MLS Fantasy: Round 4 Review - Round 5 Preview

Surprisingly enough I had a pretty good week in Fantasy MLS in Round 4. Three of my players made it on the weekly Dream Team: Kaka, Chris Seitz, and Jose Villarreal. I also scored more points (66) than in any previous week. I can almost say that I feel like I'm getting the hang of this fantasy MLS game, which probably means I'm due for a streak where the transfers I make and players I select for my squad will just go quiet on me and won't produce any points.

Round 4 Highlights

In Round 4 I already mentioned I had a season high for total points. My total of 66 was a full 20 more than the weekly average of 46. It was also good to break into the top 3,000 players out of the 26,000+ participating in the MLS fantasy game this season. I've cracked the Top 10 in the OTowns 11 classic league, and reached the Top 16 in my head-to-head league. 

Looking more closely at the numbers, everyone scored for me except for the previous week's "Dream Team" participant, Axel Sjoberg of the Colorado Rapids. Leading the way was Kaka with an impressive 24 points--well, that's odd--in one graphic it says 24 points and in another it says 12, so I'm not sure how that works. Perhaps because Kaka is my captain he gets double points? I don't recall seeing that anywhere in the rules, but it would then mean that naming a captain actually means something in this fantasy game other than just picking your favorite player. I took a chance on playing Mwanga for Orlando City who had been riding my bench in the first few weeks, and he came up with a couple of points for me, so I was happy about that. 

Round 5 Transfers and Roster

So for Round 5 I noticed that Axel Sjoberg is listed as having a foot injury. He's been a good point producer before but got me nothing last week and certainly won't help me this week. So I had to move him to the bench. I also took the opportunity to look at those bench players to decide who really hasn't been getting any playing time in the first few weeks.

Unfortunately this meant making a hard decision and releasing Danny Mwanga from my squad altogether. He only played for the one game when so many International players and injured players were unavailable for Orlando City, and of all the players on the squad that have seen the pitch only one time or fewer, he has the highest cost. So with limited transfers and a salary cap, I had to release someone that would let me add back a guy that's been playing more consistently. As a replacement striker, I chose Adam Jahn (San Diego Earthquakes) who has been playing in every match so far. I also looked down my bench and found some dead wood who didn't even play during the International Window. One of these deadbeats was Chad Barson (Columbus Crew SC), so he got kicked off the squad and I replaced him with a more regular point producer in Eric Gehrig (Chicago Fire). I then had to look at the guys on my bench coming back from International Duty like Robbie Keane (LA Galaxy) and Brek Shea (Orlando City SC), as well as who would take the pitch in place of the hobbled Sjoberg for me.

So for Round 5, this is how my roster looks:

Goalkeeper: Chris Seitz (FC Dallas)

Defenders: Michael Harrington (Colorado Rapids), Jeff Larentowics (Chicago Fire), and Brek Shea (Orlando City SC)

Midfielders: Ryan Hollingshead (FC Dallas), Jose Villareal (LA Galaxy), Kaka (Orlando City SC), Kevin Molino (Orlando City SC), and Servando Carrasco (Sporting Kansas City)

Forwards: Robbie Keane (LA Galaxy) and Fernando Aristeguieta (Philadelphia Union)

This week I had 2 free transfers, and obviously I used them. I've now got down to just two perpetual benchwarmers on my squad that are not seeing any regular action, and of course Sjoberg, who is injured. It's unclear how severe or long he'll be out, so I'm going to gradually try to work the unproductive deadwood off my squad before I replace him, but if he's not healthy in a few weeks I may have to send him off to some rinky-dink club in the NASL or something like that. I don't have time for any unproductive players on my squad.

How is your fantasy MLS team doing? Did you suffer during the International Call-up period or did you manage to score high points for the season as well?