Round 13 player picks: Another DGW to endure

Guess what?  It’s another double game week!  Our fourth one in a row, if anyone’s keeping count.  It’s a small one, though, since FC Dallas is the only team playing twice this week. Watch out for next week, as round 14 will be another big one like round 12 was.

Since all the DGW players are only from one team, it’s no surprise that they don’t dominate the list this time around — especially because we know that coach Oscar Pareja is notorious for rotating players, because he doesn’t care about your fantasy team, right?


Jesse Gonzalez

Jesse Gonzalez – FC Dallas – $4.8m

Total points: 46 (2 last round)
Clean sheets: 4
Saves: 19
Points per game: 5.8
Points per minute: 0.064 (@720mins)
Current form: 4.5
Defending bonus: 9
Selected by: 8.4% (trending 5.6%)
Round 13 projection: 9

Right off the bat, we’re going with the Dallas ‘keeper Gonzalez.  He’s only missed two games all season and has played every minute since round six.  I’m not counting on two Dallas clean sheets, but at a price as low as $4.8m, and as the highest-projected goalkeeper in the game this round, he’s basically a no-brainer for me.  I could easily see Dallas getting at least one shutout, though, and I kinda think Gonzalez will be playing both games regardless of Pareja’s tendency to rest players often and break our hearts.

Round 13 match-up: Houston Dynamo (H), Chicago Fire (A)

Other notable options

If you’re not sold on a Dallas defense this week, another solid option would be Philly’s Andre Blake ($5.8m).  The Union are on a six-game unbeaten streak in which they’ve only given up four goals while scoring a whopping 14.  Blake has five clean sheets, 27 saves, and 14 bonus points as they travel to face a less-than-stellar Real Salt Lake offense.



Florian Jungwirth

Florian Jungwirth – San Jose Earthquakes – $6.3m

Total points: 102 (16 last round)
Clean sheets: 5
Goals: 2
Assists: 2
Points per game: 7.8
Points per minute: 0.087 (@1170mins)
Current form: 10.8
Attacking bonus: 2
Defending bonus: 30
Selected by: 19.2% (trending 0.6%)
Round 13 projection: 11

Jungwirth is a proven entity at this point, scoring double digits in four of his last five rounds (16, 3, 18, 17, and 12).  He’s absolutely racking up the bonus points, with 32 overall — the highest of any defender in the game.  That’s almost 2-and-a-half bonus points per game on average, by the way.  He hasn’t missed a minute all season long — one of only four defenders with a full 1170 minutes.

San Jose stays home this week to take on the LA Galaxy, who have won their past two games, outscoring opponents 5-2, but they’re also in the middle of a four-game road trip and San Jose is no easy place to play — especially since the Earthquakes are unbeaten there so far this year.  In fact, our match prediction model gives San Jose a 60.8% chance of winning this weekend.

Round 13 match-up: LA Galaxy (H)

Other notable options

If you’re looking to save a little money, you could look at NYRB’s Aaron Long ($5.4m), who is also one of the four who’s played a full 1170 minutes, along with racking up 30 defensive bonus points as well.  Be wary, though, NY is at home to the Revs this week, and have given up 10 goals in their last five games.  Another defender killing it in the bonus points category is Francisco Calvo ($5.9m).  I know it might be tough to justify picking up a Minnesota defender, but he’s got 27 BP’s on the year, is only selected by 0.7% (differential alert!), and MNUFC plays host to Orlando City, who are now winless in five.  Lastly, if you want to snag a DGW player from Dallas, you can easily go for the big gun in Matt Hedges ($7.1m), but he comes with a hefty price tag.  Hernan Grana ($5.8m) and Walker Zimmerman ($6.8m) are good alternates as well.



Diego Fagundez

Diego Fagundez – New England Revolution – $7.7m

Total points: 74 (13 last round)
Goals: 3
Assists: 4
Points per game: 6.2
Points per minute: 0.075 (@981mins)
Current form: 10.0
Attacking bonus: 2
Defending bonus: 10
Selected by: 6.3% (trending 2.1%)
Round 13 projection: 10

Talk about a serious budget pick for your midfield!  At only $7.7m, Diego has scored three goals in his last two games, racking up 27 points in the process.  He’s got a high ceiling but a low floor as well, since he really doesn’t rack up too many bonus points (12 total).  While the Revs have only lost one game in their last six, they head to New York to take on the Red Bulls.

Fagundez has jumped up a total of $0.7m from the start of the season, and if he keeps his form up, he’ll continue to skyrocket in the coming weeks.  He won’t be cheap for long.

Round 13 match-up: New York Red Bulls (A)

Other notable options

In the DGW realm, look to Dallas midfielder Kellyn Acosta ($7.2m) — another budget pick who’s primed to score some real points this week through two games, unless Pareja decides to rest him.  Projected at 13, and with a low price tag, it’s hard to justify not picking him up.  Although LA has had their ups and downs, Romain Alessandrini ($10.0m) continues to prove why he deserves to be on your fantasy team.  He averages 8.4 PPG, scoring 33 through his last three rounds.  Lastly, Chris Pontius ($8.4m) could be a great last-minute pickup as well, since Philly faces off against a struggling RSL team, and Pontius has racked up 30 points in his last three rounds.  He’s only selected by 3.9% of managers too, so the differential is there for him.



Maxi Urruti

Maxi Urruti – FC Dallas – $9.0m

Total points: 63 (2 last round)
Goals: 6
Assists: 2
Points per game: 7.0
Points per minute: 0.079 (@798mins)
Current form: 7.8
Attacking bonus: 1
Defending bonus: 4
Selected by: 14.0% (trending 9.4%)
Round 13 projection: 16

This was a tough pick.  Plenty of people will take Nemanja Nikolic ($10.1m) over Urruti this week, and I don’t blame them.  But my gut is telling me that Urruti is the way to go for me this week.  It’s too tempting for me — when he scores, he goes BIG.  He’s had at least an assist or goal in three of his last four games, and he hasn’t missed a minute since round two.  Again, he could be a rotation risk, but I feel like he’s worth that risk especially at home against a Houston side who’s been lacking a dangerous attack as of late.

Round 13 match-up: Houston Dynamo (H), Chicago Fire (A)

Other notable options

Obviously, Nikolic is my next top choice, and if you can afford to have both of these guys on your squad, do it!  Niko is on a TEAR lately, racking up 44 points in his last three games.  Sure, he and Urruti are going up against each other, but who knows — this game could be a goal fest, and they could each get a hat trick.  You never know, right?!  If you want some cheaper options, look to CJ Sapong ($8.0m) who will be running at a depleted RSL defense, or Chris Wondolowski ($8.6m) who could actually do some damage at home against LA.  If you’re like me, it’s a no-brainer to have Raheem Edwards ($3.9m) at least on your bench, as he’s the cheapest forward in the game, and always primed to score some decent points.  He’ll be a super cheap auto-sub option, should you have someone who doesn’t play in your starting lineup.

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