After Round 6 went almost as predicted, Round 7 was always going to be a bit more difficult. While David Villa scored again (an incredible goal), none of the other big names did anything spectacular unless you were one of the rare owners at the official MLS Fantasy game to captain Bastian Schweinsteiger or Nemanja Nikolic. Here's Villa's goal, in case you somehow haven't seen it yet:
I thought the Fire had a great matchup but never considered giving any of them the armband over Villa, Bradley Wright-Phillips
or even Diego Valeri
, especially with all three of them at home. Even Alex
was a popular option for Houston and it ended up being Mauro Manotas
and Alberth Elis
finding the back of the net for the Dynamo.
At the least, one thing remains a constant in MLS and thatís Sporting Kansas Cityís defense, which incredibly got another clean sheet and win at Portland. Even better, Jimmy Medranda
assisted and showed why heís probably the best defender in the MLS Fantasy game, mainly because heís a midfielder.
For Round 8, itís the first quick turnaround of the season with New England hosting San Jose on Wednesday, which also means a double week for both sides. And with that, it only makes sense to start with those two teams. The Revolution are the top team to back with two favorable home matches against San Jose and D.C. United. The Revs have played just two home matches this season, winning both, making the 3-0 loss at Chicago over the weekend (somewhat) irrelevant. To make matters better, neither San Jose nor D.C. have a point on the road.
Because of that, weíll start on the defensive end with Cody Cropper
likely being the most sought-after goalkeeper this week. Je-Vaughn Watson
was sent off last match, which means Chris Tierney
should at least start Wednesday, but Antonio Mlinar Dalamea
and Andrew Farrell
are the safer options, as neither has missed a minute this season. Lee Nguyen
is the logical top captain, and the hope is that he only played 51 minutes last match so he could be rested for a short week. The same could be said for Juan Agudelo
and Kei Kamara
as neither played a full 90 against the Fire.
The Earthquakes also have two matches, but it will be a little harder to trust with both of those on the road, starting in New England then going down to Houston. Anibal Godoy
(two goals, one assist) and Chris Wondolowski
(two goals, three assists) are probably the only two players to consider for a captain, with anyone on the Revolution likely a better choice.
As for the rest, NYC FC are at home against Orlando meaning Villa and his friends are up for debate. Villa already has four goals and three assists and doesnít appear to be slowing down. Portland should get back on track against a Vancouver side that has allowed six goals in two road matches. Valeri and Fanendo Adi
remain significant captain options if not must-adds for this week.
The favorable matches donít end there. Sebastian Giovinco
and Jozy Altidore
are at home against Chicago, Romell Quioto
could possibly start against San Jose, Wright-Phillips and the Red Bulls host Columbus, Real Salt Lake and Atlanta should produce a few goals (Yura Movsisyan
already has four this season), Romain Alessandrini
is at home (vs. Seattle) and canít be stopped and Minnesota get a struggling Colorado team, meaning Kevin Molino
and Christian Ramirez
will again be in for solid outings.
Sporting are at Dallas this week, a team they already drew 0-0 with, so Medranda isnít that big of a stretch for the armband.
While last week was slightly difficult to decide on a captain, Round 8 provides a number of options and this could end up being the highest scoring week yet across the league. And realistically, I could put Kamara and Agudelo on my rankings, but whatís the point in listing everyone from New England?