As if having an awful week last week wasn't bad enough, I'm staring at my lineup screen realizing I have SEVEN PLAYERS on byes. I'm in trouble. How are we going to dig ourselves out of this hole?
Simply put, if you're in the same boat as I am, you're going to have to gamble. Load up with attackers, make one of them your captain, and pray that it's a goal-fest weekend.
We warned you, Game of Thrones style, that "Summer Is Coming". It's here, and sadly your lineup decisions are only getting harder. Let's get to it.
ROUND 14 STUDS
Javier Morales, MID, RSL ($8.7m). A goal, an assist, a clean sheet, and 90 minutes played will certainly give the Real Salt Lake midfielder total stud status this week. Great match for RSL, and definitely a great match for his fantasy owners.
Diego Fagundez, FWD, New England ($6.3m). Still bugs me a little bit as a Revs fan that he's listed as a forward even though he's been playing right mid for most of 2013, but the most important thing here is the kid is LIGHTING it up right now. Goals galore, a few assists to boot, and all kinds of attacking bonuses. Pick him up, now.
ROUND 14 SCRUBS
A.J. DeLaGarza, DEF, LA Galaxy ($5.4m). There were many owners that picked up A.J. when they lost Omar Gonzalez to national team duty (DeLaGarza so ownership raise to almost 5%) and every one of them is not happy. 5 goals conceded by the Galaxy on the day does not help.
Landon Donovan, MID, LA Galaxy ($10.5m). Pretty much the same circumstances here for Donovan, who was selected by over 18% of the teams in MLS Fantasy, and produced 1 point for $10.5m. Not a good day at the office.
THE TRANSFER MARKET
Well here goes nothing. It's not necessarily a make-or-break week here seeing as everyone is dealing with the same issues you are. There are a ton of byes. Good news is you get an extra free transfer this week. That being said, it's extremely important you make the best of those three moves.
Jack McInerney, FWD, Philadelphia ($9.3m). Jack Mac is hot, and is producing at very high rate. Averaging over 7 points in his last month of play, McInerney will be under the bright lights on Wednesday night as the only match being played, and I expect a solid performance.
Saer Sene, FWD, New England ($8.3m). The Frenchman is very close to fully healthy and notched his first goal of the 2013 campaign last week. With a struggling DC United side on the docket for the Revs, it could be another solid week for Sene.
Darlington Nagbe, MID, Portland ($7.8m). Coming off a strong 9 point week, Nagbe takes on a struggling Chicago Fire this week. Look for his form to continue to improve as Portland keeps rolling.
Andrew Farrell, DEF, New England ($5.4m). Hard to call this a homer pick when the Revs are the #1 defense in MLS. Farrell is second on the team in points, and at $5.4m he's certainly worth the pick up against a United team that isn't lighting up the score board.
Djimi Traore, DEF, Seattle ($6.1m). Traore has been incredibly solid all season, and leads the Sounders scoring amongst defenders by a very steady margin. With a light week, and the Sounders playing a Cascadia Cup match at home against Vancouver, Traore could be worth the investment.
This week isn't going to be easy. Take advantage of your extra free transfer and make the best of the good matchups. New England should handle United, and I also like Seattle at home, even without their two best strikers.
Try to find solid players to fill out the roster, and this week, I'm going against my own philosophy and I'm telling you to make a forward your captain. In such a light week, it's important to take a risk to possibly hit a home run.
Good luck, and get out there and dominate the fantasy world!