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 11 Final Results: 1 Good, 1 Average, 2 Bust
2023 Full Season Results: 9 Great, 7 Good, 9 Average, 27 Bust
What a weird last week for the article. Two players did not even appear in the game and I predicted a Montreal player correctly. The world may be turning upside-down. With that in mind, maybe it is time to go crazy mode with some picks this week. Hold your horses everybody, here is round 12 of the diffeRANCHals article.
Andrew Gutman, $7.4m (ATL Defender)
Atlanta may be a popular defense this week given the weakness of Charlotte’s attack, but the main eyes will be on Brooks Lennon. If you want to get away with a sneaky play, pick Andrew Gutman. He plays the opposite (left) wingback position and gets into dangerous positions quite often. Gutman has proven that he can produce both goals and assists in this position over the last two seasons. Give the man a chance if you want a cheaper option into the ATL attack with an off-chance at a clean sheet.
Arnaud Souquet, $6.5m (CHI Defender)
If you have the option to take a bench play for an early game in the season, you might as well take it. This week the highlight will be on Arnaud Souquet. The Chicago right back has either had an assist or a clean sheet in 4 of his last 5 home matches. Given the absences in the St. Louis attack (Rasmus Alm and Klauss), Chicago has a higher chance of getting a clean sheet than normal. Keep in mind, however, that it is still Chicago. There is a reason that their nickname is the Dumpster Fire. Watch out for if Shaqiri is on the field, he may just score on his own net. Souquet can still make up for goals against by producing an assist, which he already has 3 of this season!
Connor Ronan, $9.0m (COL Midfielder)
Ronan has been the set piece taker for Colorado ever since Jack Price went down injured. This floor mid just had his best career game, producing 3 assists against LA Galaxy. With the Union coming to altitude this weekend, Ronan looks to be a sneaky midfield play on a week with a lot of chalk picks. If you need to save a little bit of money, the downgrade should have Ronan as one of the top options.
Santiago Moreno, $7.5m ( Midfielder)
A home match against a “rival,” what more can you ask for? I put rival in quotes because is Vancouver really a rival to either Sounders or Timbers? Yes, but they are the black sheep of the rivalry. Even as fans, we don’t really remember that there is a rivalry happening when Vancouver comes to town. Oh right, you want reasons on why you should pick Moreno. Well, he is in a groove when it comes to assists. With 4 assists in his last 4 games, Moreno looks to continue the trend on Saturday night. Since this is a late game, Moreno can easily be changed or used as a scrub if needed. Coincidentally, Santiago’s success aligns with Evander returning from health issues. Let’s keep this train rolling!
Emiliano Rigoni, $6.5m (ATX Forward)
Since Sebastian Driussi has been injured, Rigoni has taken his place as the playmaker in Austin. With this change, Rigoni went from only scoring 2-3 points in fantasy to putting up 10 and 8 in back to back weeks. This makes me believe that Rigoni as a playmaker is the solution. On top of all of that, Austin has a rivalry game against FC Dallas. Tensions will be high and Rigoni will be asked to come up big for another week in a row. Why not roll the dice with a cheap forward?
Taxiarchis Fountas, $7.7m (DCU Forward)
Taxi has been one of my favorite picks going back to last season. He has been the player that when he gets into a hot rhythm, it’s time to pick him up now rather than later. Fountas is on his third game in a row scoring a goal. This makes me think that he is going to continue with the trend when DCU hosts Nashville on Saturday. Nashville has been solid defensively to start the season, which puts some doubt in my mind. However, with DCU starting to Klich, I believe that they will score a goal or two on Saturday.