Fantasy Report: Three players on fire, three ice cold
Last week, some players came out from under the rock, so to speak (see: New England Revolution’s Lee Nguyen), exploding into the upper echelons of the Fantasy Soccer: Manager rankings.
Yet, others remained quiet such as LA Galaxy’s Edson Buddle, Columbus Crew’s Emilio Renteria, and Toronto FC’s Ryan Johnson.
So who will be this week’s Nguyen? Who will be Buddle?
Kenny Cooper (New York Red Bulls, $8.9 million) — He started the season with seven goals in his first six games before going onto a three game goal-less streak. But in the absence of Thierry Henry, he’s picked up the pace again scoring two game winning goals in the Red Bulls’ last two games. Look for him to snag a goal again this weekend against Montreal.
Fredy Montero (Seattle Sounders FC, $11.3 million) — In his first six games of the season, the Colombian striker didn’t tally a single point for the Sounders. In his last five games, he has scored three goals and one assist. Going up against the improving Vancouver defense will be tough, though.
Donovan Ricketts (Montreal Impact, $5.3 million) — After starting the season poorly (14 goals against in 8 games), the big Jamaican has allowed just two goals in his last four games. He has posted two clean sheets. This has backstopped a four-game unbeaten streak (2-0-2) for the club. If you’ve got him, start him.
Blas Perez (FC Dallas, $9.5 million) — “Super Raton” opened the season with three goals and two assists in six games. Since then, he’s seen inconsistent playing time, with no goals or assists to his name. Could a home game against Philly’s leaky backline provide a reprieve?
Kei Kamara (Sporting Kansas City, $9.6 million) — He started the season with four goals and one assist in six games. That included two match-winners. Since then, though, Kamara hasn’t added anything: no goals, no assists in three games — all losses for Sporting. And they must play at altitude against Colorado on Saturday.
Sebastien Le Toux (Vancouver Whitecaps, $9.8 million) — After notching three goals in his first six games, including a game winner in his Whitecap debut versus Montreal, Le Toux has since posted only one assist in the last four games. Breaking that duck against his former team, Seattle, would be justice, but the Sounders defense has been very solid lately.