Greetings Fantasy MLS Owners, I am once again filling in for our usual fantasy writer and Guru Jamie Umbach, which means you're all in trouble (again) though slightly less trouble than last week it seems. I've risen up the fantasy rankings ladder to 16th place in Dynamo Theory's Classic League, and 33rd in our Head-to-Head league. If you recall I advised you all to not make impulse decisions, which is advice I ignored when I dropped Chris Rolfe of D.C. United from my team for Chris Pontius (also of DCU) when I learned that Pontius was starting against Orlando City SC and Rolfe was not. Of course, Rolfe scores in his substitute role and Pontius doesn't start against the Philadelphia Union in DC's next match of the week.
This week there are two MLS clubs that play twice which means it's time to rush out and pick up players, right? Not so fast. The two clubs that have the coveted DGWs are the New England Revolution and Sporting Kansas City. New England first faces SKC in Kansas, where SKC has not lost all season and then moves on to play the Top Defensive team in the League D.C. United. SKC has to play the Revs, a top offensive power house and then on with a trip to Seattle. I would favor New England's players over SKC's players for expected points, but I wouldn't break the bank on players, lose points on too many transfers, or go out of my way to get either team's players knowing the difficult teams they'll each face in their 2nd game of the week. If you're a Fantasy MLS Owner that rides his luck on DGWs and must have players I'd say choose with caution. Benny Feilhaber (at $9.7) is a top in form player, but could struggle against Seattle at home. Charlie Davies (at $8.7) is another in form player, but it could be tough for the former USMNT standout against a top defending team in DC United.
Looking ahead to BIG DGW Action
Rounds 13 and 14 both boast plenty of action with 6 teams playing twice in each of those weeks. Colorado, Portland, DC, LA, Real Salt Lake, and Seattle play twice in Round 13 with Chicago, Columbus, DC, Montreal, Philadelphia, and Vancouver playing twice in Round 14. If you didn't catch that, DC plays 4 games in 2 weeks so BUY, BUY, BUY! Bill Hamid (at $6.4) should be your keeper because he'll be playing a lot more than anyone else. Even if he has an average week, he'll probably net as many or more points than a keeper that has a fantastic week simply because he's playing more games WITH a top defense in front of him. Other players sticking out from these weeks are Portland's Diego Valeri (at $10.1), Vancouver's Pedro Morales (at $11.4), Montreal's Andres Romero (at $7.7), any Seattle striker, and Kei Kamara (at $8.8).
There is plenty more to discover as those weeks move closer, but properly preparing means less trouble down the line, even if one of your players that you have grabbed for these Rounds gets injured, substituting or transferring one player is a lot easier than having to adjust for several so plan ahead!