Fantasy Reports - Round 23

Welcome to MLS Fantasy, where you can score over 100 points and still get all red arrows! It helps, or maybe doesn't help, that Giovinco scored 25 points and everyone and their grandma owned and captained him. From there it was just a matter of who everyone filled the rest of their roster with. The highest points this week was 160 and the average was 76, obviously scores were all over the board and it's no secret why there weren't many green arrows to give out this week.

A big surprise was the Red Bulls getting a result despite playing a strong Galaxy team in LA...some would say that they deserved a win with a couple of non penalty calls by the ref, which would have benefitted Kljestan quite a bit. Colorado are back to their solid defensive clean sheet skills which is helpful to Hairston, Sjoberg, and Howard owners. Lastly the steadiness continues for Valeri and Piatti who finished with 8 and 7 points respectively.

Looking at Round 23 now, my biggest advice is to prepare for Round 25 and even 27. With so many teams having byes, it's important to be set up nicely to avoid having to take any -4’s at this stage in the game. MLS sucks for having it set up this way, and it gets tiring doing mental gymnastics trying to figure out how to prepare for these totally inconvenient game weeks but nonetheless we have to do it and be smart about it.

Let's get into the picks:

Goalkeepers

Who to bring in:

Brian Rowe: Not a part of the round 25 or 27 bye and he is playing at home this week, albeit against Colorado but with his price of $5.1, it's hard to pass him up.

Who to avoid:

Tim Melia: He hasn't been that good this season in general but he's also been dealing with a nagging back injury and it isn't likely he’ll play. Even if he does play, he's playing a tough Dallas team in Dallas. Which is also a good enough reason to not bring in his backup Kann.

Tim Howard: Yes Colorado are awesome defensively but playing at LA, there will probably be goals. Not to mention he is a part of the bye in 25. If you have him, you may consider keeping him but now is just not the time to go get him.

Defenders

Who to bring in:

Daniel Steres: He’s $5.4 and has no byes coming up, you'd be reckless to not own him.

Harrison Afful: He's a bit expensive at $7.4 but he has some favorable matchups in the near future as well as he's not got any byes upcoming. All that plus his tracking prowess could be a nice defensive differential pick.

Who to avoid:

Walker Zimmerman: Ok if you have him go ahead and play him this week, you'd be silly not to, but picking him up right now would be silly since he's at Colorado next week, then on a bye. If you want to get him you might consider waiting on it.

Any Orlando City defender: They are awful, they keep proving they're awful, and they're scores are awful. Do not get any of them...ever!

Midfielders

Who to bring in:

Ignacio Piatti: He is away from home this week against the Red Bulls which isn't overly favorable but then he's at home vs Chicago and at home vs DC. He's a good guy to own right now. He's $11.3.

Justin Meram: He’s fairly cheap for a midfielder at $8.5 and he doesn't have a bye in either 25 or 27. He's playing at home this week against NYCFC, then NE Revs and after that Philly. I’d take my chances with him especially since a lot of the big midfielders won't be playing.

David Accam: He's taking on Orlando City at home and he usually has a pretty good game against them. His speed will likely be too much for their defenders to handle so at $9.1 he's one to consider.

Who to avoid:

Kevin Molino: He is great but with no solid evidence of him being over his hamstring issue before the apparent roster deadline, he's just not worth the risk. A lot of people had to take a 0 for him last round and it hurt them considerable. Avoid until we know more.

Lee Nguyen: Lee just isn't getting the opportunities that he's seen in past seasons. He’s just too expensive for what he's bringing back in points. Not worth it!

Forwards

Who to bring in:

Sebastian Giovinco: If bringing in 25 points last round wasn't worth it to you then you have issues. He's the most expensive player in the game for a reason at $13.6, find a way to fit him on your team.

Ola Kamara: Ola had a break and now he should be fresh and looking for some more goals. His price is $8.9 so that should be helpful especially if you have Giovinco. He's also not on any upcoming byes.

Jordan Morris: He hasn't been a fantasy favorite so far this season but with the arrival of Lodeiro he has seen much success. He’s $8.4 and I think that's a fair price for a guy who will looking to get his name on the score sheet more than we’ve seen.

Who to avoid:

Bradley Wright-Phillips: He came off injured against the Galaxy and even though we know he’ll be starting, he may not see the amount of minutes we’d like or perhaps he may not be as willing to challenge for the ball. Regardless he's part of the bye week so it's probably best to just go with someone else.

The end! Hit me up on Twitter @_notchadwick, I'd love to hear your thoughts. Good luck managers!!