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Buy 'Em or Bag 'Em Week 23: Double Against MLS' Newest DP's

Start with Drogba in Montreal. Finish with Lampard & Pirlo at home.

Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Roster change deadline: Wednesday August 5, 8:00pm ET

Amount of Free Transfers this week: 2

After beating the Philadelphia Union 3-1 over the weekend, the New York Red Bulls put themselves in sole possession of second place in the East.  They will now have to play twice this week against teams that are hitting their stride and adding new talent during the summer transfer window.

They'll start off by traveling to the Montreal Impact on Wednesday night.  Montreal have won three of their last four and have added Didier Drogba from Chelsea.  Then they'll come back home to host New York City FC with new DP's of their own: Frank Lampard and Andrea Pirlo.  After winning only once in their first 13 games, NYCFC have now won five of their last nine.

During this Double Game Week, you will want to give one of the Red Bulls your captain's armband.  I recommend to give this to Dax McCarty.  McCarty has been playing lights out since returning from the All-Star Game.  He should be able to boss the midfield.  And my advice from last week was a bit premature.  This week, you'll want to grab Kemar Lawrence and Shaun Wright-Phillips.  Lawrence was rested against Philly and SWP was a second half sub that showed his worth as soon as he stepped on the field.

EDIT 10:57am: As my good friend @myownbobblehead pointed out, Bradley-Wright Phillips is probably a smart add if you have the cash to spend.  Montreal has been giving up goals in bunches and he has scored three goals against NYCFC in their past two games.  If he keeps getting good distribution, his point total could go through the roof.

You'll want to bag Damien Perrinelle.  His 9th yellow card of the season sent him over the limit for yellow card accumulation again, so he'll miss the Montreal match.  RBNY's defense is a bit of a carousel, so it's tough to tell who will take his place.  Possibly Karl Ouimette.  Possibly someone else.  Ronald Zubar is injured.  You'll want to bag him too.

Interesting fantasy factoid: RBNY has given up the least amount of goals of any team in the East.  However, Luis Robles is ranked fifth from Eastern Conference goalkeepers.

Buy 'Em

  • Dax McCarty ($8.5M)
  • Kemar Lawrence ($6.4M)
  • Shaun Wright-Phillips ($7.5M)
  • Bradley Wright-Phillips ($11.3M)

Bag 'Em

  • Damien Perrinelle ($6.9M)
  • Ronald Zubar ($7.4M)