It was a week for goals in Fantasy MLS round eight thanks to a 4-4 shootout in Houston vs. Sporting Kansas City and a 4-0 win for the New England Revolution over Real Salt Lake. A total of 28 goals were scored across all nine games in Major League Soccer this week, allowing for some big scores even though no team had a double gameweek.
A ridiculous 10 players hit double digits this week in points, with Ethan Finlay of Columbus topping the charts with 16 points thanks to two goals and an assist against Philadelphia in the Crew's 4-1 win. Four different midfielders made the top ten as well, including Kansas City's Benny Feilhaber who scored a pair of his own to help Sporting pull back from 3-1 down to the Dynamo.
The situation rounds nine and ten present an interesting dilemma for FMLS managers - investing in this round or next round's DGW's. The New York Red Bulls and the Colorado Rapids both have DGW's this week beginning on Wednesday, but FOUR different teams play twice in round 10 (HOU, RSL, LA, SJ). Do you trust the Red Bulls with the likes of Bradley Wright-Phillips, or will you opt for the defense of the Galaxy with Omar Gonzalez? All present interesting perspectives. What I've learned so far this year is to not heavily invest in one team/round. I went ahead and grabbed five DGW players in round seven, only to put up one of my worst scores of the year. I also threw in a -12 penalty to boot because I was that confident.
Don't look to break the bank with one team, because it could come back to bite you.
This week, I plan to have two or three players in DGW action in order to get a piece of the share. Only players I know will play will be in my team, including the likes of Bradley Wright-Phillips, Lloyd Sam, and one of the Colorado center backs in Sjoberg and Moor. It looks like Bobby Burling's run of starts is over with their return to action, so I'll have to shed him for a Rapid that will get some minutes. The Red Bulls defensive pair of Damien Perrinelle and Matt Miazga has been terrific for the NYRB this season, and is looking like a great option for this DGW. To get some Rapids striker action, Gabriel Torres looks like the safest bet to start.
How will you line up this week? Will you go all in on the Red Bulls and Rapids, or will you set your sights on the loads of action in DGW's next week? Whatever you choose, be sure you pick before the Wednesday 7:30 PM EST deadline.