Round 13 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 = 3 or fewer points (or not starting), average = 4-5 points, good = 6-8 points, great = 9+ points. 

  • Alistar Johnston – Bust. 2 average (4 total)
  • Donovan Pines – Bust. 2 average (4 total)
  • Luquinhas – Bust. 
  • Facundo Quignon – Bust. 2 average (4 total)
  • Jordan Morris – Average. 3.5 average (7 total)
  • CJ Sapong – Great! 8.5 average (17 total)


  • Joseph Mora – Bust (2 points)
  • Lucas Zelarayan – Bust. (4 points)
  • Adam Buksa – Good (Technically bust for DGW scores – 7 points)


Week 12 Final Results: 1 Great, 1 Average, 4 Busts

Full Season Results: 8 Great, 10 Goods, 8 Average, 42 Busts

The first real Double Game Week is done! The differential picks did not work out very well for my first go-around aside from the forwards. Good to know when the next DGW rolls through. I’d like to give myself a pat on the back for having my first ever DiffeRanchal make it onto the Dream Team – CJ Sapong! Totaling 17 points across the two games, Sapong was the 2nd highest scoring forward on the week. Let’s stop reminiscing about the past and look towards the future. Here are my picks for the week.

Alex Roldan, $5.3m (Seattle Defender)

Seattle CCL Winner Alex Roldan versus expansion side Charlotte FC. Right-sided wingbacks have been involved in 5 of the last 7 games. That’s enough information to convince you. (Yes, I am starting to become a little insufferable about this, I will stop after this week)

Ryan Hollingshead, $6.9m (LAFC Defender)

Hollingshead plays in the first game of the week, at home, against a San Jose side that (also) lost their midweek USOC game. During LAFC’s Open Cup match, Diego Palacios had to exit with an apparent head injury. Ryan has been a solid defender all around. He should be the natural replacement who takes over the crossing and overlapping duties that Palacios was contributing. With a matchup against a San Jose team that has allowed the most goals against in the league.

Paul Arriola, $9.6m (FCD Mid)

Want to buy-in on one of the hottest midfielders in the game currently? Paul Arriola is your guy. He has produced a goal in 4 straight games. This week, Dallas travels to a broken Orlando team. They are missing a starting centerback and a starting defensive midfielder. This should be a game to feast for the Dallas midfielder.

Chris Mueller, $6.7m (Chicago Mid)

Call it a hunch, but Chris Mueller feels like he’s making the Dream Team this week. Too far of a reach? Probably. Chicago travels to BMO Field to face off against a Toronto team that allows the most goals in the Eastern Conference. Although Chicago hasn’t been producing too many goals, Mueller should see the open play opportunities, while Shaqiri sees the set piece plays.

Luiz Araujo, $8.6m (ATL Forward)

This is a relatively straightforward pick. Araujo has an early game in the week, so he can be an easy bench play. Luiz has not produced much fantasy wise, but he has passed the eye test with flying colors. Araujo is an under-the-radar player who contributes to the attack for Atlanta. A favorable home matchup against Columbus feels like the way for Araujo to show his worth in Fantasy terms.

Chicharito, $8.3m (LA Galaxy Forward)

Chicarito. A big name player that hasn’t scored a goal since week 6. Is this the week that he gets back on the scoresheet in MLS play? I sure hope so! Chicarito and the LA Galaxy host Austin FC on Sunday. This matchup looks tough on paper, but I have faith that Chicarito can produce at least one, if not two goals! He was subbed off at the 74’ midweek, so he should be relatively rested for his game on Sunday.


Honorable Mentions:

  • Nick Hagglund, $7.5m (Cincy Defender)
  • Albert Rusnak, $7.4m (Seattle Mid)
  • Brandon Vazquez, $8.0 (Cincy Forward)

About Tyler Norman

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