Fantasy MLS: Week 23

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By ALAN LEDBETTER

Dwayne De Rosario seems to have finally found his home in DC. De Rosario was a threat to the attack in Toronto and New York but looks to be a different, more influential player since coming to D.C. He has scored two or more goals in his past two games and will have another great chance to keep his scoring streak alive with a home game against expansion side Vancouver.

With more than two-thirds of the season in the books, it's time to start using some of your extra transfers to get some of the players that are streaking, such as De Rosario, as your chances to use those transfers are dwindling.

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

BYE WEEKS

Los Angeles and Sporting Kansas City are off from league play this week. Be sure to alter your lineup accordingly.

MFLS WEEK 23 BEST XI

GK – Bouna Condoul, NY – Coundoul has lost his starting spot many times this season, but with Frank Rost out this week after picking up a quadriceps injury, he will get another chance to prove himself on the pitch. New York's game against Chicago is a close to a must-win as you can get at this point in the season and I see every New York player stepping up to shut out the Fire.

D – Geoff Cameron, HOU – Midfielder listed as a defender in MFLS, and Cameron has been very influential to the Houston attack lately.

D – Nat Borchers, RSL – Got on the end of a set piece last week vs. New York and should get those chances again vs. a Toronto team that has leaked goals all season.

D – Chad Marshall, CLB – A rock in the back for a Columbus team who has a favorable matchup this week against the New England Revolution.

M – Brad Davis, HOU – Davis should be able to create chances for Houston this week with a home game vs. Portland.

M – Dwayne De Rosario, DCU – De Rosario has been on fire and is likely to extend his goal-scoring streak this week vs. Vancouver.

M – Mauro Rosales, SEA – Rosales is in contention for Newcomer of the Year with three goals and six assists on the season. Look for him to take advantage of Seattle's favorable home matchup vs. Chivas USA this week.

M – Brek Shea, DAL – May not have the best matchup this week on the road at Philadelphia, but Shea is riding a wave of momentum right now and I like his odds to add to his nine goals on the season.

F – Thierry Henry, NY – New York has been in a major slump and needs a strong performance against a lowly Chicago team to stay ahead in the playoff race. Look for Henry to have a big game.

F – Alvaro Saborio, RSL – Saborio is going against a Toronto defense that has conceded the most goals in the league this season. I would be surprised if he doesn't get on the score sheet this week.

F – Fredy Montero, SEA – Montero is not scoring at the same rate that he did in his previous two seasons, but he is still a major threat to score whenever he is on the field. Look for him to get chances to score with a home game vs. Chivas.

INJURY WATCH

For 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 23 is Saturday at 3 p.m. Be sure to change your lineups by then.

SBI League Standings (Top 10)
1. McGruber FC…………………….507 points
2. I <3 MLS…………………………….498
3. La Flama Blanca………………495
4. Joga Bonito……………………….478
5. Campione………………………… 477
6. Hungate XI………………………..468
7. Catfish FC…………………………467
8. Stonebury United……………….458
9. Berkeley Chargers…………….456
10. Rainbow Chickens…………..453

LAST WEEK'S SBI LEAGUE TOP SCORER

McGruber FC (39 points)

—————————–Pickens(7)—————————
—-DeLaGarza(0)———–Besler(7)———-Borchers(7)–
-Donovan(-3)-Shea(-2)-LaBrocca(8)-Beckerman(6)-Mapp(10)
—————–Saborio(2)—————–Plata(3)————–

Coach: Kreis(3)

SBI Prediction League Standings (Top 10)
1. 4evr Orange……………………………420 points
2. Lancergolfer87……………………….418
3. HANDtoBALLS………………………..412
4. Cheeky BackHeel……………………405
5. Los Diabolitos…………………………397
6. TSV AC CD Generic FC SC…….394
7. Oranje Blur……………………………..390
8. Sage Runners 2011………………..385
8. I <3 MLS…………………………………..385
10. Philo Thistle…………………………..381

LAST WEEK'S SBI PREDICTION LEAGUE TOP SCORER

TSV AC CD Generic FC SC (40 points: 3 exact, 1 margin, 2 tie, 3 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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6 Responses to Fantasy MLS: Week 23

  1. David says:

    Are you doing a SBI Fantasy Premier League?

  2. g-dub says:

    Will Alan’s I<3MLS side complete it’s long steady ascension to the top of the pack this week? Or will McGruber or one of the Spanish sides hold court? The suspense.

  3. Martin says:

    With Freddy in the fold, I think Le Toux finally starts to break out of his season long scoring slump.

  4. Fred says:

    It’s not just Montero that’s not scoring as much this year but also all forwards in general.

  5. Samp says:

    Against FCD? You crazy

  6. Skimpy says:

    Carlos Costly!