Hey everybody, this is agtk back to bring you some last minute advice for this week's games. As the transfer deadline is tonight at 5:30pm, this is a shorter article with a few quick recommendations for teams to look at and players to grab.
This year's double game weeks have been pretty underwhelming. Only a small handful of players have truly showcased the kinds of points you can get playing 180 minutes in the span of five days. This week four teams go at it twice, with both California teams on the road for their games. There are a few areas of hope, though, and this could turn out to be a week with very high team averages.
Houston has the more attractive DGW. Houston has been up and down this year, starting out very strong defensively and then giving up 8 goals in the last two weeks. I suspect their early season form is more true to their team, so I've invested in Jermaine Taylor ($6.1M) and Giles Barnes (9.4). Taylor is cheaper than Houston's other starting CB, Raul Rodriguez (7.6), especially after Taylor's rough week 8 in which he was sent off (the red card and -1 points combined to lose him 0.4 in value). He's your best value in Houston's defense. Barnes is the man up top for Houston, and if they're going to score goals, they're almost certainly going to come from him. He has 5 of Houston's 11 goals, and with Brad Davis (9.8) returning to form, he's a worthwhile investment for the DGW.
RSL is not very good lately. RSL has scored only one goal in the past four games, and that one goal was a gift of an own goal by SJ's Victor Bernandez. With Javier Morales (11.1) likely out with a concussion, I don't see a lot of hope for RSL to turn it around quite yet. The one guy possibly worth the investment is Jamison Olave (8.1). RSL hasn't yet kept a clean sheet at home, but with Robbie Keane (11.1) probably still injured, there's a good chance they get one against LAG. If not, Olave should be good for a bunch of bonus points throughout the week. Olmes Garcia (6.5) is a long shot option if you want to take a stab in the dark at forward -- he'll likely get around 120 minutes through the DGW and might sneak a goal.
LAG and SJ have two road games--invest with caution. I would mostly stay away from SJ's players -- Chris Wondolowski (10.8) might have a good week but there are likely better options; David Bingham (5.0) is decent but Tyler Deric (4.9) is actually cheaper; and Matias Perez-Garciz (8.0) is intriguing but he has yet to get a goal or assist. With Innocent Emeghara (8.9) injured, perhaps Adam Jahn (5.2) is worth a cheap spot. For the Galaxy, Omar Gonzalez (9.5) is really good if want to make room for his price tag; Stefan Ishizaki (8.0) and Juninho (8.1) keep racking up significant bonus points; and Bradford Jamieson (5.6) makes a very intriguing, if risky, choice up top.
DC United have a great DGW next week. You should be taking a hard look at grabbing Fabian Espindola (10.2) either this week or next. If you can afford Sean Frankin (8.2) or Bobby Boswell (9.3), they'll be worth it for a few weeks to come. Kofi Opare (5.1) is still starting, but Birnbaum should return soon. Also, it seems Chris Korb (5.6) is starting again over Taylor Kemp (7.5), but it's unclear how long that situation will last. If you're considering any of those four, I'd probably wait until after this weekend for some clarity. Beyond those guys, Chris Rolfe (8.9) is a great grab in the midfield for next week. Orlando also has a DGW next week, but I don't believe anyone on Orlando is solid enough to strongly recommend. You can go with Kaka (11.4), who's just as likely to score 5 pts on the DGW as 18. Cyle Larin (5.6) has been starting at forward, so there's some value there. But Orlando hasn't looked that dangerous the last few weeks, so don't go expecting the moon.
New England and SKC both have DGWs coming up and are looking strong, invest now. Both teams have been hot lately, scoring plenty of goals. The only specific player I'll recommend now is London Woodberry (5.0), who seems to have locked down a starting spot for New England and has been playing very well. Other than that, it seems that Heaps has been rotating midfield starters, so almost no one is guaranteed minutes there. Pretty much anyone on SKC looks worth owning right now, but if you don't have Benny Feilhaber (9.7), you're missing out.
Seattle Sounders are a good team. You probably knew this, but the Sounders are pretty good. Own a few of them and you'll be happy. If you're reading this article, I don't need to tell you which ones. But I will tell you that they have a DGW in week 13 and then are one of the few teams playing in week 15 (which isn't a big deal as everyone gets a wildcard that week anyway). Sounders don't have the best schedule (away to Columbus and then Vancouver is always tough) but expect them to at least score goals.
Thanks a lot for coming around, and good luck this week. Remember to get your changes in by 5:30 pm tonight!