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.
Full 2022 Season Results: 22 Great, 25 Goods, 25 Average, 65 Busts
- Matai Akinmboni – Bust (4 points)
- Zac McGraw – Great! (11 points)
- Bill Tuiloma – Bust (4 points)
- Jack Maher – Good (8 points)
- Eduard Lowen – Great! (12 points)
- Efra Alvarez – Postponed game
- Rodolfo Pizarro – Bust (4 points)
- Sergio Santos – Good (7 points)
- Susani Ibrahim – Bust (3 points)
- Heber – Good (8 points)
Week 1 Final Results: 2 Great, 3 Good, 4 Bust
Hello and welcome to week two of the diffeRANCHals! I am quite happy about how week one turned out for the diffeRANCHals. Ending with two greats, three goods, and four busts is better than I expected after opening weekend. This week was hard to choose home team players who were not already chalk-y. I scoured around and ended up with this list of 6 players. From here on out, I will be narrowing down to six players instead of ten, as it is more reasonable to find a differential with smaller number of options. Pick at your own risk!
Robert Voloder, $5.6m (SKC Defender)
Hear me out – Colorado Rapids looked abysmal week one. SKC also looked abysmal in week one. What’s easier for a team to do, defend or attack? In my opinion, defending is easier for a team to game plan. I see this Colorado-SKC game being defensive minded with minimal chances up front. That will lead to many bonus points for Mr. Long-neck himself, Voloder. I can also see this being a clean sheet for SKC, given Colorado will once again be without both Diego Rubio and Jack Price.
Zan Kolmanic, $6.5m (Austin Defender)
Austin lost, at home, to an expansion team. Wow. Does that mean they are bad or is St. Louis good? Either way, both teams are better than Montreal. Austin gets to host another match against a Montreal team who looked lost on the offensive end in the opening weekend. That makes for a promising matchup for the Slovenian left back!
Maikel Chang, $6.5m (RSL Midfielder)
Mr. Maikel himself. Honestly, looking at his stats when he gets starts, Chang is not a half bad floor player. He also has the ceiling potential with the service that he provides. As long as Pablo Ruiz is still out of the picture, Chang should get the start and have Kreilach, Savarino, and Julio to feed up top.
Mateusz Klich, $8.5m (DCU Midfielder)
Is Klich the real deal, or was last week a fluke? I am gambling that he is the piece of the puzzle that DC United was missing last season. Klich plays in a 8/10 pivot, and is providing service to veteran goal scorer Christian Benteke. What more could you ask for from the former Leeds man!
Giacomo Vrioni, $8.2m (New England Forward)
Vironi has a lot to prove being the lone striker for the Revolution while Gustavo Bou is out. Should he pick up steam at some point this season, I am thinking that it starts in a home game against a weak Houston defense. Vironi is being provided service from potentially the best #10 that MLS has seen since Sebastian Giovinco. If that doesn’t encourage someone to score goals, I don’t know what will.
Dejan Joveljic, $8.0m (LA Galaxy Forward)
The Serbian striker has been waiting for his opportunity to start games. With Chicharito being injured to open the season, Joveljic will be called on to produce goals for his team. Joveljic last season was known as the super sub, scoring 13 goals in just 1,696 total minutes (just under 19 games worth). As I like to call him, Jungle Juice will be looking to produce in the Galaxy’s first game of the season in Dallas, Texas.