2019 Round 17 Captain’s Conundrum

The first double game week of the fall season is here and there is plenty of excitement and variety of choices to give you a headache. The safest captains with highest potentials this week will definitely be the ones who play at home but they could easily be outscored by those who bring their A-game both away and at home.

1) Brian Fernandez

Fernandez’s goal-scoring exploits have now stretched to 4 games in a row. He is the poacher the Timbers have been looking for and the Argentinian trio of Valeri, Blanco and Fernandez is a force to be reckoned with. He doesn’t exactly have the best set of games this week but a player of such quality shouldn’t have much of a problem.

2) Carles Gil

Gil has been one of the best midfielders in fantasy this year and the addition of Bruce Arena has injected some venom into the NER attack which could help Gil play to his potential. He offers a great balance with his high floor-high ceiling and has scores of 7, 6, 5 and 15 in his past 4 games. Gil is difficult to pass on with his two home games in which the team will be looking for a good result.

3) Wayne Rooney

Rooney will be the danger man in the two home games this week against two shaky defenses. D.C. United are usually dominant at home and Rooney will be looking to add to his tally of 8 goals and 5 assists.

4) Diego Valeri

Valeri deservedly won the player of the week award last week for his amazing performance against Houston Dynamo. He might not be able to perform as good as he did because Sebastian Blanco will return and directly cut into his production. Valeri will still play an important part in the timbers offense and could beat last week’s tally if he maintains his form.

5) Alejandro Pozuelo

Pozuelo would be much higher in this list if he didn’t play against the best defenses in MLS in the same week and that hurts his stock. He is still a great option and could easily hit double digits points with the skill and talent that he posses. The only thing to keep in mind is that Toronto will again be missing many key pieces in their offense due to national team duty.

Stats provided by Dummy Run (@thedummyrun) on Twitter.

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