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By CASEY CANNON
Hello and Welcome to the Soccer by Ives Fantasy Corner – now in concentrate! Every week I dig through statistics, news, and rumors to provide the reader with the kind of fantasy advice that only The Dude can provide.
This is a truncated week so this will be a truncated update. Once again I suggest saving a trade if possible unless your wildcard is available. Going into week 18 with maximum flexibility seems ideal.
Gratz to last week’s winner Beast Of The East who scored 86 points. Back on the overall SBI lead and 5th in the known universe is DamagedGoods. I picked an injured player – Josh Williams – and slid down to 49th in the SBI league. Want to catch the leaders? Read on for my picks.
Take Three – New England Revolution . New England has a 75% chance to shut out DC United. Jay Heaps boys also have less than a 20% chance of being shut out. After New England put a beating on LA I’m sure everyone expects an New England win.
Seattle Sounders. The Sounders have had too much variance for my tastes, but the spreadsheet says there is less than 10% chance they give up more than one goal to Vancouver. At the same time the Sounders have a 17% chance scoring 3 or more goals. And the Sounders must feel confident after an epic win against Chivas.
Avoid – D.C. United . In the comments will someone with knowledge please explain if it is United players, coaches or upper management that is the problem? Look at their Goals per game. They are more likely to be shut out in any given game than score. Even Toronto Fans feel bad for DC United Fans.
Captain – Jose Goncalves, New England Revolution . This feels odd. I guess the league will have to get used to the Revolution being a real team again. I expect Goncalves to earn over six points this week and this week that is enough to earn the armband. For those looking for more upside try Morales.
Value – Stephen McCarthy , New England Revolution. Let’s do a comparison. McCarthy is earns 6.1 PPG Compared to Gonclaves 6.6 PPG. Salary is 4.8M compared to 6.4M. McCarthy is owned by only 1.1% of the league while Goncalves is owned by 15.6%.
Overpriced – Chris Wondolowski, San Jose Earthquakes. 23% of folks still cling to last year’s golden boot winner. If you are one of those people, San Jose has a bye, this is a perfect chance to free up 10M of your Salary Cap. It’s OK. Those 3.9 PPG can be earned elsewhere.
The three player Monte game has two elements selecting: three players to score goals and creating a streak of picking a captain who scores every week. The players can be awful, tossed out of the game for reprehensible fouls, and single handedly responsible for costing his team the game, just once like an internet writer, the only thing that matters is scoring just once.
1. Diego Fagundez , New England Revolution
2. Javier Morales , Real Salt Lake
3. David Estrada , Seattle Sounders.
That’s all for today. Come back next time for more MLS fantasy notes.