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Fantasy MLS GW 17 Review and GWS 18 and 19 Previews

The first half of the season finished with a big DGW.

Gameweek 17 Review

Things looked dim once again for D.C. United when they welcomed Atlanta United. The gusts opened the scoring with a goal from Gressel in the 17th minute. Six minutes later Acosta netted the equaliser. The host was motivated in the second half and was the dominant side. The reward came in the 60th minute when Nyarko found the net 2-1.

In a dramatic evening Minnesota United took the three points in the meeting with Portland Timbers. It wasn’t a good start for the visitors when under pressure Okugo scored in his own net. Half an hour later Valeri equalised from a PK. At the start of the second half Ramirez brought the lead back to the host. That was shadowed by another own goal, this time was Calvo. In the 64th minute Danladi scored the winning goal. Both teams were left with 10 men for the last 20 minutes when Blanco kicked Danladi who retaliated with a kick to Blanco 3-2.

LA Galaxy extended their unbeaten streak while visiting Colorado Rapids. McBean scored early in the 5th minute but later on Serna levelled the result. The creator of the first goal came back in the 63rd minute to net another one. At that point the host lost the control of the game. Alessandrini came in as a substitute and scored the third 1-3.

Orlando City earned another point on the road at the last minute against Seattle Sounders. The home team took the lead with the only goal in the first half from Bruin. The second half went with many attempts from the both sides while the host hold to a better possession. The traditional 1-0 at home didn’t happen this time as Sutter scored in the closing seconds of the game to level the result 1-1.Toronto FC had a solid win at home over New England Revolution. The early and only goal in the first half was scored by Moor. The visitors outshot the Canadians in the second half but couldn’t get a goal. Giovinco scored in the last seconds 2-0.

In the Texan derby Houston Dynamo shared a point each with FC Dallas. The host was the dominant side in the first half and Torres opened the scoring in the 19th minute. The visitors equalised in the 59th minute with a goal from Urruti 1-1. New York City FC visited New York Red Bulls and won for the first time at Red Bull Arena. The score was opened in the 33rd minute by Harrison. In the 65th minute Ben Sweat scored his first MLS goal 0-2.

There was a goalless first half between Atlanta United and Colorado Rapids. The host was dominant from the start and forced Howard to make six saves. The Atlanta attack continued in the second half and Martinez scored the lone goal in the 67th minute 1-0. Philadelphia Union won their home game against D.C United. The visitors had most of the possession but Blake saved the night. The winning goal came from Picault 1-0

Columbus Crew demolished Montreal Impact at home. Higuain opened the scoring in the 17th minute but shortly after that Jackson-Hamel equalised. Manneh and Kamara extended the host lead within two minutes and Higuain netted his second 4-1. Minnesota United looked helpless in the first half against Vancouver Whitecaps. Techera and Tchani gave the lead to the guests. All that changed in the second half when Calvo and Thiesson helped the home team to earn a point 2-2.

Chicago Fire extended their home unbeaten streak with a massive victory over Orlando City. Accam scored twice in the first half. Nikolic added the third in the 52nd minute. The host continued with the pressure and Accam completed his hatrick 4-0.

La Galaxy lost at home to Sporting Kansas City. The visitors went in front with goals from Espinoza and Opara. The consolation goal came from Romney 1-2. San Jose Earthquakes won against Real Salt Lake. The only goal in the first half was scored by Hoesen. Urena added another one in the 68th minute but shortly after that the host was left with 10 men as Lima was sent off. Hernandez scored the last goal 2-1. Seattle Sounders managed to earn a point while visiting Portland Timbers after the team was left with 10 men for the entire second half. Joevin Jones gave a lead to Sounders just before 30mins. Immediately was sent off the host capitalised with goals from Adi and Asprilla. In the very last seconds of injury time Dempsey managed to find the net and equalise 2-2.

NOTE

Due to the congested schedule of fixtures and one day gap between rounds this article is combined and includes rounds 18 and 19.

Gameweek 18 Preview

After the big DGW we enter into a round with two teams on Bye. Yes, New York Red Bulls and Seattle Sounders will not play.

NYCFC ( W 9 D 3 L 5 ) vs MIN ( W 5 D 3 L 9 )

The Blues are unbeaten in the last four games scoring at least two goals in them. Villa was quiet last week but he should do well in this one. Jack Harrison has 7 goals and 4 assists. Sweat is a great defender at good price who scored his first goal.

The Loons managed a win and a draw in the last round but that was at home. They still haven’t got a win away from St. Paul and have shipped 23 goals. In the mean time Ramirez continues to surprise and has 9 goals to his name.

RSL ( W 5 D 2 L 11 ) vs OLC ( W 7 D 5 L 6 )

Real is still struggling and is down at the bottom of the West with just a point above Colorado. I still find it risky to pick any player from this team.

The Lions have not won a game away to a Western Conference team since May 2015. This will be their fourth consecutive one on the road. Traditionally there are very few goals scored away from home and with Larin still out the chances are slim.

CHI ( W 10 D 4 L 3 ) vs VAN ( W 6 D 3 L 6 )

The Fire dream is continuing. With just one point behind the overall leader Toronto the last year dismal performance is forgotten. The home record is outstanding with only 4 goals conceded and 23 scored. Once again the Golden Boot race leader Nikolic will be a must have this week. With his first hatrick Accam is on 10 goals and he already surpass his last season total. Toyota Park has turned into a fortress. Defenders don’t come cheap but in a game like this Meira and Kappelhof are essential.

The Caps still remain inconsistent. They have two wins on the road but don’t score much. It doesn’t look the right week for any players from this team.

DAL ( W 6 D 7 L 3 ) vs TOR ( W 10 D 5 L 2 )

The Texans have lost only one game at home and conceded just seven goals. The defence could do well in this one. If you have the cash to splash Hedges, otherwise Figueroa or Grana. Urruti has 9 goals and scored in the last two games.

The Reds are enjoying a great home record. The away stats are slightly different. They don’t concede many goals but at the same time don’t score plenty either, nine of each. All seven goals from Giovinco have been scored at home, makes you think about his price. Altidore has the same number of goals but 4 of them are on the road.

MTL ( W 4 D 6 L 5 ) vs DCU ( W 5 D 3 L 9 )

The Falcons won their last two games. Piatti should be popular in this round. Dzemaili has 2 goals and 3 assists in four appearances. Jackson-Hamel scored his fifth goal last week. With just two clean sheets defence doesn’t look that attractive.

The Capital boys don’t have the season they would have expected. They have lost the last three road games. I can’t see any change in this game

SKC ( W 8 D 6 L 4 ) vs POR ( W D L )

After failing to score in 3 of the last 5 games Sporting came back with a win against LA on the road. This is one of the few teams which is unbeaten at home. Feilhaber continues to disappoint and is far from reaching the number of assists in the last season. At the same time much cheaper Fernandez is going steady with 6 goals.

The Timbers have lost their last 6 away games conceding 15 goals. Valeri scored his second goal on the road but that was against Minnesota. I don’t think Sporting will allow him to score in this game.

CLB ( W 8 D 1 L 9 ) vs ATL ( W 7 D 3 L 7 )

The Crew has only two losses at home and 20 goals scored. Higuain has scored in every of the last four games. With 9 goals and 5 assists on everyone’s radar.

The Five Stripes have scored 1.7 goals per game on the road, second highest in the league. At the same time they do concede quite few goals, 19 in total. With only 3 clean sheets, two of which are at home, defenders for this game are not the best idea.

COL ( W 5 D 1 L 10 ) vs HOU ( W 7 D 4 L 6 )

After five consecutive home wins the Rapids lost to LA last time. On paper they should do well in this game but is hard to find any outstanding player from the team.

Dynamo has the best home record and one of the worst on the road. With 17 goals allowed and only 5 scored it looks risky to pick anyone. Torres has 11 goals but only two of them were scored away from the BBVA Compass Stadium.

SJ ( W 6 D 5 L 6 ) vs LA ( W 6 D 4 L 6 )

The Quakes are undefeated in 10 of the last 11 home games. Wondolowski blanked in the last three games and most surprising is two of them were at home. It’s not going to be an easy game but he could turn up to be a differential in this one.

The Galaxy continues to be the best team on the road. Alessandrini is most likely to remain in many teams. McBean will be hoping for a start after the brace last week.

PHI ( W 5 D 4 L 7 ) vs NE ( W 5 D 5 L 7 )

Philadelphia is equally good and bad at home. Four wins and three losses with 14 goals scored and 13 conceded. While Sapong has been disappointment at late Picault has earned 18 points in the last three games. At the same price as Pontius, Medunjanin has generated 29 more points. Blake with 47 saves and 6 shutouts could do well here.

The Revs have lost the last 11 away games conceding at least two goals in seven of them. They are still to win a game on the road. The only four clean sheets so far have happened at home. The only player who can be risked is Nguyen.

Gameweek 19 Preview

This will be a normal round with no doubles or byes. All team participating. Enjoy while it lasts before the break and the massive GW 20 with 14 teams in it when we come back. After all #BecauseMLS. The stats are based on all competitions.

ATL vs SJ

No data is available as the teams will meet for a first time. Very likely home win.

MIN vs CLB

Same as above with a possible home win judging by the visitors away record.

DAL vs DCU

These two teams have met 38 times. Apart from 9 draws DAL has won 16 and lost 13 with DCU. The host has scored 65 goals and conceded 61 goals. The host to win.

COL vs SEA

After 25 meetings SEA has won 18, lost 5 and drew 2 with COL. The host has scored 25 and conceded 47 goals. Difficult to predict but the Sounders can pull a draw.

LA vs RSL

In 43 previous games LA won 19 and lost 14. There were 10 draws. LA leads with 68 goals but have conceded 61 at the same time. The Galaxy is in good form, solid win.

NE vs NYRB

The teams have played 76 matches. The host has 31 wins and 24 losses, scoring 128 goals and conceding 116 goals. There were 21 draws between the two sides. Possible draw but with the Bulls current form a home win won’t be a surprise.

OLC vs TOR

The two have met only 10 times with TOR winning 6, drawing 3 and losing 1. The visitors have scored 23 goals and conceded just 9. A win for the guests.

HOU vs MTL

After 13 games the two teams are almost even. HOU has won 6 and lost 5 games, two draws between them. The host has 18 goals against 19 shipped. A draw on the cards.

VAN vs NYCFC

These two have met only twice with the Blues winning both games. The visitors have scored 5 goals and conceding 3 in the process. Third win for the City most likely.

POR vs CHI

In all 8 matches Portland has won 5 and drew 3, scoring 14 and conceding 7 goals. We are living in different times and the guests are on fire at the moment.

SKC vs PHI

Another even-steven competition on the horizon. In 16 games the host has 6 wins and 5 losses and draws 5 times. With 21 goals scored and 20 shipped another draw is here.

Captain Suggestions

GW 18

1. David Villa (NYCFC): He will try to make up for not scoring last week.
2. Nikolic (CHI): On a roll, great home record.
3. Accam (CHI): Will be eager to repeat his hatrick.

GW 19

  1. Torres (HOU): At home against utterly shaky MTL on the road.
  2.  Martinez (ATL): He is back and SJ won’t be a big obstacle at home.
  3.  Alessandrini (LA): RSL can’t help losing on the road and are goals sponge.

Notes for your Diary

*The second leg of the Canadian Championship is on 27.06.17 when Toronto FC will host Montreal Impact. Watch out for possible rotations and injuries.

*13 MLS teams are still involved in the Lamar US. Open Cup. The games will be played on 28th and 29th of June.

*The CONCACAF Gold Cup starts on 07.07.17. Many players from MLS teams will take part in it and could depart for their countries before the end of round 19.

DEADLINES

Round 18
29.06.17 at 7:30 PM EDT- 00:30 BST

Round 19
04.07.17 at 7:00 PM EDT- 00:00 BST

Best of 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.

518 thoughts on “Fantasy MLS GW 17 Review and GWS 18 and 19 Previews

      • @IvanTheTerrible Brunt is straight out as I don’t see much fantasy potential…it will be like Eric Dier of last season.

        Moses and Milner are interesting if they get regular starting spots. I guess Milner will get, but Moses – not sure.

        Firmino @8.5 vs Countinho/Mane @probably 9m both – I would pick a mid here. Josh King is always good if he can continue his last season form. But much depends on Wilson – guess he will be back as FWD and also will be on PK.

        • @GoalMachine
          Most of these new positions were kind of predicted to happen. I still don’t understand that new trend FPL to reveal players prices and places bit by bit. Hopefully we’ll get the full picture tomorrow :fingerscrossed:

        • @IvanTheTerrible Its kind of marketing strategy to build interest maintaining suspense….and its also fun and trigger discussions in different forums….also it might be a time buying strategy as they have some last minute glitches to fix….especially for Draft league and FH chip which require extra effort.

          At least Alonso’s position remains as def….only 10 players are there in the position change list.

        • @GoalMachine
          I think you are right. The entire football world became a meat market, so why not FPL :D
          Another thing I remember, in the last few years the site used to shut down completely for few weeks before the start of the new season. It looks like we might have to wait for a while :idunno:

    • @GoalMachine I’m hoping it will enhance his appeal, though a cautious approach may be needed here (don’t want 6.5 on the bench).

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