When the schedule is as chock-full as last weekend's was, it's like a fantasy owners dream. Tons of matches to watch, your head on a swivel keeping track of all your players, and all of the highs and lows that come with fantasy sports.
As for All We Do Is Nguyen FC, it was mostly highs, as the lads racked up 111 points last week, and vaulted our club into 261st overall out of the 21,000-plus entries worldwide.
It was certainly an exciting week with some surprise performances, so let's take a look at who got the job done in Round 11.
Rodney Wallace, DEF, Portland ($5.4m). Monster performance in Round 11 from Wallace, and most of his 21 point week came from his massive 17 point outburst against Chivas USA. A goal, an assist, a clean sheet, a full 90, and some bonuses gave Wallace one of the biggest weeks of a defender in 2013.
Justin Mapp, MID, Montreal ($6.8m). Loved the consistency from Mapp last week, as he racked up 7 points in both matches. A total of 176 minutes played, a couple of assists, and several attacking bonuses gave Mapp the stud honor this week in midfield.
Will Bruin, FWD, Houston ($8.8m). Just a monster 19 point match against D.C. United gives Bruin the honors this week. Bruin had a full stat line in Round 11, with 2 goals, 2 assists, and two 90 minute performances.
Landon Donovan, MID, LA Galaxy ($9.9m). Still one of the most added players in fantasy, Donovan continues to struggle after his outburst in his return. Only 5 total points in the last three rounds makes Donovan's price point too risky.
Jerry Bengtson, FWD, New England ($8.8m). A quick browse around this blog and you'll notice that there's more thana few reasons to be worried about Bengtson. When he's only scoring 2 points in a two match week, you need to worry.
Eddie Johnson, FWD, Seattle ($9.7m). I like EJ's game, but any time a player of his caliber and pedigree plays 90 minutes in BOTH matches of a two match week, you gotta give me more than 3 points.
THE TRANSFER MARKET
Only one match mid-week and it's an interesting one, with Philadelphia hosting Los Angeles. Now, that means both teams will be playing two matches, but does that mean I'm rushing out to grab any of the Galaxy studs? Well, it depends on who you're thinking about.
I'm scared off of Landon just based on his current form, and quite frankly, I'm just not sure if he'll play major minutes in BOTH games. Robbie Keane is still nursing that ankle also, so there's probably little reason to pick him up as well. So once again, it's the defenders who will most likely get the job done for you, and I see no issue picking up Omar Gonzalez ($6.1m) this week.
As for Philly, Amobi Okugo has been a great revelation in the absence of Sebastien Le Toux, and Jack McInerney continues his rapid development in 2013. Both players are solid options if you're looking to boost your chances of a big week.
Some other targets include a surging Thierry Henry ($10.5m) who will be catching the Galaxy on their second match of the week on his own home field, and also, you wouldn't mind playing his team mate Tim Cahill ($8.1m) who has also seemed to tun it on as of late.
Elsewhere, you've gotta like Sporting Kansas City's chances against a struggling United team, even without superstar Aurelien Collin. Seth Sinovic ($5.9m) is second on the team in points at defender, and of course, everyone knows that Graham Zusi ($10.4m) is an MVP candidate. Good matchup for both players, so take a look.
Lastly, Chivas USA is an absolute mess, and Real Salt Lake seems to be on the upswing, so I like the stars on RSL this weekend as well, even on the road. The trio of Nick Rimando, Kyle Beckerman, and Chris Schuler will ALL gather some decent points this weekend, so make sure to take the matchup into consideration.
It's been a good first couple of months, and the cream is rising to the top as they say. A lot of early disappointments (Bengtson, Chris Pontius, Joel Lindpere) are continuing to struggle, so it may be time to cut bait with a lot of underperforming fantasy guys.
With only one match this round at the midweek, it's going to be very important to play the matchups and recognize who's got the hot hand going into the weekend. Good luck, and as always, any commentary is appreciated!