This may be the biggest week of the season with 6 teams enjoying the Double Game Week bonus heading towards the end of the season. Montreal Impact, New England Revolution, New York City FC, New York Red Bulls, Toronto FC and San Jose Earthquakes each have two matches this round.
The challenging part will be picking the right teams and the players most likely to participate in both games. Selecting the proper captain will also be crucial this week. For me, it has been a struggle the past three weeks and has cost me a spot in the top 100. Hopefully I get it right this week and get back inside.
Let's take a look at the players you should be thinking of for selection this week:
David Bingham is a player that most of us added with San Jose's favorable schedule approaching. The injury to Victor Bernardez has cost them some certainty in the back and their defense has struggled since this happened. He is still the best of the group with all things considered.
Evan Bush is the locked down starter for Montreal and has 7 games approaching in the next four weeks. Unfortunately, Montreal has been high risk/high reward this season. Montreal's games are at San Jose and back in Montreal against New England, a difficult duo.
Bobby Shuttleworth has been a great keeper the past several weeks and would be a fine addition, just for this particular week. The other two have better fixtures heading forward.
Matt Miazga has averaged 5.6 points per game the past five weeks and is sure to start both matches. Get him on your team, if you don't have him already.
Chris Tierney is taking most of the set pieces for New England and threw out a 16 point performance two weeks ago against Orlando.
Donny Toia is still bargain priced at 5.1 for Montreal. Again, like Bush, he has 7 game days in the next four weeks as Montreal hopes to push into the playoffs.
Shaun Francis is a defender for San Jose which many of us added during the last wild card period. Clarence Goodson might also be worth considering at 8.5, should you have some extra cash.
Sacha Kljestan has stepped up for the New York Red Bulls and is in excellent form and also on penalty and most free kicks. He is a very good addition and will be added to my team.
Sebastian Giovinco has returned from his injury and played 90' last week. This is the week to get him back in your lineup.
Diego Fagundez and Lee Nguyen have played key roles in New England's resurgence. One or both of these guys should be in your lineup.
Ignacio Piatti has also returned from his injury and is capable of throwing up some big points. He is worth considering, particularly with all the games Montreal has ahead.
Bradley Wright-Phillips is the safe pick at forward this week. I also like the fact that he is the Red Bulls' single striker. This gives him a few more opportunities and hopefully calls forth his best efforts.
Didier Drogba scored a hat trick two weeks ago with 17 points in his debut and delivered only three in Los Angeles last week. I am probably going to add him this week and take my chances.
Mike Grella is a budget pick. Just be aware that he has only gone 90' once in the last 8 weeks and is also a potential rotation risk.
Taking a look at my own team, it is hard to see how I cannot take at least two hits to get in Giovinco, Kljestan and Drogba. If I add Grella and drop Keane, then maybe just one. I also have heard a rumor that Piatti and Drogba may not be traveling to San Jose for Montreal's first match, so beware adding either of them, although they are capable of busting out in the second game against New England.
So anyway, my squad will probably look like this: Bingham, Francis, Tierney, Miazga, Fagundez, Nguyen, Giovinco, Kljestan, Salinas, BWP and one of Amarikwa, Drogba or Grella (as yet undecided) My captain will probably be either Giovinco or Wright-Phillips.
Best wishes with your selections, which you should make before Wednesday's deadline at 7:30 EDT.
What is your lineup? Who is your captain? Share in the comments!