Between a week-long 30th birthday celebration, and a Revs bye week, I DEFINITELY fell out of touch with MLS this week. Funny part of the story is I actually set my fantasy lineup and made three transfers while waiting backstage at my gig, only 22 minutes before the lineup locked.
Long story short, apparently it all worked because All We Do Is Nguyen put together their best week of the season, scoring 66 points, and I am now ranked #934 out of over 20,000 teams. Pretty cool stuff!
Let's take a look back at last week and see who performed, and failed to show up!
Clint Irwin, GK, COL ($4.3m). If you not only knew about Irwin, but started him against RSL as well, my hat goes off to you, as you are a much better MLS-er than I. A big clean sheet, a full 90, AND a saved penalty propelled Irwin to one of the best scores by a goalkeeper in 2013.
Aurelien Collin, DEF, SKC ($6.2m). I said it in preseason, and I'll say it again here: solid defenders are gold in MLS fantasy. Collin had yet another double digit performance, with a full 90 appearance, a clean sheet, and 5 defender bonus points. It totally helped that he's my team captain, and with SKC's defense getting stronger, he should be a staple in your lineup.
Dan Paladini, MID, CHI ($5.3m). The player of the week, Paladini helped Chicago finally wake up and produce this past week. Paladini found the score sheet and produced a well-earned and much-needed 13 points.
Ryan Johnson, FWD, PTFC ($8.2m). A brace (two goals), as well as a solid 88 minute performance from Johnson in Week 6 earned him our top striker honors. With Portland starting to find their way a little bit, perhaps we can expect more performances like this from Johnson.
Heath Pearce, DEF, NYRB ($5.5m). It's rough when a player owned by almost 7% of the teams in fantasy scores only 1 point. Not nearly enough production for the money.
Seba Le Toux, MID, PHI ($8.5m). Owned by almost 20% of teams in MLS fantasy (including mine), the 1 point outing from Le Toux wasn't enough. Although, in his defense, it was only a 28 minute appearance. Owners should be wary of his nagging injuries going forward.
Conor Casey, PHI/Thierry Henry, NYRB. Two strikers that are owned by many teams, that could only muster a point. Casey's struggles are documented, and Henry merely played a bit part this weekend. Expect better things from this duo going forward.
THE TRANSFER MARKET
Matt Hedges, DEF, FCD ($5.4m). With SKC off on a bye week there are several fantasy owners looking for a defender or two. Hedges has been a fine pickup and has vaulted to the #2 slot in defender scoring in 2013. While FC Dallas is playing Los Angeles Galaxy, keep in mind they ARE at home and the Galaxy ARE playing in the Champions' League in mid-week.
Brad Davis/Ricardo Clark, MID, HOU. This midfield pair should be a nice pick up for your fantasy side. The Dynamo are playing well, and they're getting Chicago at home. Davis probably has more upside, hence his higher price tag.
Juan Aguedelo/Kenny Cooper, FWD. A couple of strikers who have started to find their form here in the spring. Both have good matchups, and I've personally had Aguedelo on my roster for quite some time now. I also just simply like the thought of Cooper at home against a Galaxy side playing their second match in a span of a few days.
It's still remarkably early in the season, and you have plenty of time to turn your season around. Remeber that you get two wild cards on the season and use them wisely.
I hope you've been enjoying the fantasy coverage so far, and as always, make sure to drop your comments in the section below and maybe together we can get our teams to the top!
I'll make sure to post my starting lineup once they lock for full disclosure! Good Luck this week!