Fantasy Report - Round 14

Ok fantasy managers, the Copa America break is officially over! It seems like it's been ages since our last Fantasy Report and well...yeah it kind of has been. Let's get into it!

Round 13 was pretty tough on most managers. The average score was 32 points and the highest score was 89, so don't feel bad if you didn't get high points, not many people did.

Now that the massive bye week is over, as well as the Copa break, it's time to turn our focus to a simple Round 14. Round 14 is a breath of fresh air compared to what we’ve faced lately. There are no byes and there are no double game week (DGW) teams. Everyone should be rested so we shouldn't have to worry about rotation. The biggest concern we have to worry about is just recognizing who is injured and who is still away on international duty. One other thing to keep in the back of your mind is that game week 15 is a DGW for LA, RBNY, Philly, and RSL. It wouldn't hurt to try and set yourself up to be sitting in a nice position for that DGW.

Let's get into the picks!

Goalkeepers

Who to Bring In:

Luis Robles: The day has finally come that I recommend him. The start of the season was tough for Robles and his defenders, but since the signing of Aurelien Collin, the defense has held pretty strong and Robles’ fantasy points have benefited from it. He's playing at home this week and then has a DGW next week, seems like a no brainer. He's priced at $6.2.

Zach MacMath: The Colorado keeper and his defense have been stingy with goals this season and they will be taking on a lackluster Chicago Fire at home. His price is $5.3 so if you need extra funds elsewhere, MacMath is the guy for you.

Who To Avoid: 

Tim Melia: Sporting KC are a sinking ship. It doesn't matter if they're at home or away, they are finding incredible ways to lose. Add in the fact that they are without Matt Besler and Nuno Coelho is sorta injured sorta not, Melia is just not the guy you want on your team right now. They are playing FC Dallas who seem to be getting their feet back under them, so steer clear of Melia.

Tyler Deric: Houston haven't been as bad as they were at the beginning of the season, but they definitely haven't been good either. Tyler Deric might possibly have the worst goalkeeper stats in the league right now and if he doesn't he's probably only behind his backup Joe Willis. Stay away from the Houston goalkeepers.

Defenders

Who To Bring In:

Aurelien Collin: While I normally wouldn't recommend him for his propensity to get red cards, he's been awesome since joining the Red Bulls. He's pulled in 3 straight 8’s the last few weeks and since he’ll be facing a Seattle Sounders that lacks Clint Dempsey, I have no doubt he’ll pull in decent numbers this week. You can have him for $8.2.

Daniel Steres: Steres is a very nice and cheap ($5.1) choice this week and next. He was on a yellow card warning but his good behavior took one of them away so he should be good for the next 2 weeks for you. With his DGW next week and taking on a Toronto team missing key players this week, he's a good pick!

Who to avoid:

Nuno Coelho: There is a lot of questions surrounding this player this week. We heard from Vermes that his not playing was just precautionary, but we’ve also heard that he has a hamstring strain. Whether he plays or not, I'm not willing to risk having him if he doesn't.

Midfielders

Who To Bring In:

Sacha Kljestan: The Stache is a must have in my opinion. He's been on fire lately and shouldn't be ignored. He's expensive at $12.0 but it’ll be worth it after he gets done with the Sounders.

Diego Valeri: Valeri is someone you should always own, hence why I recommend him every week. He's probably the most consistent fantasy player and is a bonus point King, $10.8 is a small price to pay for his services.

Mike Grella: He is my differential pick this week. Grella is truly under appreciated for the little things that he does for his team, but just ask Ike Opara what he thinks of Grella. I plan to watch him weave through the Sounder’s defense and have a nice fantasy week. He's a budget option at $8.1.

Who to avoid:

I really don't have any midfielders to advise you against. There are so many injured or away on international duty players that as long as you don't have one of them you should be ok. Check out MLS Injury News on Twitter to keep up to date.

Forwards

Who To Bring In:

Bradley Wright-Phillips: Like Kljestan, he's also been on fire lately and is also a must own at this point. Taking on Seattle this weekend and then a DGW next week, you should definitely have him. He's priced at $11.1

Joao Plata: RSL are playing at home this week with a DGW next week. he's decently priced at $9.5 and in all honesty...he's due for some high points. Consider having him.

Mike Magee: News of GDS picking up an injury basically guarantees that Mike Magee is going to have to be the guy for LA this week. He's also $7.3 and that's pretty nice for a player with the quality that Magee has. Don't rule him out.

Who To Avoid:

Giovanni dos Santos: I would normally recommend him but it seems he's listed as questionable for this weekend which means at most limited minutes. With his high price you should spend that money somewhere else.

Sebastian Giovinco: He has an adductor strain but he did get some minutes in the Canadian Championship, however I still don't expect him to see 90 minutes this week. Maybe he's worth the risk because we know Giovinco doesn't need 90 minutes to rack up points but at this stage in the game I'm not willing to stake that much money on it.  

That concludes the Fantasy Report this week. There are no Twitter questions this week but if you have any, feel free to hit me up @notchadwick on Twitter and I’ll do my best to help you make those tough decisions!

Good luck everyone!