8.1 – Sorry, I lied. Ramirez costs more than $8, but in case you haven’t noticed, Minnesota has scored in every game they’ve played. The Loons are the 4th highest scoring team, including those who have played against Minnesota. Ramirez has 4 of the teams 10 goals. Don’t be surprised if they score against Dallas.

Thats XI value plays for you to consider for Week 6.

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