Every week, I’m going to go over my suggestions from last week, and determine if they were a good or bad pick based on position and points. To describe in detail the ranking system here is the metric: bust = 4 or fewer points (or not starting/on the bench), average = 5-6 points, good = 7-8 points, great = 9+ points. Players not available for selection I am disregarding and not counting as a positive or negative in the article.
- Geovane Jesus – Bust (1 point)
- Zac McGraw – Bust (2 points)
- Marky Delgado – Great (9 points)
- Pablo Ruiz – Average (5 points)
- Diego Rubio – Great (11 points)
- Jefferson Savarino – Great (10 points)
Week 9 Final Results: 3 Great, 1 Average, 2 Bust
2023 Full Season Results: 9 Great, 6 Good, 8 Average, 25 Bust
After having last week off, I have returned with new, cheaper player targets for this week’s diffeRANCHals. I tried to keep players this week under an $8m price tag and managed to only go over with 1 of the 6 suggestions. I will say, however, that I would focus more on the defender and forward suggestions over the midfield. The chalky midfield picks for this week should be followed as closely as possible for maximum returns. If anything, forward is the position that I would trust the most for this week’s article. Anyways, I’m done rambling, let’s get into the player suggestions!
Rudy Camacho, $6.2m (MTL Defender)
I already know that I am going to be getting a lot of messages because of this pick. Am I saying it because I trust Montreal to hold a clean sheet? No, not really. Although a clean sheet would look nice for the article, I will always root against Montreal’s defense. However, Camacho has still been producing quite a few bonus points. He even had a game where he finished on 8 points without a clean sheet! Montreal hosts Orlando this week, who have only played 3 of their 10 games on the road this season. I expect a messy game with a lot of bonus points for Camacho.
Maxime Chanot, $8.2m (NYC Defender)
Another player who has been producing a lot of bonus points is NYCFC’s center back Maxime Chanot. As the partnership between Chanot and Martins has developed over the course of the season, both of them have been producing well for the fantasy game. I decided to pick Chanot for my article because I had to pick just one of them. However, I do not see anything wrong with going for Thiago Martins either. NYCFC travels to Charlotte this week. Although NYCFC is on the road, I still expect this to be a low scoring game with a potential clean sheet for Chanot.
Rasmus Alm, $7.6m (STL Midfielder)
I honestly really enjoy saying this guy’s name, which was a leading factor in my choice to suggest him this week. Even though that was the leading factor, his name still popped up on my radar for another reason. Rasmus Alm has produced either a goal or an assist in 5 of his last 6 games. He is doing all of this with limited minutes, as he is often the first player subbed out for St. Louis. Alm may be a bit of a risky pick this week because he is both on the road (to Dallas) and is a sub risk, but he still has shown potential. I would trust Alm if there weren’t already some amazing options in the midfield.
Ema Boateng, $5.2m (NE Midfielder)
With the news that Dylan Borrero is out for the rest of the season with an ACL injury, Ema Boateng is the next man up for the job. Ema is a veteran winger with tons of speed and talent on the ball. Although he has had limited minutes over the last couple of seasons, he still can produce when given starts. Ema has demonstrated this over the last 2 weeks; during these two games, in which he had 74 minutes and 90 minutes, respectively, he was able to pick up both an assist in the first game and score in the second game. Boateng should be seeing a lot more action, albeit on the road, against Toronto FC this weekend. Keep a close eye on this game as it either will be a score-fest or a snooze-fest. There is no in-between.
Dairon Asprilla, $7.6m or Franck Boli, $6.4m (POR Forward)
If there is one thing in this game that I can trust will happen, it is that Austin FC will allow goals on the road. If there is a second thing that I can trust will happen, it is that Portland will score a goal. When both of these mix together, the option for my article obviously has fallen into my lap as a Portland forward. Should Asprilla be healthy and starting, he is the go-to option that you should be picking. Otherwise, Boli is the starting #9 for them when Asprilla is out. Boli has been dangerous in the attack, but has not been producing as much. However, given the circumstances of this week, I would still be willing to bet that a forward from Portland scores on Austin.
Teal Bunbury, $4.8m (NSH Forward)
Teal is a fun little off-the-wall pick that does not have much risk involved. Since Bunbury comes in at a mere $4.8m and plays in an earlier game against Chicago, he makes the perfect candidate for a cheap switcheroo. Bunbury scored in his last game and should be a relatively permanent fixture for Nashville after they traded away CJ Sapong to Toronto. With Hany Mukhtar being a potential captain on the week, Bunbury should also be considered as he should be getting on the end of some of the passes that Hany provides to him.