Fantasy: Look to double-game weeks from Impact, Fire, and NYCFC

Reid and Blayne are joined by special guest Tim Shaw as Mike makes his way back from painting New York Blue. The guys open the show with a recap of some of the biggest fantasy moments from Round 19 but soon switch their conversation to several of the new signings who recently became available in the game. They review which double-game week teams are worth getting four player from and they have a spirited discussion about several of the single-game week options. They wrap everything up whit player picks and Lilly’s first captain choice! Check it all out before games stat on Wednesday!


You never know what to expect from a large double-game week and Round 19 was no different. 58 goals, six clean sheets and fantasy scores exceeding 160 points. Yet when we look at the Round 19 dream team many of the top marque players are missing. Things should be a little calmer this week, and the three teams with a double-game should be the foundation for your team. That being said, don’t ignore the single-game teams as several have the chance for a good score. Below is my list of some of the top targets for Round 20.

Teams on a Bye: None

Double-game week: New York City FC, Montreal Impact, Chicago Fire

Keepers

Brad Guzan makes a good single-game option this week | USA Today Sports Images

DGW Option: There is as argument that could be made in favor of each double-game week keeper in Round 20. In the end, It’s Sean Johnson’s ($8.5) double home game that makes me think he has the edge. The first game against Montreal on Wednesday (7 pm ET | TVAS — Full TV & streaming info) looks to be the toughest, but NYCFC have only conceded two goals over their last five home games, so I think Johnson is good for at least one clean sheet.

Keeperoo Option: If one of the DGW keepers does not return the score you hope, then consider Atlanta’s Brad Guzan ($7.9). He’s earned three clean sheets over his last five games, but Guzan’s real selling point is Seattle’s (Sunday, 2 pm ET | FOX — Full TV & streaming info) anemic offense which has only scored 15 goals total.

Defenders

Attack Minded: A chance for a clean sheet and goals makes for a great fantasy player and NYCFC's Anton Tinnerholm ($8.0) will have plenty of opportunities for both. He’s scored two goals and earned two assists over his last five games and averaged almost two key passes per game. He’ll be a key player to help break down defenses this week especially against a Columbus (Saturday, 7 pm ET | TV & streaming info) team that has been stingy on the road.

Late Switch: If you want to add a SGW defender who has a chance for a high score, consider Laurent Ciman ($10.3). LAFC has one of the top home defenses in the league and they will face a Portland (6 pm ET | ESPN — Full TV & streaming info) team on Sunday that has been productive on the road. When combined, you have a scenario that allows strong center backs, like Ciman, to earn a lot of bonus fantasy points.

Midfielders

Aleksandar Katai has been hot for the Fire of late | USA Today Sports Images

Boys in Blue: Montreal has turned their season around over the last few weeks, winning five of their last six games. Ignacio Piatti’s ($12.1) offensive production and Saphir Taider’s ($11.3) steady stream of points have made then the big fantasy winners, and this makes midfield the best place if you want multiple Impact players. The DGW favors the more defensive of the two, so I recommend starting Taider and putting Piatti on your bench until you see his score after their game against San Jose (7:30 pm ET | TVAS — Full TV & streaming info) on Saturday.

Boys in Red: If you’re not convinced the Impact success train will continue, Chicago also offers an offensive and defensive midfield pairing. Aleksandar Katai’s ($11.0) offensive prowess should help start the Fire on the right foot when they face a Philadelphia (8:30 pm ET | TV & streaming info) team on Wednesday that has been leaky on the road and Dax McCarty’s ($8.4) strong defensive presence should help weather the Dallas (8 pm ET | TV & streaming info) offense on Saturday. Both have the potential for a great DGW score.

Forwards

Darwin Quintero can evolve your fantasy lineup | USA Today Sports Images

Lineup Watch: The big question this week is “Will David Villa start”? Personally, I think he’s likely to miss out on the first game and that could mean two games for Jonathan Lewis ($4.0). He’s been a late game sub for the last five games, but provided the assist in the 1-0 victory over the Red Bulls last week. However, the real reason to look to Lewis is that he may be the only forward option with all others questionable due to injury concerns.

Differential: If you’re looking for a true differential player to help make up points before the end of the Spring Fantasy season, then consider Minnesota’s Darwin Quintero ($8.7). He’s been generating two to three shots per game over his last seven games, and came away with three goals last week. He has a good shot to score again in Round 20 as Real Salt Lake (Saturday, 8 pm ET |TV & streaming info) tend to be an open goal on the road.

WHICH PLAYERS are you considering for Round 20?

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