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By CASEY CANNON
Hello and Welcome to the Soccer by Ives Fantasy Corner – now with free shipping and handling! Every week I dig through statistics, news, and rumors to provide the reader with the kind of fantasy advice that only a man who is going to produce his own pickles can provide. I am writing this well before the official injury reports come out, so don't be grumpy if I tell you to pick a hurt player. For information on MLS Fantasy Football go to http://fantasy.mlsnet.com/.
Here are a couple of quick notes before the recommendations for the week.
The deadline is Wednesday (TODAY)! Go make rough draft picks right now!!
If LeBron James played soccer, would he be the greatest forward ever?
The Fire managed to earn a draw against another 10-man team. I wonder what Blanco gave the ref this time.
To the Crew Defenders and Staff: Watching the Chicago game tape, we see an unmarked Brain McBride score on header when the ball goes down the left side of the field. Against Toronto we see Barrett score the tying goal unmarked after the ball comes in from the left side of the field. Please develop a plan to handle this devastating “left side of the field” strategy teams are implementing against you.
After Donovan hit that PK, did one of the other Galaxy players ask LD to give someone else a chance?
Speaking of the Galaxy, shocking news. LA has the 6th-ranked defense in the league. Better than Chicago and New England. Adjust mindsets accordingly.
Continued congratulations to “Celtic1888″ 1st in the SBI league and 2nd overall. 100 points behind and 2nd in the SBI league is “champ chelsea” . Team “dcunited1996″ won the week for SBI.
For those of you wondering, my team is “Duncan Can Score” now sitting 41st overall.
Now, onto this week's picks:
Take Three – LA Galaxy. LA plays two games this week, one against depleted RSL. RSL isn’t a great defensive team under normal conditions. With RSL missing three starters, the Galaxy might, maybe, possibly be able to earn a point on the road. Consider the second game against Seattle a bonus.
Take Three – DC United. United gets two winnable games this week. In all honesty, any game against the Wizards is winnable, and then Toronto pays a visit to RFK. Pontius, Moreno, Emilio? Maybe throw in Crayton (11.5 points per game)?
Avoid – New England Revolution. A team that has been awful against a team that has been mediocre (Chicago). Home field advantage says New England loses. Further recent history implies a New England player earns a red card. With that in mind, here are our odds for New England player most likely to get the first ced card: Sharlie Joseph 2-1, Jeff Larentowicz 2-1, Jay Heaps 3-1, Steve Nicol 3-1, Matt Reis 4-1, Sainey Nyassi 5-1, Chris Albright 5-1, Taylor Twellman 5-1, Steve “Classy” Ralson 50-1.
Captain – Landon Donovan. Shocker. Half of the accounts have Landon on their teams. Still he plays the full ninety every game and I expect him to make 39.9 points this week. The game winning goal bonus was made for this guy.
Value – Chris Pontius. The value pick from last week had his price fall. The United Midfielder plays two games this week and is 5th on the spreadsheet. For a dirt cheap $176,000 the spreadsheet says he will earn 31.89 points this week.
Overpriced – Alejandro Moreno. This Crew Forward is only making 3.83 points per game, yet he costs $483,000. He is the 100th field player on the spreadsheet, behind luminaries like Alan Gordon, Bojan Stepanovic and James Riley.
What player picks do you like this week? Who are you avoiding this week?
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