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New York Red Bulls defy Dream Team logic, Seattle Sounders skyrocket in value | MLS Fantasy Advice

Managers who fielded New York Red Bulls this past double-game week proved their worth in Round 8 of MLS Fantasy. Those who picked Dynamo players, not so much. The top scorer hit a high of 126 points while the average dipped just slightly – 43 points.

It's too bad league rules stipulate that managers can only field four players max from any single club. Because the Red Bulls defied those rules, locking down seven of the 11 spots on this week's Dream Team.

There are no DGWs in Round 9, so take some time to map out a two-week plan and prepare yourself for future rounds. Here's a recap for Round 8, plus key info on early price increases and the top transfers both in and out.

Overall Recap

Early Price Increases

Twenty players have increased in value by $0.1m, while Clint Dempsey has already jumped up $0.2m. During DGWs, it's important to track transfer movement as soon as the round begins or you could miss out on adding players at a reduced price.

Fantasy owners will now have to pay $10.7m for Dempsey when they could've locked him down for $10.5m. Have a look at the complete list to see which players have already risen in value.

  Player Position Selected Price Total Score Price Rise
Seattle Sounders FC Clint Dempsey MID 28.4% $10.7 64 $0.2
Chivas USA Eriq Zavaleta FWD 2.3% $5.5 13 $0.1
Colorado Rapids Dillon Serna MID 4.2% $4.6 14 $0.1
Colorado Rapids Shane O'Neill DEF 5.4% $6.6 29 $0.1
Columbus Crew Hector Jimenez MID 19.0% $5.7 30 $0.1

Top Transfers (IN)

It should be of no surprise that Seattle attackers are being heavily added this week. The Sounders are tied for the league lead in goals scored (18) and tops in assists (13).

Fabián Espíndola and Bradley Wright-Phillips have upped their stock as well with solid performances as of late, although one has to question what role MLS Player of the Week Wright-Phillips will have once Tim Cahill returns from injury.

  Player Selected Price Total Score Tranfers IN
Seattle Sounders FC Clint Dempsey 28.3% $10.7 64 1,060
Seattle Sounders FC Lamar Neagle 9.1% $7.5 48 753
Seattle Sounders FC Obafemi Martins 13.4% $9.6 48 555
D.C. United Fabián Espíndola 5.5% $8.3 53 517
New York Red Bulls Bradley Wright-Phillips 4.0% $7.5 40 441

Top Transfers (OUT)

With multiple moderately priced attackers turning in big performances lately, whom you choose to eliminate from your squad will be a crucial decision. Ricardo Clark went down with an injury in Houston's midweek clash with New York and did not play against Portland, so dropping him is justifiable. Rookie sensation Thomas McNamara is injured as well and will not be returning any time soon.

Most owners made a price-for-price change by swapping out McNamara for Colorado Rapids rookie Dillon Serna, who scored the team's only goal this past weekend at Seattle.

Will Bruin is a questionable drop in my opinion. With Brad Davis back in the lineup, Bruin will benefit from his service, which is exactly what happened in their 1-1 draw with the Timbers. Chivas USA are on the schedule this weekend for Houston, and with two more DGWs in Rounds 10 and 12 approaching, owners who've dropped "The Dancing Bear" for Espíndola, Dom Dwyer, Wright-Phillips and others could end up missing out on points.

  Player Selected Price Total Score Transfers OUT
Houston Dynamo Ricardo Clark 10.4% $7.3 34 492
Houston Dynamo Will Bruin 24.6% $8.4 39 409
Chivas USA Thomas McNamara 12.7% $4.8 21 366
Philadelphia Union Sébastien Le Toux 8.4% $8.6 37 357
Chicago Fire Quincy Amarikwa 23.0% $6.5 37 339

Round 8 Dream Team

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