2023 Round 19 DiffeRANCHals

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.

DGW Scoring: Bust = 6 or fewer, Average = 7-9, Good = 10-12, Great = 13+

  • George Campbell – Average (9 points)
  • Danny Wilson – Average (8 points)
  • Ryan Gauld – Great! (18 points)
  • Mathieu Choiniere – Bust (5 points)
  • Darion Asprilla – Bust (1 point)
  • Amine Bassi – Great! (16 points)

Week 18 Final Results: 2 Great, 2 Average, 2 Bust

2023 Full Season Results: 17 Great, 12 Good, 14 Average, 40 Bust

 

What a wonderful, much needed break from so many double game weeks. After having some time to think this week, I have compiled a list of differentials that I believe are more than acceptable for this week. Let’s take a look!

Nick Lima, $6.5m (Austin Defender)

I love finding a team to pick on when doing my differentials list and just picking the defenders against that poor offense. The team in question this season is Inter Miami, yet again. When you’re in a slump, the slump will continue until reinforcements arrive (yes, that is a reference to Messi). Unfortunately, until the GOAT comes out of retirement (Brek Shea) and injuries are prevented, Miami will continue to spiral in a downward trend. With Franco Negri tearing his ACL last week, I think we know how this game is going to play out.

Steven Moreira, $8.0m (Columbus Defender)

Another thing that I love doing is reusing names that I have in the past. This time, the name that I am reusing is Moreira. However, the difference is that he has moved to a center back position instead of his natural wingback. With Columbus losing their starting centerbacks due to an injury crisis, Moreira was forced to step in. The bonus points that Moreira is picking up indicate that he is fitting in nicely, even though Columbus is still conceding goals. Given the matchup this week is against the NYRB, I can see this game either being a 0-0 draw or a shootout. Which do you want to gamble on?

Diego Fagundez, $5.5m (Austin Midfielder)

Yes, I truly do think so highly of Austin in this match that I am listing the 2nd best midfielder option for them. While Driussi is a reasonably more viable option, I personally believe that Fagundez has shown more potential as of late and deserves a shot. He looked really good last week during the DGW. If he continues his form, it will be this week against an injured Inter Miami team. 

Mateusz Bogusz, $7.5m (LAFC Midfielder)

This most certainly is not a point chasing option. Bogusz has stepped up and shown what he can do during LAFC’s long stint of games. He has provided quality service, been on the end of passes, and even is taking set pieces ahead of Carlos Vela. If that doesn’t impress you, I don’t know what will. With LAFC traveling to Dallas this week, I think Bogusz is the best option out of the entire LAFC team for the game at hand.

Bobby Wood, $7.8m (New England Forward)

Two words: Goal scorer. Two more words: Missing defenders. Bobby Wood is red hot right now. The only thing that can stop him is a stout defense. While Cincinnati has an amazing defense, especially at home, they are missing quite a couple vital pieces: Ian Murphy (suspended) and Matt Miazga (international duty). I do not see Cincinnati holding a clean sheet in this game and the goal scorer will likely be a forward named Bobby Wood.

Amine Bassi, $8.3m (Houston Forward)

Something something PK taker. Yes, I understand that Houston is traveling to Seattle this week, but with Seattle missing both their starting and backup center back, they will be struggling to keep a clean sheet at home. When things get sloppy, mistakes happen. When mistakes happen, PK’s happen. When PK’s happen, Bassi scores goals. Oh, and he just showed the league that he also knows how to produce in open play last week. No, I do not think this game will be a shut out for either team.

About Tyler Norman

Moderator of MLS Fantasy Boss Discord, new contributing writer for mlsfantasyboss.com. Soccer and fantasy sports enthusiast.

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