It's time for another Fantasy Report! This week we’re diving into Round 9 and everything it has to offer!
After just finishing up Round 8 and our first double game week (DGW) of the season, we can look forward to a nice normal week. Everyone is playing and they're only playing once! This should in theory make some of our decisions easier this week.
One of my favorite things to do is look at the last round and see what I can take away from it and apply that to the current round. For example, Colorado got shut out on the road in Minnesota. While I do think the Loons are improving, I don't think that's a testament to Colorado’s lack of scoring. They've had a hard time of it this season and not being able to score against the worst defense in the league doesn't help their case. This weekend, they are on the road again, and they are visiting what is proving to be one of the most difficult places for a road team to play...Orlando. The Lions are undefeated in four games at home so far and I believe the home field advantage will only work in their favor. I'm liking this game for a clean sheet hunt more than I am for offense. Orlando has no problem scoring, it's just a matter of who will be doing the scoring. However, on the defensive side, we know there is strong reason to believe that Colorado will have a tough time scoring, they've proven that time and time again, and in that environment, I just can't see them getting it done. I'm loading up on OCSC defenders.
A big talking point this season has been Sebastian Giovinco’s lack of fantasy production. It doesn't help that he battled injury in the first few games and one could say he's been a little unlucky too. However, last round he put in two goals and was flaming pissed when he got taken out. He's hungry for more and he will be at home facing a Houston team that has impressed offensively, but defensively are still trying to figure it out. If Giovinco is in the same form he was last round, you'd have to think he has some serious potential to strike big this round.
Portland will be on the road visiting Dallas this round but will be without the help of Diego Valeri, as he was stretchered off in his last game. Portland is still a very good team even without Valeri but there is no denying that majority of their success comes from the Argentinian. Maybe against a different team Portland could pull off a draw or even a win, but I just don't see them being able to take on Dallas in Dallas. I'm not bringing this up in a “who to pick” kind of way but more of a “who not to pick.” Portland players have been some of the most popular this season and without their star player, I really don't see any of them being very productive fantasy wise this round.
Lastly, the Galaxy have been nothing short of disappointing in the first 8 games of the season but the lone bright spot has been Romain Alessandrini. He has the second highest total score of all midfielders, behind only Diego Valeri. He’ll be facing a Philly team that has looked lost so far this season and Philly has a long flight to even get to the game. I'm liking his odds in this one.
Let's get to the picks!
Joe Bendik ($5.1): The Orlando goalkeeper with a home field advantage against the worst offensive team in the league, yup.
Jonathan Spector ($5.7): Listen, this guy has completely changed how Orlando plays defense. He's been outstanding for them so far so I have to show Specs some love here. He is a really solid option against Colorado.
Donny Toia ($5.0)/ Scott Sutter ($5.1): I'm listing them both because either one is a solid option. If you want to go all in on Orlando then you could potentially do both, or you can just pick one, it's all preference. I put these guys as my picks because Jose Aja might be back this round to displace Tommy Redding, or he might be rested one more week. No one really knows who will play the other cb spot so I say just take an outside back.
Jimmy Medranda ($5.5): Jimmy has been a popular player this season and this round is no different. SKC will be taking on a lackluster Salt Lake team. Medranda is a good pick here, especially when he gets subbed out after his clean sheet is in tact.
Romain Alessandrini ($9.6): As stated earlier, his chances against Philly have serious potential and being at home is icing on the cake.
Miguel Almiron ($9.3): Atlanta will be playing at home against a D.C. team that has struggled this season. I think the speed at which Atlanta and Almiron play could be detrimental to to D.C. United’s midfield and defense.
Anibal Godoy ($7.3): I'm picking him purely because I can see him playing well against the Loons. The Quakes haven't been overly dangerous but it would seem dumb to risk not owning him against the worst defense in the league.
Justin Meram ($9.8): Gotta rep Meram against NYCFC. Nothing against NYCFC, you just can't count out Meram at home. He's a bit quieter on the road but I'm fully expecting him to make an impact in this one.
Sacha Kljestan ($10.3): It's been a tough start for The Stache, but with what looks like a formation change for the Red Bulls, I can see him finding success at home against Chicago.
Jordan Morris ($8.8): Ideally I’d rather have Clint Dempsey but Morris just edges him out with his price tag. New England might have some tired legs coming off a DGW and then having to travel to the Pacific Northwest. Could be a nice matchup for the boys in Rave Green.
Sebastian Giovinco ($12.2): I believe in the Italian this round, I really do. After seeing him last round, I'm fully prepared to pay the money and take the risks. Fingers crossed it pays off!
So that's it for me this round. As always, hit me up @notchadwick_. I love discussing with you all and I love to see the different strategies you all have! Good luck managers!
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