2023 Round 21 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+

 

  • Nick Lima – Good (7 points)
  • Steven Moreira – Average (5 points)
  • Diego Fagundez – Bust (3 points)
  • Mateusz Bogusz – Bust (4 points)
  • Bobby Wood – Bust (2 points)
  • Amine Bassi – Bust (3 points)

 

 

Week 19 Final Results: 1 Good, 1 Average, 4 Bust

 

2023 Full Season Results: 17 Great, 13 Good, 15 Average, 44 Bust

 

Last week was a struggle to get an article together with the short turnaround and being busy in real life. Now with more time to research and make picks, I believe that I have gone back to my core of random picks that others may not have considered. That’s enough of me, let’s get into the picks!

 

Julio Cascante, $9.2m (Austin Defender)

Listen. Julio Cascante was a DGW hero last time, why not bet on him again? Austin has an away game to Vancouver midweek, who have been struggling defensively, then return home to face SKC. I could see Cascante getting a sneaky assist or two in there with the potential for a lot of bonus points!

 

Caleb Wiley, $5.1m (Atlanta Defender)

The new left back for Atlanta has a lot to prove. Wiley is taking over Andrew Gutman’s position with his departure to Colorado last week. With Wiley already being comfortable getting up the field, I could see a more dynamic Atlanta attack moving forward.

 

Aziel Jackson, $4.7m (St. Louis Midfielder)

The former MLS NEXT Pro Star, Aziel Jackson. How good was he in MLS NEXT? Well, he had 10 goals and 7 assists in just 23 matches while with Minnesota’s second team. On top of all of that, Az had 70 scoring chances created. Those numbers may be moot now with him being in MLS, right? Well, I’d argue the other way. Since Lowen got injured and Az took over, he has produced 6 chances created, 1 goal, and 1 assist in 2 games. He also is splitting sets with Rasmus Alm. If Aziel starts and Lowen is still out for the entire DGW, Jackson is a good shout for a cheap midfield play.

 

Frankie Amaya, $8.1m (NYRB Midfielder)

Amaya has risen from his injury and impressed across the entire Red Bull Arena. Since returning from injury, Amaya has produced 3 goals and 2 assists in his last 3 games. With also being on set pieces, Amaya is a key component to the NYRB attack while Tolkin is away with the USMNT. Rotation is what I am worried about with Amaya, since he just is returning from injury.

 

Bongokuhle Hlongwane, $8.1m (Minnesota Forward)

Bongi may have the best name in the game currently. It’s just so fun to say! The Minnesota break-out player has shown that he can produce somewhat of a floor in terms of fantasy. This is a rare quality for a forward. If this continues, he is a safe forward pick with a potential ceiling. Now that Teemu Pukki has arrived with the team, hopefully he teaches Hlongwane how to finish his chances instead of scuffing them!

 

Mikael Uhre, $8.0m (Philadelphia Forward)

Call me crazy, but I’m feeling like this is a Uhre week instead of a Carranza week. He has been the understudy of Carranza basically the entire year, but every once in a while he is the star of the week. I am thinking that this is the week that Uhre shines brighter than Carranza. They have a difficult task traveling to Nashville midweek, but that home matchup to NYCFC is tasty, to say the least. Can he score 3 across the two games? Let’s find out!

About Tyler Norman

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

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