SHAPES OF MLS THE FORMATIONS: When Ryan Nelsen named his starting XI featuring Michael Bradley, Jonathan Osorio and Kyle Bekker, it appeared we could be in for a change of system. Lyle Alzado Raiders Jersey
. Osorio did play a bit deeper than a normal forward, making the fluid system look, at times, like a 4-2-3-1 but, in truth, this system wasnt much different to the one Nelsen has trusted this season. A high-flying FC Dallas threw out no surprises in their lineup, making just one change from their loss to Seattle the previous week with the impressive young right back, Kellyn Acosta, coming back into the side. THE GAME: The three goals all came directly, or indirectly, from set-pieces so the game itself was not won or lost tactically, however, the style adopted by Nelsens team once again threw out many questions about his system. On the balance of play it was probably a game that no team deserved to win or lose, although Toronto FC certainly should have had a chance to score a second goal when, at 1-1, Gilberto was fouled in the box and a penalty was not given. It is worth noting how the chance was created in the first place. By this stage the visitors were sitting very deep, defending a set-piece, when Osorio picked up the ball inside his own half and sent a fantastic pass for the Brazilian to rush onto. The Canadian had a chance to send the ball forward seconds earlier but couldnt connect, but then used his great vision soon after when he demanded the ball get played back to him. Yes, he was deep because of the team was defending the set play but it was another example of Osorios maturation and what he can do when slotted deeper in midfield. (Click for bigger image) From that pass, the referee was a long way behind the play and probably got some assistance from Gilberto getting back up immediately, rather than staying down after the foul was committed. If he had a number of goals scored already this season and wasnt so eager, he probably would have lay on the floor flat out waiting for the call. Osorio didnt come that deep many times in the game but it was interesting to see how effective Toronto were when he did. In the first half, the closest he got to the double pivot of Bekker and Bradley led Dallas to concede the corner that led to Torontos opening goal. Once ahead, Toronto struggled to get a grip on the game. With Osorio playing as an advanced central midfielder it was clear the need to help Gilberto would have to come from the wide areas but this presented several challenges for Nelsens system. Jackson is a worker. He runs a lot. He is a poor mans Ramires. This is not a disrespectful comparison. His countryman has been trusted in massive games to play that wide role to help defend the flank (think Champions League semi final in Barcelona for Chelsea) and Jackson certainly does well with that responsibility. In attack, however, he lacks the creativity and that is fine providing it is available on the opposite flank. Goalscorer Issey Nakajima-Farran had an interesting match. He likes to shoot and get forward, as demonstrated on the goal, and that is something this team needs at the moment but defensively he is a weak link in the system (see below). THE TURNING POINT: Without question, the longer the game would have gone on at 1-0 the stronger Toronto FC would have gotten (as they showed in Columbus) but they conceded a needless corner later in the first half and, subsequently, allowed a simple header to be won to make it 1-1. With the goal, Dallas grew stronger and were able to take advantage of the areas that they were superior, specifically out wide. THE POSITIVES: Nelsens squad was down to the bare minimum with seven players all missing through injuries. Of those seven, the most important were, of course, Jermain Defoe, Doneil Henry and Rey and there is something to be said for going toe-to-toe with a strong Western Conference side without them. Henry would have helped significantly with the aerial battles they lost in the box, while Defoes absence has robbed the club from a chance to really gel a partnership with Gilberto, something that may not reach the heights until August now, if the Englishman does go to the World Cup. Gilberto still has no goals and the detractors will start talking louder this week but he did all he could with what he has. It remains far too soon to jump to conclusions on him. THE NEGATIVES: Despite missing those players, there is a clear concern developing around the productivity, reliability and creativity of the wide players. Whether Nelsen plays a 4-4-2, 4-4-1-1 or 4-2-3-1, it really is irrelevant. This team does not keep the ball enough so they have to make sure they are better at counter attacks and servicing whoever is playing up front. Jacksons characteristics have been identified but Nakajima-Farran is very different. Like Alvaro Rey, he can be liability defending a flank. It is difficult to assign blame in this area, depending on his instructions from Nelsen. In a 4-4-1-1, if the man playing off the striker (in this case Osorio) is more naturally a midfielder, rather than a forward, often you might want one of your wide men to go centrally, when in possession, to make up an attacking duo. For this, Nakajima-Farran is ideal. He did it on more than a couple of occasions but the issue is when the opponents react with a quick transition. So far in all of Torontos away matches, the home side have targeted their flanks. Seattle did it, once they trailed 2-0, and Nelsen switched Jackson with Rey after 40 minutes to counter it. Real Salt Lake did it very effectively, (with right-back Tony Beltran winning a US call-up because of it) Columbus less so, and, once again, FC Dallas excelled at it. With Nakajima-Farran not tracking back, left back Jair Benitez has a field day in the first half creating numerous overlaps that, often, looked like this with Nakajima-Farran (highlighted) not helping Mark Bloom defensively. (Click for bigger image) Like in Seattle, Nelsen reacted to this shortly before the 40th minute when he switched Jackson and put Nakajima-Farran with Morrow and away from Benitez and Castillo. Both flanks were still attacked throughout, and the home sides full-backs, between them, made a combined 93 successful pass attempts (Torontos made 44) and although that number is excellent, the chalkboard reveals just how many of them were in advanced areas. It is clear that, no matter who is playing for Toronto, this is the scouting report opponents will follow. It is up to Nelsens team to counter that by improving the skills of those playing in those positions and/or getting more of an attacking threat from central areas, forcing opponents to match them up more centrally. THE STAR MAN: I am struggling to think of a better performance, in the clubs history, from a Toronto FC full back than the one put in by Justin Morrow. Is there anything that fazes him? Dallas attacked on the flanks all night but it didnt have anywhere near as much impact down Morrows side as it did on the opposite one. The left back is a supreme reader of the game, is more than comfortable in one-on-one situations, is physical and moves centrally, when necessary, to help narrow the space and cover for the centre-backs. Dallas, themselves, had excellent performers such as Matt Hedges who won everything in the air, but for the visitors, Morrow was outstanding. Simply put, he is the best left-back this club has ever had by some margin. Connor Cook Raiders Jersey
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. - Chris Paul and Jamal Crawford hit clutch 3-pointers in the final minute and the Los Angeles Clippers beat the Utah Jazz 101-97 Friday night for their first victory of the preseason.Each week, we will run down the top waiver wire pickups with a focus on the coming week and rest of the season. QUARTERBACKS Jason Campbell (vs Ravens)Last week: 22/37, 293 yards, 2TDsCampbell earned himself a second straight start for the Browns after a strong showing in a narrow loss to the undefeated Chiefs last week. The Browns have basically moved on from the Brandon Weeden era so barring injury Campbell will be the starter the rest of the way. Its a good thing too because Campbell has a much better arm, and also showed better movement and decision making than Weeden is capable of. Hes a good QB2 against the Ravens this week. Case Keenum (vs Colts)Last week: 15/25, 271 yards, 1 TD, 1 INTKeenum was impressive if unspectacular in making his first NFL start on the road against a very good Chiefs defence two weeks ago. He showed nice touch on his throws never looked flustered and hey, he didnt throw a pick-six as Texans QBs have been wont to do this year. Coming off the bye week, Keenum will have had plenty of time running the first team offence and practice and should be well prepared to face a Colts defence that, while still good, is nowhere near as dominant as the Chiefs. Terrelle Pryor (vs Eagles)Last week: 10/19, 87 yards, 2INTs; 106 rush yards, rush TDPryor turned in a complete dud in the passing game last week throwing for just 87 yards with two interceptions and no touchdowns. But if you had him in your fantasy lineup you probably werent all that upset about it thanks to his 93-yard rushing touchdown on the Raiders opening drive. His rushing numbers likely wont be that gaudy again this week, but his passing numbers should improve against the Eagles. Even mediocre passing games can produce nice fantasy results with Pryor thanks to his legs. Nick Foles (at Raiders)Last week: injuredFoles appears likely to return from his concussion this week and with Michael Vick out indefinitely with a hamstring injury, Foles would undoubtedly get the nod from Chip Kelly over Matt Barkley. Foles has done a decent job when called upon for the Eagles and can probably be considered a solid QB2 with potential against the Raiders this week. Others: Josh McCown (vs Packers), Ryan Tannehill (vs Bengals) RUNNING BACKS Daryl Richardson (vs Titans) Last week: 8 carries, 39 yards, 1 catch, 8 yardsZac Stacy went down with an ankle injury in the fourth quarter of the Rams loss to the Seahawks on Monday night opening the door for Richardson in Week 9. If Stacys ankle turns out to be serious, which it appeared to be, then Richardson figures to see a heavy workload as the Rams lead-back. The Rams offence is a mess right now so I wouldnt expect a very efficient day carrying the ball, but given enough volume that might not matter for fantasy purposes. Ben Tate (vs Colts)Last week: ByeTate is still dealing with four broken ribs, but is progressing well in his recovery and figures to play against the Colts this week. With Arian Fosters status up in the air due to a hamstring injury Tate figures to see a pretty sizeable workload against Indianapolis if he plays. If Foster cant go then Tate becomes a must start in virtually all formats. Shane Vereen (vs Steelers - out)Last week: injured reserveVereen has been on IR designated to return with a broken wrist since his breakout effort in Week 1. He isnt due back until after the Patriots bye in Week 11 but now is the time to start thinking about stashing him if you have room on your bench. When he returns, Vereen figures to slide right back into his featured role on passinng downs as a hybrid running back/receiver. Cheap Jim Otto Jersey
. In the Patriots offence that gives Vereen a lot of value, particularly in PPR formats. Andre Brown (Bye)Last week: injured reserveMuch like Vereen, Brown is soon to return from the IR. He has been practicing the last two weeks and is expected to return as soon as he is eligible in Week 10 following the Giants bye. As soon as he does, Brown figures to see a lot of carries given the state of the Giants backfield. Peyton Hillis has been mediocre, Brandon Jacobs has too and is dealing with a gimpy hamstring while David Wilson still has no timetable for his return from a neck injury. Others: Andre Ellington (Bye), Joseph Randle (vs Vikings) WIDE RECEIVERS Marvin Jones (at Dolphins)Last week: 8 catches, 122 yards, 4 TDLook, there is no way that Jones will repeat his four touchdown performance again this season, but thats three straight weeks now that he has found the endzone. Jones has established himself as a legitimate red zone target and is developing some nice chemistry with Andy Dalton. However, expectations should be tempred somewhat given the fact that Jones played on just 19 snaps in the Bengals win over the Jets. Kenny Stills (at Jets)Last week: 3 catches, 129 yards, 2 TDStills is not someone you can rely on for consistent week to week production given how evenly Drew Brees distributes the ball to his receivers not named Jimmy Graham. However, he is establishing himself as the Saints primary deep threat which means there is always the potential for a big game. Stills scored on passing plays of 69 and 42 yards on Sunday. Hes hit or miss, but theres big upside. Darrius Heyward-Bey (at Texans)Last Week: ByeWith Reggie Wayne lost for the year, Heyward-Bey figures to have an increased role in the Colts offence coming out of their bye. T.Y. Hilton is now the Colts No.1 receiver, but Heyward-Bey has a chance to establish himself as a solid second option. DHB played a significant role in the Colts win over the Broncos in Week 7 catching four balls for 44 yards and a touchdown and should see an even bigger workload against the Texans this week.. Dexter McCluster (at Bills)Last Week: 7 catches, 67 yards, 1 TD; McCluster would be a very speculative pickup in most formats at this point but might be worth a flyer as he is getting more and more looks in the passing game. He has led the Chiefs in receiving in each of the last two weeks hauling in 11 balls for 137 yards with one touchdown. If your league values return yardage then McCluster is definitely worth an add. Others: Aaron Dobson (vs Steelers), Lance Moore (at Jets), Kris Durham (Bye), Drew Davis (at Panthers) TIGHT ENDS Coby Fleener (at Texans)Last week: ByeMuch like Heyward-Bey, Fleener figures to see an increased workload with Reggie Wayne out. In fact, Fleener may end up reaping the rewards of Waynes absence even more than DHB will since he is better suited to a possession role than Heyward-Bey whose main asset is speed. Tim Wright (at Seahawks)Last week: 5 catches, 48 yards, 1 TDThe Bucs rookie tight end was targetd eight times by fellow rookie Mike Glennon last week and hauled in five catches for 48 yards and his first career touchdown. Wright has been targeted at least six times in three of the Bucs last four games and is clearly becoming a focal part of their passing offence. He is quickly climbing up the TE rankings. Others: Tyler Eifert (at Dolphins), Scott Chandler (vs Chiefs), Garret Graham (vs Colts) Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys Jerseys From China Wholesale NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China
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