This week, we avail to the wisdom of the crowds as we enter this first double-game week of the season. Sporting Kansas City and New York Red Bulls each play twice, including a head-to-head matchup on Wednesday night. (On Saturday, NY hosts New England while SKC travels to the LA Galaxy).
With that in mind, this fantasy manager is cashing in his wildcard to collect the maximum three players from each squad. However, it took me a good 30 minutes to make my final selections, which are revealed below.
Who are the best bets? I think pretty much everyone has the Graham Zusi and a good many have Dax McCarty, but the picture gets a bit murkier after that. For example -- will Thierry Henry be game to play twice in a week, even if they're on natural grass (I doubt it)? Can Jamison Olave hold up (I think so)? Is it worth to roll the dice on Benny Feilhaber, who doesn't usually do so well in the bonus categories (probably not)? Certainly some tough decisions to be made.
Best Sporting KC players to own Jimmy Nielsen ($6.0) Aurelien Collin ($6.3) Matt Besler ($6.0) Seth Sinovic ($5.9) Chance Myers ($5.3) Graham Zusi ($9.9) Oriol Rosell Argerich ($6.7) Benny Feilhaber ($7.8) Claudio Bieler ($9.3)
Best NYRB players to own Luis Robles ($5.5) Jamison Olave ($6.0) Markus Holgersson ($4.7) Dax McCarty ($8.5) Brandon Barklage ($6.0) Eric Alexander ($5.9) Thierry Henry ($10.4) Fabian Espindola ($8.4)
It's also worth noting that New York plays twice again in week 11, so it might be worth it to hold on to some of those guys. And remember, rosters set at 4:15 PM PDT Wednesday afternoon, so might as well make your changes now.
For what it's worth, here are the players I've chosen from each squad:
NY: McCarty, Olave, Barklage (I would have chosen Holgersson, but -- yikes. He's really bad.)
SKC: Zusi*, Bieler, Sinovic (You can really pick anyone on the SKC backline, which is the most stable unit in the game. Sinovic was the one I could afford.) *captain
Richard Matthew's DamagedGoods have eclipsed the 500-point barrier after seven match weeks, which is just insane. That total is good for first overall and, by extension, the top spot in every league he's participating in. Keep up the good work, dude!