Trying to build your team's value? How to make bank by using your wildcard | MLS Fantasy Advice

Mauro Díaz and Quincy Amarikwa have increased in value more than any other player since opening day – a cool $1.0m each. If you had them on your team from the get go – and you still own them – then your team's value went up $2.0m.

If you sell now, you'll only claim a $1.0m profit (transfer market rules). I wouldn't suggest selling either because I believe both will continue to rise. On the other hand, if you still don't own them, you're doing yourself a disservice. You're missing out on free money and points, since both players have been producing on a consistent basis.

Most fantasy managers think that using your wildcard early in the season is a bad move. But if building your team's value is important to long-term success (hint ... it is), then it might be a better decision than people think.

As of Tuesday, Chmble FC has the highest team value in MLS Fantasy at $127.4m. How did they get to that point? Here's a breakdown of Chmble FC's transfer history.

Date Out In Round
Apr 12 3:29 pm ET Nick Rimando Zac MacMath 6
Apr 06 1:01 am ET Fabian Castillo Clint Dempsey 6
Mar 31 3:09 am ET Jermain Defoe Federico Higuaín 5
Mar 31 1:39 am ET Andrew Wenger Harrison Shipp 5
Mar 24 9:37 pm ET Joao Plata Erick Torres 4
Mar 22 11:59 pm ET Sebastien Fernández Leo Fernandes 4
Mar 16 11:42 pm ET Kofi Sarkodie Bernardez 3
Mar 16 11:42 pm ET Kenny Miller Jermain Defoe 3
Mar 11 11:52 am ET Dan Kennedy Stefan Frei 2
Mar 11 5:04 am ET Aaron Maund Kofi Sarkodie 2
Mar 11 5:03 am ET Lloyd Sam Mauro Rosales 2
Mar 10 10:14 am ET Josh Gardner Corey Ashe 2
Mar 10 8:22 am ET Erick Torres Andrew Wenger 2
Mar 10 8:22 am ET Federico Higuaín Joao Plata 2
Mar 10 8:16 am ET Diego Valeri Pedro Morales 2
Mar 10 3:27 am ET Donovan Ricketts Nick Rimando 2
Mar 10 3:27 am ET Jack Jewsbury Bobby Burling 2
Mar 10 3:27 am ET Kofi Sarkodie Josh Gardner 2
Mar 10 3:27 am ET Eric Palmer-Brown Eric Miller 2
Mar 10 3:27 am ET Brenton Griffiths Aaron Maund 2
Mar 10 3:27 am ET Diego Fagundez Mauro Díaz 2
Mar 10 3:27 am ET George Malki Sebastien Fernández 2
Mar 10 3:27 am ET Graham Zusi Lloyd Sam 2
Mar 10 3:27 am ET Zakaria Messoudi Thomas McNamara 2
Mar 10 3:27 am ET Mike Magee Kenny Miller 2
Mar 10 3:27 am ET Matthew Fondy Erick Torres 2
Mar 09 11:12 am ET Kekuta Manneh Will Bruin 2
Mar 09 11:12 am ET Darlington Nagbe Fabian Castillo 2

In Round 2, Chmble FC used their wildcard and made 20 moves to capitalize on some popular trends. When Round 3 rolled around, their team value shot up to $123.0m, not including any cash left in the bank.

From Rounds 3-6, their team value increased another $4.4m, putting Chmble FC in a very advantageous position when it comes to adding top-tier talent down the road.

So, is using your wildcard to build your team's value a smart thing to do early on? That depends.

If you started out the 2014 season with several players who increased in value right off the bat, it's not necessary. If you made a couple extra transfers each round to add some of the more popular players, it's not necessary.

However, if you need a complete overhaul or you're looking to build your bank, there's no better resource available than your wildcard. It's free, plus you get unlimited transfers in Rounds 11, 15 and 16 anyway.

Keep this in mind: It's harder to increase your team's value late in the season, so using your wildcard early is actually highly beneficial if used properly.

I've already used my wildcard and my team's value is in excess of $125m. How's your budget looking? Let us know in the comments below.

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