ESPN MLS Fantasy Guide: Week 13

Posted In Features - By Andrew Crollard On Wednesday, June 8th, 2011 With 1 Comment

We have four teams with double gameweeks this week with varying degrees of expected returns.

Salt Lake: at Columbus and at Philadelphia

Salt Lake continues to be without much of their attacking power. Since the injury to Morales, they just haven’t had the same flow that Morales provided at the point of their diamond midfield. This week sees them face off against two defenses that have had decent results at home this season which hardly instills confidence in a depleted RSL attack. However, both the Crew and Union offenses have struggled this season and a clean sheet is a very real possibility for RSL. Any investment in Salt Lake for the week should be in the back and my picks are Rimando and Borchers.

Kansas City: vs. Chicago and at Dallas

The seemingly endless road trip finally comes to a halt with a home game against Chicago. I would be willing to bet at least 4 goals are scored in that game and all 3 points go to Sporting. SKC also has an away game against a solid Dallas team, which doesn’t look promising for fantasy returns aside from the basic points for just playing. I still wouldn’t put any stock in Kansas City’s defense, but their offense is likely on the brink of producing more regularly. I think Bravo is the safest pick, but Bunbury, Kamara, Sapong, and Arnaud are all worth a look.

Chicago: at Kansas City and at Columbus

Chicago’s defense looked much more solid last week in the first game without De Los Cobos. However it was against a Seattle side struggling to find cohesion. I am almost ready to consider Chicago for fantasy investment, but I’ll wait to see what they can pull out this weekend before looking too closely. Chicago has my least favorite double this week with two away games and are a team in transition between coaches.

Columbus: vs. Salt Lake and vs. Chicago

Columbus has two home games – one against a toothless Salt Lake attack and a Chicago team trying to change to the style of a new coach. I would be shocked if they were unable to keep at least one clean sheet this week. However, I have little confidence in their attack and don’t expect much from them. I am looking at their backline for investment but no further up the pitch.

Predicted goals scored:

SKC 4.1
Columbus 3.4
LA 3.3
Chicago 2.8
Dallas 2.7
RBNY 2.7
POR 2.3
Chivas 1.9
Houston 1.9
DCU 1.6
Seattle 1.6
SJ 1.3
Colorado 1.0
RSL 1.0
NE 0.6
TFC 0.3
Philly 0.3
VAN 0.3

Predicted goals allowed:

Seattle 0.3
RSL 0.3 0.4
LA 0.3
Philly 0.4
RBNY 0.6
Columbus 0.6 1.1
Dallas 0.8
TFC 0.9
POR 1.0
DCU 1.3
VAN 1.6
SJ 1.6
SKC 1.7 2.7
Chivas 1.9
Houston 1.9
Colorado 2.3
NE 2.7
Chicago 3.0 3.3

Team of the week:


Balchan, Borchers, Franklin, Wahl

Arnaud, Rodgers, Davis, Beckham

Bravo, Chaves

Subs: Hesmer, Miller, Evans, Henry


Rimando – The stats say there’s a good shot at two clean sheets for Salt Lake. I think one is a real possibility and 10 points could easily be had by Rimando this week.

Hesmer – Same as Rimando, but if you like Columbus’ shot at clean sheets more, go with Hesmer.

Bravo – He’s back in the starting eleven and SKC finally gets to have their home opener.

Arnaud – He hasn’t had nearly the season in fantasy terms as he has the last couple. This double gameweek could be the one he breaks out.

Wahl – Seattle have the lowest predicted goals conceded this week. I have a feeling that Wahl will also pick up an assist. This is purely a hunch though.

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  1. Dinski says:

    Isn’t Rimando on the gold cup roster or will he play for RSL this week?

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