An element of unexpectedness came into play in Fantasy MLS round six, providing a lot of managers with extreme headaches or disappointment with their scores. Round six had our first double game week of the year, and it provided a lot of talking points and takeaways with round seven kicking off on April 16 with New York City FC and the Philadelphia Union, who both have a DGW this round.
Six of the top 10 scorers in round six were from teams who were in DGW's, and this will be a trend for the rest of the season. All the more reason to capitalize on these teams who give you double the opportunity of getting points.
Heading into the first DGW of this MLS season, many expected Pedro Morales, Octavio Rivero and the rest of the Whitecaps to continue their strong start to the season. Many managers, including myself, looked to defender Kendall Waston and the Whitecaps for clean sheets against Columbus and the San Jose Earthquakes. Instead, they got three goals against through the two games and a Morales red card, further messing up the scores of those who captained a Whitecap. Rivero continued his streak of goals with another tally against Columbus.
If you took a risk on players like the Columbus Crew's Kei Kamara, there's a good chance that your team saw a big score this week. He was the top scorer of round six with 16 points, followed by Crew goalkeeper Steve Clark, midfielder Justin Meram, and Colorado's Dillon Powers at 13.
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It looks like #DaretoOpara will be over for the 2015 season due to a ruptured Achilles tendon injury he suffered in Sporting Kansas City's 0-0 draw with Real Salt Lake. This guy hasn't got a lot of breaks this year, and fantasy owners most likely won't get any more support from the FMLS leading point scorer.
The Rapids broke the shutout streak in emphatic style in a 4-0 win over FC Dallas. If you happened to have Colorado forward of defender, you most likely benefited greatly. I was unlucky enough to bench Bobby Burling for Matt Hollingshead, which had the exact opposite result as I intended. Kaka notched another goal from the spot against Portland in a 2-0 win while LA looked strong, specifically Omar Gonzalez, in a 1-0 win over a Clint Dempsey-less Seattle Sounders side.
We go right back into a double game week in round seven with New York City FC and the Philadelphia Union both playing twice. Both teams will entertain each other on April 16 at Yankee Stadium in the second of a home-and-home series between the two before NYCFC host Portland and the Union host New England.
David Villa looks like the big option up front for NYCFC with Philadelphia's Fernando Aristeguita, who didn't play in the first of the home-and-home due to injury. If you're looking for consistency in Philadelphia, I would look to Andrew Wenger (who hasn't been fantastic this season) and Sebastien Le Toux. Union defenders seem good for value, with the highest being Sheanon Williams at $7.6M.
Hernandez, Brovsky, and Wingert are solid defensive choices and good for value as well for NYCFC. Their midfielders haven't been overly offensive this season with the exception of Diskerud, who is away on international duty this game week.
I'm in a tricky spot with Opara and Morales out and not a lot of DGW players in my side. I'm looking towards using my wildcard this week.