Fantasy Report: Round 17

Round 17 is officially here with one of the quickest turnarounds so far this season. Round 16 was pretty straightforward for being a DGW (Double Game Week). I think there were really only two surprises that came up. The first was that last minute information of Diego Valeri being out due to a contusion and the second had to be NYCFC keeping two clean sheets! I for one am not thrilled that I had Josh Saunders and his 17 points sitting on my bench.

As we look at week 17 now, and all its single game week glory, there is really only one thing that should be on our minds as we make our picks this week. Aside from injuries, just make sure you can put out a full XI in week 18 since several teams have bye weeks. Don't be put in a situation where you will have to take a zero because you weren't prepared!

Let's get into the picks!

Goalkeepers

Who to bring in:

Luis Robles: I'm giving Robles one last shot at being recommended because he hasn't done much lately to keep getting picked. This week he is at home against a Portland team that might be Valeri-less. The odds seem in his favor, he's available for $6.3.

Tim Melia: Tim has not been good this season, his defense has been leaky and he's made silly mistakes, but if there was ever a time to bring him in, it's this week. He will be taking on NYCFC at home this week and then Chicago away in week 18. NYCFC just got done playing two games and four days later they’ll be taking on SKC in KC, I expect players to be rested. He's priced at $5.4.

Who to avoid:

Jake Gleeson: Gleeson has been admirable in goal for the Timbers, but this week is just not the week to own him. His defense is weak, and he will be facing the NYRBs away this week, and then a tough Montreal team next week. There are better options out there.

Defenders

Who to bring in:

Walker Zimmerman: I don't always give out good advice, but hopefully you took my recommendation of him last week seriously and put him in your team. He's been in good form and he scored a goal last week and almost tallied another if Joe Bendik hadn't accidentally denied him. He’s facing San Jose this week in San Jose, and the Earthquakes just lost to Chicago so maybe they’ll still be licking their wounds...or maybe they just aren't very good. Regardless you should have Zimmerman for $6.6.

Justen Glad: I'm recommending him only because he's a budget defender at $5.1 and he doesn't have a bye next week. He did bring in 5 points last round, but he hasn't been bringing in solid points consistently. Hopefully RSL can learn the value of a clean sheet.

Who to avoid:

Keegan Rosenberry: Rosenberry continues to suck for fantasy managers. In the last 7 games, he has not brought in a score of more than 3 points. Drop him, especially since he has a bye next week.

Midfielders

Who to bring in:

Mauro Diaz: I don't care if Dallas have been poor away from home, Diaz has looked in great form and he's been bringing in some massive numbers. I can't possibly imagine not having him on my team right now. His price has gone up the past few weeks and he is now at $11.3.

Michael Barrios: If $11.3 is too much to dish out for Diaz and you're looking for a cheaper option, or if you just like Dallas’ odds right now and want both, Barrios is the guy to have. In his last two games he has a goal and an assist, and he's only $8.1.

Sacha Kljestain: Sacha has had some tough games recently but hopefully this game at home against Portland we will see him return to his normal point production ways. He's $12.0.

Who to avoid:

Diego Valeri: As far as I know, no one knows if he's playing this week or not and we most likely won't know until it's too late to do something about it. Either sell him or have a player that can take his place if he doesn't play.

Kevin Molino: He's a great player with a great price but Orlando City are lost right now. They don't have a coach, they don't have Kaka, and they just don't look like a team that you should be buying fantasy players from. They take Houston on this week and then Red Bulls next week, I don't feel confident for Kevin Molino.

Forwards

Who to bring in:

Bradley Wright-Phillips: My money is on BWP at home against Portland and at home against OCSC. Both of those teams have leaky defenses and BWP should be able to take advantage of that. He's $11.1

Ola Kamara/ Kei Kamara: This week these two guys will be facing off. Both have something to prove. One wants to prove that ‘he’s better without y’all’ and the other wants to prove that ‘my team took the right chance on me by selling you!’ It should be a good one with a lot at stake. The only thing is that Kei is much more expensive at $11.1 compared to Ola at $8.5. And Kei has a bye next round so make sure you don't get stuck with him next week.

Who to avoid:

Sebastian Giovinco: Gio still hasn't been able to find the back of the net and he likely won't until defenses have something other than him to focus on. As great as he is, he can't do it alone.

Fanendo Adi: I wouldn't put Adi on your team until Valeri is back. There just aren't enough creative guys to get him the ball in a goal scoring position.

Dom Dwyer: Dom picked up a yellow card in his last match and he's now been suspended. Don't pick him up.

Now onto the Twitter question:

Honestly, I don't think you’ll see much of a difference until next season. Lloyd Sam will be helpful but he's not going to be able to fix it all by himself. From a fantasy standpoint, I have not had 1 DC United player on my team at all this season and I don't regret that decision, Lloyd Sam also doesn't change that decision.