Welcome back to the Fantasy Report! We are diving into the next DGW (double game week) that just so happens to also be Round 11. Toronto FC and Columbus Crew SC are each playing two games this round, once against each other and then Columbus will head to Montreal and Toronto will host Minnesota. There are some nice single game matchups this round as well, let's get into it.
It's important to remember that this is Toronto’s second DGW in a row. Sebastian Giovinco didn't travel to Seattle, so I would expect to see him make an impact this round. Jozy Altidore played both games last round and I kind of expect him to be rested at some point so just be cautious of that.
Columbus will be at home against a Toronto team that I would assume is pretty tired. I wouldn't expect much rotation for this game but I could see players such as Federico Higuain, Ethan Finlay, and possibly even Justin Meram rested in the road game against Montreal. Of course I don't think you could rest all three and expect a result on the road, so it will be interesting to see what Greg Berhalter chooses to do.
If you haven't heard, Dom Dwyer picked up his 5th yellow card against Minnesota last round, so he will be suspended for Sporting KC’s road match against Orlando City. Speaking of Orlando, they're coming off a DGW where both games were on the road. The Lions are undefeated at home and I'm sure that brings a certain confidence when coming up against a Dwyer-less Sporting team. I'm really liking Orlando defenders in this one. I think the men in blue will have a hard time scoring, especially in that Orlando Stadium in front of those supporters.
One other game I'd like to touch on is Colorado at home against San Jose. Ever since the trade with Minnesota, Colorado have been horridly bad. It's evident that they have little to no offense as well as a defense that isn't as stingy as it once was. Even though San Jose is on the road here, I have to think they have high chances of keeping a clean sheet in this one. I might even recommend someone like Anibal Godoy who picks up a lot of bonus points in the midfield, but more importantly I'm looking at the SJ defense to pick up some major points.
Let's check out the picks!
Joe Bendik ($5.1): if I could afford David Bingham I'd probably pick him, but Bendik comes in at a cheaper price so that's who I'm going with this round.
Florian Jungwirth ($6.1): This MLS newcomer has impressed so far this season and he's picking up fantasy points at a very high rate. I will take my chances with him on the road in Colorado.
Nick Lima ($4.6): This SJ youngster missed last round and it's not clear if he fell out of favor, has a slight injury, or was being rested, but at his price point, it doesn't hurt the bank too much to still own him just in case. I would find a cheap sub just in case he doesn't start.
Jonathan Spector ($5.7): Spector did not play on the road in Houston so he should be well rested against SKC at home.
Tommy Redding ($4.2): Tommy is cheap, that's the biggest thing here. He was starting in place of an injured Jose Aja, and with Spector being rested last week, we saw Redding and Aja both start. It is unclear which one of them will start next to Spector this round, but I'm going with Redding since he looked a bit more sharp than Aja last round. Much like Lima, his starting status is far from guaranteed.
Justin Meram ($9.9): With Columbus being on a DGW, he seems like an obvious fantasy choice. He's definitely not as good on the road as he is at home, but Montreal have not been great this season that I think he could find success on the road this week.
Michael Bradley ($9.1): He's played 90 minutes in every game for Toronto and that kind of shows how important he is to this team. I really can't see him getting rotated, but if you are worried about it, I would recommend Victor Vasquez, who actually comes in a little cheaper and was rested last round.
Lee Nguyen ($10.1): Lee is on a lot of managers radars this round for being at home against Salt Lake. New England have been pretty good at home and Lee Nguyen is known for his bonus points. Seems like a solid option.
Sebastian Giovinco ($12.5): He's expensive but he's a must own. He's rested, and one of his games is against an improved Minnesota defense who has yet to face quality such as his.
Jozy Altidore ($10.3): Jozy has shown he can score and assist regularly. With him and Giovinco together, I see that being hard for any defense to handle but I'm specifically looking at the Loons to have a tough time.
Ola Kamara ($10.3): Ola is on a DGW and I can't really think of a different forward that's a better option. Pretty simple choice if you ask me.
Welp, that's it for me this round, I wish you guys luck. The budget really had to be stretched to make this team work, three $10+ forwards is not easy to fit in a team but with the 4-3-3 we made it work. If you have any questions or comments you know you can find me @notchadwick_ on twitter.
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