ESPN MLS Fantasy Guide: Week 9

Posted In Features - By Andrew Crollard On Tuesday, May 10th, 2011 With 0 Comments

This week presents us with the final set of double gameweeks for the first 10-week session.

Dallas: vs. Toronto and vs. Philadelphia

Statistically, Dallas have the most favorable matchups this week with two home games. However, they have struggled in the start of 2011 and the loss of last year’s MVP, Ferreira, should stifle Dallas’ attack. Dallas’ forward situation is still up in the air with several players receiving minutes in the 4-5-1. I’d stick to the Dallas defense this week with a possible foray to Brek Shea or Eric Avila.

LA: at Philadelpia and vs. Kansas City

LA is an interesting beast this week. Away games tend to be poor for a team’s defense, but Philly is really struggling to find the net. Home games tend to be good for a team’s defense, but Sporting KC is one of the highest scoring teams in the league. LA is certainly a good play this week as you can expect returns at either end of the field. Donovan, Ricketts and DeLaGarza are your plays from LA this week.

Philadelphia: at LA and vs. Dallas

The turnaround for Philly’s defense is the fantasy story this season in my book (aside from the recent string of injuries). I would definitely steer clear of anyone that isn’t on the Union back line or named Mondragon.

San Jose: at Vancouver and vs. Columbus

When I was looking at the fixture list this week, I immediately thought that Wondolowski was for sure going to be the number one captain pick. However, the stats are rather average for an offense with a double. I still think he’s a good play, along with the defensive unit in San Jose, this week for San Jose.

Toronto: at Dallas and vs. Chicago

Toronto has two decent fixtures in theory this week. I still think they’re the worst team in the league though. If you want to invest in this TFC side, look to Martina and Dos Santos up front. However, I expect some rotation on the Toronto front line for this week.

Vancouver: vs. San Jose and at New England

Vancouver’s hot start has tapered off of late. This week should provide them with an opportunity to reassert themselves in the playoff race. Chiumiento is the key player for the Whitecaps and has already provided returns with several assists this season. I think Hassli could be a could fantasy player if he could figure out how to stay on the field.

Predicted goals scored:

2011 2010+
Chicago 1.3 1.5
Chivas 0.3 0.4
Colorado 0.8 1.7
Columbus 1 1.2
Dallas 5 6.3
DCU 1.2 1.2
Houston 0.3 0.4
LA 3.3 3.2
NE 1.1 1.8
Philly 1.7 1.7
POR 0.4 0.9
RBNY 1 2.0
RSL 2.5 3.6
Seattle 3.4 2.3
SJ 2.4 2.8
SKC 0.8 1.1
TFC 3 2.9
VAN 2.9 3.0

Predicted goals allowed:

2011 2010+
Chicago 2.0 2.1
Chivas 1.0 2.0
Colorado 1.2 1.2
Columbus 1.3 1.6
Dallas 0.3 1.0 0.7 0.8
DCU 0.8 1.7
Houston 2.5 3.6
LA 0.8 1.3 1.1 1.0
NE 0.5 1.1
Philly 1.0 0.3 3.2 1.0
POR 3.4 2.3
RBNY 0.3 0.4
RSL 0.3 0.4
Seattle 0.4 0.9
SJ 1.0 2.4 1.2 1.9
SKC 3.0 2.3
TFC 1.3 4.0 1.5 3.1
VAN 1.1 1.1 1.8 1.2

Team of the week:


DeLaGarza, Leitch, Ihemelu, Williams

Donovan, Avila, Chiumiento, Friberg

Wondolowski, Martina

Subs: Ricketts, Harden, Dawkins, Jaqua

Total value: 96.5

Captain picks:

Wondolowski – A double gameweek for San Jose should spell returns for last year’s golden boot winner.

Donovan – LA has a favorable fixture hosting Kansas City, plus an away game against Philly to boot. Donovan is one of the players in top form right now and will look to produce something to shove in Luke Rogers’ mouth.

Shea – He’s been moved up the field from this defensive role at the start of the season. Dallas are predicted to score five goals this week, and Shea is one of their better attacking options.

Montero – Seattle host Portland in an extremely hyped derby match. Seattle are expected to bag a few goals and without White, Rosales, or Zakuani, the onus will lie at the feet of Montero.

John – Dallas has two home games against two weak offensive teams. I would be absolutely shocked if they didn’t keep at least one cleansheet this week.

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