Fantasy: Lee Nguyen - New England Revolution - May 21, 2017
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Fantasy: Which double-game week players are worth the investment?

Double-game weeks are usually a boon for MLS Fantasy, since players get two chances to score points for their Fantasy managers in one round. However, as Round 13 showed for FC Dallas, it doesn’t always work out that way, especially when the MLS managers decide to rotate their players to keep fresh legs on the field. 

In Round 14, we have eight teams to choose from that each have two matches: Columbus, D.C., Houston, New England, NYCFC, Orlando, RSL and Seattle. We’re going to take a look at the top scorers for these teams and, where possible, how each of these players has done in previous DGWs for their clubs.

Player Pos. Pts SGW PP90 DGW MPG DGW PPR
Nguyen (NE) MID 92 8.87 82 16.0
Villa (NYC) FWD 92 7.83 43 15.0
Crognale (CLB) DEF 33 7.75 45 2.0
Lodeiro (SEA) MID 94 7.64 90 10.0
Manotas (HOU) FWD 43 7.45 77 4.0
Fagundez (NE) MID 77 7.39 90 7.0
Torres (HOU) FWD 70 7.23 45 4.0
Agudelo (NE) FWD 52 7.03 84 7.0
Larin (ORL) FWD 71 6.81 90 5.5
Sutter (ORL) DEF 50 6.67 90 5.0
Matarrita (NYC) DEF 39 6.64 0 0.0
Alonso (SEA) MID 78 6.45 45 8.0
Acosta (DC) MID 41 6.44 N/A N/A
Harrison (NYC) MID 72 6.33 40 6.0
Higuain (CLB) MID 78 6.25 82 12.0
Dempsey (SEA) MID 62 6.22 40 1.0
Tierney (NE) DEF 43 6.20 45 8.0
Meram (CLB) MID 82 6.16 86 23.0
Alex (HOU) MID 70 6.15 34 4.0
Moralez (NYC) MID 79 6.14 90 12.0
Spector (ORL) DEF 55 5.89 45 1.0
Elis (HOU) FWD 43 5.81 0 0.0
Jones (SEA) DEF 72 5.74 45 9.0
Wallace (NYC) MID 61 5.67 45 8.0
Artur (CLB) MID 31 5.66 45 4.0
Rusnak (RSL) MID 72 5.50 87 17.0
Rimando (RSL) GK 52 5.43 89 14.0
Roldan (SEA) MID 69 5.36 90 10.0
Perez Garcia (ORL) MID 34 5.26 45 5.0
Chanot (NYC) DEF 66 5.18 45 9.0
Delamea (NE) DEF 67 5.09 90 11.0
Hamid (DC) GK 56 5.09 N/A N/A
Svensson (SEA) DEF 59 5.01 81 10.0

Goalkeepers

The only two goalkeepers that have maintained at least five points per game on single-game week rounds are Bill Hamid (DC, $5.6) and Nick Rimando (RSL, $6.0), but neither keeper will be playing favorable match-ups and Rimando will be away on international duty. Still, goalkeepers are always a good bet for double-game weeks, as they are rarely rotated: both Sean Johnson (NYC, $5.7) and Joe Bendik (ORL, $4.9) have played every minute for their clubs, including during the DGWs.

Defenders

Defenders are a little trickier, as they are more frequently rotated. The two defenders that have played all 90 minutes for every double-game week (DGW MPG), Scott Sutter (ORL, $5.0) and Antonio Delamea (NE, $6.0), have had mixed results in their DGWs. In Sutter’s case, Orlando City SC did not keep a clean sheet in any of the four opportunities, but three of those were on the road, so he’ll have a much stronger chance of improving on his five points per DGW round (DGW PPR) with two home matches in Round 14. Delamea picked up eleven points on his two home games in Round 8.

My advice is to stack up on New York City FC and Orlando City SC players that are definitely starters on Wednesday, and hope that they are fit enough to play both home games in Round 14.

Midfielders

Mr. Consistency, Lee Nguyen (NE, $10.3), has proved that he can perform well in single-game weeks, double-game weeks, or pretty much any week you throw at him. He scored 16 points in his DGW in Round 8, averaging 82 minutes played in those two matches. That tracks well with his single-game week average of 8.87, and I expect more of the same from him this round.

Nicolas Lodeiro (SEA, $11.6) has played every minute for the Seattle Sounders this season. His two worst single-game scores have been three and five points so, even with that minimal output, he’ll rival almost any single-game week player this round.

Justin Meram’s 23-point Round 11 was a bit of an outlier, as he bagged a hat-trick against the Montreal Impact. There’s no denying his ability to score points this season, though, as he’s already picked up seven goals, four assists and 22 key passes. Gregg Berhalter pulled Meram (CLB, $10.0) very early from their matchup against Toronto FC – much to Meram’s visible dismay – so we can only speculate if that will affect his minutes this week. If he’s in the Crew SC lineup on Wednesday evening, he should be in your lineup as well.

Forwards

David Villa (NYC, $10.9), with two home games this round, is the easy favorite, even though he was rotated during New York City FC’s previous DGW. Even if he doesn’t start both matches, NYCFC have scored 11 goals in five home games and he scored 15 points in his one start in the last DGW, making him worth the risk.

Don’t sleep on the Houston Dynamo forwards, even though they haven’t performed well in their prior DGW. Their first match is a home game against a Real Salt Lake side that has given up a whopping 15 goals in seven road trips. With Romell Quioto’s ankle still on the mend, I expect Erick "Cubo" Torres ($8.6) and Mauro Manotas ($7.8) to continue to see plenty of minutes in both games this week.

Are you going to continue to rely on DGW players? Let us know in the comments below!

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