MLS Fantasy Lessons - Week of Injuries

BRIDEVIEW, IL - APRIL 10: (L-R) Brandon McDonald #14, Ramiro Corrales #12 and Ryan Johnson #19 of the San Jose Earthquakes hug teammate Ike Opara #9 after Opara scored the winning goal against the Chicago Fire in an MLS match on April 10, 2010. Wait - 2010? Get OFF my fantasy team! That's his most recent photo in our system...

With ESPN's Fantasy League having the odd rules of "roster set by Tuesday" there were several last-minute injuries that hurt people in MLS Fantasy Soccer this week. Locally the best example was Fredy Montero. Nationally the example was Charlie Davies going from likely starter (and goal scorer) to on the bench over the weekend.

Here is where the power of the 4-4-2 comes into play. Since ESPN will auto-replace a "did not play - injury" with a healthy player, the 4-4-2 means that you have one player in each position on the bench. So I made the switch. My three-man forward line was supposed to put up a ton of goals, except that one is injured (Montero), one had prolonged international duty (Kei Kamara) and one just isn't having the season that he had last year (Danny Mwanga).

I also made a change in my backline because I can't continue to go on thinking that I know better than Frank Yallop. Sure, if this was a sim game, or FIFA'11 I would love to have Ike Opara. In fantasy though that is a big mistake. I dumped him for the more pricey Omar Gonzalez, but with our local 3 CBs for 2 slots hurting my Jhon Kennedy Hurtado pick I can't have two part time players. This also forces me to count on ESPN playing one or both of Jalil Anibaba and Kofi Sarkodie.

To get the money for Big O I had to get rid of one of the high priced midfielders, and so I dumped David Ferriera. There are still 3 MVP candidates in the midfield, so I added Atiba Harris as I have some faith that the Vancouver Whitecaps will continue to score, and their defense improve (I need that as I have Jay Demerit too).

So there are only 18 transfers left for the fantasy side.

No, I'm not dumping Mike Fucito. It just isn't going to happen.

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