Holy [expletive], did that round mess people up or what? Hands up if you honestly thought the Montreal Impact were going to travel to the LA Galaxy, go toe-to-toe with them instead of bunkering and come away with a 0-0 draw? You, in the back - put your hand down, liar. Yes, Montreal got a phenomenal, unexpected result that keeps their playoff dream from derailing (and keeps the Vancouver Whitecaps atop the Western Conference) despite my projections that the match would be a, quote, "slaughter". Bully for them. This is still Montreal we're talking about. Expecting them to run the table, even in the weaker Eastern Conference, is a major ask. Plus, if you saw the LA result and decided to pile onto the Montreal bandwagon for the Round 29 DGW, worse news: according to La Presse, Montreal will be leaving behind some major guns for the midweek match against the San Jose Earthquakes. Evan Bush ($5.2m), Marco Donadel ($7.6m), Justin Mapp ($7.5m), Ignacio Piatti ($10.4m) and Didier Drogba ($10.2m) will allegedly not make the trip, while Laurent Ciman ($7.2m) is serving the final game of his suspension. You can pretty much hand the midweek game to the San Jose Earthquakes, then, and we'll see if the gambit allows Montreal to survive the red-hot New England Revolution at home.
Speaking of the Revs, yeah, they're really hot right now: five wins in a row, undefeated in seven (6W, 1D)... it's not a bad DGW to invest in New England, that's for sure. That said, looking at the results map for MLS, New England goes on super-duper streaks. It's their thing. Eight undefeated (5W, 3D0 turns into six winless (4D, 2L), then a five-match losing streak followed by the current run. So, here's the question: does the loss of Jermaine Jones ($9.7m) to yellow card accumulation end the streak or do the Revs find a way to win without him - something they've found notoriously hard to do? For the sake of the cost-effective buys in New England - looking at you, Diego Fagundez ($7.5m, 8.7 form) and Chris Tierney ($7.5m, 8.0 form) - I certainly hope so.
Oh, and touching on what I said earlier about San Jose, that 1-1 draw with the Seattle Sounders should not in any way dissuade you from buying into the 'Quakes for matches against Montreal and New York City FC. Six points for the taking right there, plus a bonanza of fantasy points to boot. You know who I am dissuaded from buying and even owning? Benny Feilhaber ($10.4m). Benny(, Benny, Benny) has been my go-to Captain Fantasy not named Sebastian Giovinco ($13.1m) this year but with Sporting Kansas City in a serious funk, the time is now for the former captain to abandon ship. Goodbye, Benny - may you fare better once your price has dropped a bit.
Round 28 Top Score
A muted collection of scores dotted the past round in the Eighty Six Forever fantasy league, though not even that could stop Barbara Red of Paisley SC from padding her lead atop the scoreboard. The nice thing about muted scores (often from a round of upsets) is that it gives the lower-ranked teams time to shine with their oddball picks. So it was that Madison Kathler of the simply named Maddie's Team clocked the best score of the round with a healthy 89:
What the - is that Taylor Peay ($4.1m), noted space-filler getting a full 90 minutes and a clean sheet?! BUY BUY BUY BUY BUY BUY though you should probably check with a few Portland Timbers fans first to see if it's going to be a regular thing.
Matchups To Watch
3. San Jose Earthquakes vs. Montreal Impact
As I mentioned earlier, Montreal are leaving their big guns at home rather than bring them out west to face a San Jose squad that are heating up (as Dom Kinnear-coached teams tend to do this time of year). That should be all the impetus you need to buy into the 'Quakes, though the away trip to NYCFC three days later is pretty darn juicy, too.
2. Toronto FC vs. Colorado Rapids
Paging Giovinco, paging Giovinco - you're needed at BMO Field to dismantle a shaky midfield. Please report to the nearest MLS Fantasy Manager lineup for your captain's armband and a backpack to carry the hopes and dreams of every team that owns you.
1. D.C. United vs. Columbus Crew
The Kei Kamara ($9.8m) train keeps rolling as the highest-scoring fantasy forward in the game goes up against DCU. I wouldn't expect a defensive masterclass in this game - certainly not from the Crew - but an investment in forwards and midfielders may just net you a decent amount of points from what should be a scrappy affair at RFK.