Sunday, July 17, 2011

Week 19 doubles and blanks

There are 3 teams without a game with week. Chicago didn’t have one scheduled and the match between Seattle and Philadelphia has been postponed so the Union can play a friendly (ugh). At the time of writing, the ESPN game is still showing the game between Philadelphia and Seattle to be a go, so make sure you aren’t relying on any of these players this week.

Now for the important part: the teams with double gameweeks.

Colorado: vs. New York and vs. New England

Colorado’s offense was starting to look dangerous again with the reintroduction of Conor Casey and Omar Cummings. Unfortunately for Colorado, Casey injured himself in Seattle and couldn’t continue. I wouldn’t count on returning this week, and thus Cummings is the offensive threat for the Rapids. Two home games are promising for the defense, especially the match-up with New England. 

Columbus: at LA and vs. Portland

Columbus has one away and one home game this week: away to table-topping LA and the home against bottom-barrel Portland. There doesn't look like much for fantasy returns in LA, but the home game against Portland looks tasty. Columbus' attack doesn't inspire much confidence in me, but their defense is solid. I would consider bringing in one of their back-line or Hesmer for this week.

Dallas: at Toronto and at New York

The game against New York is my match of the week to watch as a neutral this week. However, the stats say that New York should win 2-1. So, if you play by the numbers, there’s not a whole lot in this game for Dallas. The game against Toronto is friendlier for our fantasy prospects, but still doesn’t look to be too promising, with each team predicted to score 1.5 goals. This is a tricky one to call, but I would be comfortable bringing in a Dallas defender if you don’t already have one or Brek Shea.

New England: at DC and at Colorado

Two away games for dismal New England this week. There’s almost no fantasy value to be found in this squad. Even Shalrie Joseph has had a quiet year.

New York: at Colorado and vs. Dallas

New York finally signed a veteran goal-keeper who should be able to better-organize their backline. He certainly had an easy time in his debut, but Colorado and Dallas should prove a bit more attacking than Chivas was. Of course, Richards, Lindpere, and Henry are all still viable options (all are in my team) and Agudelo is also a good pick this week as Rodgers’ injury should keep him out another week.

San Jose: vs. Vancouver and at Salt Lake

San Jose is another team with a mixed bag this week. The Quakes have lots of fantasy potential against Vancouver and little against Salt Lake. The match-up against the Whitecaps is good enough to warrant consideration of bringing in a San Jose player or two. Wondolowski is the most likely to make my team on top of a defender already in my side.

Toronto: vs. Dallas and at Kansas City

Like New England, there isn’t a whole lot of fantasy value to be found in Toronto. There has been too many signings recently for me to have any confidence in their team synergy. I would steer clear.

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