Round 8 top picks headlined by DGW players

Well, it’s here — our first double game week (DGW) of the season!  On one hand it’s kind of a pain since it’s such a quick turnaround from round 7, but on the other it makes selections just a little bit easier since we have two teams full of players who are likely to get really good scores this week.

That doesn’t mean that you should just blindly load up on DGW players, though.  There are still plenty of single game guys who can get you double digits, so let’s take a look at some of our top picks in each position for round 8.


Cody Cropper – New England Revolution – $4.0m

Total points: 18 (1 last round)
Clean sheets: 1
Saves: 7
Points per game: 3.0
Points per minute: 0.033 (@540mins)
Defending bonus: 3
Selected by: 22.6% (trending 6.0%)

So Cropper and the Revs’ defense aren’t quite “old reliable” status, but with two home games in round 8, Cropper is the most obvious goalkeeper choice for me.  He’s cheap, and I can see New England locking down at least one shutout this round.  If not against San Jose, then it’s pretty likely they’ll keep DC United scoreless at home in my opinion.  He’s not much of a differential pick, though, as he’s selected by almost 23% of fantasy owners, up 6% from last round.

Round 8 match-up: San Jose Earthquakes (H), D.C. United (H)

Other notable options

If you’re looking for another double game week ‘keeper but don’t feel sold on Cropper, look no further than David Bingham ($5.9m).  He’s a little more expensive and has two games on the road, but still has a shot at getting some decent points.  Decent single game options include Luis Robles ($6.1m) who’s at home to Columbus this week, and another cheap option in Clement Diop ($4.0m) who plays host to Seattle.



Antonio Mlinar Delamea – New England Revolution – $6.0m

Total points: 29 (3 last round)
Clean sheets: 1
Points per game: 4.8
Points per minute: 0.054 (@540mins)
Defending bonus: 12
Selected by: 6.6% (trending 5.3%)

Surprise, surprise — another Revs defensive choice this week.  It’s hard not to justify picking Delamea when he’s the obvious choice as far as Revs defenders go.  Sure, there are cheaper options, but nobody scores as many bonus points as he does on his backline.  At 12 total, he’s averaging 2 defending bonus points per game, and with two home games this week, you know that even if New England doesn’t get a shut out, Delamea is bound to pull in some more of those sweet, sweet bonuses.  He’s played every minute so far this season, and while there are never any guarantees, I don’t see Jay Heaps benching him for either one of these games.

Round 8 match-up: San Jose Earthquakes (H), D.C. United (H)

Other notable options

Again, if you’re sticking with the double game week defenders, you can check out more options from both teams such as Florian Jungwirth ($5.6m), Nick Lima ($4.6m), Joshua Smith ($4.6m), and Andrew Farrell ($5.5m).  They’re all bound to get you some extra points and are on the cheap side, but as usual there are no guarantees that they’ll all be playing 180 minutes this week.  A great single game option to look at is Jimmy Medranda ($5.5m) who has been tearing it up lately, scoring 13 last round, preceded by 8, 8, 9, 7, and 9 in his previous five games before that.  SKC has a tough matchup in Dallas but Medranda has a great track record this season.



Lee Nguyen – New England Revolution – $10.0m

Total points: 40 (1 last round)
Goals: 3
Assists: 1
Points per game: 6.7
Points per minute: 0.090 (@445mins)
Bonus points: 5 attacking, 4 defending
Selected by: 13.8% (trending 8.9%)

I know this seems like the New England show this round, but these are legitimately the top options in my opinion this week.  Nguyen didn’t have a great showing last week, but with the two games at home — especially against DC United who’s been outscored 10-4 this season — he’s too tempting not to pick up.  He’ll also be wearing the captain’s armband on my squad this week.  With a healthy balance of attacking and defending bonus points, as well as scoring 8, 11, 12, and 7 in his last four outings, Nguyen has all the makings of a great captain this round.

Round 8 match-up: San Jose Earthquakes (H), D.C. United (H)

Other notable options

Right on Nguyen’s trail for me is Bastian Schweinsteiger ($9.3m), who’s only played three games for Chicago so far but has proven he can produce.  He’s scored 28 points already in those three games, with two goals and an assist.  Although he’s not a DGW player this week, he’s a must-have in my book.  Also on this list would be the rest of the usual suspects, including Romain Alessandrini ($9.6m) at home against Seattle and Dax McCarty ($9.1m) who travels to Toronto this week.  For other DGW players, look to Diego Fagundez ($7.2m) and Jahmir Hyka ($8.2m), and Anibal Godoy ($7.3m) who should all have decent weeks as well.



Chris Wondolowski – San Jose Earthquakes – $8.5m

Total points: 35 (5 last round)
Goals: 2
Assists: 3
Points per game: 4.7
Points per minute: 0.065 (@540mins)
Bonus points: 1 attacking, 2 defending
Selected by: 13.7% (trending 7.1%)

Rounding out the top picks list is Wondo, who we all know can score at any given moment in any given game.  With two games on the road this week, expect Wondo to find himself in some dangerous situations as the goal poacher that he is.  He hasn’t had any super impressive weeks since he scored 10 in round 2, but I wouldn’t be surprised if he easily bags a goal or two and heads into double digits.  At the very least, he should play 180 minutes and that’s an automatic 4 points right there.  He’s also somewhat on the cheap side for forwards, as you’ll be paying upwards of $10m for other big names.

Round 8 match-up: New England Revolution (A), Houston Dynamo (A)

Other notable options

If you’re looking for other double game week forwards to stack up on, check out Juan Agudelo ($8.4m) who’s pretty much around the same value as Wondo as far as price and stats go — but might have a slight edge with the two home games. Kei Kamara ($9.2m) and Marcos Urena ($7.8m) would be great DGW options as well.  Outside of that, Yura Movsisyan ($7.4m) is a great budget pick who has scored in 4 of his last 5 games and has a home game against an Atlanta side who’s missing their best defender in Gonzalez Pirez.  Christian Ramirez ($8.1m) and of course David Villa ($10.5m) should be on your radar as well.

UPDATE: Leandro Gonzalez Pirez‘s red card has been rescinded after Atlanta’s appeal, so he will be available against RSL this weekend.

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