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Fantasy MLS GW 14 Review and GW 15 Preview

Another big double gameweek is over. We witnessed 41 goals including 2 braces and a hatrick. All home teams ended unbeaten and we had 11 clean sheets. As expected many managers crossed the 150 points barrier. The dream team was dominated by Orlando and Houston. 9 of the 11 were DGW players.

Gameweek 14 Review

New York City FC took an early lead with a goal by Harrison against New England Revolution. Shortly after that Kei Kamara equalised. In the second half Camargo reinstated the lead but the host had to settle for a point when Kouassi scored his first MLS goal in the closing stages 2-2.

Columbus Crew had comfortable win at home against Seattle Sounders. Higuain opened the scoring followed by Meram. The third one was produced by Ola Kamara 3-0.

There was a delay for the game due to weather conditions when Orlando City welcomed D.C United. In the heavy rain the first half went goalless. Larin scored in the second and Barnes finished the job 2-0. Houston Dynamo demolished at home Real Salt Lake. The troubles for the visitors started very early with unfortunate own goal by Schmidt . The agony continued when Alex and Manotas scored for the host. In the second half Leonardo added another one. The consolation goal came from Plata 5-1.

Portland Timbers achieved a clear win at home over San Jose Earthquakes. The first half went goalless and the visitors were down to ten men after Ceren received two cards within a minute and he was sent off. The host took advantage and Valeri brought the victory with a brace 2-0.

There were no goals in the first half when New York City welcomed Philadelphia Union. The action started late in the second with a goal from Picault. The home team regrouped and Chanot followed by Callens scored within five minutes 2-1. Sporting Kansas City didn’t give any chance to Minnesota united. Opara opened the scoring in the last seconds of the first half. Medranda and Abdul-Salaam added a goal to the total 3-0.

Vancouver Whitecaps didn’t look confident at the start against Atlanta United taking an early lead with a goal from Garza. The host change that with a brace from Waston and a goal from Montero 3-1. Once again D.C. United couldn’t find the back of net to visiting LA Galaxy. There were many attempts from both sides but in the end they had to share the points 0-0. Montreal Impact managed to earn three points with a single goal against New York Red Bulls. Despite the better possession the visitors couldn’t find the net. The only goal in the game was scored by Dzemaili 1-0. New England Revolution had a great evening at home against Toronto FC. Angoua, Fagundez and Agudelo all contributed to the home win 3-0.

FC Dallas destroyed visiting Real Salt Lake. Lamah had his hatrick within the first 32 minutes. Urruti and Akindele made it 5-0 before half time. The visitors answered with goals from Holness and Beckerman but that wasn’t enough as in the last minute Ferreira made it 6-2. Colorado Rapids won for a second time at home this time against Columbus Crew. After a goalless first half Higuain opened the scoring for the guests. The Rapids came back with goals from Doyle and Gordon 2-1. Thanks to Bendik Orlando City managed to get a point against Chicago Fire. Ramos received a red card in the first half and in the second Nocerino had one. The Lions were left with nine men for the last 25 minutes 0-0. There was another goalless first half when Seattle Sounders welcomed Houston Dynamo. After coming back from an injury, Will Bruin helped the host to earn three points in the 69th minute 1-0.

Gameweek 15 Preview

After the big double gameweek we have to settle for a rather small bye gameweek. Just six teams in three games will be played on the same day.

CHI ( W 7 D 4 L 3 ) vs ATL ( W 5 D 3 L 5 )

The Fire boys continuing with the good form. They extended the unbeaten streak to six with four wins and two draws. This team has not lost at home this season. I expect another win here against shaky opponent on the road. The Golden Boot race leader Nikolic with 11 goals will be in many teams. Expect to see Accam as well with 7 goals and 4 assists. With Dax away on international duties the midfield rely on Bastian.

Atlanta is good at home but not as much on the road. Still somehow they always score regardless against who. There are many good options for this one like Villalba, Almiron or Gressel. Martinez is nearing comeback but not sure if he will be ready for this game.

SKC ( W 7 D 4 L 4 ) vs MTL ( W 4 D 4 L 4 )

Sporting has won the last six home games and kept five clean sheets. They have scored at least two goals in 10 of the last 11 matches at Children’s Mercy Park. The team is very stingy conceding goals on home territory, only two so far. I can see Melia as a popular choice for this round, and why not with 8 clean sheets so far. With Besler away on international duties, Medranda and Opara will be must have. Both scored in the last game and are bonus points magnets. Feilhaber has been a bit inconsistent at late but I think he will do well in this one. If you are on a budget go for Fernandes and Sanchez.

The Canadians have only one win on the road. With just two clean sheets I wouldn’t recommend any defenders from this team. MTL has a long list of international call-ups. Piatti should be safe for this game but he has scored one goal on the road and can be risked if you don’t have better ideas in this short round. In general I wouldn’t go mad on players here but the favourite bench fodder will be all over the place.

POR ( W 6 D 3 L 5 ) vs DAL ( W 6 D 5 L 2 )

The Timbers ended their five games winless streak. They have a better record at home as compared to away games. Scored 15 goals and shipped only 7 at Providence Park. Valeri should be a popular choice with 8 goals including 3 braces and 4 assists. The team is not famous with defence and last week had it’s second clean sheet. That said Valentin was impressive in the last game and earned 15 points which wasn’t bad for his price.

The Texans could be without Akindele, Acosta, Hedges and Figueroa who are called up. They don’t score many goals away from home but at the same time don’t concede many either. With his first professional MLS hatrick some might chance Lamah. The only solid option here is Urruti with 7 goals and 3 assists.

Captain Suggestions

1. Nikolic. At home. 11 goals- In the Golden Boot race.

2. Adi. At home. 6 goals so far he might want to better his last year record of 16.

3. Valeri. For the same reason as above. He likes to score braces at home.

Deadline: 10.06.17 at 4 PM EDT – 9 PM BST

Good luck to all FFF Managers

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IvanTheTerrible

There was no fantasy football game I wasn't involved with . This time I am sticking with FPL with two teams plus My Rules. And of course my beloved MLS.

194 thoughts on “Fantasy MLS GW 14 Review and GW 15 Preview

  1. Played Switcheroo of Gressel(4) to Lamah(2)…….end result loss of 2 pts….but like SZ, I also played manual sub for the first time.

    Valentin on my bench with 9 pts.

    @Ivan, Blanco was a good pick……..I totally forgot about him. But we missed (C) Adi as differential. I guess most of us (C) Niko.

    • @GoalMachine I guess a lot of ghost-ship teams are bringing the average down.

      With only 6 sides in action, and unlimited transfers, it wasn’t difficult to pick a decent team this week (it pretty much picked itself!). So the low average can only be explained by people who didn’t tailor pick a team for this week.

        • @GoalMachine haha, plenty of time to rise through the ranks mate.

          An actively managed team should always outscore a ghost-ship team over the course of a season. Especially in MLS with all the crazy DGWs and BGWs coming thick and fast. There’s no way a ghost ship team can navigate those murky waters! :D

  2. @Ivan, a suggestion: Could you put the deadline in UK time in the title of your weekly article… I guess that might help managers who miss deadlines due to time differences.

    @All managers, if you do not know mlsfantasyboss.com has a timer to deadline in the right pane of their site which is very useful to see how much time is left. It would have been great if we also have one in FFF like that. I am not sure how to get it.

    • @GoalMachine nope, Ivan posts the deadline as the last line of the article, when you finish reading you’ll have it :P
      For the timer, we tried countdowns before and it slowed the site too much, check with CR but I’m doubtful my friend.

  3. Finland 0-0 Ukr at 45 min….I like LB Raitala of Finland……I don;t understand why CLB Crews does not give him regular starting berth.

  4. MLS, Early thoughts on Round 16. #DareToGio anyone? Toronto are playing DC United at home, there’s no better chance for the Atomic Ant to get back on the points wagon.

    • @PM I agree the home fixture is tasty for TOR, but I just don’t have the $$$ for Gio without compromising the rest of my team. Have picked Vazquez instead for now.

      May have another shuffle and see if I can get Gio once Ivan’s article is out :question:

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