KFC’s MLS Fantasy Player Roundup – Week 22

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Quick write-up this week due to my busy schedule and the short downtime between weeks.

If you want to see more, keep reading after the break. But please join the discussion at r/FantasyMLS, that’s where a lot of planning is made and last second decisions finalized. If you have questions, please stop by!

Goalkeepers:

We don’t see a point to have a non-DGW keeper this week. Even if they get scores on, it’s still possible to put up similar numbers to SGW keepers so play the doubles. That being said, we’d stay away from Toronto. Our top pick is Bobby Shuttleworth (7.6% @ $5.2m). New England still has one of the lowest totals of goals allowed on the road, and we think they have the easiest double game schedule this week.

Defenders:

Just like with Keepers, we think that DGW defenders are the way to go this week. You have at least 2 good options from New England and Colorado, and MAYBE one from Toronto. Out top 2 picks are Jose Goncalves (17.6% @ $6.6m) and Nathan Sturgis (5.5% @ $4.7m). Goncalves is one of the defensive powerhouses this year and a good source of bonus points, Sturgis has become an excellent attacking option and could bring in some big points with goals and assists (he’s also a nice differential).

Two more offensive minded defenders to check out are Chris Klute (14.0% @ $5.3m) and Chris Tierney (3.6% @ $5.0m). Tierney has the better offensive returns because he takes corners for New England, but Klute has been getting a nice mix of offensive and defensive bonus points, and a few assists as well.

When it comes to Toronto, Steven Caldwell (0.6% @ $4.9m) would be your best bet (and a true differential pick). He’s had some decent numbers recently and has been able to get some offensive returns. But we’re not thrilled by Toronto and you may want to look at one of the more conventional Big Players for your 5th man if you’re going to have 5 defenders this week.

Midfielders:

So you DGW midfielder options will depend on how heavy you decide to invest in defense (which is our preferred spot). If you decide you want to leave an offensive spot open for a DGW player, you have two options. Lee Nguyen (4.2 @ $8.3m) is your best options. He’s on a bit a form right now but does have some low overall numbers. Your Colorado option is Dillon Powers (8.4% @ $6.1m). Power’s had a nice game last week, but all of those crosses and passes came against the struggling DC. These games might not yield attacking numbers like that.

If you’re not going to use DGW players, the typical big names guys will work here. The only problem you may have is who to sit in favor of a DG player? Here’s our priority for who to keep: Javier Morales > Mike Magee >  Le Toux > Patrice Bernier > Graham Zus > Amobi Okugo. Did that make sense? If not, frop by r/FantasyMLS and ask!

Forwards:

And we’re at the end now. We’re actually not a big fan of many forwards this week. Federico Higuaín and Robbie Keane are two of the big names who have home games this week, so they always have a good chance for points. Thierry Henry is the best away options, but he’s been very hit or miss this season. If you are willing to take a risk on a DGW player here, you have three options Diego Fagundez (16.1% @ $6.6m), Deshorm Brown (10.6% @ $6.0m), and Atiba Harris (1.1% @ $7.3m). All of these players are on similar levels of form. Brown might be the best option with 2 goals over the last 3 games, but they are all riskier options.

Final thoughts

• A good week for DGW defensive players

• SGW players look to have the offensive advantage

• It’ll be hard to Caparoo this week, if not impossible with good options

• A few Gold Cupl players may be coming back soon. So keep an eye out

These are our picks, if you think there should be more names on this list, please leave a comment or come to r/FantasyMLS and comment on the post. You can also leave a message on our Facebook page or you can find us on Twitter @FantasyMLSTips. Keep checking back for more updates through the week for other positions. Good Luck!

About Dashdar

Founder of MLS Fantasy Boss, moderator of /r/FantasyMLS, freelance contributing writer for fantasy.MLSsoccer.com. Passionate about all things MLS and growing the Fantasy MLS community.

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2 comments

  1. Currently I have Fagundez starting over Bernier but I could change my mind on this:

    Fagundez – DGW, but inconsistent on getting points, hasn’t scored a goal in over a month, and has 2 away matches, and has only scored 1 goal on the road.

    Bernier – More consistent, playing at home against a flat Dallas team, but SGW for him and Montreal is not playing well themselves. It’s a toss up for Montreal even at home. They’ve conceded 11 goals in the last 4 matches, which could have been higher if one of those matches wasn’t against the Chivas.

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