The New York Red Bulls had the daunting task of playing Sunday, Wednesday, Saturday and only managed to get two points of the possible nine. During Week 9, they drew 1-1 against the Colorado Rapids at home, then lost their first game of the season at the New England Revolution, 2-1.
Generally, fantasy owners would expect to reap some benefit from a double game week. However, Jesse Marsch decided to sit five of RBNY's starters during the game against NE, so owners couldn't realize those players' full potential. Here are how this week's top performers played during their two games:
Sacha Klejstan (MID; 12 points: COL (5), NE (7)): Klejstan was the Red Bulls' top point scorer for the week. He has started to emerge as an offensive threat, not just a playmaker. During the Colorado game, he was fouled in the box to earn a PK for his team. Then, he scored the team's lone goal against New England.
Bradley Wright-Phillips (FWD; 9 points: COL (8), NE (1)): BWP scored during his PK attempt against Colorado, but only managed to get 30 minutes of playing time against New England. We are starting to get an inkling that BWP is not that great at headers.
Dax McCarty (MID; 8 points: COL (4), NE (4)): McCarty had consistent, but low-performing efforts to his level of talent. He has seemed a bit out of sorts the last two weeks. Hopefully he gets back on track for the New York Derby (or whatever they decide to call it) this weekend.
RBNY returns to action on Sunday May 10th against their newly claimed rival, NYCFC. It will be the first of three meetings this season for the two NY-based clubs. It will also be the last game of the week during the 12-game Week 10.