MLS Fantasy Advice: Why Round 12 isn't the week to bank on midweek action

Reminder: Transfer deadline locks at 7 pm ET on Wednesday! You'll be able to substitute all remaining players up until their scheduled game time.

Round 11 of MLS Fantasy Manager wasn't as big as Round 10, but there was still a whole lot of action. Only three teams recorded clean sheets (down from seven last week), although goals were still aplenty.

Federico Higuaín was the overall top scorer with 15 points. He was voted MLS Player of the Week on Monday and is one of the front-runners for his Goal of the Week stunner vs Portland. Here's the recap for Round 11, along with some double-game week advice for Round 11 and the top transfers both in and out.

Overall Recap

DGW Advice

Only six players with double-game weeks made the Dream Team in Round 10 and only four players made it in Round 11. With so many players producing at the moment, there is no need to take a minus-four point deduction to bring in a DGW player.

Injuries and lineup rotation are two of the main problems fantasy managers are experiencing due to DGWs. Neither can be predicted and if you lose a player in the first game, you're stuck with them for game No. 2 as well.

Odds of your entire starting XI playing both games in a DGW are rare so don't shy away from using those single game studs either. Guys like Obafemi Martins and Javier Morales should be played no matter what. One could even make the case for starting Diego Fagundez, Diego Valeri, Pedro Morales, Harry Shipp or Joao Plata over other double-game weekers, too.

INJURY UPDATE: The most pressing issue for fantasy owners this week is the health of FC Dallas defender Michel. Here's a closer look at his injury from Saturday. We might not get an update on his availability until Wednesday, but at this point I wouldn't recommend bringing him in nor would I plan on having him in your starting XI this week.

Top Transfers (IN)

Thirty-two players have already risen in price this week and five players have increased $0.2m in value. For the full list of price changes, click HERE.

  Player Position Selected Price Total Score Transfers IN
Real Salt Lake Javier Morales MID 15.9% $11.0 75 631
D.C. United Bobby Boswell DEF 13.6% $8.7 60 504
Houston Dynamo Giles Barnes MID 6.7% $7.6 52 460
Houston Dynamo David Horst DEF 26.4% $6.5 52 442
FC Dallas Michel DEF 15.1% $8.2 60 424

Top Transfers (OUT)

There should be no surprises here. Aurélien Collin has already lost $0.1m since leaving Wednesday's game vs Philadelphia (hamstring injury) and is sure to drop again soon. Check out the full list by clicking the link below.

  Player Position Selected Price Total Score Transfers OUT
Sporting Kansas City Aurélien Collin DEF 14.9% $10.0 53 1,401
Seattle Sounders FC Clint Dempsey MID 14.0% $10.5 70 652
Sporting Kansas City Graham Zusi MID 13.0% $10.8 56 494
Real Salt Lake Kyle Beckerman MID 11.5% $9.7 60 327
Seattle Sounders FC DeAndre Yedlin DEF 18.6% $7.4 41 305

Round 11 Dream Team

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