Fantasy MLS: Week 17

Tim Ream(ISIPhotos.com) 

By ALAN LEDBETTER

The Gold Cup is over and all players will be returning to their club teams this week from international duty. New York is especially glad to see their players return after being without their starting center backs for the duration of the tournament.

However, Rafa Marquez was injured in the Gold Cup final and will not be able to play this week. It has not been determined how long the Mexican captain will be out for.

Here are a few more items to consider before setting your fantasy lineup this week:

 

FANTASY MLS WEEK 17 BEST XI

GK – Nick Rimando, RSL – Rimando has a home game vs. a New England side that has really struggled offensively. Real Salt Lake boasts the best defense in the league and should be able to contain the New England attack.

D –Kosuke Kimura, COL – Colorado’s defense got exposed last week vs. Columbus. But a home game vs. a Houston team that will likely be without Brad Davis, who was injured last week, should get them back on track.

D – Nat Borchers, RSL – Tallied his first goal of the season last week and will be a threat for weeks to come.

D –Zach Loyd, DAL – FC Dallas has really hit a stride since the resurgence of Brek Shea in their attack. Loyd is always contributing from the back and has a great chance to pick up fantasy points with a home game vs. Columbus.

M – Dwayne DeRosario, DC – DeRosario had a breakout game in his first game for New York and should perform well in his first game with DC United as well. He will be playing an advanced roll with plenty opportunities to score.

M – Brek Shea, DAL – Seven goals and one assists on the season, is a must start for any fantasy team with the form he is in.

M –Jamie Smith, COL – Had a very strong start to the season but has failed to produce as of late. Smith has a good chance to put up strong fantasy stats with a home game vs. Houston.

M – Landon Donovan, LA –He has eight goals and one assist on the season. If you dropped him while he was playing in the Gold Cup, it would be a good idea to pick him back up.

F – Charlie Davies, DC – Davies also has eight goals and one assist on the season. With a home game vs. Philadelphia, he should have a good chance to improve on those stats.

F – Alvaro Sabario, RSL – After a very poor run of form to start the season, Sabario scored a brace in RSL’s 3-1 win over Toronto last week. This is very promising for the Costa Rican forward who had a break-out season last year.

F – Kenny Cooper, POR – Has not been the same goal threat for Portland as he was for Dallas a few years back. However, Cooper is still a big target up top and should get his chances vs. a Kansas City team that has been known to leak goals on the road.

INJURY WATCH

Luke Rodgers did not play last week and he is listed as ‘Doubtful’ in the injury report for this week. Conor Casey received a red card in last week’s game and will be suspended for Colorado’s game vs. Houston. Fabian Espindola is listed as ‘Questionable,’ Sabario is a good replacement for Espindola if he is on your fantasy team. For other injury news, check out the most updated MLS injury report. Also, don’t forget to check out the latest disciplinary report for players serving suspensions.

The deadline for Week 17 is Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. ET. Be sure to change your lineups by then.

SBI League Standings (Top 10)
1. La Flama Blanca………………362 points
2. Berkeley Chargers……………341
3. ChicagoFire8……………………339
4. Hungate XI………………………..337
5. McGruber FC…………………….331
T6. Joga Bonito…………………….326
T6. Catfish FC……………………….326
8. I <3 MLS…………………………..325
9. The Fighting Heydudes………324
T10. Stonebury United…………….321
T10. FC Kyle Beckerman…………321
T10. Waterbury FC………………….321

LAST WEEK'S SBI LEAGUE TOP SCORERS

Engineers (58 points)

————————-Hartman(9)———————-
—-Dunivant(1)—Borchers(9)–Russell(10)–
–Smith(0)—Fereira-(0)–Shea(8)—LeToux(3)–
—Kamara(-1)—Sabario(10)—Mwanga(6)—

Coach: Hyndman(3)

SBI Prediction League Standings (Top 10)
1. 4evr Orange……………………………318 points
2. HANDtoBALLS……………………….310
3. Lancergolfer87………………………309
4. I <3 MLS…………………………………306
5. Los Diabolitos…………………………289
6. Cheeky BackHeel……………………284
7. Sage Runners 2011………………..283
8. STL Orange…………………………..277
9. TSV AC CD Generic FC…………..276
10. Winning!……………………………..273

LAST WEEK'S SBI PREDICTION LEAGUE TOP SCORER

FC Prush UTD (45 points: 2 correct, 3 correct margin, 3 tie, 2 correct)

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Which teams have the best matchup this week? Who is in for the biggest fantasy week? Which players are you going to pick up?

Share your thoughts below.

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13 Responses to Fantasy MLS: Week 17

  1. Bill says:

    Should I trade away Montero to get Landon?

  2. KC fan says:

    Aurelien Collin (KC) has shut out big dogs Lenhart and Hassli in back to back games. I wouldn’t put Cooper on your fantasy team this week.

    And oh by the way, KC has only allowed 3 goals in their last 5 road games, so they aren’t exactly leaking goals anymore……

  3. Fred says:

    I read that Zack Loyd picked up a hamstring injury in the USOC match.

  4. Spleen says:

    Until he gets a decent striking partner, I would do it

  5. Pete says:

    Rafa better heal up fast, because the NY defense has been dreadful without him

  6. Andrew says:

    not sure i agree with all the DC love. phillys defense has been pretty strong this year. should be a fun rivalry game anyway.

  7. Arnold says:

    If the new guy produces, they can be a deadly team

  8. boosted 335 says:

    Why is Ream in the photo? Whos fantasy is that? :P

  9. Shant says:

    Jamie Smith…really? Rosales is finding his form with SSFC

  10. Marvin says:

    Perfect weekend for a Friday Night game…MLS scheduling drops the ball again…

  11. Vic says:

    Is Plata heading to Copa America?

  12. Lars says:

    Anybody know if Emilio Renteria is going also?

  13. East Coast Avenger says:

    Le Toux is about due, so start him if you aint no fool…