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Week 3 MLS Fantasy Player Picks

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MLS is rolling into the 3rd week, and four of the big teams with big players of the league have a bye! I'll show you how to get the big points while avoiding the players destined for a doughnut!

Classic stuff from David Villa in the NYCFC home opener last week!
Classic stuff from David Villa in the NYCFC home opener last week!
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Previous Week Recap!

Last week was MUCH better in the goals category, and even came with a couple upsets along the way! *cough* San Jose *cough*! With 99 points last week, I moved up to 37th in the bloggers league, and jumped up to a 30+ point lead in my personal league, because they're a bunch of noobs! We have FOUR players from our league in the top 5, and EIGHT in the top 10! I'm going to take credit for that, even though it probably was not my influence at all that helped! Just a reminder my team name is Vamos DC United just in case you get me Sam mixed up with the other Sams in the league.

Last Week's Talking Points!

Blas Perez! Holy bologna man! Blas is on fire and ready for more, as he had two goals last week and now has three in two weeks! Watch this crazy Panamanian!

Under performances! Jozy, Kaka, and Stefan Frei all well under performed. Jozy had a 2pt game, Kaka subbed out with 8pts, and Stefan Frei, one of my picks from last week, had a -9!!! CURSE YOU SAN JOSE!!! Good thing I didn't have him! HAHA!

Player Picks!

Well, with Jozy Altidore, Clint Dempsey, Obafemi Martins, Justin Meram, and Kyle Beckerman not playing, to name a few, this week could possibly be a low scoring week, but, I doubt it. There will be even more goals than last week, and I have some pretty good hunches on who will score, you just have to put them in your team, and hope my hunches really aren't saying I should go get a sandwich instead of type this!

Fixtures:
Philadelphia Union vs. FC Dallas
New England Revolution vs. Montreal Impact
Colorado Rapids vs. New York City FC
Orlando City vs. Vancouver Whitecaps
Sporting Kansas City vs. Portland Timbers
LA Galaxy vs. Houston Dynamo
New York Red Bulls vs. D.C. United
San Jose Earthquakes vs. Chicago Fire

The teams without games this week are Seattle Sounders, Toronto FC, Columbus Crew SC, and Real Salt Lake!

Goalkeepers

Bobby Shuttleworth (New England)- Bobby was the Rev's MOTM last week, despite letting in two goals. He had 7 saves and scored 6 points despite a loss and two goals conceded. He's playing Montreal who has a CONCACAF Champions League match against Costa Rican side Alajuelense today (Wednesday) who play a very fast game, so they could be playing either a tired or weaker side. New England could get a win here, and Shuttleworth could be worth his money payout.

David Bingham (San Jose)- At a great price of 3.39, this man may just be the best points to money differential this week. He's playing a Chicago side who haven't scored yet this season, and seem very lackluster in attacking. The confidence levels of Bingham and the San Jose D have to be high after a good performance against Seattle last week away.

Chris Seitz (FC Dallas)- After two weeks, FC Dallas are the only team with a 2-0-0 record, and are off to a blistering pace. They are playing Philly this weekend, so I see no problem for them this weekend. He is expensive, at 8.67, so even if he lets just one goal in, it could return less points than price, making him a small risk.

Josh Saunders (NYCFC)- This man is a BEAST! He rightfully earned his cleansheet last week with at least 2 amazing close range reaction saves. He's at a fair 5.29, and is playing Colorado, even though they are away and over a mile high, I feel the big man between the sticks for NYCFC can get it done and they cruise to a second victory.

Defenders

Eric Gehrig (Chicago)- This man never disappoints it seems! He had a wonderful 13 points for my team last week without a cleansheet, and 10 the week before, all phantom points. The man is a beast, and is only 9.32. He'll get plenty of chances at Wondo, so he might be able to hit the 15 phantom point mark this week.

Andrew Farrell (New England)- Andrew's centerback buddy got a red last week, and he stepped up very well, pulling 11 points. He should get some good phantom points and has a chance for a cleansheet against a tired or secondary team of Montreal.

Jeb Brovsky (NYCFC)- Jeb looked very impressive last week and I have a hunch he'll come up big against Chicago this week, with a possible cleansheet and only priced at 5.13, he's in my team this week.

Steve Birnbaum (DC)- Steve and DC didn't have a game last week, and face the Red Bulls this week, who also had a rest. He scored 11pts including a cleansheet against Montreal, and, because the DC defense and Bill Hamid are so good, I can see a possible well-earned cleansheet and a lot of passes intercepted and tackles won.

Hassoun Camara (Montreal)- With an impressive 14 phantom points week 1 without a cleansheet, and the Revs up next running right at him, he could be a really good differential points pick. The Revs haven't scored all season as well, so if they could keep a cleansheet, this man could be in 20 to 25  point territory by the end of the day. He's in my team.

Midfielders

Rodney Wallace (Portland)- Wallace ended last week with 11 points and an assist in the bag, and had 20 phantom points the week before, this man can score! He's a reasonable price for a midfielder at 10.40 and should get some really nice chances against KC this week. He's in my team for sure, and should be a top scorer unless something bad goes down.

Matias Perez-Garcia (San Jose)- Winning fouls and crossing balls is what this kid does, and he'll have an oppurtunity to do a lot of both as he is set to play Chicago this week. He'll be feeding balls into the box into Wondo who can definitely finish some headers. He's a very well priced mid at 6.66 and is looking to draw blood this week!

Diego Fagundez (New England)- Diego is a crossing machine for the Revs, people just need to get on the end of them. Against a weak or tired Montreal, expect at least one cross to be an assist, and he's only 6.78. The Revs need a goal, and fast, and it could be this man who sets it up or even finishes it.

Ned Grabavoy (NYCFC)- Ned and David Villa seem to be making a great Midfield-Forward combo, and that showed last week with him being rewarded with a beautiful 1-2 assist. He also works the midfield, and is a box-to-box midfielder. He could struggle a mile high in Colorado, but he could do big things. I'd take him with a little caution, but he could still be a good pick.

Lloyd Sam (Red Bulls)- Lloyd Sam is one of those players that could tear you apart, or be a big dud, but after a break, he could be up on the tearing up mode. He grabbed a goal last outing, against KC. This man can put the ball into the box or cut inside from his wing, and with his pace, can be a threat to any defense. He could start hitting his stride this week on Nation-wide television.

Forwards

Chris Wondolowski (San Jose)- Wondo had a great game last week, bagging two goals against the Sounders in Seattle! He's finally getting back to form after missing the sitter a 5 year old could score in the World Cup that would've sent the USA to the quarterfinals. It's a home game in the brand new stadium against a Chicago Fire team who just plain suck. Wondo has to be in your team.

Blas Perez (FC Dallas)- Blas also scored two goals last week, and has 3 goals in 2 games. He's away at Philly, but he can really rain on there parade by scoring one or two. He's averaging 25 points out of these last two games, and will start to keep FC Dallas on top of the league. "Super raton" has to be in your team as well.

Octavio Rivero (Vancouver)- At only 4.06 and averaging a goal a game and 14 points a game, I don't know how you couldn't have him in your team, plain and simple.

Gyasi Zardes/Robbie Keane/Jose Villareal (LA Galaxy)- Ok, yes, there are three names there, but all or them have a chance to put one in, and it's really been a toss up. They are all great teammates and work the ball around, so it's almost impossible to tell, but all these guys are in different pricing catagories, with Keane at 19.08, Gyasi at 14.10, and Jose Villareal at 3.61. It all comes down to who you pick really, all could be a great option against a demoralized Houston side who lost to Orlando off an own goal by the keeper.

Khiry Shelton (NYCFC)- NYCFC ALWAYS plays better when this rookie is commanding the sidelines, it's only a matter of time before he starts, and it could be this week. He put up 7 points last week in less than 30 minutes, and with his pace, he could beat anyone on almost any field. He's what makes NYCFC click in the last 30 of games, and being he's 1.82, I'd pick him up and maybe have a guy on the bench in case.

Tell me what your team looks like and who I might have missed! Hope you enjoyed the article!

My Current Team (Vamos DC United):

Bingham
Gehrig/Boswell/Brovsky/Camara
Diskerud/Wallace/Perez-Garcia
Rivero/Perez/Wondolowski
Bench: Rivas/Ritter/Grana/M'Bolhi