Well, it is the week before the next double game fixtures and my advice will remain the same. Take a look at your coverage for next week before you make your selections. The following teams play twice in week 8:
- Sporting Kansas City
- Portland Timbers
- Vancouver Whitecaps
- New England Revolution
- Montreal Impact
- New York City FC
And that being said, let me confuse you just a bit, because considering these players can be fraught with pitfalls particularly rotation and a sudden loss of form. That happened to me a bit, last week with my four Kansas City selections. And remember, Chicago Fire and Portland both have byes this particular week.
Let's take a look at the player selections for the upcoming week.
I don't really recommend burning a selection on a goalkeeper this week. If you must, consider Bobby Shuttleworth of New England who plays away at DC United, who despite their results often appears to be hanging on by a thread in many of their matches, so far.
I have Tim Melia who is away at San Jose. I expect to start him next week in his two games, at Vancouver and home to the LA Galaxy.
If you need a bargain to get some salary cap relief this week consider Travis Worra at home against New England. His back four have started all of their matches this season with some decent results.
Laurent Ciman is pricy at 8.8, but he is home vs Toronto and has the double next week against New York City and Colorado. I am going to try to get him on my squad next week. Many are already on board.
Chris Tierney of New England appears to be the defender to add from their team.
I always consider the budget options when making my roster changes. Daniel Seres of the Los Angeles Galaxy has been solid for a team that has only allowed 5 goals. Jonathan Campbell of Chicago at 5.1 is worth considering, although keep in mind their bye this particular weekend. London Woodberry of New England appears to have claimed the right back spot for New England and is priced at only 5.0. Of course, beware the rotation risk with him for the double game week.
Kaka will probably be my captain this week against the slow starting New York Red Bulls. He is truly a gifted talent and Orlando appears to have their full squad healthy and travelling to the Big Apple.
Most already have Ignacio Piatti on our rosters. You will definitely need him for his double next week.
In the absence of Mauro Diaz, many folks are adding Michael Barrios who has been surprising for FC Dallas. They play away at Vancouver.
Kevin Molino has been red hot for Orlando and is moderately priced at 8.1. He, like Kaka, is also at the Red Bull Arena this week and although I was a big fan of their team last season, they have certainly been struggling on both sides of the pitch.
Justin Meram of Columbus has scored 29 points in his three matches and appears to have a plum fixture at home against Houston.
In the bargain category, consider Michael Azira, who has delivered 30 points for Colorado at only 5.5.
I like Cyle Larin, who has been training full strength for Orlando against the struggling Red Bull defense.
C.J. Sapong has a nice match up at home against NYCFC, a team that ordinarily does not travel well. His price is only 8.2.
Giovanni dos Santos returned from injury to score 15 points last week and is at home against Real Salt Lake.
Many consider Max Urruti of FC Dallas a season keeper, priced at 8.8 now and having played all but 6 minutes while delivering 50 points on the season.
I went all in on Sporting Kansas City last week and in many ways was fortunate to only drop 6 places down to 35. Right now, I am looking at utilizing my wild card in week 9 to set up my squad for the big Double Game week 10. Interestingly, this week, I am considering dropping Dom Dwyer, who has a double game week approaching.
My squad for last week remains: Worra (or possibly Melia), Parker, Redding, Coelho, Kemp, Kaka, Piatti, Feilhaber, Villa, Urruti and Dwyer.
I expect to drop Valeri and Dwyer and add either Molino or Meram and Larin. I may also just add Larin and save the second pick, giving me three for the double games next week, but I doubt it. If I make the two transfers, I might just have to sit Nuno Coelho, the top scoring defender on the season. Decisions, decisions!
I am hopeful one of the teams with two games next week might step forward this week, perhaps Montreal. Any way, tell me your thoughts about your squad.
Other than my idea of Kaka, is there a captain selection you like? Remember, the captain pick is the most important decision we make each week. No Friday game, of course, this week. As always best wishes in your selections and good luck this weekend.