Fantasy Fixes: Bang-for-your-buck tips leading into Week 11
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*Reminder #1: The cut-off time to make roster changes is 15 minutes prior to the scheduled kick off of the first match of the week. This week, that deadline is 8:15 pm ET on Tuesday, May 15.
*Reminder #2: Real Salt Lake have a bye this week. Get these players out of your lineup.
Top Players in Week 10: Lee Nguyen (New England Revolution), Jamison Olave (RSL) – 15 points
Key Injuries: Monitor the injury report that will be out later today.
With games starting earlier than usual this week, you’ll have to make your moves with limited information. The injury report will be out later today so keep checking back if you’re on the fence about a player. Injuries are starting to become an issue so focus on players that offer you reliability as well as potential. With that said, here are my five picks for Week 11.
Brad Davis, $9.2m, Houston Dynamo (5.3 PPG, 5th most among midfielders)
After a nagging calf injury sidelined him for several weeks, one of the hottest midfielders in MLS is back to his old ways. In his two most recent outings Davis has connected on eight crosses to go along with six key passes. In 2011 he led all players in key passes, chances created and big chances created. He’s undervalued and plays five games in the next three weeks – three of which are at home. With Beckerman not playing and DeLeon on the injury list, Davis is an exceptional fill-in with a promising future.
WATCH: Brad Davis's lefty strike vs. DC
Dominic Oduro, $9.4m, Chicago Fire (37 points, T-14th among forwards)
Oduro leads all players with five BCF’s (Big Chances Fluffed), making him one of the riskiest players to own in fantasy soccer. If he had converted just three of the five BCF’s into goals, he’d be 4th in points among forwards. Oduro’s speed puts him in a one-v-one with opposing 'keepers nearly every game. With Grazzini and Nyarko looking to set him up, it all comes down to Oduro’s ability to focus and finish. Unfortunately that may be asking too much. He’s a gamble with either a huge return (six or more points in four games) or a dismal performance (one point in four games).
Daniel Woolard, $6.5m, DC United (62 points, 2nd among defenders)
United has benefited from a multi-game week twice already and they’ll get to do it again in Week 11. Woolard has 83 *CBI’s (Combined clearances, blocks and inteceptions), putting him 3rd among defenders. He also has 59 recoveries (10th among defenders). He’s the seventh most added defender in fantasy soccer with nearly 1100 transfers. This week United doesn’t have to travel at all, with games at home against Colorado and Toronto FC. Woolard has scored eight or more points in five games already, and in the coming weeks DC play New England and Philadelphia, making him a nice addition going forward.
Tally Hall, $6.4m, Houston Dynamo (5.0 PPG, T-8th among goalkeepers)
Goalkeepers continue to be the most neglected position with regards to transfers. Houston’s defense has had some issues, but a shutout against DC United this past weekend was a move in the right direction. Hall has scored four or more points in six games this season so a cumulative 8-10 points is almost guaranteed this week. With Davis clicking on all cylinders, Houston should be able to keep the ball in the opponents’ half for longer periods, limiting the amount of pressure on Hall.
Austin Berry, $4.3m, Chicago Fire (23 points, 3 starts - 270 minutes played)
Berry is inexpensive and the matchups for Chicago look extremely favorable in the coming weeks. The 9th pick in the 2012 MLS SuperDraft has started and played in just three games this season, but he’s already racked up more points than both Jalil Anibaba and Arne Friedrich. He’s accumulated 24 CBI’s, 26 recoveries and even helped Chicago earn their second clean sheet on the season. With Friedrich nursing a “tight” hamstring and Chicago playing multiple games in two of the next three weeks, Berry is an intriguing (but slightly risky) pick-up. Watch for Friedrich’s status in today’s injury report before buying.
Most added transfer this week: Brian Mullan
Most dropped transfer this week: Nick DeLeon