2023 Round 23 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+

  • Julio Cascante – Bust (5 points)
  • Caleb Wiley – Good (10 points)
  • Aziel Jackson – Good (10 points)
  • Frankie Amaya – Average (8 points)
  • Bongokuhle Hlongwane – Great (14 points)
  • Mikael Uhre – Bust (6 points)

 

Week 21 Final Results: 1 Great, 2 Good, 1 Average, 2 Bust

 

2023 Full Season Results: 18 Great, 15 Good, 16 Average, 46 Bust

Welcome back everybody after the long, extended break! Sorry about not having an article out last week. After the massive changes to the game week, it just didn’t feel right to make an article on such a low number of games being played. We’re back, though, and this week we have a special edition: Oops! All Defenders. That’s right, every position in this article will be a defender for you to evaluate your pick on.

 

Tim Parker, $10.2m (St. Louis Defender)

I’m going to start off strong with the highest average point producing defender over the last 3 weeks. Tim Parker has averaged an alarming 9.67 points over his last 3 games and he doesn’t look to have lost a step after the League Cup break. He managed to score a goal last week and was close to producing a few bonus points, but only ended up with one. Though St. Louis travels to Orlando this week, they still have a stellar defense that is anchored by Parker and Burki. If anybody can get a clean sheet on the road, it’s this crew!

Joel Waterman, $8.9m (Montreal Defender)

Quick, how many goals have Montreal allowed at home this season? Is it over 10? Under 10? Well, the answer is they have only allowed 5 goals at home in 10 games played. Yup, Montreal. The team that I always bash and laugh at for having a poor defense is one of, if not the best home defensive team in the league this season. Any of their defenders are a good choice this week as Montreal takes on a New England team missing Gustavo Bou, Brandon Bye, and possibly Carles Gil. I could easily see this game ending in an 8th home clean sheet.

Jakob Glesnes, $8.8m (Philadelphia Defender)

The last time that Philadelphia Union conceded a goal to DC United in regulation was in 2021. With the Union just securing a place in CCC next year and feeling confident returning to league play, I can see this shutout streak extended to 5 games in a row. Take your pick of the litter, but for me, I am picking Glesnes for the goal threat!

Richie Laryea, $9.8m (Vancouver Defender)

Richie Laryea has had such a unique experience in MLS. He started with Orlando, moved to Toronto, sold to Nottingham, loaned back to Toronto, then loaned to Vancouver. Laryea has some large shoes to fill, in Julian Gressel, but if anybody can do it, it’s him. Richie came off the bench for a 45 minute appearance last weekend against San Jose and now gets to participate in a rivalry match against a Portland team who just fired their head coach. Maybe he catches them asleep?

Dany Rosero, $8.3m (SKC Defender)

My wild pick for the week is Sporting Kansas City’s centerback, Daniel Rosero. Why? Honestly, I was running out of names and just needed to fill someone in. Maybe some magic will happen as most diffeRANCHals do. Only time will tell!

Steven Moreira, $8.7m (Columbus Defender)

Julian Gressel and Malte Amundsen are the obvious choices for Columbus defense. However, why not look at Steven Moreira? For anybody that watches Columbus play, Moreira gets into the attack more than most centerbacks should. He is not afraid to dribble through defenders and run the ball up the field. With this information and knowing that Toronto is yet again falling apart due to Italian arguments, I would bet on a clean sheet and maybe an assist.

About Tyler Norman

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

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