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MLS Fantasy: Coming to terms with an imperfect squad

Now we start to see patterns, and see players who may not give us seven points every week.

Harris: Here's hoping there are no red cards, or PKs conceded, or...
Harris: Here's hoping there are no red cards, or PKs conceded, or...
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It's week 3 of MLS Fantasy, which begins...erm, tomorrow (Philadelphia Union-FC Dallas, supposed to take place this evening, has been postponed until tomorrow due to snow, though I don't know yet if the deadline will change from today at 4 pm PT).

I don't know about you, but this round of byes was tough for me, with Columbus Crew SC, Seattle Sounders and Toronto FC all off this week and with players from those teams being three of my best so far.

One of the hardest aspects in MLS Fantasy, in my opinion, is the lack of consistency from week to week. And when the players who are productive have the week off, it's tough to feel confident.

I gritted my way to a Week 2 win in most of my head-to-head leagues (though not The Goat Parade's, I must admit). Here are my non-expert tips for the Week 3 slate (and Fantasy in general):

  • Embrace the imperfect nature of your roster: I blew my subs this week on players to replace Obafemi Martins and Jozy Altidore, which I feel like is a solid strategy, so long as my replacements (Chris Wondolowski and Octavio Rivero) produce. But I've got a couple guys, Atiba Harris and Gaston Fernandez, who haven't done much for me yet. I don't expect them to do much in Week 3, either. Playing one of them (looking at you, Atiba) may actually backfire. But guess what? You can't have a perfect roster, or at least I can't. These guys will probably get me 3 points combined this week. Anything more than that? Gravy!
  • All-in on San Jose Earthquakes: Yeah, they pulled off an upset last week vs. Seattle, so who knows, maybe it's the Chicago Fire's turn, but with the Quakes opening up their stadium on Sunday, against what looks like a team that can only play well 40 percent of the time in Chicago, my team of the week is the Quakes. I've got the aforementioned Wondo, as well as Fatai Alashe, a low-price bench option who's played in the first two games and drew positive reviews in his first career start against the Sounders. Just don't go with Victor Bernardez, who's suspended this week.
  • Hunch pick: Kevin Molino, Orlando City - Is it unfair if I pick the same guy two weeks in a row? I don't care, Molino's going to start producing in a real way sooner than later. Why not against the Whitecaps, traveling the longest distance in MLS this season for this road game.

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