Fantasy Report - Round 21

Round 20 was a round that just made sense. What I mean by that is that we were suddenly back to our roots. Sebastian Giovinco whipping out a hat trick and a 22 point round. Didier Drogba and Ignacio Piatti combining for a solid 36 points. Even Sacha Kljestan got in on the action with 16 points. There were so many goals this week that it would have been very hard and surprising to not have a high score this round. The only true disappointments this round were likely those who owned or captained Diego Valeri or Mauro Diaz. The two of them combined for 11 points, and considering all the high point scorers this round, having these two was likely a bit of a downer.

Preparing for Round 21 leaves you with so many new options that it's hard to tell which is the right way to go. If you don't have Giovinco you're probably trying to figure out how to pinch pennies to get him in your squad. If you have Diaz, you might be considering dropping him with his upcoming bye, but you're also torn because he's on a home game this week. This round is filled with different scenarios that are forcing you to make the hard choices. Whatever you decide, just make sure that it makes sense. With a bye week coming up for Columbus and Dallas, as well as a DGW (double game week) for Toronto and RSL just make sure what we choices you make don't poorly affect the craziness that will occur in Round 22.

With all that being said, let's get into the picks!

Goalkeepers

Who to bring in:

Tim Howard: Timmy is playing at Yankee Stadium this round but will not be facing David Villa as he is out with yellow card accumulation. He's got the best defense in the league in front of him and I think those are two great reasons to have him. He's available for $6.2.

Brian Rowe: Brian is a cheaper option that Howard at $5.1 and he will be taking on a Sounders team that is having difficulty scoring. He will be playing away in Seattle so hopefully the environment won't mess with his game! He's still a solid choice regardless.

Who to avoid:

Josh Saunders: I'm sorry but Saunders has proven several times that he is just not that great of a keeper. He continuously makes mistakes and his back line doesn't do him any favors either. Avoid him!

Jake Gleeson: Gleeson has done admirably in his time in goal for the Timbers but with the recent loss of Nat Borchers, I expect an already leaky Portland defense to continue to leak.

Defenders

Who to bring in:

Walker Zimmerman: I guess if you don't have him already you shouldn't bring him in considering he has a bye next week, but if you do own him, hold off on selling. He's at home this round against a struggling Vancouver side and you never know when he’ll get on the score sheet. He's priced at $6.6.

Axel Sjoberg: He has a 35.5% ownership rate which should be an indicator of how good this $6.2 defender is. He's easily the best defender on the best defensive team in the league. You should just own him.

Daniel Steres: I'm recommending him for the same reasons as Rowe. He's cheap and he's defending against the Sounders who are currently coachless and having troubles with their scoring.

Who to avoid:

RJ Allen: He as well as like 5 other players picked up a yellow card suspension last round for NYCFC, don't get caught without a defender because you kept him!

Keegan Rosenberry: This all star rookie defender has fallen from where he once was. He's an exceptional defender who is on a team that just isn't as good as we thought. He just had 5 goals scored on him by the Impact and he hasn't brought in solid points in weeks. Best to stay away.

Midfielders

Who to bring in:

Mauro Diaz: This is the same situation as Zimmerman. Don't go out of your way to bring him in but if you already have him, hold off on either selling or benching him. He is fresh off the all star game but I'm hoping Oscar Pareja doesn't baby him against a Western Conference opponent. We saw how that worked for him last time in Seattle. Regardless, Diaz is a good guy to own this round. He's $11.4.

Ignacio Piatti: Although he's playing away in DC this round, I'm sort of anticipating him to be active against United. I'm unsure if Bobby Boswell and Bill Hamid will be back from injury for DCU, but with Piatti’s play lately, it's worth owning him. He's priced just under Diaz at $11.3.

Who to avoid:

The only thing I recommend you avoid is any RSL midfielder. After watching their games this season, it's apparent that their age is showing. They are slow and don't connect well with their forwards. Just avoid them.

Forwards

Who to bring in:

Sebastian Giovinco: I'm not entirely sold that he's back to his goal scoring ways but after last round, I think you kind of have to take the risk, otherwise you might face the reality of getting left in the dust. He's $13.2, and if you don't get him this week, at least make sure you have him for his DGW next round.

Ola Kamara: He just keeps scoring! He drew a penalty and made it against Orlando last round. He will be playing away from home in Toronto but he's already proven he can score there, so I think hang on to him until you have to drop him next round. He has a nice price of $8.9.

Robbie Keane: whenever the Sounders and the Galaxy play it's always a battle and if I remember correctly, there is usually a fair number of goals scored. Keane has an impressive goals to game ratio right now and that's what makes him a good pick this round.

Who to avoid:

Joao Plata: I'm not sure what happened to Plata’s strong start this season but he's nothing like the player we saw at the beginning of the season. Also, with Yura Movsisyan being out, that just means more attention for Joao, best to be without him.

CJ Sapong: Sapong is another guy that looked good early in the season but at this point, things look a bit grim for the guy as well as Philly as a team. There are just better options out there right now anyway, so don't feel bad for not owning him!

Ok that concludes this round’s Fantasy Report. If you have any comments, questions, or just completely hate everything I wrote, make sure to let me know on Twitter @_notchadwick. Good luck everyone!!