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Fantasy on Fire: Week 4 Recap Part 1

The first in HTIOT's analysis of MLS matches from fantasy output perspective

Michael Barrios and the rest of FC Dallas ran away from DC United in the first half of Week 4.
Michael Barrios and the rest of FC Dallas ran away from DC United in the first half of Week 4.
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The first leg of this DGW saw NYCFC draw at home against the New England Revolution, FC Dallas mute DC United on the road, and Vancouver pull out a 1-0 victory in British Columbia against the Houston Dynamo.  As the season progresses, Hot Time in Old Town will break down each game from a fantasy output perspective as well as grade my transfer suggestions.  And now, without further adieu…

NYCFC v. New England Revolution

The top scorers for the men in blue were goalkeeper Josh Saunders ($5.0) and cult hero Thomas McNamara who both clocked in with 7 points.  Defender Jason Hernandez ($6.4) was the only other player who managed more than four points.  As for the Revs, defender Chris Tierney ($8.1) earned his cost of ownership by scoring the lone goal for his squad with an exquisite free kick in the first half.  Fellow defenders Jose Goncalves ($8.1) and Andrew Farrell ($8.0) earned six and five points, respectively.

Outside of a monster Week 2 which saw David Villa ($11.1) go off for 15 points, the Spaniard has been relatively quiet managing a mere 11 points over the other three weeks of the season.  The Revs fantasy production has come, oddly enough, from their back half instead of their bevy of talented midfielders and wingers.

DC United v. FC Dallas

The Black and Reds had a horrible day on the pitch and didn’t fare much better in the fantasy realm either.  Only midfielder Nick DeLeon ($6.5) had more than 3 points.  On the other side of things, the FC Dallas machine rolled on despite missing several players due to international call ups.  Interim goalkeeper Chris Seitz ($4.7) filled in for Jesse Gonzalez ($6.0) admirably as he collected 12 fantasy points which were bolstered by a saved penalty kick and the resulting clean sheet.  South Americans Michael Barrios ($8.1) and Mauro Diaz ($10.6) managed a dozen points apiece.  The clean sheet gave Hoops’ defenders a nice boost in points led by Zach Loyd ($7.6) who garnered 10 points in his first start of the season.

Vancouver Whitecaps v. Houston Dynamo

The scoresheet for this match belies how much offense there actually was with both teams combining for nearly 30 shots.  The only shot that made it to the back of the net came off the boot of Pedro Morales ($10.9) as the Chilean converted his fourth PK of the season.  Morales poured in eight fantasy points but the ‘Caps were led by goalkeeper David Ousted ($6.0) and defender Jordan Harvey ($7.1) both with 9 points.  The clean sheet allowed Fraser Aird ($6.4) and Pa Modou Kah ($6.5) to tally 7 points apiece.

Heading into this competition, the Dynamo were scoring seemingly at will but playing on the road can be quite the equalizer as the Dynamo managed 17 shots but could not convert.  The fantasy production was led by Leonel Miranda ($6.5) with six points while stalwarts Andrew Wenger ($7.2) and Christian Maidana ($9.1) played limited minutes and therefore could only muster a measly three points between them.

How Did I Do?

Since this is only the first of two legs of the Week 4 schedule, I will break down my fantasy suggestions next week.  So far, Loyd and Urruti have already shown to be solid additions but we will see how DC United and the Revs rebound in their second matches.